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Ayurveda Skin Care

Skin is the true mirror of the internal state of an individual, reflecting the condition of the internal organs as well as the emotions. Due to the pollution and faulty way of life, number of skin diseases is increasing day by day. Skin is a sensitive organ and is continuously exposed to various environmental stresses such as varying temperatures, dust, smoke, heat, cold, wind, rain, etc so it is important to take good care of the skin and maintain its healthy condition. People are becoming beauty conscious and herbal cosmetics are gaining popularity all over the world. Ayurveda advises proper diet according to one’s constitution for natural beauty.

Normal Skin in Vata type individuals - The skin is dry, rough, thin and flaky in patches in Vata type individuals. The skin is cold to touch and color of the skin is dark, grayish hue. There is very less sweating. Body hair is dry, sparse, harsh, curly, split and grey.

Normal Skin in Pitta type individuals - The skin is soft, smooth, and with many moles in Pitta type individual. The skin is warm to touch and fair, peachy, freckled, coppery blue color. There is profuse sweating and foul body odor due to excess sweating. Body hairs are smooth, oily and reddish brown.

Normal Skin in Kapha type individuals - Skin is oily, thick, and moist in Kapha type individuals. Skin is fair, pale with a glow, soft and cool to touch. Sweating is less. Body hairs are thick, black, unctuous and strong. Food items indicated and contra indicated in skin disorders.


Effect of diet on the skin
  • Sweet taste in general increases luster of skin, hence it is beneficial for skin and hair. Sweet taste is good for Vata and Pitta constitution.
  • Sour taste has no direct effect on skin but if taken in excess can increase process of pus formation in preventing injury or eruption on skin. Sour taste is beneficial for Vata constitution.
  • Saline taste if taken in excess creates cuts in preexisting skin diseases. It also accelerates wrinkle formation on the skin and graying of hair as well as alopecia. Saline taste is beneficial for Vata constitution.
  • Pungent taste reduces oiliness as well as itching on skin but can create patches over skin. Pungent taste is beneficial for Kapha constitution.
  • Bitter in general is useful in all skin diseases. It pacifies almost all secretions in the body. Bitter taste is good for Pitta and Kapha constitution.
  • Astringent taste if taken in excess can produce tanning over skin. Astringent taste is beneficial for Pitta and Kapha constitution.

Few medicinal herbs with action

Cleansing herbs – Aloe vera, Papaya, Orange peel, Lemon and Amalaki
Antiseptic action – Neem, Tulsi (Basil), bakuchi, Licorice, Orange peel and Mango ginger.
Nutritive - Licorice, Ashwagandha, Musta and Tulsi (Basil).
Anti inflammatory – Sandalwood, Ushira, Anantamool, Rose petals, Aloe vera and Lodhra.
Bleaching – Aloe vera, Anantamool, Rakta chandan, Kachur sugandhi and Mango ginger.
Anti wrinkle – Manjishta, Papaya, Aloe vera and Musta.
Moisturizer – Aloe vera, Rose petals, Ushira and Neem.
Astringent – Arjun, Haritaki, Triphala, Manjishta and Neem.
To increase circulation – Kachur sugandhi, Musta, Bakuchi, Anantamool and Mango ginger.


Herbs for Skin Care

Kumari (Aloe vera)
  • Moisturizes skin, keeping it hydrated, rejuvenated and glowing.
  • It helps in soothing pain, infections and inflammation.
  • Excellent for treating eczema, cuts, insect bites, sunburns, etc.
  • Aloe vera is also known for its anti-ageing properties. It helps in keeping wrinkles and age spots at bay.
  • It is a rich source of natural antioxidants that are good for your overall health.

Chandana (Sandalwood)
  • Sandalwood has anti-bacterial trait.
  • Sandalwood oil is proved effective in moisturizing dry skin.
  • Sandalwood acts as a wonderful cleansing agent and removes all the dirt from the skin pores thereby preventing acne.
  • It helps clear blemishes easily from the skin.
  • Helps make complexion clearer.

Taruni (Rose)
  • Antibacterial-Naturally antibacterial rose essential oil makes can help treat acne and acne-prone skin. Combined with its cleansing properties, rose makes an ideal ingredient in face washes and cleansers.
  • Anti-inflammatory-Rose oils can actually help reduce swollen spots or redness on your skin. Its calming properties can also help smooth skin.
  • Antioxidants-Rose contains high amounts of vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant.
  • Moisturizing- The natural oils found in roses help lock moisture into the skin, keeping skin feeling smooth.
  • Naturally fragrant
  • Relaxing- When used aromatically, rose calms and soothes the mind. In fact, rose petals are a staple in Ayurvedic medicine to detoxify and calm.
  • Toning- As a natural astringent, rose helps tighten pores and restore suppleness for a glowing complexion. Nimba (Margosa/Neem).

Cucumber
  • Fades dark circles
  • Reduces puffy eyes
  • Treats freckles
  • Improves complexion
  • Treats sunburn
  • Tightens open pores
  • Vanish cellulitis

Haridra (Turmeric)
  • Turmeric is an excellent exfoliating agent and can help you defeat the signs of ageing.
  • Helps manage wrinkles.
  • Turmeric takes care of the scars and inflammation.
  • Help women lighten the stretch marks.
  • Heal burns and wounds.
  • Removes facial hairs.

Jasmine
  • Soothes your mind and body.
  • Clarifies and protects skin.
  • Hydrates for softer skin.
  • Heals blemishes and scars.
  • Natural Anti-Deodorant.
  • Eases Skin Troubles like rashes, redness due to sunburn, cut etc.
  • The antibacterial, antiseptic, and antiviral properties of jasmine can be utilized in the form of its oil to improve the immunity power of the skin.

Manjishtha
  • Rejuvenative in pigmentation of the skin and general debility.
  • Promotes healing of the skin tissues damaged by injury or infection.
  • Used both externally and internally. It helps to gain luster and glow of the skin.
  • Pacifies high Pitta (fire).
  • Best blood-purifying herb. It cools and detoxifies the blood.
  • Very effective for acne, pimples, boils and eczema.

Tulsi (Basil)
  • The anti-bacterial properties of tulsi help to fight pimples, acne and eczema.
  • Chewing tulsi leaves helps to remove toxins from blood, which in turn prevents pimples and acne breakouts.
  • Tulsi leaves can be applied on pimples. This not only eliminates pimple but also smooth outs the skin, leaving a radiant glow on face.
  • Scars and black spots can be removed by applying a tulsi on affected areas.

Aloevera

Chandana

Cucumbr

Haridra

Jasmine

Manjishtha

Rose

Tulsi