Healthy skin that glows naturally without any make-up is everyone's desire. But there are several factors like pollution, unhealthy lifestyle routine, stress etc that do not allow your skin to breathe freely and glow from within.
But don't worry.The goodness of Ayurveda can help you attain a glowing skin. Your lost glow can be regained with simple herbal treatments, nutritious diet and healthy lifestyle.
Healthy skin can be maintained with the help of regular skin care regimen. The 5000 year old tradition of Ayurveda offers herbal formulations and therapies that identify the root cause of your skin issues and provide long lasting benefits.
Why your skin lacks glow
As per Ayurveda, our body is made up of three vital forces - Vata, Pitta, and Kapha doshas. A glowless and dull face results when the doshas get vitiated in the body, the causes of which are:
Dead skin cells
Pollution causing free radical damage
Unhealthy diet and lifestyle
Ayurvedic skin care treatment involves many steps. They are:
Understanding Skin type
Ayurvedic skin care treatments are essentially based on skin types.
According to Ayurveda, your skin type is based on the dominance of three doshas - vata (wind), pitta (fire), and kapha (water and earth).
Vata - If vata dominates you, yours will be dry and rough skin that is prone to uneven tone, wrinkles, flakiness, and fine lines.
Pitta - If your pitta dosha is high, you tend to have oily skin that's prone to acne. You are less tolerant to heat and more prone to tanning, sun burns, and sun spots.
Kapha - If kapha dominates you, your skin will be cold, oily and dull, prone to pimples, whiteheads, cystic acne, and water retention. Your skin pores will be large.
Different herbs are used for treating different skin types, which calm the specific doshas that are presented in aggravated levels.
Regular Skin Care Regimen
You must follow the essential steps of your daily skin care routine. Use only those skin products that contain dosha-specific herbal ingredients, suitable for your skin type.
Skin care routine has the following basic steps:
It is the process of removing dead skin cells, sweat, oil, diet and product build-up from the skin. It is done twice or thrice a day using natural cleansers that remove impurities without affecting the natural oils present in the skin.
Aloe vera, Neem, Tulsi, Sandalwood are good cleansing agents.
The process of exfoliation opens your skin pores through which moisturizers can penetrate deeper into your skin tissues. Ubtans are pastes made of flours and herbs, that; provide deep and gentle exfoliation to your skin, increase blood circulation, and unclog your skin pores, retaining natural oils.
You should feed your skin with essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients. If your skin lacks nourishment, it can result in loss of elasticity and skin strength, increased bruising and slow healing of scrapes or cuts. Nourishing face packs should be applied and gentle oil massages given regularly for a healthy and glowing skin.
Moisturizing is the process of hydrating and nourishing the skin, to prevent extreme oiliness or dryness. The skin loses its natural moisture as a result of exposure to the environment, regular cleansing, and due to ageing. Use natural ingredients like coconut milk, sesame oil, essential oils for the purpose of moisturizing. A right moisturizer helps to hide the blemishes naturally and maintains your skin's pH.
The moisturizer in your skin can be sealed with the help of a face toner as it closes the pores. It protects your skin from environmental pollutants and the skin remains hydrated for a longer time. Rose water is a natural toner. Spray it on your face a few times a day.
Ayurvedic Herbs for glowing skin
As per Ayurveda, glowing skin results from pure blood. Raktashodhak herbs (blood cleansers) and Rakta prasadaka herbs ( blood soothers) such as neem, turmeric, manjistha, bakuchi etc. are used.
At a later stage, kantivardhaka herbs ( glow enhancing herbs) are used to enhance skin glow like turmeric, tree turmeric, saffron, sandalwood, raktachandana, aloe vera, licorice, manjistha etc. which balance the vitiated doshas.
Ayurvedic Herbal Therapies for glowing skin
Herbal paste made of turmeric, licorice, and grain powders is applied over the body. It purifies your skin and gives glowing skin. It is best for dull and dry skin.
Abhyanga, the massage with warm oils nourishes your skin while balancing the doshas. Eladi, Kumkumadi, or Nalpamaradi oil is used for healthy and glowing skin.
Specific areas of your body are massaged with warm pouches containing dried herbs such as ashwagandha, neem powder etc. based on your vitiated doshas. It increases the glow on your face.
It is a Panchakarma therapy. You are made to sit in a box filled with herb infused steam for 10-30 mts. It is done after Abhyanga. Toxins are removed by sweating.
Some other Ayurvedic skin care tips are:
Ayurvedic diet for glowing skin
Good diet is helpful in bringing out the healthy glow. Drink 2 litres of water to hydrate your skin. Have seasonal fruits and green leafy vegetables for clean skin. Green tea slows down ageing. Diet rich in antioxidants is essential for a glowing skin.
Adequate sleep for glowing skin
Adequate sleep is essential for production of collagen and elastin protein. Your skin is kept tight and radiant.
Yoga for glowing skin
Practising Hatha yoga impacts skin health as it influences respiratory levels.
Lavanya therapy at Jeevess
Lavanya therapy for Ayurvedic beauty care uses Ayurvedic herbs and natural medicines as a core to maintain shiny skin. Your body constitution is kept in mind while reformulating age old recipes for you which helps to enhance complexion, nourishes the skin and improves skin tone naturally.