The kind of skin you have says a lot about your general health condition. While it is impossible to remain totally unaffected by the harmful chemicals, pollution and dust that you are exposed to everyday, it is definitely possible to minimize the ill effects of environmental toxins that take away the lustre and health of your skin. A good place to start is by understanding your skin type.
Skin Care, the Ayurveda Way
Our skin generally falls under 3 categories depending on the Ayurvedic dosha that is prominent in the body – Vata, Pitta or Kapha.
Vata Skin: Dry, scaly and thin, more susceptible to wrinkles.
Pitta Skin: Reddish and susceptible to rashes.
Kapha Skin: Oily, thick and prone to breakouts.
Once you know the type of skin you have, the next step is to opt for a diet and lifestyle that will bring about a balance in the dosha. Ayurveda, the age old Indian system of holistic healing propagates the theory that in order to have healthy and glowing skin, it is essential to keep eat healthy food in a timely manner, keep your skin hydrated and remove all harmful wastes and toxins (ama) from your body that start to accumulate due to an unhealthy lifestyle.
Ayurveda Facial – For Healthy Skin
Besides teaching us the simple yet effective tips of eating right and following a healthy lifestyle, Ayurveda offers some of the most well rounded skin rejuvenating Ayurveda Facials that can revive the lost shine, beauty and health of your skin.
Each Ayurveda Facial is devised in such a way so as to provide complete skin care without using harsh chemical products that can cause more harm than good. All ayurvedic face / facial care treatments and procedures make use of natural oils and elements closest to nature in order to relax the skin, open blocked pores and clean / hydrate the skin.
Though known by different names, here are some of the basic techniques used for Ayurvedic Facials:
- Use of herbal mixtures to detoxify and nourish the skin.
- Use of gemstones and crystals to soothe and 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.
- Use of pure essential oils to massage the skin, depending on the skin type. Helps to replenish the skin and restore lost moisture. Oils such as sandalwood and rose are generally used.
As with all other Ayurvedic treatments, it is important to first speak to a well trained, experienced and skilled therapist who will examine your skin and recommend the best Ayurvedic Facial for you. Whether you are looking to rejuvenate your skin, cleanse and detoxify your face or simple relax yourself, Ayurvedic Facial is what you need.
Other simple tips for taking care of your skin on a daily basis include:
- Eat healthy food and avoid greasy, oily, fried and fatty foods.
- Drink lots of water to keep your skin hydrated.
- Protect yourself from extreme weather conditions such as too much heat or cold.
- Use natural products as much as possible and avoid products which contain harmful chemicals.
- Avoid leaving makeup on more than really required.
- Make it a point to remove makeup from your face using a mild cleanser.
- Eat food items that are good for your skin type and help in balancing your doshas.
Your skin is yours to care. Hence, make use of the gifts of Ayurveda and feel 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 Bachelors 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.