Showing posts with label natural skincare. Show all posts
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May 20, 2015

Ayurvedic Skincare as Per Doshas

Mukhalepam is an ancient process in which the facial skin is massaged and coated with oils and herbal pastes, tailored to individual skin types. Here are a few of its many benefits:

  • Increases the elasticity of the skin to prevent wrinkles and enhance smoothness.
  • Cleanses skin for a natural glow.
  • Prevents pigmentation.
  • Removes dead cells, and fades existing scars and blemishes.
When practicing Mukhalepam, apply pastes and oils gently against the direction of the hair. This ensures the active ingredients of the herbs will penetrate deep into the skin. Wash pastes off with cold water as soon as they dry — if they're kept on for too long, the skin may become excessively dry.

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If you're Vata ...
This type of skin dries quickly and is especially vulnerable to shifts in weather. Vata skin must be protected from harsh heat and cold, as well as pampered to retain its natural oils and moisture. It's important to avoid hot water baths as they can dry your skin out. Be sure to use pH-balanced soaps and drink lots of water for hydration from the inside out.

Cleanse: Use a solution of rose water and milk, gently massaging it into the skin.

Exfoliate: Use rice or almond powder as an exfoliant to remove dead skin cells, which can diminish the skin’s natural glow. You may also want to steam your skin with mint leaves and plain water to open your pores and increase circulation.

Moisturize: Aloe vera gel or cream may also be used to gently massage the facial skin and add extra moisture. Antioxidant- and oil-rich avocado has a number of benefits for the skin, and is chock full of healthy fatty acids and vitamins as well. Mash up an avocado into a smooth paste and apply it evenly to the face for 15 minutes, then rinse with cold water. Apply a few drops of almond oil and massage into the skin to moisturize it.

If you're Pitta ...

This type of skin is very sensitive, and is easily burned by sun exposure. It needs to stay cool or else an imbalance can lead to rashes, acne and inflammation.

Cleanse: Begin by cleansing the skin with rose water.

Exfoliate: Use a combination of milk and sugar to gently scrub the dead skin cells off. You can follow this up by steaming the skin with Neem leaves and water.

Moisturize: Massage the face gently with a solution of sandalwood paste and virgin coconut oil. Follow this with a fresh paste of rose petals, red sandalwood, white sandalwood, aloe vera and Indian gooseberry, lightly applied in a single coat. Rinse off the mask with cold water as it begins to dry.

If you're Kapha ...
This type of skin is prone to oiliness because of its thick, smooth nature. Toxins accumulate under the skin and eventually force their way out, resulting in irritation and eruptions. For Kapha skin, it's crucial to detox — both externally and internally — regularly.

Cleanse: It's important to cleanse Kapha skin twice a day to get rid of excess oil that accumulates.

Exfoliate: Gently scrub the face with a mixture of sea salt and honey, then steam it with a combination of water and mint leaves.

Moisturize: Massage the face with a solution of aloe vera and turmeric paste, then apply a mask of yogurt mixed with ripe papaya, grated cucumber and tomatoes. Apply to skin and rinse off with cold water once dry. Repeat every other day for best results.

Skin care doesn’t stop with the face, either — massages and herbal baths are a great way to care for the rest of your skin. Try adding 10-12 drops of your favorite essential oil into a bath or infuse it with fresh herbs. Almond oil, avocado oil, sunflower oil, safflower oil, walnut oil and grapeseed oil can also be added to your bath for an extra dose of moisture.

Ayurvedic massage is also valuable for skin health, especially when you use oils that complement your dosha. Vata types benefit from sesame oil, while Pitta types would do well with sandalwood or sunflower oil. Calamus root oil or corn oil is ideal for the Kapha dosha. Remember to massage in the direction of your heart to boost your circulation and make skin glow!

