The first time I encountered sage was in college. My hippie roommate fed me a lot of New Age rituals that I never bought into — until she smudged our new house. "We have to let the bad out, so the good will come in," she cooed. Five years later, and I sage my apartment regularly to cleanse and refresh — and now, sort of, my skin, too.
How legit is it exactly? Just as tried-and-true as tea tree oil for your pimples or rose water for dullness. Dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, MD, says, "Sage is used in a variety of skin-care products for its pleasant aroma, anti-aging, and antimicrobial properties. Loaded with antioxidants, it helps produce skin inflammation and promote healthy collagen production." Another win: Hope Gillerman, founder of H. Gillerman Organics, explained on the So Retrograde podcast that the essential oil is just as soothing aromatically as it is topically.