6 Herbal Extracts That Repair and Rejuvenate Your Skin

  • By RenewAlliance, Inc.
  • 08 Nov, 2017

When stress takes a toll on you, try nature's ways of healing, soothing, and repairing your skin. 

Stress isn’t always a bad thing. A small amount of stress can motivate you to perform at your best and work well under pressure. Chronic stress, however, can take a toll on your appearance, including your hair, skin, and nails. Combined with the UV rays from the sun and pollution, stress creates the perfect recipe for aging skin.

While we all lead hectic, busy lifestyles these days, there are steps you can take to prevent the daily grind from wreaking havoc on your skin. From dehydrated skin to fine lines and wrinkles, there are many conditions that could be cured with the right skincare ingredients. The following are some botanical and herbal extracts that hydrate, repair, and protect your skin, so you can reverse the effects of your hectic lifestyle on your skin.

1.  Japanese Knotweed Root

Although red wine and red grapes usually come to mind first as being rich in resveratrol, Japanese knotweed root is also an excellent source of this powerful, water-soluble antioxidant. Enhance your skin’s natural power and ability to defend itself by nourishing your skin with Japanese knotweed root. The resveratrol in Japanese knotweed root extract improves circulation and blood flow, which in turn enhances the quality and tone of the skin. The extract keeps the blood flowing and delivering nutrients to the skin so that it stays firm and elastic. The increased blood flow also helps to prevent the breakdown of collagen and elastin fibers. Collagen and elastin maintain the structure and firmness of your skin, so if they break down it can cause sagging and wrinkles. Studies have also shown that resveratrol has protective effects against ultraviolet radiation and oxidative stress.

2. Green Tea Extract

Green tea extract is associated with a number of different skin benefits. Research has shown that the topical application of green tea extract could potentially be effective for rosacea, acne vulgaris, keloids, and other skin conditions. Using skincare products containing green tea extract can also help reduce wrinkles and give you a more youthful appearance. The medicinal properties of green tea are largely attributed to polyphenols, which have protective effects against free radicals, toxins, infections, and more.

 Green tea helps to decrease inflammation in the skin. It also inhibits collagenase, which is an enzyme that reduces collagen in the skin. The topical application of green tea extract enhances collagen production, helping you maintain firm and elastic skin.

3. Rosemary

Rosemary is an aromatic culinary herb that is not only a delicious addition to your roasted potatoes or rack of lamb – it’s also an effective ingredient for skincare. Rosemary protects the body from oxidative stress and fights against free radical damage. Rosemary is also an effective acne treatment that enhances circulation, aids in the regeneration and recovery of the skin, and promotes an even skin tone.

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4. Scutellaria Root
Scutellaria root, also known as skullcap, can restore the aging of fibroblasts and is proven to regenerate cells. It contains a flavone called baicalan that protects skin cells from the DNA damage that ultraviolet radiation causes. Scutellaria root has astringent properties and can soothe irritated skin and boost skin density. Scutellaria root is also known for its ability to inhibit melanin synthesis and protect the skin against sun damage.
5. Licorice Root
You may enjoy licorice candy, but did you know that licorice root is also an effective ingredient in skincare? In Chinese medicine, licorice root is used to treat a variety of ailments. When it comes to skin health, licorice is known to reduce flaking skin and restore skin suppleness. According to the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, licorice is an effective treatment for rosacea, atopic dermatitis, and psoriasis.
6. Squalane

Squalane is an antioxidant that prevents UV damage and the formation of age spots. Squalane also promotes cell growth and has antibacterial properties. Squalane and Squalene aren’t the same thing. Derived from squalene, squalane is more stable and is therefore more appropriate for use in cosmetic products. Squalene helps your skin retain moisture because it creates a barrier between your skin and the elements. Although the body naturally produces squalene, the production of this chemical starts to decline after you reach the age of 30.

Nature has a cure for almost anything. When combined with a healthy lifestyle, using quality skincare products that contain natural, nourishing ingredients can keep your skin looking healthy and youthful. Taut® Intensive Recovery Serum contains all of the botanical ingredients listed above, in addition to other extracts that promote skin firmness and radiance. The potent ingredients in this serum work synergistically together to protect and repair environmentally-damaged and stressed skin.  

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While we all lead hectic, busy lifestyles these days, there are steps you can take to prevent the daily grind from wreaking havoc on your skin. From dehydrated skin to fine lines and wrinkles, there are many conditions that could be cured with the right skincare ingredients. The following are some botanical and herbal extracts that hydrate, repair, and protect your skin, so you can reverse the effects of your hectic lifestyle on your skin.

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It was difficult to spot the difference because you look at your face every morning. You stumble upon an old picture from college or even just five years ago. “My skin used to be so smooth and firm!” “Where did that saggy, extra skin come from underneath my chin?”

Skin issues can be emotionally difficult to deal with. We feel self-conscious when there is a giant, red pimple on our nose or when there are more dark spots and less firmness in our skin. It is the first thing people see and generally, we cannot hide it.

As a teenager, I struggled with acne and later in my twenties, I remember waking up one morning with dry, scaly patches on the bridge of my nose and on my neck. Seemingly overnight, I found myself dealing with moderately severe eczema.

People would ask, “What’s wrong with your neck? Did you get a really bad sunburn.” As much as I tried to convince myself that I was not self-conscious about my skin, these innocent comments from friends and family started to wear down on me.

I would hesitate to wear t-shirts because they exposed my neck, and I did not want to deal with the “innocent” comments or have to explain that I was not contagious. I tried different eczema creams and lotions but this was more than just dry skin.

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“How long will I have to use these?”

“Probably off and on for the rest of your life.”

That just did not make any sense to me. This was one of those turning points in my life that started me down the path of looking for answers about what these symptoms mean and how to get to the root cause of the issue rather than just covering up the issue with medications.

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My mom was always the one encouraging myself and her customers at the pharmacy to use as few medications as possible. She promoted healthy lifestyle and nutrition because she understood that medications were not the answer to all health problems. You might see why I was inspired to look to a different approach to medicine. My holistic medical education at Bastyr University, an accredited naturopathic medical school, taught me to look at symptoms in the context of whole-body health.

Even if you do not have a skin condition, taking care of your internal environment will keep your skin healthy, radiant, and smooth. 

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