Feb 22, 2014

Effective Herbs for Skincare | Ayurveda


Chamomile
is the ultimate soothing herb, both when you drink it as a tea, and when you apply it to your skin. It can heal inflamed skin, burns and wounds, rashes, acne, stings and bites, bruises and sores. It is, not surprisingly, an ideal ingredient for skincare products.


Calendula
has long been regarded as one of the safest and most effective herbs for skin. It is wonderfully healing for chapped, irritated and inflamed skin, rashes (it’s wonderful for nappy rash), dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, age spots, stretch marks, varicose veins, corns, warts, calluses, bruises, sprains, burns, ulcers, bites and stings. The oil soluble components including the essential oil are especially good at stimulating wound healing. Distillate of calendula can help soothe mouth sores and hemorrhoids. The petals of calendula are antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and immune stimulating.

Horsetail is also a healing herb for skin, and as it’s an astringent, it has a firming and tightening action on the skin. It can be effective in the treatment of acne as it helps eliminate excess oil from skin and will also help with oily hair. Collagen keeps your skin youthful and supple, so horsetail is one of the important anti-aging herbs for skin, and can help with thinning hair, sagging, loose or rough skin, wrinkles and premature aging.


Lavender
, like chamomile, is one of nature’s essential herbs for skin nourishment and healing. Lavender essential oil not only smells divine, it is an antiseptic, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory, helping skin to heal and renew itself.


Peppermint
has a wonderful cooling effect on the skin. When used in skincare products, it nourishes dull skin and helps balance out oily skin. It can also alleviate bites, stings, burns and scalds, and best of all, peppermint essential oil has a sublimely uplifting aroma, which can enhance memory and alertness.


Lemongrass
is an astringent herb, which constricts the skin, helping to minimise pores and limit oil secretions, which makes it an effective ingredient for skincare products aimed at treating oily skin and acne. Its astringent quality also gives it a temporary skin-firming effect. It is an excellent skincare ingredient as it contains anti-microbial and anti-bacterial properties, and it can also help prevent skin infections. You can infuse lemongrass leaves in boiling water to make a facial steam, which opens the pores and clears pimples and blackheads. Follow the treatment by splashing cold water over your face to close the pores.


Gotu kola
is an intriguing herbs. A perennial plant native to India, Japan, China, Indonesia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and the South Pacific, it is a member of the parsley family and has no taste or smell. It has been found to inhibit scar formation, can help repair connective tissues and smooth out cellulite. The primary active constituent is triterpenoids, which have a beneficial effect on collagen, which we need to keep skin smooth and supple. Finally, studies have shown gotu kola can help heal sun-damaged skin.


Nettle
added to cleansers helps to deep clean the pores. It contains a very rich mineral content, being high in calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorous, chlorine, sulphur, copper and silica, which is essential to cell rejuvenation and youthful skin. Another of the astringent herbs for skin, nettle can help balance out oily skin and hair. It’s a brilliant cleanser, as it cleanses without stripping natural oils from the skin and hair, making it an excellent acne treatment. It deep cleans the pores and helps to remove dirt that builds up and causes blackheads, and it can help clean out infected pores that lead to whiteheads. Added to shampoo, it can help clear up a dry scalp and treat dandruff.


Burdock
contains phenolic acids, quercetin and luteolin, which are all powerful antioxidants. Burdock is a blood cleanser and can be used to treat dandruff, bites, boils, cysts, bruises, dermatitis. Made into an ointment or a hot poultice, it can provide relief from burns, skin eruptions and wounds.


Manjith 
(Rubia Cordifolia) Very useful for skin, especially for lessening pimples and acne.


Haldi 
(Curcuma Longa) Antiseptic, useful for pimples and other skin problems. Makes skin fair, clear and glowing.


Charoli 
(Buchanania Latifolia) Provides proper nutrition to the skin cells and promotes radiance. Softens and nourishes the skin and provides elasticity.


Aloe vera 
Moisturizes & nourishes the skin. Relieves chapped lips, dry, itchy skin, minor infections and make the skin smooth, supple & younger looking.


