To better understand the Ayurveda skincare concept, one has to first understand the types of skin that anyone could be experience and their causes.
If the Vata is the predominant Doshas in one’s body, the resulting effects are dryness of the skin, cold, rough and also with fine pores and wrinkled.
When the Pitta Doshas dominate one’s body, Ayurveda medicine warns about the following results; the skin turns delicate, fair and red-toned with freckles, moles or acne while it will even burn easily. Kapha Doshas will constitute to the moistening and oiliness of the skin while it thickens it and tends to provoke large pores.
The three energies of the body, or as referred to by the Ayurveda medicine texts, the Tri-Doshas, will be the final aspect that decides whether or not acne and pimples make their appearance on the skin.
Alcohol together with tea, coffee, and spicy or fried foods are amongst the worst enemies for the aggravation of the three Doshas. Also, Ayurveda herb inscriptions suggest avoiding chemicals and pollution together with tension and stress, which are also of great hazard to anyone’s skin.
Herbal remedies for Acne and Pimple
Get 1 tsp sandalwood powder, blend it with turmeric till it changed into a paste. Subsequently, adding milk on it. This is a very effective and beneficiary herbal remedy.
Mixed nutmeg with water till it turns into a paste and applies it on your face.
In Ayurveda, it also recommends consuming a glass of aloe-vera pulp internally or externally twice a day. However, you shouldn’t consume it internally if you happen to be pregnant.
Wash and clean your face meticulously before sleeping. Apply a paste that made from a pinch of turmeric powder mixed with 1 tbsp of coriander juice.
If your face is having a lot of pimples, you may apply a paste that made from 1 tsp of cumin seeds for an hour.
Apply a paste that made from fenugreek leaves for an hour, and then use warm water to wash it off before going to bed. This is very effective in preventing pimples to grow.
Indian herbal medicine has taught us that the imbalance of the Bhrajaka Pitta that is responsible for the skin’s color can cause other disorders except for the obvious discoloration of the skin, such as blackening and pigmentation.
The Bhrajaka Pitta is also constantly attacked by excessive sunlight, irregular eating, and sleeping habits. All these are considered as unhealthy for Pitta Ayurveda.
Ayurveda Herbal Skin Care Remedies
Take 5 almonds and grind them. Then mix with few drops of lemon juice and 1 tsp of fresh cream. Mixed them to turn into a paste and apply the paste to your neck and face for about 15 minutes.
– You may apply papaya juice or mashed papaya on the affected body areas.
Take equal amounts of turmeric and sesame seeds. Grind them together with a little water. Apply them to the face.
Make a paste from basil (tulsi) leaves and water to use on the affected skin.
The Vata Dosha responsible for one’s aging looks is naturally aggravated by the aging process but it is often caused prematurely by our habits and surroundings. The aging process can never be withheld but still, Ayurveda products can slow down the process.
On the other hand, various natural herbal remedies exist to correct disorders caused by habits, irregular diets, and our daily surroundings.
Simple and Easy Ayurveda Remedies for Ageing Effects
- Use coconut, almond, or ghee oil to massage your face before bedtime.
- Apply fresh aloe vera gel.
- Use a face pack that is made from cucumber
Medicinal Herbs as Cosmetics
The vast and intellectual culture and practice of Ayurveda in India that has fortunately spread all around the world together with many more other world-renowned science centers have continuously proven that Ayurveda herb remedies are truly and remarkably effective, eliminating ‘vitiated doshas’, the main causes of skin disorders.
Healing herbal treatments and products Ayurveda offers are made out of numerous medicinal plants theorized and practiced in ‘Charakh Samhita’.
Amongst them is a reasonable quantity of which can be used to obtain a glowing skin complexion, these medicinal plants of which usage and description are prescribed in detail with each and every Ayurveda skincare treatment or item concerned, are as follows:
- Seta (Shweta Durva)
- Lata (Shyama Durva)
Ayurveda skin care ailments and other such items or related treatments also include a list of natural care herbal skin remedies from Kushthagna Mahakashaya’s plants.
Take a look at just a few of these herbs;
According to Charakh and other sages, quoting Sushrut in particular, Eladi Ghana also contains a vast list of beneficial herbs that can be applied as a natural herbal remedy for skin disorders. All these extracted herbs will alleviate pruritus, kusstha by eliminating body toxins resulting in a glowing complexion.
