It’s no secret that certain types of plants offer a myriad of health benefits to the skin and the body! That’s why even now, we are uncovering different ways to harness the power of nature to reverse the signs of aging and restore health.
There is a science to extracting botanicals; some take place in farms while others in the controlled environment of a laboratory. We extract plant botanicals for both commercial and personal use.
Perhaps the oldest way to harvest botanical extracts is through wild harvesting. Wild harvesting is the most “natural” way to farm plant extracts for various uses. Because wild farming does not use chemicals, it’s more eco-friendly and health-friendly than other types of plant extraction techniques. Through this technique, there are fewer irritants in the plant extracts and the occurrence of adverse skin reaction is minimized.
Similar to wild harvest is organic farming. In organic farming, botanicals are planted using natural means. There are no pesticides or insecticides used to cultivate the plants. Of course, extracting the botanicals may require certain types of tools, which is not natural per se. The plants do grow without using chemicals but once it’s extracted, a controlled environment is still required to ensure the cleanliness, purity, and potency of the plant extracts.
Benefits of Plant Extracts on the Skin
Most skin care products are loaded with various mixtures of botanical extracts to reverse the signs of aging, prevent premature wrinkles, and even restore the elasticity of the skin. Lemon extracts and other citrus extracts are popularly used in cosmetic products to help get rid of dead skin cells, revealing youthful, glowing skin!
Evens Out Skin Tones
If you have blotchy or patchy skin, then a skin-lightening topical cream is a great way to even out the skin tone and minimize redness. Creams fortified with alpha hydroxy acids help reveal smoother, younger-looking skin. Glycolic acid—which is one form of alpha hydroxy acid—is derived from sugarcane extracts and is one of the mildest forms of AHA.
Hydrates the Skin
Face oils are either made with 100% pure plant extracts or infused with other plant extracts. Apart from simplifying your skin care regimen, using face oil also helps deliver deeper hydration to multiple layers of the skin. Most people are intimidated with using face oils because they think it will make oily skin even oilier. This is a myth. If anything, using facial oils help balance out oil secreted by the skin.
Skin becomes oily when it’s overly dry. It’s the skin’s way of (over)compensating for the dryness in certain areas of the face. By using high-quality face oil, you restore moisture balance to dry patches of the skin, prevent premature wrinkles, and even out the skin tone!
Certain types of plant extracts contain potent antibacterial, antibiotic, antifungal, and antiseptic properties. Tea tree oil, for example, has been found to work just as good as any over-the-counter pimple and acne product. And it’s derived from natural extracts that won’t irritate the skin! Tea tree oil not only helps kill bacteria that cause pain, swelling, and inflammation, it could also prevent cystic acne.
Tea tree oil extracts are not limited to treating acne, it could also soothe inflammation including cuts and bruises; it also treats skin infections, disinfects clothing, prevents ticks in pets, kills molds, and even repels insects naturally.