Gajar Beej 
(Daucus Carota) Moisturizes & nourishes the skin. Relieves chapped lips, dry, itchy skin, minor infections and makes the skin smooth, supple & younger looking.


Quince Seed 
(Pyrus Cydonia) Brings out a younger looking skin.

Kheera or Kakadi Beej (Cucumis Satius) Coolant, antiseptic, freshens & nourishes the skin. It has anti-aging properties and covers wrinkles and fine lines on the face.

Tulsi (Ocimum Sanctum) Antiseptic & natural astringent. Gives freshness to the skin.

Almond Oil (Prunus Amygdalus) Brings out a younger looking skin.

Kumkumadi Oil (Pharma copoeia) Very effective for pimples and acne. Brings out fairness and for beautifying the skin.

Chandan (Santalum Album) Has germicidal properties. It forms an invisible protective film on the skin bringing about a better balance between the surface oil and moisture content of the skin - valued since ancient times for beautifying the skin.

Keshar (Crocus Sativus) Effective in the treatment of acne, pimples, blemishes, black spot. Brings out fairness.

Feb 21, 2014

Ayurveda Skincare with Effective Herbs as per the Skin Types

The first step to take good care of your skin is to find out your ayurvedic skin type. Broadly, according to ayurvedic practices, there are three skin types: Vata, Pitta and Kapha. You can get a better understanding of each of these skin types below:

Vata
The Vata skin type may be described by skin that is generally dry, thin, delicate and cool to the touch. It is extremely vulnerable to weather conditions, especially dry windy weather and is easily dehydrated. Vata skin may age faster and tends to be dry, rough and flaky when out of balance.

Skin care

Use products with essential oils or herbs in combination which can nourish the skin and re-hydrate it, otherwise it may be susceptible to wrinkles and premature aging.

Here are some suggestions for caring for Vata skin:
  1. Provide added nourishment to your skin by including organic milk, whole grains and green leafy vegetables in your diet.
  2. Drink lots of lukewarm water everyday for internal hydration.
  3. Eat plenty of sweet juicy fruits; they help cleanse the body from within and provide hydration as well.
  4. Include a little healthy fat such as Ghee (clarified butter) or olive oil in your diet for added lubrication.
  5. A warm oil self-massage with a rich massage oil such as the Banyan Botanicals Vata Massage oil
    is excellent for keeping skin lubricated.
  6. Use a gentle, all-natural moisturizer like to keep facial skin hydrated. Provide added deep lipid support with Skin Facial Oil.
  7. Get plenty of rest so your mind as well as your body have the opportunity to recharge.
  8. Use a gentle, moisture-balancing cleanser and splash your face with water several times when you cleanse.

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Pitta
People with Pitta skin have fair, sensitive, soft, warm skin of medium thickness. It is also more susceptible to freckles and moles. When out of balance, Pitta skin can erupt in rashes, acne, or sunspots.

Skin care

Your skin needs both cooling and nurturing. Use skin care products that help enhance resistance to the sun. Avoid tanning treatments and therapies that expose your delicate, sensitive skin to steam for extended periods of time.

The ayurvedic herb Flame of Forest can help protect Pitta skin from photo-sensitivity. But like other ayurvedic herbs, it needs to be used in combination with other herbs for a balanced effect on the skin.

To care for Pitta skin, follow these guidelines:
  1. Stay away from harsh, synthetic cosmetics; they can damage your sensitive skin and cause break-outs.
  2. Avoid hot spicy foods and an excess of deep-fried foods; they add heat to an already fiery constitution.
  3. Eat lots of sweet juicy fruits and have some Organic Rose Petal Spread in cool milk every day. The rose is considered cooling for mind, body and emotions.
  4. Use a cooling oil, for the daily massage. 
  5. Cook with cooling spices such as fennel and licorice.
  6. Take extra care to protect your skin when you go out in the sun.
  7. Use gentle, natural skin care products for cleansing and moisturizing. 

