Friday, July 12, 2013

Rosemary for a glowing, soft skin

While rosemary herb is popularly used to add flavour to many recipes, its medicinal qualities also make it quite useful for skin care.

Rich in nutrients including iron, calcium, vitamins and antioxidants, rosemary in various forms —rosemary extract, rosemary oil and rosemarinic acid —is effective for many skin types and is found in skin care cleansers, soaps, face masks, toners and creams. This herb is used widely in aromatherapy as its stimulant properties refresh, rejuvenate and help you feel energised. Here's how this fragrant herb can benefit your skin.

Prevents ageing of skin

Since it contains naturally powerful antioxidants, rosemary oil strengthens the capillaries and helps to slow the effects of ageing on skin. It also tightens sagging and loose skin to help it look firmer and more elastic. Additionally, rosemary stimulates biological activity and cell growth to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

Treats acne

With its powerful disinfectant and antibiotic properties, the herb can help to treat acne and oily skin conditions. When massaged into the face, rosemary oil can help lightens dark spots and blemishes on the skin resulting in an improved skin complexion.

Prevents infection

The anti-inflammatory properties of rosemary extract help to reduce swelling and puffiness of the skin. It also helps to heal burns and soothe the skin. This herb's medicinal qualities makes it a powerful cure for chronic skin conditions including dermatitis, eczema and psoriasis.

Homemade cucumber and rosemary acne treatment mask:

Peel the skin off a cucumber and liquidise it in a food processor.

Add a table spoon of rosemary essential oil into the liquid.

Whisk an egg white and add it to the mixture.

Spread the mixture onto your face and leave it on for 15 minutes

Rinse off.

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