Today, Ayurvedic medicine is making waves in the world of natural skin care. Several companies are adding herbs to their formulations and proposing new ‘Ayurvedic medicine for skin problems’, as opposed to chemical intensive formulations used earlier. So, through this article, find out different Ayurveda terminology and how you can have and maintain glowing, healthy skin-
- Caring for your dosha type- In Ayurveda, there are 3 main Dosha types- namely Vata- which represents the elements of Space and Air, Pitta- which represents the elements of Fire and Water and lastly, Kapha- which represents the elements of Earth and Water.
- Vata skin type must be cleansed carefully and be mindful of over-drying or over-exfoliating. Rice or nut powders mixed with hydrating rose water, or even milk, can provide great natural alternatives to chemical-based exfoliants that can particularly aggravate vata skin.
- Pitta skin type tends to be the most sensitive and prone to redness, aggravation, and sun-sensitivity. Aloe vera gel can be applied directly to the skin for five minutes twice a week and removed with cold water can provide the much-needed “cooling” for pitta skin.
- Kapha skin is thicker and oilier, prone to blackheads, pimples, and eczema. Gently scrub the face with a mixture of sea salt and honey followed by herbal steam with mint leaves two to three times a week for keeping pores clear and maintaining the optimal oil balance.
- The seasons dictate your skin care- Seasonal factors also dictate your skincare routine. For the summer months, shield your skin from the sun and apply lots of sunblock. The Ayurvedic herb Lodhra is known to bring a glow to the skin, while also improving its complexion. Similarly, Haldi (or Turmeric) works as a brightening agent, thereby lightening the skin tone.
- Meditate- Meditating is the process of calming the mind and getting rid of extra anxiety and stress. Stress has known to be one of the main reasons for skin wrinkling over a period of time. By reducing the stress in your life, it has been seen to have a positive impact on the health of your skin. [READ: Best Exercises To Stop Aging, Keep Muscles, Brain Healthy]
4. Quick home remedies- To make the best out of the summer, it is important to take care of your skin. Spas are not everyone’s cup of tea, so here is a recipe for a face pack that can be made at the comfort of your home-
- Cucumber and Honey face pack
- Shred one clean and fresh cucumber and add 1 tablespoon of honey into it.
- Carefully apply all across the face.
- Relax and let the skin soak in the goodness.
- Wash off after 30 minutes.
Your skin will love the nourishment of cucumber and honey from this mixture.
- Lemon and aloe vera face pack
- Whip up a quick face mask by taking 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel and adding 2 teaspoons of fresh lemon juice into it. Or scrape the fresh gel from the aloe plant.
- Use the mix to cover your face and wash after 20 minutes.
Lemon juice effectively removes grease while adding a fresh fragrance to your skin and aloe vera keeps your skin moisturized.
5. Ayurvedic Medicines- Dr. Vaidya’s has a solution in its Ayurvedic Face Pack. It consists of two highly effective medicines in Herbofit and Herbocharm. Herbofit consists of several herbs that regenerate tissues, build up immunity, tone up muscles, help in digestion, boost energy and slows down the ageing process. Herbocharm is essentially an Ayurvedic medicine for glowing skin, that helps treat various skin ailments, thus helping you enjoy a clean and clear skin. This is a face pack which is created by blending in as many as 12 special herbs. These medicines are completely natural and free from any chemicals, these medicines contain the nutrients for clear skin that help penetrate the subcutaneous tissue of the facial skin, thereby increasing its smoothness and adding a glow to it. [READ: Why The French Do Beauty Best]
Ayurvedic science does not involve just using Ayurvedic medicine for skin problems but incorporating lifestyle changes simultaneously to ensure the problem does not recur. It revolves around the idea of understanding your body’s dosha type and giving you the best natural solutions from there. However, there are people who are a combination of two dosha types and thus, it is very important to consult an Ayurvedic doctor to gain a better understanding of your dosha type, and subsequently, of yourself.