You’ve slimmed down for summer by doing intermittent fasting. Now, it’s time to show some skin in your favorite swimsuit. The weather is perfect for spending time outdoors. But some people will be hesitant to bare it all, or at the very least, expose some skin to the elements.
Whether it’s due to lack of confidence in showing skin in public or worrying about developing skin problems in the first place, the good news is that traditional Chinese medicine can support skin rejuvenation. We’ll highlight a couple of the best formulas that are especially beneficial for the most common skin problems in the summer, when the sun is at its fiercest.
Support Your Skin’s Rejuvenation
The average woman uses several skin care products every day, from creams to lotions, serums, masks, cleanser, toner, etc… These expensive products often contain synthetic ingredients that dry out the skin and end up causing even more blemishes in the long run.
For those looking to naturally support skin health for far less money and with much safer products, Traditional Chinese herbs are a viable alternative. For centuries, Chinese herbs have been used to promote more youthful-looking, blemish-free skin.
In the summer, the combination of heat and dampness can make complexion blemishes much worse.
Our formula, AcniPearl, drives out heat and removes toxins from the body. If you’re prone to reddening skin and itching in the summer, well, that is in fact just the heat talking. But AcniPearl isn’t like a concealer that just covers up the problem. Rather, it gets to the root of skin problems by clearing heat from the body and the dampness that causes greasy/oily skin.
Want improved skin tone and texture? Nourish your skin from the inside out with AcniPearl.
And if you really get flushed this time of year, also consider Skin Windclear. Sure, having a beet-red face can occur if you’re drinking too much alcohol (especially when you’re in the sun). But for those that aren’t partying, even being fully protected from the sun with a hat and sunscreen might not help you save face against flushing. Skin Windclear works by clearing heat and neutralizing what’s known in TCM theory as “Wind Evil.” Wind isn’t an esoteric concept. When the weather is very warm and sticky outside, Wind-Dampness can easily penetrate the skin, causing redness, itchiness or rashes.
Keep Your Skin Healthy In The Summer
AcniPearl and Skin Windclear should be part of your daily skin care routine if you want to keep your skin clean and rejuvenated.
A select few Chinese herbs have been studied for their ability in mediating the process of how our skin responds to UV radiation.
Baicalin is the main active ingredient in Huang Qin. The compound is named for Lake Baikal in Siberia. (The southern area of the lake used to be a part of China.) Studies show that this Chinese herb for skin health effectively protects human keratinocytes from damaging UV radiation. In one study, Baicalin scavenged reactive oxygen species within two hours after subjects were exposed to UV radiation.
According to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) theory, Huang Qin clears heat, dries dampness, and purges fire.
One of the active ingredients in Gardenia is called crocin. Crocin gives saffron spice its yellow tint. Saffron spice is regarded as the most expensive spice in the world. In fact, a pound of it can fetch up to $5,000. Crocin is a carotenoid that’s been shown to support antiaging in human skin cells by protecting against UV-light-induced cellular damage.
In Chinese medicine, Zhi Zi purges fire and removes irritability. If you’ve spent a lot of time in the sun and your skin is fried, you’ll certainly be cranky and need some fire purging. This heat-clearing herb also cools the blood and supports the body’s detoxification process.
Crocin works by acting against D-galactose cell toxicity. D-galactose is a well-known compound that promotes premature aging. In a research study, the authors concluded that crocin has potent anti-aging effects through inhibition of advanced glycation end products and reactive oxygen species (ROS).
UVB radiation, which causes sunburn, induces the production of ROS. “Crocin could effectively prevent UVB‑induced cell damage via the reduction of intracellular ROS; thus, it could potentially be used in the prevention of skin photoaging,” the researchers write.
Schisandra just might be one of the best herbs for safely showing off your skin. In research studies, it’s been shown to protect human fibroblasts from harmful UV radiation. (Fibroblasts are cells that build the skin’s connective tissue.)
Celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow praise Schisandra as a “beautifying stamina booster.”
Other herbs that protect the body from the harmful effects of all types of stress (weather and UV rays included) are: Reishi, Astragalus and Rhodiola.
Healthy Skin In The Summer: Conclusion
Most conventional skin care products are petroleum-based and don’t solve the root cause of skin blemishes; they act like Band Aids that, at best, hide and cover problem areas, and at worse may contribute to serious health problems. Time-tested herbal remedies such as the single herbal extract granules listed above as well as the herbs found in the formulas AcniPearl and Skin Windclear tackle the root causes of skin problems from the inside out, in a safe and cost-effective manner.
Recommended Reading From The ActiveHerb Blog:
Feed Your Skin: How Chinese Medicine Enhances Your Beauty From The Inside Out
Preventive Effects of Crocin
Protective Effect of Crocin on Ultraviolet B‑induced Dermal Fibroblast Photoaging
Anti-Aging Implications of Astragalus Membranaceus (Huangqi): A Well-Known Chinese Tonic
Baicalin Scavenges Reactive Oxygen Species and Protects Human Keratinocytes Against UVC-induced Cytotoxicity