People who eat healthy, exercise regularly, eliminate stress and follow an optimum lifestyle are more likely to have clear, radiant skin that those who lack proper nutrition,
sleep, exercise and tranquility.
Skin Problems, Galore
Eight out of ten people today suffer from some kind of skin trouble or another such as acne (eruption of zits, pimples or blackheads), rashes, skin eruptions, eczema, excessive dryness, skin infections and flaky skin, etc. While some exposure to changing environmental conditions, chemicals, dust, and pollution is inevitable, there
is a lot we can do at the personal level to improve the quality of our skin and give it much needed care and attention.
Natural Treatment for Skin Problems – Ayurvedic Holistic Approach
Ayurveda practitioners propagate the use of simple and natural techniques to improve the quality and health of our skin. To have beautiful, problem-free skin on the
outside, you must be happy, healthy and in a state of complete harmony within.
Here are some steps you can take to improve your skin quality and treat your skin problems naturally:
Know your Ayurvedic Skin Type
The first and foremost step is to identify the nature of your skin – Vata, Pitta or Kapha.
Vata Skin: Dry, flaky, scaly and thin, more susceptible to wrinkles and aging.
Pitta Skin: Reddish, sensitive skin, susceptible to rashes.
Kapha Skin: Oily, thick, dull skin, prone to breakouts.
Balance your Predominant Dosha
According to Ayurveda, the root cause behind illnesses and skin problems is an imbalanced dosha. By introducing a good diet and lifestyle into your daily regime, you can reach a step closer to beautiful skin.
- Eat healthy, dosha pacifying and fibre rich food which can boost your digestion. Whole grains, nuts, seeds and fibrous fruits are good options.
- Drink plenty of water every day and protect your skin from extreme weather conditions.
- Avoid greasy, oily, fried and fatty foods and stay away from skin products that have a high chemical content.
- For dry Vata skin, use natural skin care products and herbal oils which can hydrate the skin. Get plenty of sleep and try to reduce stress from your life.
- For sensitive Pitta skin, protect your skin from excessive heat of the sun.
- Do not leave makeup on more than required and remove makeup from your face using a mild cleanser.
- For oily Kapha skin, it is important to detoxify your body from the outside and within.
Ayurvedic facials are considered to be ideal for breathing fresh life into dull, tired skin, opening clogged pores and detoxifying & rejuvenating our skin. Though known by different names, some basic techniques used for Ayurvedic Facials include:
- Massaging the skin with pure essential oils such as sandalwood and rose, taking into account the skin type. Helps to replenish and restore lost moisture.
- Use of herbal mixtures to detoxify & nourish the skin.
- Use of gemstones and crystals to soothe & nurture the skin while applying a gentle yet relaxing massage on the head, neck and shoulders.
- Use of herbal oils, supplements and other skin care remedies to rejuvenate and tone the skin. Also known to firm the skin and treats problems such as stretch marks.
- Consult an Ayurvedic doctor to know which oils are best for you.
In some cases, Ayurvedic Cleansing and Detoxification Therapy, Panchakarma may be recommended to remove unwanted toxins (ama) from the body which accumulate over time due to poor digestion, unhealthy eating habits and faulty lifestyle, etc.
In addition, Ayurvedic massages are perfect for revitalising the body and improving overall body circulation, thus giving us vibrant and beautiful skin.
Ayurvedic Herbal Remedies
Here are some simple and natural Ayurvedic remedies you
can use to fight skin problems such as acne -
- Drink plenty of water (10 to 15 glasses) everyday.
- Take out the cream of milk and apply it on your face. Wash off with cold water.
- Apply tomato pulp on your face and wash off when dry.
- Make a paste of neem leaves with turmeric and apply on acne and pimples. Wash it off, once dry.
- Add some rose water to chick pea flour and apply on your face.
Another important component of natural treatment for skin is the use of Ayurvedic skin
supplements prepared by using natural herbs & their parts such as roots, leaves and flower extracts, etc. Some of the most beneficial herbs for tackling skin problems include Aloe Vera, Ashwagandha, Neem and Bhringraj, etc.
Stress and anxiety aggravates skin problems. Hence, to enjoy healthy skin, you must eliminate stress from your life by practicing yoga and meditation. Care for your skin on a regular, continued basis and see the difference!
About the Author
Dr. Sonica Krishan is an Author, Freelance Health Writer, Editor, Ayurveda Consultant at Herboveda and Holistic Healing Coach based at Chandigarh, India. She has a Bachelor’s in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery and also an Advance Diploma in Naturopathy and Yoga. She has authored three natural home cure books: Herbal Healers, Home Remedies, and Healing Through Ayurveda. You may contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her website http://www.herboveda.co.in.
Note – Information presented in this article is solely for the purpose of imparting education on Ayurveda and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or mitigate any disease. If you have a medical condition, please consult a qualified health professional.