Isn’t it fortunate for us that we belong to a country that is famously known as the Country of Ayurveda? Ayurveda has its roots in the deep recesses of history. It is an ancient system of natural and holistic medicine. It literally means the “science of life” and it was passed down orally in India until it was immortalized in the form of text some five thousand years ago. This medical knowledge was passed down from Gods to sages and then, to the humans. There are three texts on Ayurveda which are considered to be the oldest and they are- Charaka Samhita, Sushruta Samhita and the Ashtanga Hrudaya. All these texts contain knowledge about how the five elements of the Universe- earth, air, water, fire and space- interact with and affect an individual and how a balance between these elements is necessary for a healthy and happy life. Ayurveda in fact, places a great deal of importance on one’s lifestyle and daily routine (also called one’s “pathya”). Ayurveda ventures into all the units of our daily routines and that includes our skin care regime too. Aren’t you tired of spending loads on products that give unsatisfactory results? Don’t you want to adopt a certain kind of a routine that suits your skin perfectly? Ayurveda has answers to all such queries. Down below are the top 12 Ayurvedic Skin Care Tips that will surely change your life (or skin, in this case).
12 Know your skin type.
Before embarking on any journey, it is but imperative to gain as much knowledge about it as possible. It holds true when it comes to your skin too. Before you can start to take care of your skin, it is important to identify your skin type. Broadly speaking, Ayurveda divides skin types into three branches:
The skin under this category can be described as being dry, thin, delicate and cool to the touch. Such a type of skin gets dehydrated very easily and may age faster. It also tends to turn flaky when out of balance. It is best to employ essential oils to your skin care routine so that such a type of skin can stay nurtured and hydrated.
This type of skin is sensitive, far, soft, warm and of medium thickness. It gets adorned with moles and freckles quite easily and can erupt in rashes, acne and sun burns when out of balance. This kind of skin needs cooling as well as nurturing. Protection from the harmful sun rays is also mandatory.
A skin type which is usually oily, soft, thick, cool and more tolerant of the sun, Kapha tends to age slowly and forms less wrinkles than the other two types. However, this kind of a skin may become duller and is prone to blackheads, excessive oil production, pimples and moist types of eczema. It is best to remove any kind of toxins by scrubbing and exfoliating daily.
Now that you know your skin type, you can easily maintain a daily skin care routine which caters to your skin type specifically.
11. Cleansing and Moisturizing.
As is but evident, cleansing and moisturizing are the stepping stones to a glowing and radiant skin. Ayurveda provides you with the best ingredient for natural cleansing of the skin and that is, raw milk. Raw milk not only helps in removing unseen dirt and impurities from the skin pores but also adds an inward glow to the skin. You just need to dip a cotton ball in raw milk to cleanse all the impurities away.
Moisturizing is the next best step after the skin has been thoroughly cleansed. You should not only keep your skin hydrated from the inside but also from the outside. A gentle oil massage is the best remedy for a naturally hydrated skin. Use natural organic oils over the chemical loaded lotions to keep your skin smooth and healthy. A regular oil massage will not only stimulate blood circulation but will also keep your mind calm. Ayurveda also provides you with massage oils that complements your particular skin type.
10. Beauty Sleep.
It’s no secret that a good dose of sound sleep will only add to your beauty. It is an indispensable part of beauty regime. Try to incorporate such a type of routine where you get your required amount of sleep every night. Keep away from activities and technologies that will in any way hamper your sleep. An undisturbed sleep works best for the skin. Drinking milk before sleeping is also considered a healthy habit in Ayurveda. Sleep well and wake up looking fresh and radiant.
9. Try oranges
Do you like all women covet that ever elusive smooth and supple skin? If yes, then, I have good news for you (at least, Ayurveda does). You don’t have to spend hundreds and thousands on products that do more harm to your skin than good. Just look into your kitchen for the ingredient to a perfectly smooth skin. Yes, orange is best known for its astringent and toning properties. Since they are supposed to be a rich source of vitamin C, they keep the skin texture and colour in good condition. If you apply orange juice to your face daily, you’ll notice a definite improvement in your skin texture and complexion. This fruit also prevents your skin from ageing and is also a great skin toner.
We have all gone through that phase during puberty where our skin would just break out into a dozen pimples overnight. Remember the sheer horror of facing the world with that pimple-ridden phase? As adults, we are still prone to acne (yes, pollution is to blame). Ayurveda suggests simple and effective remedies to treat pimples which have been listed below:
- i) Honey and lemon juice:
Mix one tbsp. of honey with freshly squeezed lemon and make a paste. Dab it onto your pimples and on the scars left by earlier breakouts. Keep it on for ten minutes and then, wash off. Follow this routine for five to six times a week for best results.
