Where rooibos really shines is its full spectrum of antioxidants and flavonoids. Apart from the usual orientin, rutin, qurcetin, chrysoeriol, iso-orientin, luteolin, and nothofagin it also contains aspalathin a flavonoid that is not found anywhere else. The antioxidants and flavonoids have known health benefits and are essential for helping the body to fend off free radicals that are a chief source of aging of the skin and internal organs. Placed directly on the skin it can help to reduce wrinkles and other signs of aged skin.
Chamomile is an ideal ingredient to be used in general skin care, especially where inflammation may be present, as well as acne, various forms of rashes, skin complaints and itchiness. The fact that it promotes granulation and cell regeneration is also a plus. Witch hazel, a tried-and-true, oldie-but-goodie, is a clear liquid that can work as an astringent to clean the face. But that’s just the beginning.
Witch hazel is used to treat everything from bruises to eye infections. The formula is made from the leaves and bark of a tree that is naturally grown in the eastern and southern U.S., and can be taken internally as well as applied externally. Its uses are so broad in range that if you read the health, bath, and body ingredients, you’ll be surprised to find that very many of them contain witch hazel. Many aftershaves contain witch hazel for its antiseptic abilities against nicks and cuts, some eye drops contain witch hazel, which helps heal an assortment of eye infections and sores, and assorted cosmetics also contain this healing ingredient.