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Kapha
With all the qualities of water and earth, kapha skin is oily, thick, pale, soft, cool and more tolerant of the sun. It tends to age slower and form less wrinkles than the other two types. Those with this skin type may be faced with problems of dull complexion, enlarged pores, excessive oil, blackheads, and pimples, moist types of eczema and water retention.

Skin care
Cleanse your skin from within by scrubbing and exfoliating regularly to remove toxins. People with Kapha skin need to do detoxification on a regular basis, both internal detoxification and external detoxification to flush toxins from the skin.

Scrubbing the skin with a gentle exfoliating clay can help external cleansing. Kapha skin types may also need to take herbal formulations to cleanse the skin from within.

Some suggestions for caring for Kapha skin:
  1. Avoid too many sweet foods or deep-fried foods, they add to the oiliness in the skin.
  2. Exercise everyday to improve circulation.
  3. A daily warm oil massage can also help circulation.
  4. Eat plenty of organic vegetables and fruits to help cleanse the body from within.
  5. Cleanse your skin twice everyday; exfoliate with a mud-mask at least once a week.
  6. Cook with warming spices such as ginger and black pepper to stoke the digestive fire and inhibit the accumulation of amainside the body.
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Jan 9, 2014

Guava Skincare

Guava is very beneficial for your skincare since it is abound in vitamin C, antioxidants and carotene. The benefits of guava for skin are as follows.

  • Improves Complexion: Prepare a simple guava scrub at home to improve your complexion. Mash some guava flesh with an egg yolk and apply it on your face. Rinse off after 20 minutes with warm water. When used once or twice a week, this scrub will remove dead cells from your skin and lighten your complexion. It will also remove impurities, thus providing your skin a fresh and invigorated feeling.
  • UV Protection: A guava provides about 2.9 grams of lycopene which is an antioxidant that protects your skin from being damaged by UV rays and environmental pollution.
  • Anti-ageing Properties: Guava is a rich source of vitamins A, B, C and potassium which are good antioxidants and detoxifiers. They fight free radicals, thus keeping your skin glowing and free from premature signs of ageing like wrinkles and fine lines. Besides, lycopene protects the healthy cells from toxins that accumulate in the body due to metabolism and environmental pollution. These toxins also cause pre mature ageing by damaging the DNA in charge of growth and development.
  • Natural Skin Toner: The high concentration of vitamins, minerals and nutrients in guava helps in keeping your skin toned, fresh and wrinkle free. Guava is effective in enhancing skin texture, tightening the loosened skin and reviving the lost elasticity of the skin. The astringent qualities of guavas keep your skin free from blemishes, acne, wrinkles and pimples. Washing your face with the decoction of immature guava fruit and its leaves beautifies your skin.
  • Treatment of Acne and Dark Spots: If you are suffering from acne and dark spots, you can take some guava leaves and mash them to make a smooth paste. Clean your face and apply it on the acne and dark spots. Doing this daily will heal your acne.
  • Skin Hydration: Proper hydration is vital for healthy skin. Water plays an important role in keeping your skin hydrated. Thus, it is recommended to have 8 glasses of water in a day. Guava is an excellent source of water with 81% of the fruit comprising of water. In this way, it plays an important role in skin hydration.
  • Treatment of Skin Problems: A guava provides more than twice the recommended daily value of vitamin C which is excellent for skin healing as it contributes to generation of collagen, the substance that imparts firmness to the skin. Besides, it provides about 1.4 micrograms of vitamin K which is 2% of the recommended daily value. This vitamin improves blood coagulation, impairment of which causes skin redness and irritation. This makes it beneficial in treating dark circles, spider veins, rosaceae, acne irritation and splotchiness of skin.
  • Treatment of Blackheads and Skin Itchiness: In case of blackheads, you can blend the leaves of the guava fruit with little water and apply it as a scrub on your nose to remove blackheads. Guava leaves can also rid you of skin itchiness as they contain allergy blocking compounds.