Let’s take a look at some of the most commonly found Ayurveda care herbal extracts in cosmetic products;
The ‘Indigo’ taking its name from its blue color, used for a Bidi/Tika (dot) application on chin or forehead.
For the joy of lips and cheeks, the Madder root is intended to beautify these important face marks.
Hibiscus Rosa Cynensis (Jaswand or Shoe Flower) with its black color is efficient for blackening and preserving hair color.
Also used for the ‘Tika’ on the forehead is another herbal extract called Raktachandan.
The famous Aloe Vera regenerates cell growth while it prevents aging, mostly used to prevent and heal skin irritations.
Scrubs and face masks can be applied using Chandan and Vertiver (Usheer), even for the whole body, with its cell regenerating effects.
And finally, Haldi (Turmeric) can be either applied as a face pack or even as an antiseptic.
Skin Care in Winter
A lot of females feel that during the summer, the scorching sun’s heat can make a lot of harm to their soft skin in comparison to cold weather during the winter.
However, you should know that winter can actually detrimental to your sensitive skin as well. The freezing gusts of wind in the winter could make your skin less moisture or even make it too dry.
Normal skin has sufficient water content to maintain its soft texture. To avoid water loss, the outer layer contains oil. Once this particular oil runs out, the skin ends up being dry.
This type of dry skin is known as “xerosis” in medical term. This can be not just lack of moisture in the skin but also includes other uncommon dryness of conjunctiva or the mucous membranes.
General factors that cause xerosis are:-
1. Freezing winter weather
2. Taking a bath or showering too frequent – if bathing too many times, showering with hot water and rub with harsh soap, this will dry the skin very fast. The condition can be even worse if you rub your body with a rough towel as this will get rid of the surface oil of the skin.
3. UV rays become stronger in winter and damage the skin.
4. Sauna baths
5. Uses of antiperspirants, perfumes, deodorants, detergents, etc.
6. Age – As you age, your oil glands decrease the production of the lubricant oil “sebum” and also the age causes slow down in the action of sweat glands.
Dry skin causes the skin to crack, peel and inflamed. There may be itching, scaling, chapping and etc. Rubbing or scratching dry skin tends to aggravate the problem and lead to infection and scarring. For many women, dry skin is most commonly found in arms, thighs, lower legs and hips.
This is due to the dryness and the slowdown of skin cell renewal. The accumulation of dead and flaky skin can cause dry patches and dullness of the skin tone and such dryness can cause wrinkles on your face.
1. Simple dry skin is easily treated just by keeping the skin moist. The drier the skin, the heavier the application of moisturizers should be. Moisturizers restore oil and water to the skin.
The best time to apply these is immediately after the bath. You can use the moisturizers, at least 3 times a day, on your face. Also cover your whole body, paying special attention to your arms, knees, and elbows.
Generally, moisturizers contain glycerin, petroleum jelly, mineral oil and are available as creams or lotions. For stronger moisturizers, they will contain urea, lactic acid, and glycolic acid. But why go for all these, when you have excellent Ayurvedic herbal moisturizers available on a wide range?
2. Do not take a bath frequently. Reduce the time taken for bashing. Apply vitamin E – oil on your face and other parts of the skin, if you are taking a steam bath.
Do not use hot water. Lukewarm or tepid water is good enough. Use a gentle soap. For the face avoid soap and use special moisturizers.
Indian women have a habit of taking oil baths at least once a week. In winter, apply oil (olive / gingerly / sesame) and massage all over the body, if possible daily.
Wait for 30 minutes or 1 how then take bath. When taking oil bath with just oil alone can make your skin supple and satiny, think of the benefits if the ordinary oil is fortified with herbs! Hence try fortified Ayurvedic herbal oils.
3. If you think that sun – protection is required only is summer, think again. Even in winter, you need sun – protection. Exposure to sun, in winter or summer, is the single most important factor in premature aging of the skin. Therefore use sun goggles, sunscreen lotions (preferably herbal) to ward off sun and U.V. rays.
4. Some Ayurvedic doctors suggest that oatmeal and dry milk powder (1/2 cup each) can be added to your bathwater.
5. If you use a sweater, do not wear it next to the skin. Wear a cotton inner garment, immediately next to your skin, and then only wear the sweater.
6. There are several home remedies for dry skin. The basic ingredients are bananas, honey, poppy seeds, etc. The simplest is massaging the face with 2 tablespoons of milk. The best way is to forget home remedies and use readymade Ayurvedic lotions, creams, emollients, plenty of which are available in the market.
