AYURVEDIC SKIN CARE

The skin is a barometer of a person’s health. It also provides clues to one’s Ayurvedic constitution. While vata skin tends to be thin with fine pores, and suffers from dryness and wrinkles, in case of a pitta constitution, the skin is usually delicate, fair and red toned. It often has freckles, moles or acne and burns easily. The skin of a person with kapha dosha is oily, smooth, moist and thick with a tendency towards large pores.

Skin that has been properly cared for stays youthful, vibrant and clear. Neglected skin ages prematurely, becomes dull and blemished. Regularly consumption of milk, honey and yogurt is good for nourishing the skin and prevents premature aging.

Some common skin problems and easy natural remedies are described below:

Acne and Pimples

According to Ayurveda, acne, pimples and black heads are caused by the aggravation of all the three doshas. The primary aggravated dosha, however, is pitta. Pitta dosha symbolizes heat or fire in the body. This body heat is increased by excessive alcohol, smoking, and caffeinated drinks. Bad food habits such as eating white flour and white sugar products, greasy, fried and spicy food, together with stress, tension, polluted environments and excessive use of chemicals also aggravate pitta dosha. This aggravated dosha then erupts on the skin as acne and pimples.

Easy Home Remedies

Drink half a cup of aloe vera juice, twice daily.

Applying a paste of nutmeg and a little water is also very effective.

Orange peel face packs are also helpful. Pound orange peels to a paste with a little water and apply on face.

If you have constipation, take a tablespoon of Ayurvedic triphala powder at bedtime with warm water or milk.

Premature Aging

Symptoms of premature aging are excessively dry skin, skin wrinkles, dried up body tissues, limp muscles, and joint pains. These are general symptoms of aging, but if these appear at an early age, one should pacify one’s aggravated vata dosha since aging is caused by imbalanced vata.

Vata dosha is usually aggravated by excessive thinking, stress and tension, overwork, irregular sleeping and eating habits, and by eating too much of cold and dry food. Artificially preserved or frozen food, and chemical medicines tend to aggravate vata dosha, causing premature aging. Excessive exposure to sun light, chemicals and cosmetic also absorbs the body’s natural moisture and causes an imbalance of vata dosha.

Easy Home Remedies

Try this Banana face pack for softening dry skin. Mix together half a banana (mashed), the juice of I lemon, 2 tsp of milk powder, and 2 cubes of mashed avocado. Apply this delicious mask all over your face and neck. Leave on for 20 minutes and wash off with milk.

This pineapple pack is very good for dead, sluggish skin. Mix together a slice of pineapple (mashed), the juice of an orange and a lemon, together with the grated lemon rind and 2 tsp of wheat flour. Apply it to your face and neck. Wash off gently to reveal smooth skin. Massage in upward direction with almond oil or ghee (clarified butter) regularly for 20 minutes before bedtime.

Mix together a teaspoon of almond meal, the pulp of one apricot, a teaspoon of Ashwagandha powder, a teaspoon of carrot juice and a teaspoon of cabbage extract. Apply on your face and neck. Wash off gently to reveal smooth skin.

Milk, honey, yogurt and eggs are good for nourishing your skin. Including these in your diet regularly helps prevent premature ageing of skin.

Black Heads

Aggravation of kapha dosha (mucus, body lubrication) and improper cleansing of skin cause black heads. When kapha dosha is aggravated the skin becomes excessively oily. And if this excessive oily skin is not cleansed properly, this oil together with atmospheric dust clogs the skin pores, causing black heads.

Kapha dosha is imbalanced by eating too much of greasy food, white sugar and flour products, rich desserts, creams and butter, excessive sleeping habits and daytime siestas.

Easy Home Remedies

Use an oatmeal or almond mask to thoroughly cleanse your face. Mix either oatmeal or almond meal with just enough water to make a soft paste that spreads easily on your skin. Rub it on your skin with your fingertips, paying special attention to problem areas

Try this oatmeal and apple mask for oily skin. Mix together a tablespoon of oatmeal powder, half a grated apple and a little milk. Apply this fruit mask all over your face and neck, and leave on for 15 minutes. Scrub off, moving fingertips in a circular motion for a squeaky-clean complexion.

Massage with a facial cream for 20 minutes. Steam your face for about 5 to 7 minutes. With a facial tissue or sterilized cotton wool, squeeze out blackheads gently. Rinse your face with cool water, and then pat on a natural skin toner with one part of honey to one part of cucumber juice, or buttermilk on the troubled spots. Wash off after 10 to 15 minutes.

Apply undiluted lemon juice, two or three times a day, on the affected areas.

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