Ayurveda takes a holistic approach to skin care. It offers simple yet effective home remedies that helps you cure most of the skin ailments whilst restoring the natural health of your skin.
Here is a complete ayurveda skin care guide with time-proven ayurvedic tips for all skin types. It is a compilation of easy and effective home treatments and foods for a healthier skin, natural ayurvedic cleansers and moisturizing oils that help restore balance to your skin’s pH, and spa-like rejuvenating self-care practices to help you stay young and bless you with an amazingly beautiful skin.
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Space (vata) normal-dry skin, dull complexion, small pores and fine lines. Air (vata) dry skin, matte complexion, burns easily and rough. Fire (pitta) sensitive, burns easily, soft, early wrinkles and skin irritation. Water (kapha) oily, burns rarely, large pores and few lines. Earth (kapha) normal-oily skin, burns after long exposure and medium pores.
An imbalanced vata will have rough, dry and peeling skin. Consume radish juice and apply butter on the face. Pitta imbalance causes acne, pigmentation and rosacea, so avoid sun and heat and wear loose cotton clothes. Kapha imbalance can cause large pores and black heads so apply a mix of neem leaves, turmeric, rose water on the face.
For Vata and Pitta skin types (dry, sensitive skin), use a raw silk gharshana glove for exfoliation. For Kapha skin type (thicker, oily skin), use a natural bristle brush. Practice abhyanga. Use rose water as a toner. Neem oil is cooler than tea tree oil, so use it as a spot treatment for pimples. Use coconut oil or ghee as a moisturizer. Use milk as a face wash.
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 1 ounce almond oil with sweet orange for vata, jasmine for pitta or lavender for kapha skin type.
Turmeric is a wonder ingredient in the kitchen as well as in your beauty cabinet. Use turmeric mask to exfoliate skin. Mix 1 tbsp turmeric and flour with water to make a paste. Massage onto skin for 2 min and wash off. Dry skinned people can add elderly blossom for added benefits. Add in lime drops/lavender blossom for oily skin and rose powder for normal skin.
According to Ayurveda, eliminating all the foods and activities that increase pitta is the main treatment for most skin disorders. Some home remedies are applying a powder of Turmeric, Amla, and Neem leaves, using purified sulphur, applying a mixture of coconut oil and powdered camphor, consuming wheatgrass juice and triphala powder and applying aloe vera.
The anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antiseptic properties of turmeric offer many benefits. It can relieve pain and swelling (known in Ayurveda as nature’s aspirin) and can even be applied to small cuts and wounds, helping with blood clotting, preventing infection and healing skin. Here are some easy ways to consume turmeric and turmeric face wash and mask recipes that are worth trying!
To use ghee for skin, take 10 ounces of ghee and mix with sufficient water. Add fresh water and continue mixing. Repeat this many times till the ghee turns into white with a butter like consistency. This can act as a natural moisturizer, relieves burning sensation, wounds, chicken pox scars, can be applied around umbilicus for excessive bleeding in pregnant women.
The term for Ayurvedic self-massage is ‘Abhyanga‘, which brings a glow to our skin, reflecting the ever-glowing, shining nature of our indwelling spirits. Its benefits are that it wards off aging, nourishes the skin and body. To perform, take coconut oil in a bowl and place it inside a bowl of boiling water. Apply to your feet and work it all the way up.