To make ubtans or natural cleansers use 1 tsp almond meal + 1/2 tsp dry milk + 1/4 tsp ground coriander OR 1 tsp almond meal + 1/2 ground orange peel + 1/2 tsp dry milk OR 1 tsp barley meal/lemon peel + 1/2 tsp dry milk. For moisturizing oils after cleansing use 1ounce almond oil with sweet orange for vata, jasmine for pitta or lavender for kapha skin type.
Ayurveda outlines three steps to beautiful skin: cleanse, nourish, and moisturize which will be outlined below. Learn about simple cleansers you can make at home within minutes and moisturizing oils that will restore balance to your skin’s pH. Read our first article in the Ayurveda Skin Care Series: What Is Your Skin Type.
Ubtans Or Natural Cleansers
Ayurveda suggests ubtans (pastes made from herbs, flours, and legumes) to cleanse and exfoliate the skin and moisturizing with organic unrefined oils. Using soap to cleanse skin can lead to dry skin and alter the pH balance of the skin. Creams can become too dense at a molecular level to permeate and nourish the tissues adequately.
Skin is constantly shedding, so using DIY facial cleansers can be very beneficial for acne-prone skin. You can make your own natural cleansers at home with organic herbal powders, which you can find at your local health food store.
Simple recipes for natural cleanser
-1 tsp almond meal + 1/2 tsp dry milk + 1/4 tsp ground coriander
-1 tsp almond meal + 1/2 ground orange peel + 1/2 tsp dry milk
-1 tsp barley meal + 1 tsp lemon peel + 1/2 tsp dry milk
-1 tsp chickpea flour+ 1 tsp dry milk powder
These will be enough for 3-4 uses, store them in a small jar as a dry ingredient and when you are ready to cleanse your face, make a paste with ¼ of the cleanser with few drops of warm water. Apply to your face and massage in an upward, circular motion. Gently rinse with warm water.
Simple recipes for moisturizing oils
Make a body oil by mixing 1 ounce of almond oil with 10 drops of essential oil appropriate to your prakriti
-For dry “vata” skin, use sweet orange or geranium
-For sensitive “pitta” skin, use jasmine or sandalwood
-For oily “kapha” skin, use lavender or bergamot.
How to use it?
Warm your bottle of oil in hot water for a few minutes, and then to give yourself an abhyanga (self-massage with oil). The Sanskrit word for oil is ‘sneha’ which is also a synonym for love. So this oil massage ritual is love nourishment to your tissues and your soul.
Pour some oil on your palm and massage your scalp, the tops and bottoms of your feet, and the rest of your body, including your abdomen and spine. Use long repetitive strokes along your limbs and circular strokes on your joints and scalp.
According to the Charaka Samhita, abhyanga pacifies the doshas, enhances the complexion and the luster of the skin, tones muscles, and acts as a natural moisturizer.
Ayurveda Skin Regime To Follow Every Morning
Wash your face thoroughly with warm water. Dead skin cells soak up the water which makes them easier to remove. Make an ubtan with 2 tablespoons of oat flour and 1 tablespoon of water. Bend over the sink, dip your second, third, and fourth fingertips into the ubtan, and gently press the paste onto your face. This removes the dead skin cells without stripping the skin of its natural oils.
Put some plain water or rose water in a spray bottle and spritz the face a few times to moisten the skin.
While the face is still wet, apply a thin coating of jojoba oil to seal in the moisture. Jojoba oil is closest to the skin’s sebum and can be used by all skin types without causing any irritation.