Glowing skin is a sign of good health and considered as an aspect of beauty. Good diet, healthy living and using skin friendly products help in enhancing the skin color and maintain its glow and youthfulness.
Ayurveda is a science of life that provides healing and prevention for diseases based on the individual’s body constitution known as “Prakruti’. Ayurvedic procedures are recommended taking into account various factors like the age, food habits, lifestyle and other emotional aspects of the individual.
Ayurvedic treatments and products are made using natural herbs and minerals and they do not cause any side effect. Skin care treatment is based on the dosha disturbance in the body and aims to correct it to restore health. The diagnosis helps in determining the dosha type of the skin and treatment is based on the disturbance and the extent of aggravation. The doshas are of three types namely Vata, Pitta and Kapha. The herbal medications are prescribed to balance the dosha vitiation and are capable of restoring the skin back to its glowing and healthy condition.
Skin Types in Ayurveda
Vata type of skin is radiant and soft. Vata aggravation can cause the skin to become dry, flaky and lined. Vata type skin has smaller pores than other skin types. The discoloration wrinkles and darkening of skin mostly occurs around the eyes, ears and forehead. Application of oils is beneficial for Vata skin.
A pitta type of skin is healthy, rosy and glowing. Exposure to hot sunlight makes it bllodshot. The areas such as nose, back of neck and scalp are pitta areas. Pitta type skin is prone to acne, pimples and lesions.
The Kapha skin is oily and smooth and does not wrinkle. Aggravation of kapha can cause acne that leaves permanent scars on the skin. The Kapha areas are neck and chin. This type of skin has the higher risk of edema than the other skin types. Dry cleansing medications are useful in treating the oily kapha skin. Cleansers and toners containing Aloe Vera, lotus petals, rose petals and sage leaf are good for kapha skin.
Ayurvedic Tips for Glowing Skin
A mixture containing equal quantities of lime juice, rose water and glycerin makes a good lotion. Applying it regularly at bed time is very effective in removing pimples and blackheads rendering the skin soft and glowing. This lotion can also be applied to hands, feet etc.
- Mixture of equal quantities of cucumber juice, rose water and lime juice can be applied on the face after washing it at bed time. Leave it overnight and rinse off in the morning to get a healthy complexion.
- A pinch of salt and tow spoonfuls of lime juice added to raw milk and used as a lotion helps in cleaning the pores of the skin.
- A mixture of tomato juice and lemon juice applied on the face regularly to get a soft and glowing skin.
- A paste made of raw carrots can be applied on the face to make it glowing.
- Applying mint juice regularly can help in removing stains from the skin and makes it glowing.
- Lemon juice, honey and vegetable oil mixed together can be used as a moisturizer for dry skin.
- Turmeric powder mixed with milk purifies the blood and gives a glow to the skin.
- Basil leaves are helpful in removing white patches from the skin.
- Use a face pack of Multani mitti for removing acne from oily skin.
- Aloe Vera juice gives skin a natural glow and makes it young looking.
- A mixture of cucumber juice and milk works as a good cleanser and makes the skin glowing.
Ayurvedic Remedies for Skin Problems
The Ayurvedic following medicines are generally prescribed for skin problems:
- Amla Powder Haridrakhand
- Panchtick Guggulu Ghrita
- Triphala Churna