Healthy, glowing skin that doesn’t even need makeup is a common beauty goal, but it’s not always easy to achieve. Skin problems don’t just belong to teenagers—plenty of adults struggle to cope with rashes, blotchiness, acne and inflammation. The good news is there are a number of gentle, natural approaches you can take, both inside and out, to get a complexion that glows with health.
A liver tonic
“The root of problem skin is toxicity, and it is ultimately the liver’s job to remove toxicity from the system,” explains Dr. Terry Vanderheyden, a naturopathic doctor and registered herbalist in Barry’s Bay, Ont., and medical advisor at St. Francis Herb Farm. “In today’s world, the liver is overworked, trying to keep up with the bombardment of chemicals and toxins we are exposed to in our food, water, and environment. When the liver is stressed, the skin often bears the brunt of the body’s overload of toxins and breaks out in rashes, acne, and inflammation.” So, start with the liver, he says, with a tonic that uses herbs to maximize liver function, like dandelion, globe artichoke, Oregon grape, wild yam, Culver’s root, and milk thistle.
Oils derived from plants and seeds are a soothing way to help skin from the outside in. Some varieties to apply topically:
Argan Made from the kernels of the argan tree, this nourishing and hydrating oil helps to maintain the pH balance of the skin.
Oat, carrot and sesame blend Ideal for a night oil to nourish the skin with antioxidants, particularly vitamin E, as well as fatty acids and natural emollients.
Pomegranate Pomegranate oil, pressed from the seeds of the fruit, is a rich source of a polyunsaturated acid called punicic acid, which is known for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Apply to face and body for firmer, more radiant skin.
Rose hip oil Rose hips are a natural source of retinol, vitamin A and vitamin C, as well as essential fatty acids like omega 3, omega 6 and linoleic acid. Smooth a few drops onto your skin to help skin cell and collagen regeneration.
Why not try the natural approach? By balancing your body, inside and out, your skin can look and feel healthier. Beautiful!
Another skin care approach is a tincture that contains alterative herbs—herbs that support the body’s cleansing organs like the kidney and bowel, as well as the liver—to help the body properly eliminate toxins that can affect skin health. These herbs include burdock, yellow dock, stinging nettle, sarsaparilla, cleavers, blue flag and cascara.