7. Winter causes dry lips and ugly “cracks” on the lips. Massaging the lips with coconut oil mixed with glycerin and rose water, two or three times a day may help. Readymade lip – moisturizers are available.
8. A little more in-take of fat (Ghee) than normal is preferable in winter. In winter loss of oil & moisture is very high
Herbs used in Ayurveda
- Pongamia Glabra – For skin diseases, reduces itching
- Lawsonia Intermis – Keeps the body cool
- Terminal Blearica – Astringent, tonic, used in skin diseases. Prevent aging
- Thespesia Populnea – tonic, cures skin diseases, astringent
- Centella Asiatica – Good for skin diseases, improves memory
- Cannarium Strictum – For skin diseases with gingerly oil in rheumatic pain
- Coccinia Indica – Improve Skin and scalp tone.
Nimpathikuada Churanam, Kunkumadhi Lebum etc.
Home Made Skin Packs
Here are some tips to enhance the beauty of your complexion.
For Normal Skin
• Blend sandalwood powder, rose petal powder and oat flour with milk in equal quantities. Apply on your face. Leave for 1/2 hour and then wash.
• Make a facial pack with milk & cream and use. This removes the dirt from the face and makes it glow. You can use lime – juice, and cream also.
For oily skin
• Take a teaspoon each of honey, orange juice, Rosewater, Muldani Mutti powder, and blend. Apply this paste and wait till it dries. Then wash.
• Make a facial pack of tomato juice (1 tsp) with a little lime juice. Leave for 1/2 hour and wash. This pack closes the skin pores which are normally dilated in oily skin.
• Mix equal quantities of rice powder, coriander seeds (powdered) neem powder and sandalwood powder with water and apply
• Apply the pulp of any fruit on the face. Fruit packs help in clearing dead cells and stimulate blood circulation.
For dry skin
• Mix equal quantities of green gram powder, wheat gram powder, fenugreek, Tulasi powder and rose petals with milk cream and apply.
• Frequent oil massage is beneficial. Coconut / gingelly oil with a little lemon juice, applied on the face, makes the skin supple.
• The local application of nutmeg paste clears blemishes on the skin. This paste improves the color of the face.
• To tone up tired facial skin, mix 2 tablespoons of ground almonds, one tablespoon of rose water, 1/2 tablespoon of honey into a paste and apply on to the face. Leave on for 20 minutes and rinse off.
• Mix almonds with milk, grind to a paste and apply on the face. Leave it for 20 minutes and then rinse. Facial color improves.
Milk: Dab milk onto your face with some cotton wool. Wash off after minutes for a smooth even complexion.
Yoghurt: Applying yogurt on your face, as well as arms and legs, softens the skin. It is also a great coolant, especially, when you have just come back from an outing in the sun.
Yogurt may be mixed with rice flour to ease out cracks in the body.
It may be combined with Chana Ata (gram flour) to dry out pimples.
For best results, do not refrigerate yogurt. Use when fresh. With vinegar, it relieves cracked soles.
Cabbage: Save the water that cabbage has been cooked in, to wash your face with. It is a rich source of vitamins and minerals.
Carrot: Boil some carrots and mash into a paste. Apply and leave this on your skin for 10-15 minutes and rinse off with milk. The vitamin A in carrots is a great nourisher.
Butter Milk: May be used as a cleaner and for bleaching out slight discolorations, especially good for oily skin.
Cucumber: A home vegetable, it cools and refreshes, when sliced circular pieces are gently stroked over the face on sunny days. It can be blended with lotions, masks, and creams.
Multani Mitti: Also known as Fuller’s earth, it sucks out dirt from pores, is very rich in mineral content, and is used as a thickening and cleaning agent. For best results, apply after shower on a damp face. Rinse off once it dries thoroughly.
Pudina: Also known as mint, it may be added to tea in digestive disorder. Pudina added to bathwater is refreshing and stimulating.
Rose: This highly fragrant flower is the richest source of natural vitamin E or Youth vitamin. Ayurveda recommends Roja Pushpa Avalehya a semi-solid (like Chyavanprasha) to maintain youthfulness. This quenches thirst in summer and combats other related problems. Gulkund a sweet pan ingredient is made out of rose petals. This cools down the overworked body system.