Dec 11, 2013

Skin Benefits of Cucumber – Makes Your Skin Smooth

Cucumber is an excellent source of silica, which is a trace mineral that contributes to the strength of our connective tissue. Connective tissue is what holds our body together. Cucumbers are effective when used for various skin problems, including swelling under the eyes and sunburn. They also contain ascorbic and caffeic acids. These acids prevent water retention. That may explain why when cucumbers are applied topically they are often helpful for swollen eyes, burns, and dermatitis.

Cucumber is a vegetable that belongs to the same family as pumpkins, zucchinis and other squashes. It has a dark green skin, which reveals whitish or very light green flesh, when peeled. There are basically two types of cucumbers - the pickling varieties and the slicing varieties. Of these, the pickling variety is relatively small, around 2 - 4 inches long.

Today we see the cucumber as a provider of a very healthy juice beneficial for its places as an increaser of the flowing of weewee and as a complement to the outcomes of apium graveolens dulce and carrot juice for rheumatic statuses, while at the same clip being a soothing skin lotion.

As a beauty aid, the cucumber provides immediate relief to puffy eyes; a fresh cucumber can be cut into thin slices, and these placed on the eyes for 5-10 minutes. This works incredibly well after a tiring day at work in front of the computer, and helps to relieve stress and dark circles around the eye area as well. Grated cucumber can be used as a mask and tonic for the entire face and neck.

Cucumbers are scientifically known as Cucumis sativus, which belongs to the same family as pumpkin, zucchini, watermelon and squash.

Cucumber\'s nutritional benefits include natural salts, enzymes, and vitamins essential for strong cell growth and repair. In addition, the high mineral content and minerals in cucumber peel offer a natural source for a fresh, powerful antioxidant. The alkalinity of cucumber is also a positive attribute, and because of its water base, the cucumber is also a top choice as a diuretic.

The high water content makes cucumbers a diuretic and it also has a cleansing action within the body by removing accumulated pockets of old waste material and chemical toxins. Cucumbers help eliminate uric acid which is beneficial for those who has arthritis and its fibre-rich skin and their high levels of potassium and manganese helps regulate blood pressure and help promote nutrient functions. The magnesium content in cucumbers also relaxes nerves and muscles and keeps blood circulating smoothly.

Cucumber is good for those who are dieting as it is very low in calories. It has a cleansing action within the body by removing accumulated pockets of old waste material and chemical toxins. It helps eliminate uric acid so it is good for those who has arthritis. Its juice is a nourishing vitamin for our hair and skin. It is also a good rejuvenator and makes us feel and look younger.

It is believed that cucumber helps in reducing swelling around the eyes or the big dark circles under your eyes. This is world-wide treatment which is being used to its maximum extent.

Article Source: Articlesbase

Oct 15, 2013

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Dec 14, 2011

Natural Skincare in Winters, Ayurvedic Skin Care Tips, Winter Skin Care

Winter is a wonderful time of the year - holidays, warm fires, crisp air, and for many, fresh fallen snow. But, the colder temperature and lower humidity affect the condition of your skin and hair. One of the most important things to do is to keep your skin gently stimulated and maintain a healthy circulation.

Keeping your skin in prime condition can be a challenge, especially in winter when not only are conditions more extreme, but your skin will be facing sudden changes in temperature. While most of us are aware that we should cleanse, tone and moisturise, Here are few additional tips that will give extra benefits to the skin. Natural skincare is the best way to take care of yourself this winter and there is nothing more natural than herbs and other home remedies prescribed by Ayurveda, we will talk about Ayurvedic skin care in winter only.

