Ayurveda Tips for A Glowing Face


Glowing, beautiful skin makes everybody happy and confident to face the world. But how to reach that ‘radiant goal’? Yes, Ayurveda can help you in that pursuit with its scientific natural concoctions and scientific managing, writes Vaidya Lakshmi Lakshmanan going deep into its various finer aspects. Read on to learn the nitty-gritty.



Beauty cosmetics have become an essential commodity in the present era. It is the most popular and highest selling consumer goods in the FMCG sector. Cosmetics are understood as external preparations which are mostly applied to the skin, hair, nails, lips for beautification and protection from damage due to climatic changes, pollution, etc. Although several herbs are mentioned in Ayurveda classics, about 200 herbs are specifically mentioned for healthy and glowing skin. Nowadays people are preferring herbal and natural skin care products because of the reduced side-effects and improved functional benefits. The biologically active ingredients of Ayurveda herbs are infused into the creams, moisturizers, etc. to obtain enhanced results. The 5000-year-old Ayurveda holds good even today and it fits well into modern models of holistic living.

What is Beauty?
 
Ayurveda approach to beauty care is not the market driven ideals of beauty. Beauty not only refers to being physically attractive or the perfection of what is visually perceived but also one’s self-confidence, expressions, emotions, disciplined mind and similar qualities that give happiness to others. Inner beauty is reflected in outer beauty.
 
Tend to your Skin’s Needs
 
Skin Health depends on the balance of three Doshas. Moisture balance of the skin is controlled by Kapha Dosha. Pitta Dosha gives complexion and luster to the skin. It is the heat which controls the chemical and hormonal activities of the skin. Skin layers are supplied with proper nutrition by Vata Dosha as it controls circulation. So, following daily and seasonal routine will help in balancing the Doshas and improving inner health while nourishing the skin.
 
 
Daily care for the skin is not just a cosmetic act. Positive routines and habits will bring out the best in ourselves. They make true good looks possible. Even as we grow older, with appropriate care we will mature with a strength and vitality that will bring a new depth to our outer beauty; a beauty born of life experience.
 
Every individual is unique. As the skins of different Prakriti people have different characteristics, they have specific needs too.
 
       Vata properties of dryness, roughness and coldness is reflected in the skin of Vata Prakriti people.
       Skin of Pitta Prakriti people is warm and can be sensitive too. Also, plenty of moles, freckles and pimples can be seen.
       Kapha People have oily, soft and cold skin and prone to acne because of oiliness.
 
Skin Care Journey
 
As our personality and confidence rely on beauty, it is important that we spend time for skin care every day in order to delay skin aging, improve skin complexion and luster and prevent skin damage from adverse environmental factors such as pollution and climatic changes.
 
The simple steps for face care which can be practiced at home according to one’s skin type, and their benefits are mentioned in the table below.
 

  • PROCEDURES

    VATA

    PITTA

    KAPHA

    BENEFITS

    Mukha Abhyanga or Oil Massage

     

    Warm sesame oil

    Coconut oil or ghee

    Warm sesame or mustard oil

    Nourishes skin, makes skin soft and silky, helps in skin tightening, facial muscle toning and skin uplifting

    Ubtan or Herbal Scrub

     

    Walnut paste or Chickpea flour and milk

    Powder of orange lentils

    Almond paste or rice flour with milk

    Makes skin clean, smooth and reduces hyper-pigmentation

    Cleanser

    Moderate – Lemon juice or Milk cream with 2 drops of lemon

    Mild – Sweet & Sour Orange juice or Coconut milk with 4 drops of lemon

    Good – Sour Orange juice or Milk with 6 drops of lemon

    Removes dirt, sweat, sebum and oils from skin

    Toner

    Rose water or Cucumber juice

    Rose water or Cucumber juice

    Rose water or Cucumber juice

    Removes residue after cleansing; restores pH of skin, improves circulation and tightens pores

    Face Mask

    Chickpea flour with yoghurt

    Liquorice powder with rose water

    Triphala powder with water

    Effective anti-bacterial. Balances sebum secretion. Use once a week by people with dry to normal skin. People with oily skin can use twice a week.

    Moisturizer

    Almond oil or Fresh butter

    Ghee or sandalwood oil or Coconut milk

    Honey or Sesame oil

    Hydrates the Skin 

 
Focus on Marma / Vital Points
 
Stimulating the Marma points (Vital points through which subtle energy flows) on face improves the circulation of blood and enhances skin health. Use your index finger to press each Marma point for one minute.
 

