By Heather Jablonski
Can you imagine having beautiful skin at a reasonable cost without the added toxic chemicals and unnecessary preservatives? This is all possible with an easy DIY windowsill garden, a project you can embark on even during these days of social distancing. Herbs have been used for centuries to treat skin problems and improve appearance, dating back to the times of Cleopatra, who was known for her exquisite beauty. In more modern times, major skincare brands have long toted the amazing benefits of these plant extracts, but investing in some often comes with a hefty price tag and nonbeneficial ingredients. So instead of hitting the cosmetics aisle, grab your gardening gloves and start your own beauty garden at home. Windowsill herb gardens are trendy and will brighten your kitchen, skin and perhaps even your mood in these uncertain times!
There are many different ways to incorporate your new herbs into your beauty routine. Oil infusions are my favorite, as they easily penetrate into the skin for great results. In a small glass bottle, simply add your herbs and a carrier oil, such as grapeseed oil (good for oily skin), avocado oil (good for dry skin) or argan oil (good for normal/combination skin) and shake well before each use.
A second great option is a DIY face mask. These fresh and natural masks are amazing for skin that is sensitive and prone to flare-ups. Just add your herbs to organic yogurt or honey and apply the mixture on your face for 20 to 30 minutes. Rinse off with warm water to reveal serious softness and nourished skin.
Top herbs for your beauty arsenal:
Lavender is great for all skin types, calming skin and increasing blood circulation. Its ability to balance oil production makes it a wonderful choice for combination skin, while its anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and anti-septic properties are helpful for those suffering with acne. Plus: It adds a pop of beautiful color to your kitchen.
Rosemary is perfect for dry and congested skin. It has anti-bacterial properties that help clear blackheads and revive dull and lifeless skin.
Basil’s history doesn’t lie: It has been used for thousands of years as an anti-aging remedy due to its high antioxidant content that prevents free radicals from damaging skin cells. It is best for mature, oily and acne-prone skin and is a wonderful skin tonic, too.
Chamomile works wonders for dry and irritated skin. It has high antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and is very soothing and calming for problematic skin. Its secret? It contains azulene (an antioxidant that shields and protects skin), which helps reduce puffiness and cleanses pores of impurities.
Spring is a time of renewal, and nothing screams “springtime” more than a lovely windowsill garden and gorgeous glowing skin.