Herbal actives for Skin

  • RIYA ARORA Department of Pharmaceutics, Chitkara College of Pharmacy, Chitkara University, Rajpura, Punjab, India.
  • GEETA AGGARWAL Department of Pharmaceutics, Delhi Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research University, New Delhi, India.
  • GITIKA ARORA DHINGRA Department of Pharmaceutics, NCRD’s Sterling Institute of Pharmacy, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.
  • MANJU NAGPAL Department of Pharmaceutics, Chitkara College of Pharmacy, Chitkara University, Rajpura, Punjab, India.


Human beings are obsessed with looking beautiful. Hence, various beauty products have been in use to look charming and young. Herbal ingredients are popular worldwide for use in cosmetics. The demand for herbal cosmetic is growing in the world market and is an invaluable gift of nature. Herbal skin cosmetics are formulated using different herbal active ingredients, which are further incorporated in cosmetic base to nourish and cure various skin ailments. Herbal cosmetics are natural and are found to be safe to use as compared to chemical-based cosmetics. Herbal formulations have always attracted considerable attention because they are free from all the harmful synthetic chemicals which otherwise may prove to be toxic to the skin. The bioactive ingredients from plants include antioxidants, vitamins, essential oils, tannins, alkaloids, dyes, carbohydrates, and terpenoids, which are used as cosmetics for care of skin, body, and its other parts. The herbal cosmetics which are used on a daily basis, include herbal cream, face wash, lip balm, herbal conditioners, herbal soap, and herbal shampoo. Cosmetics based on herbal ingredients possess desirable physiological activity such as smoothing appearance, healing, enhancing, and conditioning properties. The cosmetic industry is now focusing on this growing segment with an enormous scope of manifold expansion in coming years. Various herbal active ingredients which are particularly used for skincare are being discussed thoroughly in the current review.

Keywords: Herbal, Cream, Antioxidant, Anti-aging, Sun blockers, Photoprotection

Author Biography

GITIKA ARORA DHINGRA, Department of Pharmaceutics, NCRD’s Sterling Institute of Pharmacy, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.

Dr. geeta aggarwal is working as asst. registrar in DPSRU, New delhi. Her area of interest is novel drug delivery, transdermal delivery, nanosponges, naoparticles etc. 


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RIYA ARORA, GEETA AGGARWAL, GITIKA ARORA DHINGRA, and MANJU NAGPAL. “HERBAL ACTIVE INGREDIENTS USED IN SKIN COSMETICS”. Asian Journal of Pharmaceutical and Clinical Research, Vol. 12, no. 9, July 2019, pp. 7-15, doi:10.22159/ajpcr.2019.v12i9.33620.
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