Following up on our previous article on plants that you can start on your urban gardening adventure, we are staying on course with another four other plants that would help you maintain your glowing and flawless-looking skin. Whether it is to place on your windowsill or potted in a rooftop garden, this gardening project for the betterment of your skin can be a fun one!
We absolutely love how sage can be added to any culinary dish and be transformed into something entirely different. There is something that you wouldn’t know about sage and that is its history as a herb used to treat many health problems. Today, aside from its use in the kitchen, sage has found a home on our tabletop for the many benefits it brings to our skin. Because of how each leaf is filled with antioxidants, sage is an amazing way to keep those signs of aging like wrinkles and fine lines away. Because of how sage functions as a great natural astringent, it helps to drain the excess oil away from our skin and that would help keep the skin clear of many oil-related skin problems like clogged pores. On that same note, sage is rich in vitamin A and calcium and that would symbolise how its use would give your skin cells a boost in regeneration, keeping your skin radiant as ever. What you can do for your sage seedlings is to give them plenty of sun over the course of the day and it would do the rest.
There are a few similarities that they share with mint and there is a reason for that — thyme is actually a cousin of mint! Who knew? Thyme is a lovely place for you to boost up your skin health because of how they are filled with the plant compound of phenols that battle the P. acne bacteria. It has been found that thyme is a much more effective treatment for blemishes as compared to benzoyl peroxide, which may be harsh on some skin types. Thyme can easily be used in your skincare routine by combining it with water to create a tincture for application on acne scars and dark spots. Because of the antiseptic properties in thyme, just leave it on for a while for it to act on the bacteria. It is no open secret that this herb loves the warmth of the sun so let your pot of thyme soak up the sun for a long thyme (geddit?).
Witch hazel is a herb has been used for centuries to deal with a lot of our skin ailments. It has been discovered that witch hazel contains loads of tannins and polyphenols and that is what would help you to reverse the cellular damage caused by free radicals and even to reduce the inflammation and swelling of certain infections on your skin and to relieve the itch from your wounds. Excess oil on the skin may actually lead you to start getting more acne breakouts and the tannins would lend a helping hand in removing these excess oils at the surface level of your skin. Did you also know that witch hazel has the potential to help shield you from DNA damage that happens because of exposure to UV light? This is due to the antioxidant properties found in witch hazel. How you can use witch hazel is by applying a solution of witch hazel-infused water or alcohol onto your skin to quell any inflammation or to reduce any swelling caused by infection. We know what you might be thinking of now… how much trouble would growing this magical herb bring us? To be fair, not a lot since the growing of witch hazel doesn’t require a ton of work. Just let it grow in moist soil and in areas where there is a lot of sun.
Even though it is not something that is commonly talked about in the areas of a skincare routine, lemon balm is an impressive addition since they have strong antioxidants (caffeic and ferulic acid) in them that will help battle against sun damage and keep your skin flawless as ever. Why lemon balm is suitable for those who love the great outdoors is because of how they are perfect as a natural insect repellent. All the mosquitoes and pesky bugs would steer clear of you because of the high content of citronella in them. When you mix fresh lemon balm together with your toner or moisturiser, you are guaranteed a much smoother complexion that would help even those with sensitive skin. Because of how the herb thrives in the warmest of weather, growing lemon balm in Singapore would be a hitchless project. The best thing about lemon balm is that each time you harvest the leaves of the plant, it would only grow back stronger and thicker. This is a plant that never gives up!