General Tips for Ayurvedic Skin Care in Winter
Ayurveda says, in winter season people suffer from increased “Vata” and therefore they experience dry flaky skin, chapped lips and dry, brittle hair. The foremost tip for natural skin care in winter is thus to keep Vata dosha balanced in order to prevent Vata-associated skin problems.
  • Never use hot water for bathing in winters. Always use warm water that feels gentle to skin. Too hot water can rob the skin off its natural oils leaving your skin dry and itchy.
  • Ayurveda prescribes a pre-bath oil massage known as Abhyanga Massage everyday in winter season. As it is to be done each day, you must do it yourself before having bath. For this ayurvedic massage, use such nourishing oils as coconut, almond, sesame, or some herbal oil meant for body massage, especially in winters. If possible, keep the oil on your body for at least half an hour before going to shower so that the same is absorbed completely by the skin.
  • Do not use harsh soaps in winters. If possible, use some non-soap herbal cleanser recipes suitable to your type of skin. These can be anything ranging from milk mixed with flour or gramflour mixed with cream or clarified butter (ghee) etc.
  • Pay special attention to your diet in winters because your body needs sufficient energy to fight off the cold and your skin needs natural moisturizing agents from within which is supplied by the food you eat. Include more soaked and blanched almonds, soaked walnuts, whole milk, fresh cheese such as paneer (cottage cheese), and ghee (clarified butter) in your daily diet. Also, drink a cup of warm milk without removing its cream before going to bed.
  • Although you do not feel the need to drink much water in winters but there is a constant loss of water from your body due to cold and dry air. So drink plenty of water in winters to keep your skin hydrated from within. Eat fruits and vegetables high in water content with your meals.
  • Brahmi, Shatavari, Amla and Ashwagandha are some of the Vata-pacifying herbs for skin care. They help in maintaining skin elasticity, moisture balance, texture and radiance. 
  • Triphala is another herbal formulation which is good for Vata skin as it combines nourishment with a gentle detoxifying effect that enhances skin clarity. 
  • Amla (Emblica Officinalis), Bhringaraj, Grit Kumari (Aloe vera), White Sandalwood, Red Sandalwood and Lajawanti (Mimosa) are some of the Pitta-pacifying herbs for skin. They work by drawing out excess heat and by supporting the skin's natural ability to withstand the the environmental harshness. They also keep skin clear and healthy by nourishing sensitive skin tissues without irritating them. Triphala, Manjistha and Neem (Azadirachta Indica ) are also helpful for Pitta skin as they purify and clarify the skin without depleting it of moisture.
  • Kapha skin is water or earth predominant and thus is oily and tends to attract dust and grime. Natural skin care for such skin type therefore are purifiers that detoxify and clarify, along with properties of being nourishing and rejuvenating to the skin. Neem, Manjistha (Indian Madder), Triphala, Tulsi (Basil herb) and Turmeric are some of the Kapha-balancing herbs for skin. 
  • The skin on your hands is thinner than in other areas of your body, and it needs extra protection and care. Make sure that after washing your hands you dry thoroughly and use a good hand cream. Wearing gloves outdoors will also protect them and keep your skin soft.
  • Sun protection is very important in the winter months, just as it is year-round. Many people forget to use sunscreen, but sun reflects off snow and ice, and you can actually get double the sun exposure.
  • Protect your lips with a good lip balm, and avoid licking your lips as much as possible, since that will cause your lips to crack and chap. If you get a bad case of chapped or cracked lips, use some Vaseline Intensive care before bed, and you should be good to go in the morning.
  • Shea butter is another excellent moisturizer. You can mix in a little jojoba or other oil that’s good for your skin plus some essential oils to make a very nice moisturizer. Many sources recommend unrefined shea butter as the most effective. Some find shea butter to be on the greasy side, but that’s true for many oils. Give homemade moisturizers a little leeway while you wait for your skin to absorb them.
  • Mash one avocado until smooth. Add in one teaspoon of olive oil. Mix, then spread over your face. Relax for 20 or so minutes before cleaning off, then moisturize as usual.
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