Soundarya Prasadana – Ayurvedic Beauty Care Tips

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According to Ayurveda, external beauty is beautiful only when the internal self is beautiful. Beauty is the desire of every individual to give sensory pleasure. It has 3 essential aspects:

  1. Roopam: it is the outer beauty, which is depicted by clear, bright, radiant complexion and glowing skin.
  2. Gunam: it is the inner beauty that comes from within and identified by innocent heart/ mind and warm pleasing personality,
  3. Vayastyag: it is everlasting beauty i.e. looking and feeling younger than the actual chronological age.

The secret path of beauty in Ayurveda is a combination of herbs, rejuvenating therapies, and tips concerned with physical beauty. Stressful and unhealthy lifestyle such as smoking, alcohol or unhealthy food choices causes skin damage. A person’s skin type is characterized based on three doshas. These are bioenergetics or life forces that make up the constitution of the body and mind.

Vata

A vata dominant person has dry and rough skin that tends to wrinkle if not moisturized regularly.  And vata skin has fewer fat deposits and needs more moisturizing, both externally and internally. Use of oil-based moisturizers on the skin and consuming warm spices like ginger are considered helpful. Yastimadhu can be added to the face mask to reduce dryness.

Pitta

People with Pitta Prakriti tend to have oily skin that’s prone to acne and rosacea. This type of skin needs more cooling elements like aloe Vera, sandalwood (which reduces pimples and redness)

Kapha

Kapha skin tends to be cold and oily, prone to pimples, whiteheads, and water retention. Turmeric can be used for external applications as it acts as an anti-inflammatory.

Herbs used for Soundarya Prasadana:

1. Aloe Vera – Moisturizer, emollient & Sunscreen

2. Calendula officinalis – Wound healing

 3. Curcuma longa – Antiseptic, Antibacterial, Improves complexion

4. Daucus carota -Natural toner and skin rejuvenator

5. Glycyrrhiza glabra – Skin whitening

6. Ocimum sanctum – Anti-aging, Antibacterial & Antiseptic

7. Rosa damascena – Toning & Cooling

8. Rubia cordifolia – Wound healing & Anti-aging

9. Triticum sativum – Antioxidant, Skin nourisher & anti-wrinkle

Solutions for healthy skin / Dinacharya:

To get glowing skin and a sense of inner balance, one should follow proper Ayurvedic Dinacharya (daily routine) advised in Ayurveda Skin care secrets for healthy glowing skin.

Abhyanga: Self-massage using medicated oil; it soothes and nourishes the skin.

Vata – Almond oil or medicated oil prepare out of vata pacifying herbs.

Pitta – Coconut oil or oil prepared out of pitta pacifying herbs

Kapha – Olive oil or almond or oil prepared out of Kapha pacifying herbs

Udvartana / Ubtan: It is a body cleanser or an exfoliating mixture prepared out of essential herbs which yield healthy and fresh skin.

Lepa (face pack): Mukha lepa is a very simple and effective skincare treatment told in Ayurveda. Herbal paste or lepa is applied to treat acne, marks, pigmentation, and pimples.

Diet/skin food: Wholesome plant-based food, Stay hydrated, and keep your gut healthy

  • Don’t skip the veggies: high water content veggies that are easier to digest such as carrot, cucumber, fennel, broccoli, and tender asparagus.
  • Eat like a bird: adding seeds and nuts will improve skin health.
  • Sip some tea: herbal tea helps in keeping digestion healthy and promotes glowing skin.
  • Fruits: Papaya, Avocado, Lemon, Oranges, Watermelon, Mango, Pineapple, etc.
  • Nuts: Flaxseeds, Chia seeds, Sunflower seeds

Exercises for healthy skin:

  • Exercise helps in nourishing skin cells and keeps them vital. Improvement can be seen in Acne and eczema caused due to stress.

Yoga and asanas for healthy skin:

Paschimottasana – improves skin complexion and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

Dhanurasana – helps in getting a healthy glow.

Bhujangasana – gives a natural radiance to the skin, etc.

Sleep routine:

Skin rests and repairs itself while sleeping and night are considered as the best time for skin. Good sleep makes you look fresh, younger, and more radiant.

Varnya Herbs: Medicinal Plants Which Enhance The Complexion.

  • चन्दन {श्वेत चन्दन} – Santalum album (Indian sandalwood)
  •  तुङ्ग {नागकेशर} – Calophyllum inophyllum
  • पध्मक {पध्मकाष्ठ} – Prunus cerasoides
  • उशीर – Vetiveria zizanioides
  • मधुक – Glycyrrhiza glabra
  • मञ्जिष्ठा – Rubia cordifolia
  • सारिवा – Hemidesmus indicus
  • पयस्या {क्षीरविदारी} – Impomoea paniculata
  • सिता {श्वेत दूर्वा} – Cynodon dactylon (White variety)
  • लता {श्याम दूर्व} – Cynodon dactylon (Black variety)

Debunking Skin-Care Myths:

  • The right skin cream can keep your skin looking young.
  • Anti-bacterial soap is best for keeping skin clean
  • Eating chocolate or oily skin and acne
  • Tanning is bad/good for skin
  • The higher the SPF, the better it works.
  • Vitamin E will make scars fade
  • The more expensive the products considered better

Healthy skin is impossible to have and retain without a healthy diet. Eating fruits and vegetables will serve you in obtaining younger and gleaming skin as they are a storehouse of lots of vitamins and minerals. So, try to include them in your daily diet. In case you have a query, you can always consult an Ayurvedic doctor at Total Ayurveda Care and get answers to your questions!

Disclaimer: The information in this article is presented for the sole purpose of education on Ayurveda and neither the details in this blog nor the products are intended to diagnose, cure, prevent. treat, or mitigate any condition. If you have a medical condition, please consult a doctor or health professional. Total Ayurveda Care strongly recommends that you speak with your doctor before making any changes to your diet through which your health will be benefited.

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