Adhipathi – On the vertex
Sthapani – Center of the Eyebrows
Avarta – Middle of each eyebrow
Apanga – End of each eyebrow
Phana – On either side of the nose
Neela & Manya – On either side of the trachea in the neck
Utshepa – On either side of the head, above the temples, where the hair meets the scalp.
 
 
 
Protect your skin
 
Everyday challenges to skin health are photodamage, skin problems due to air pollution or seasonal changes. Below are some tips to manage them.
 
       Limit exposure to UV light or use herbal sunscreens, use cooling glasses and use light colored cotton cloth to cover forehead, nose and chin when you go out. Use moisturizer daily as it acts as a barrier between the skin and pollutants. Take rose water or cold infusion of sandalwood in a spray bottle and spray on your face whenever your skin feels irritated due to sun’s rays.
       When you come back home, cleanse face using a mix of chickpea flour and rose water in summers and with mix of orange lentils and milk in winters.
       Drink sufficient water or liquids to compensate fluid loss through sweat in summers and to keep the skin hydrated and prevent dryness in winters.
       Facial steam once a week opens the skin pores to help cleanse the skin deeply, hydrate the skin, and promote collagen production. It will be good to add a pinch of turmeric to the water used for steam as it has antibacterial and antioxidant properties.
 
Enhancing different aspects of beauty
 
Everybody’s skins have different needs and the following Ayurveda tips for common skin problems will help in achieving a healthy and glowing skin.
 

Dry Skin

Milk cream and coconut water or milk and almond paste

Sun Tan

Paste of papaya or aloe vera or sesame paste mixed with butter

Wrinkles

Paste of Manjishta (Rubia cordifolia), Ashwagandha (Withania somniferra), pulp of aloe vera, almond oil and rose water

Pimples

Powder of one part of barley, half part of sandalwood, one-fourth part of curcuma along with lemon juice or Triphala powder mixed with honey.

Acne Scar

Kumkumadi oil or paste of Tulsi (Basil) leaves.

Blemishes

Paste of white sandalwood or liquorice or mixture of powders of liquorice, coriander and Lodhra (Symplocus racemosus) mixed in rose water.

Dull Skin

Powder of dried orange peel mixed with milk or mixture of powders of orange lentil, chickpea, turmeric, sesame oil, lemon juice and rose water

Excess facial hairs

Lemon juice with honey for scrubbing

Blackheads

Fenugreek powder with honey for scrubbing.

Hyper-pigmentation

Saffron and milk or orange peel powder and sandalwood powder mixed in rose water. 


 
 
Inner Health for Outer Glow
 
Skin care is not a few days’ practice but it needs to be pursued at each and every stage of life. Also, skin health depends on the overall health condition of the individual, hence what we put into our system is important. Daily and seasonal regimen specific to skin care has to be followed based on one’s Prakriti and skin health for a long-lasting beauty.
 
       Regular intake of nutritious meals in proper quantity and quality containing plenty of seasonal fruits and vegetables rich in antioxidants will help to nourish all the organs including skin. Skin nutrition cannot be enhanced only through topical applications. Macro and Micronutrients are important for healthy and glowing skin. Malnutrition affects skin appearance.
       Use of sufficient oils or ghee in diet keeps the skin supple.
       Reduce excess salt in diet as it causes early wrinkling of skin. Try to use Himalayan rock salt.
       Regular intake of Rasayana herbs specific for skin care will help in improving skin health. Anantamool, Manjishta, Yashtimadhu, Haridra, Kumari are some of the skin rejuvenators.
       Daily shower keeps skin clean and reduces microbial activity.
       Adequate sleep for 7 to 8 hours keeps the skin healthy and glowing, reduces dark under- eye circles.
       Regular exercise for about 30 to 45 minutes daily eliminates toxins from the body and skin through sweat and keeps the skin healthy by improving blood circulation to the layers of the skin.
       Do breathing exercise and meditation daily for 10 to 15 minutes to improve stress tolerance as stress causes loss of luster and complexion, dark under-eye circles and appearance of fine lines on the facial skin. It affects our expression too.
       Give up addiction to tobacco, alcohol, etc. which dehydrate and damage the skin making it look lifeless.
       Oil pulling with 1 tsp of sesame oil or coconut oil in the mouth for about one minute, once daily, helps to strengthen the facial muscles, improve expressions and reduce wrinkles.
       Application of ghee in both nostrils at bed time increases skin tone and improves the complexion.
 
 
Regardless of our body shape or proportions or color of the skin, the more we nurture ourselves, the more radiant we become physically. The three aspects of beauty are outer, inner and secret aspect. When we balance the outer and inner aspects, we accomplish the secret aspect.
 
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(The author is Senior Consultant at Chakrapani Ayurveda Clinic and Research Center, Jaipur)
 
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