How many times have you envied people around you who have glowing, healthy and beautiful skin? There is no denying the fact that the quality and look of your skin can say a lot about how healthy and fit you are from the inside. In other words, your skin is a mirror to your overall wellbeing.
Hence, instead of envying people with healthy skin, why not switch to Ayurvedic skincare which is a time tested science for restoring the lost sheen and glow to your skin.
Ayurveda Skin Types
Skin is the largest organ in the human body which is largely affected by both external and internal factors such as pollution, dust, chemicals, as well as rate of metabolism, digestion, and other health factors. According to Ayurveda, there are three main skin types based on the three constitutional doshas which are present in varying proportions in every human being –
- Vata Skin – dry, rough, scaly, thin and prone to wrinkles.
- Pitta Skin – reddish, delicate skin that is very susceptible to rashes.
- Kapha Skin – oily, thick skin that is prone to breakouts.
The type of skin a person has can say a lot about his / her constitutional type. If you are interested in improving the health and quality of your skin, the best place to start is by consulting an Ayurveda practitioner who will help you to identify your skin type.
Ayurveda Recommends Herbs for Skin
Once you know your skin type, the next step is to opt for Ayurveda skin care techniques and ayurvedic herbs for your skin based on your constitutional type and overall health condition.
The reason why more and more individuals are turning towards ayurvedic skin care and healthcare in general is because all ayurvedic healing techniques, therapies and medicines rely only on natural products which are completely safe, nature-friendly and free from harmful chemicals, usually having no side effects.
Having said that, it is highly essential to consult an ayurvedic doctor and discuss your health issues in detail. Self diagnosis should be avoided at all costs. You must also mention any medications that you may be currently on so that the doctor can recommend the best ayurvedic medicines and herbs for skin which will not interfere with your other medications.
Some common Ayurvedic Herbs for Skin
Depending on your skin type, you may suffer from any of the common skin related issues such as redness, zits, pimples or blackheads, itching, rashes, urticaria, and dryness etc. The centuries old ayurvedic principles and healing techniques recommend ayurvedic medicines and herb supplements for skin. By taking the right kind of herbs for skin, in the correct manner and for the right period of time, the body experiences a reduction in the constitutional imbalances, thus promoting healthier skin.
Herbs for Skin Types:
Herbs known to pacify, nourish and detoxify Vata skin include Brahmi, Shatavari, Amla, and Ashwagandha.
Herbs known to purify and soothe Pitta skin include Bhringaraj, Neem, Aloe Vera, red and white Sandalwood, Triphala and Mimosa.
Herbs known to balance and clean Kapha skin include Neem, Triphala, Tulsi and Turmeric.
A number of herbs are recommended for usage in combination with natural products such as milk, honey, curd and cream. This further accentuates their healing properties.
Ayurveda Herbs for Skin #1: The ayurvedic herb Bhringaraj which is also available in oil form is known to be very helpful in commonly seen skin problems and diseases.
Ayurveda Herbs for Skin #2: The ayurvedic herb Brahmi which is also available in oil form helps in treating nagging skin conditions and is considered especially useful for people who have an imbalanced and aggravated Pitta or Vata dosha.
Ayurveda Herbs for Skin #3: The Ayurveda herb Neem is perhaps the most common and is considered to be very useful as a disinfectant, especially when treating skin diseases and ailments. Neem is also available as oil.
Complexion enhancing ayurvedic herbs include chandan / sandalwood, and Sariva / Indian Sarsaparilla etc. Itching reducing Ayurveda herbs include chandan / sandalwood and Nimba / Margossa Tree etc. Other miscellaneous herbs useful in treating skin disorders are Turmeric, Chakramarda, Tuvaraka, Tinduka etc.
If you have been experiencing a lot of skin related problems that have been continuing for a long time now despite your regular usage of over the counter creams and modern skin care products, it is best to consult an ayurvedic specialist who will make an informed decision regarding how best to bring about a balance in your doshas, thus tackling your skin ailments, promoting good skin and overall good health.
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.