Whipping up spa-inspired treatments with nature’s most potent plants can turn back the clock for gorgeous, more youthful looking skin in no time.
Smooth wrinkles with a sage mask.
The herb’s vitamin A promotes production of skin-firming, line-diminishing collagen. And combining with coconut oil (its lauric acid deeply hydrates) helps “fill in” creases in a flash.
Try: Mix 2 teaspoons of chopped sage and 1⁄2 tablespoon of coconut oil. Rub on wrinkly skin; rinse after 15 minutes.
Calm rashy skin with a calendula compress.
“Anti-inflammatory calendula soothes red, irritated skin,” says Janice Cox, naturalbeauty expert and author of Natural Beauty from the Garden. Using with skin-repairing milk restores skin’s barrier to nix new rashes.
Try: Mix 1 cup of warm milk and 1 tablespoon of calendula oil like Herb Pharm Calendula Oil (Buy on Amazon $10.79). Soak a wash cloth in the liquid and apply to rashes for 10 minutes; rinse.
Soften rough patches with an aloe polish.
The healing plant draws moisture from the air, restoring its natural hydration levels, says Cox. And scrubbing it on dry patches with sea salt (its granules remove dead cells) and honey (its enzymes exfoliate) helps soften skin in seconds.
Try: Combine 1 tablespoon of aloe vera gel, 1 tablespoon of sea salt and 2 teaspoons of honey. Massage onto damp skin while showering for 1 minute, then rinse.
Fade age spots with a parsley ‘cream.’
A compound in the leafy green herb breaks down the excess pigment that leads to discoloration. Even better? Mixing with yogurt (it sloughs off dead, dry cells) helps reveal brighter skin underneath, evening out skin’s tone quickly.
Try: Combine 2 teaspoon of chopped fresh parsley and 1⁄2 tablespoon of plain yogurt. Rub onto spots, then let sit for 15 minutes before rinsing.
This story originally appeared in our print magazine.
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