- ii) Turmeric and sandalwood:
Turmeric has anti-bacterial and antiseptic properties that do wonders when used for treating pimples. It helps to clear acne scars and reduces inflammation. Sandalwood too has antiseptic, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and disinfectant properties. Make a paste of both by mixing them in equal amounts with water. Apply it on your face for fifteen to twenty minutes and then, wash it off gently. Its daily usage will result in soft and smooth skin.
There are many other such remedies which are perfectly natural and easy to use.
Tired of blemishes and dark spots? Turn to Potatoes!
Who would have thought potatoes would be so beneficial for skin? Since potato too, is rich in vitamin C and starch, it is vital for maintaining a good skin. Potatoes are helpful in treating dark circles as they lighten the under eye circles. For this, you can peel slices of raw potato and put them over your eyes or rub it over your face.
They also ward off wrinkles as they are also adept anti-ageing agents. Either rub potato juice over your face or blend them and apply the paste for best results.
If you follow this regime regularly, you will be blessed with a refreshed and rejuvenated skin.
Get set, ready and exercise!
A healthy and glowing skin is not attained through beauty regimes alone. It is also very important to be physically fit. According to Ayurveda, daily workouts affect our skin deeply as they help in boosting blood circulation, improving flexibility, regulating digestion and in detoxification. Thus, a daily workout session is a must for a healthy and gorgeous skin.
While we are still on the subject of exercising, it is also worth mentioning that it is not only our body that requires regular work out but our mind too. Our lifestyle is so fast-paced that it is almost too easy to feel stressed and strained. High levels of mental stress is one of the reasons why our skin suffers. Stress can actually make your skin appear dull and lifeless. It also ages your skin considerably fast. To combat such stress, meditation is the best remedy. A simple routine of meditating and breathing exercises can bring a lot of change to your skin. Meditation helps you ward off negative thoughts and embrace positive ones. This allows you to transform your unhappiness to happiness and a happy person always exude a healthy glow.
Maintain a good diet.
Ayurveda insists on a good diet. If you commit yourself to a good diet, you will reap its benefits for life. Water is a must in order to keep yourself hydrated from within. It is certainly true that what you eat will ultimately be reflected by your body. Similarly, your skin too, mirrors your food habits. Drink loads of water as it helps to release all the toxins that you gather every day. Fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and fibres are good for your health. Constitute them in your everyday meals for best results. Ayurveda swears by spices and cooking oils for quick benefits. Cumin, clove, cinnamon, coriander, turmeric, asafoetida, fenugreek et cetera are some of the spices that you should incorporate in your daily recipes. Consume nuts everyday as they are great for your skin.
I can see you have heard about them too. An Ayurvedic massage is considered to be a key part of Ayurvedic therapy. Once in a while, relax your body completely by splurging on Ayurvedic massages. These massages help in detoxifying the body, strengthening muscles and rejuvenating the skin. They make use of essential oils, herbs and warm organic oils to calm and soothe the skin. An Ayurvedic massage involves tapping, kneading, squeezing and traditional massage strokes.
In this world of pollution, it is not easy to maintain a good skin. Improper meals, varied sleep habits and hormonal imbalances are some of the few reasons which makes our skin suffer. At times, we lack certain nutrients that affect our skin in the end. Instead of opting for chemical based alternatives, it is best to use Ayurvedic supplements in order to provide your body that much needed nourishment. They directly work on your liver and blood which are considered to be in direct proportion to the skin. These supplements also treat skin related disorders without any side effects.
The entire system of Ayurveda is made in such a way that it promotes human happiness, health and creative and spiritual growth. This system teaches us the science of daily living and we all know, a happy person equals happy skin. No one can deny the fact that happiness and sadness gets reflected on your skin. A happy person will always radiate an inner glow which will be missing in an unhappy person. Therefore, it is necessary to be content and happy at all times. It will keep your skin youthful.
Ayurveda is simple and complex at the same time. It not only helps a healthy person to maintain his health but also allows a diseased person to regain his health back. A venture into Ayurveda is not a onetime adventure. It needs to be adopted in your lifestyle. Only then, you can fully observe its benefits. Ayurveda truly helps you achieve a state of spiritual and physical contentment.