Put your green thumb to good use.
This article originally appeared on MIMI.
Aloe is one of the most common plants with beauty benefits—it contains antioxidant properties that can aid in soothing of the skin, which is why you usually see it listed as a main ingredient in after-sun products. If you suffer from stubborn acne, you can also apply aloe vera extracts on your skin, which may do the trick in terms of clearing it up. If your skin tends to be on the sensitive side, you may also have trouble with makeup removers causing irritation. Instead of grabbing the wipes, try dipping a cotton ball in aloe vera gel and removing your eye makeup with it. Apply that same gel to a sunburn spot for relief. Bonus: This succulent plant can be maintained without much watering, so it's easy to care for.
This bushy plant is popular for medicinal purposes, but is often sought after for skin care. Elderflower oil can be used as a skin ointment to sooth rashes and treat scars. It also has antioxidant elements that act as anti-aging agents, making it a great option for a natural skin care treatment.
Green Tea (Camellia Sinensis)
Green tea is always there when we need to alleviate a nasty cold. If you don't already have this plant in your garden, then Mom or Grandma probably does. Not only is camellia sinensis (the technical plant name you should ask for) useful during cold season, but it can also be used in various ways for beauty. If you have problems with dandruff and hair loss, then using green tea as a hair wash might be your solution. Boil some green tea like you normally would for drinking, and let it cool down all the way. Rinse your hair with it in the shower for smooth, shiny hair.
This is one that might surprise you. Consider it your new best friend for a gentle acne-fighting solution. Anti-acne products can often be strong and irritate your skin, but witch hazel works to soothe skin overall. Mix lemon juice with witch hazel extract and water to create a skin toner. This will help get rid of scars left by acne and give you a bright glow.
Lemon Balm (Melissa Officinalis)
This lemon-scented plant will not only make your garden smell good, but it will also help your skin when you've gotten a nasty insect bite. It contains ferulic acid, which protects the skin against damage. You can also make a lemon-balm ointment to cure sunburn and sores.