PLANT POWER: 3 PLANTS TO ADD TO YOUR BEAUTY ROUTINE
reduce the visibility of stretch marks. Also beneficial to the hair, aloe vera can be applied directly to the scalp to treat dandruff, condition the hair and promote healthy hair growth.
To reap the beauty benefits of aloe vera, carefully cut open the leaves, scoop out the gel and apply it to your skin and scalp as a moisturizer or blend it with other beneficial skin ingredients such as cucumber or honey to make a face mask.
In addition to relaxing the mind, lavender calms the skin with its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties that heals burns and soothes skin conditions such as eczema.
One of my favorite ways to use lavender in my beauty routine is by using lavender water all over my body and treating myself to the occasional lavender face steam. To do the face steam, I start by boiling water then adding it into a heat-resistant bowl with lavender buds. I then place my head over the bowl about a few inches away and use a big towel to cover my head in order to trap the steam from the bowl for a few minutes.
This antioxidant and anti-inflammatory is an excellent addition to your skincare routine, especially if your skin is sensitive or irritated. Chamomile’s properties can help heal burns, eczema and skin ulcers and can clarify and rejuvenate the skin.
Brew some chamomile tea, let it cool and use it as a rinse for the face and body; use the leftover teabags on your eyes to reduce puffiness dark circles.
While these plants are considered to be staples in the beauty market, it’s important to remember that everyone’s skin is different and it’s always best to consult with your dermatologist or doctor before starting a new routine to see what works best for your skin. Now, go start growing so your skin can start glowing!
Shawna Davis is a wellness journalist and the founder and creator of the wellness lifestyle blog, Flowing and Froing. Beyond the blog, she is a certified yoga instructor, wife, dog mama and is a natural hair enthusiast that’s passionate about health, wellness, and beauty. You can follow her on Instagram @itsshawnadavis.