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Two Herbs For Healthier Skin

Finding the right skin care products can be confusing and frustrating. There are so many creams, ointments, cleansers, toners, and lotions that you can spend hours in the skin care aisle at the store and still have no clue what you should buy.  

If you were to take a step back and think about it, though, you might start to realize that many of these products have similar ingredients in common. More importantly, you might also start to realize that many of these common ingredients are simply plant extracts.  And if you stop for just a moment more you could realize these plants—fruits, herbs, vegetables, etc—are easily and readily and abundantly available at the grocery store.

More importantly, using herbs (for example) as a skin care treatment method is smart because it carries low risk for side effects (unless you have an allergy, of course).  And using herbs have low risk for interactions and overdosing, which are risks that are commonly associated with medical treatments.

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With that in mind, here are a few herbs you might consider adding to your daily Clinique Mediluxe hair care regimen.

CALENDULA

Calendula actually has quite the history as a medicinal herb.  We have evidence that it was actually used by the ancient Romans. All those many years ago, of course, they had less knowledge of its potential benefits and it was actually more commonly used as a garland because of its rich golden color, which they often extracted to imbue as a hue.  You might recognize this herb by its other name “Mary’s Gold.”

More importantly, though, Calendula was also been used—for several thousand years—as a skin treatment.  Ancient societies would cultivate and process the plant into a salve or an ointment which could be used to treat minor cuts or burns or some skin irritations.  Calendula oil is commonly used today as both an anti-inflammatory agent and an anti-tumor agent.

GOTU KOLA

Speaking of anti-inflammatory herbs, Gotu Kola is a small, herbaceous perennial native to wetlands in Asia.  We have evidence the herb was used in Ayurvedic medicine (India) as well as in African and Chinese medicine.  Also known as Asian pennywort or Indian pennywort (of course), it is actually a common ingredient of the local cuisine and has long believed to aid in the treatment of psoriasis, chronic venous insufficiency, and varicose veins.

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