A beauty ingredient that is high on anti-inflammatory properties, is hypoallergenic, reduces wrinkles and has antioxidants as well - what’s not to love? Rooibos (pronounced ROY-boss) is a herb which is dried and steeped to make a delicious, sweet, tart tea. The benefits of consuming rooibos range from helping digestion, to aiding in weight loss and alleviating pain as well, because of the high level of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory substances present.
The herb is indigenous to the Cederberg Mountains of South Africa, near Cape Town. It is still the only place where it grows. As it is indigenous to the region, it has been consumed in teas. The recent trend towards using more natural ingredients has revived this ingredient in African skincare brands as well. A trend that will probably be embraced given how much of a “skin superfood” this is.
A great article that talks about the revival of Rooibos can be found here. Below are some useful skincare tips extracted from the article to add to your DIY home-beauty regimen:
- For Eczema: Rooibos tea bags can be applied directly to the affected skin for a few minutes. Bathing regularly or rinsing inflamed areas with the tea will provide a healing effect. Alternatively, add cold rooibos to a spray bottle and apply throughout the day or when discomfort is experienced.
- For Acne: The tea’s anti-inflammatory response also contains antibacterial properties that will help fight acne. Drink it regularly and/or use it as a face rinse instead of water.
- For Haircare: The polyphenols, or antioxidants in rooibos tea, also strengthen hair follicles and promote shiny and soft hair. Rinse your hair at least once a week with a strong brew of cooled down Rooibos tea for glowing locks. This is also good for treating a dry, itchy, or irritated scalp.