‘Ayurveda’ which translates to ‘science of life’ is a 5000 year old traditional system of medicine in India which offers holistic and natural solutions for maintaining healthy and radiant skin. The main objective is to establish a perfect balance between body, mind, senses and soul.
The means to implement to follow an Ayurvedic routine are:
a healthy diet,
a healthy lifestyle,
rituals of care of the body, skin and hair.
relaxation and meditation exercises.
‘beauty rituals in ayurveda are about care not makeup’
Ayurvedic skincare emphasizes a holistic approach that encompasses lifestyle practices, diet, and external treatments. The main focus here is to make your body feel good by giving it the natural beauty care that it requires.
Ayurveda categorizes individuals into three doshas: Vata (air and space), Pitta (fire and water), and Kapha (water and earth). By aligning skincare practices with your dosha, you can address skin concerns more effectively.
Essentials of an ayurvedic skincare routine:
Daily self massage: Regularly massaging the face with herbal oils flushes out the toxins and help in skin nourishment. It improves circulation as well as promotes relaxation.
Cleansing: Organic ingredients like honey, aloevera are used as gentle, natural cleansers in ayurveda as these help to cleanse the skin without stripping off its natural oils.
Nourishing Masks and Packs: For specific skin concerns and to promote healthy glow on skin ayurveda encourages use of turmeric and sandalwood facial packs.
Herbal Toners: Rose water and lavender water, are used as toners to balance the skin’s pH levels and refresh the complexion.
Balanced Diet: Consuming a balanced diet can nourish skin from within which means incorporating fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and healthy fats in your diet.
No stress: Stress can affect skin significantly hence one should practice meditation and yoga which reduces stress snd promotes overall wellbeing.
‘While modern trends come and go, Ayurveda is standing still since a long time as it has no side-effects and is very nurturing and soothing.’
By NISHI PANDEY