What Are The Best Herbs For Beautiful Skin Over 50?
Can herbs really give you healthy glowing skin from within?
There are long traditions in Chinese Herbalism, Ayurvedic Herbalism, Naturopathic Medicine, and more of using herbal remedies to help achieve beautiful, glowing, radiant, clearer, and younger-looking skin.
Herbs can benefit your skin in multiple ways, for example:
Beautiful skin is maintained and enhanced by the nutrients that feed it
There's a whole buffet of nutrients, especially the special micronutrients often found in herbs and superfoods, that can feed your skin in different ways.
Herbs can help make sure the nutrients in the blood actually get into the skin cells
As we get older circulation and detoxification can become sluggish.
So even if you have rich nutrients in your blood, they may not be getting delivered all the way into your skin's cells.
When this happens it's also likely that toxins and waste products in the skin are hanging around making the skin look dull - instead of being flushed out of the cells and carried away efficiently.
So both the delivery of nutrients and the removal of cellular waste can become sluggish if the overall circulation as well as the microcirculation to the skin, hair, and extremities is impaired
Secondary ways herbs can help slow aging of the skin
Stress, poor sleep, exhaustion, anemia, and high levels of inflammation can cause rapid aging of the skin.
Herbs can help manage stress, improve sleep, increase energy, and manage inflammation levels, and every one of these benefits the skin indirectly.
For example, as we age we usually need more help from antioxidants, which help get rid of free radicals. Without these antioxidants, waste products hang around in the skin and actually make the cells age more quickly.
So antioxidant-rich herbs that help scavenge and remove these free radicals help the skin cells to remain more youthful.
Walk away with this:
There are multiple, meaningful ways in which herbs can help the skin stay glowing, healthy, and even younger looking
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What are some of the best herbs for beautiful skin?
Some of the best beauty herbs enrich the blood to feed the skin
Type 1: Nutrient Rich Herbs
Herbs that help enrich the blood allow the blood to bring more of the nutrients to the skin that specifically help promote promote collagen and elastin production.
There are a couple of types of herbs I love here. One is herbs are typically known to enrich the blood with nutrients like iron.. These are great for dull, sallow skin and also for wrinkles and sagging.
Type 2: Moisturizing Herbs
The second is herbs known to provide special nutrients that bring moistures to the skin. These are great for dry climates, dryness that's a byproduct of aging (and lower hormone levels,) or for women who are just predisposed to dry skin, and their skin can never seem to get enough moisture even with a rich moisturizer.
One of the most famous herbs for enriching the blood is Dang Gui, one of the most famous herbs for bringing moisture to the skin is Ophiopogon.
But those are more herbs that are great for dry climates of moisture on the surface of the skin...
If the skin has a deep dryness that's caused by aging and is making the skin look older, herbs that feed the deep underlying watery essence of the body are great to use in addition. Herbs like Rehmannia or He Shou Wu.
Beauty herbs that help blood circulation, metabolism, and detoxification of the skin
You can have blood filled with nutrients, but if your circulation isn't good enough to deliver those nutrients all the way to the surface of your body, those nutrients won't show up as better skin.
These herbs will help with that delivery.
Astragalus, especially when used with Dang gui (the blood-enriching herb mentioned above) traditionally helps "improve circulation in the flesh," which means it helps make sure your enriched blood gets into the skin cells.
This improved circulation will also help the body move toxins and waste products out of the skin cells.
Astragalus is also traditionally known to help prevent breakouts by supporting the regulation of the immune system.
Antioxidant-rich herbs for beautiful skin
These herbs are known to have wrinkle-smoothing abilities! Lycium fruit (really high quality - medicinal quality - goji berry) is famous for helping the skin to become radiant - probably because it's an incredibly powerful antioxidant.
Powerhouse herbs for beauty
There are also a few "powerhouse" herbs traditionally used for beauty that do so many things for the skin at once, they don't fit into the categories above. (They would each be in multiple categories.)
Here are some of my favorites.
Pearl Powder, Ginseng, and Schizandra.
Of course the Pearl Powder must be processed correctly or it'll pass through your system without absorption.
It's said in Chinese Medicine that if you take the right combination of beauty herbs together for 99 days your skin will become translucent and glow like a pearl.
How to start using herbs for beautiful, younger-looking skin
It's true that there are many herbs that can help your skin look younger and more beautiful.
The question is - do you need more antioxidant support or more collagen support? More moisture or more micro circulation support?
In other words - how can you customized your choice of beauty herbs for your skin's needs.
Taking ALL the possible herbs isn't the best option, because when you take too many your body can even absorb them all, and some of them could make other things you're dealing with worse. (For example some types of ginseng can exacerbate hot flashes.)
But taking only one or two beauty herbs usually means you're missing out on some of the possible benefits.
The goal is to find a formula that combines all the types of herbs mentioned above in the right combination. That way you can get the maximum benefit for your skin. This can help your skin look smoother, softer, clearer, and more radiant - and to help it look that way for many more years.
Helping women find the right combination of herbs is what I do in my online program Making Menopause Easy, and there's a whole section just on herbs for beautiful aging of the skin (and hair.)
Dr Maoshing Ni says, "Asian women's secrets to baby soft skin include Chinese herbs, beauty foods, acupuncture, massage, and natural skin treatments along with meditation, facial exercise, and detoxification techniques. Whew! But you can check out some of the other blog posts for information on diet, natural skin care, and facial massage and detoxification exercises like gua sha and cupping!"
Tonic Herbalist Ron Teeguarden says, "Chinese tonic herbs are effective in enriching the blood with mny special nutrients and elements that the skin requires to remain youthful and beautiful. They provide elements that are essential for rejuvenating and maintaining healthy skin, for repairing damaged skin, and for smoothing away wrinkles."
This article is part of a series I created in honor of our fabulous Natural Beauty in our 40s, 50s, and beyond.
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