When you think of beautiful skin, the word that often comes to mind is 'healthy'. Healthy skin glows and we've all encountered it either in another person or at times in the mirror.
Ayurvedic skin care is rooted in the belief that achieving that beautiful, radiant skin comes from internal health and natural ingredients - never rough chemicals or toxins.
There are many factors when it comes to your personalized skin care including age, skin type, dosha, climate, etc. So we've put together a guide for Ayurvedic skin care that you can tailor to your individual uniqueness in order to achieve healthy skin and hair.
Skin Care by Dosha
Generally speaking, you want to balance your dominant dosha through the implementation of essential oils, herbs and varying amounts of each 'product' you use. For example, a predominant Kapha will need less moisturizer than Vata due to Vata's dry, airy nature.
When choosing a carrier oil, keep in mind your dominant dosha. Those who tend to run warm, such as Pitta, should generally use “cooling” oils such as coconut oil or sunflower oil. Vata and sometimes Kapha, who tend to run cool, should generally use “warming” oils like sesame oil.
Essential oils are...essential... for great skin! Using the right oils is key to balancing your skins natural inclination to be dry, oily, irritated, etc. You can add them to your lotion, face masks and toners. Or if you have extremely sensitive skin, perhaps you'd prefer to diffuse them in your bathroom when showering, bathing or even just getting ready for the day/bed.
Balancing Kapha Oils
Balancing Vata Oils
Balancing Pitta Oils
Herbs for Healthy Skin
Certain herbs can be used to help your skin glow from the inside and out. Ingest within your normal diet, apply them directly onto the skin - or maybe both!
Ayurvedic herbs such as Bala, Brahmi, Turmeric, Amalaki, Ashwagandha, Shatavari, and Tulsi are all great additions to your skin care routine. These herbs promote a glowing and lustrous appearance of the skin.
Turmeric is an excellent anti-inflammatory agent that is great for skin prone to breakouts or other types of skin irritations. Add it to face masks or creams for a glowing, calming effect.
Tulsi is antibacterial and has anti-inflammatory properties, as well as adaptogenic properties that assist the body’s natural ability to resist stress.
Tulsi is great for acne-prone skin or enlarged pores. It helps to calm and tighten the skin when used topically. You can also enjoy a cup of Tulsi tea on a regular basis to decrease inflammation in the body.
As the word triphala suggests, it is made of three famous ayurvedic ingredients, haritaki, bibhitaki and amalaki. Haritaki balances vata, amla balances pitta and bibhitaki balances kapha. It is one of the best ayurvedic formulations that detoxify and rejuvenate our body at the same time
Triphala when applied as a face mask is great for treating and preventing acne. To make the face mask, take some triphala powder, add homemade rose water and few drops of oil (whichever oil is best for your skin type) and make into a paste to use as a face mask.
Aging Gracefully with Ayurveda
As your body ages, skin changes too. Your skin can become drier and less resilient. This means that the ingredients we use need change as well.
Triphala is an excellent addition to your skin care routine as well as your diet as you age!
Adding in more oils such as a pre-shower oil massage for both body and face, using the correct carrier oil for your dosha, is an effective way to counteract the natural drying that you may be experiencing.
Ayurvedic Hair Care
Hair is also an important indicator of internal health and is another way that we can trade in the commercial, chemical-ridden products for natural alternatives.
Certain plants can be used to add some vibrancy to your hair as well as increase the health of your scalp.
If you're looking for faster hair growth, you can try these 8 herbs:
Herbs for Hair Masks
Also know as fruit for the hair, shikakai has been used in India for centuries to promote healthy hair. It is naturally ph-balancing and helps to detoxify the scalp and strengthen hair roots. Shikakai also has mild conditioning properties that increase bounciness and silkiness of hair.
A fantastic for your scalp problems. Its antiseptic, anti-fungal, antibacterial and anti-viral properties effectively heal irritated skin/scalp conditions like eczema, psoriasis, acne, hives and dandruff. Neem is also a great detoxifier and speeds up the removal of toxins from the scalp that could potentially damage hair and slow growth.
Using the tools given to use through ancient Ayurvedic skin and hair care, we can achieve that vibrant, glowing look from the inside! Health has no match, especially when compared to the chemicals and preservatives found on all the shelves today.
Depending on your dosha, age and other factors, you can help your body and it's largest organ, your skin, to be healthy and happy every day of your life. Of course we also recommend drinking enough room-temperature water, getting enough sleep, eating fresh foods and limiting your stress intake as much as possible.
If you'd like an individual Ayurvedic assessment, please contact us today for more information on our Ayurvedic Health Retreats. We also offer Face Yoga classes at Unalome, which help immensely to keep skin looking young and retaining it's elasticity and vibrancy.
Light & Love,