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Four Herbs for Healthy Summer Skin

 

If your summer plans include basking under a hot sun, you should be aware of herbs that protect from and treat sun-damage. As this blog from Bulk Herb Store explains, overexposure to UV rays can lead to damaged DNA, premature aging, and eye damage. Thanks to the four herbs they suggest -- Aloe, Comfrey, Horsetail, and Calendula -- you can protect your skin, and heal damaged skin if you do happen to get burned. They also nourish and strengthen the skin, making them great for year-round usage.

The first on the list, Aloe, is one of the most popular herbs you can use to sooth the skin:

1. Aloe
Aloe has skin soothing properties, and is one of the best herbs for your skin.
Why this is important: Aloe is great to use when you've been out in the sun too long and have a slight burn. It's known to heal wounds by increasing collagen production by up to 90%, and collagen is a very important structural element of the skin... one that disappears as you get older.
How to use it: Break a piece off of a fresh aloe plant, slice it open, and scrap out the insides. Rub it on your skin several times a day. You can also buy aloe gel or juice from many grocery stores, pharmacies, or markets and apply it the same way.

Click here to learn more about each herb and how to use them.