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.
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.