Ayurvedic guide to achieving healthy and glowing skin

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Everyone wants healthy skin that will glow naturally without needing any make-up. Unfortunately, pollution, stress, unhealthy eating, and living habits might not enable our skin to breathe freely. Causes like these lead our skin to become unhealthy and attract several other problems. People have been using different types of products that are loaded with chemicals and end up causing more damage to the skin, rather than making it better. 

Although, you need not worry! Ayurveda has come to the rescue of many such people that had the desire to get radiant skin. The skin's lost glow and health can be restored with ayurvedic herbs, a nutritious diet, and incorporating healthy lifestyle practices. Scroll down further to know about the different types of Ayurvedic solutions to have healthy and clear skin.

How to get clear skin through Ayurveda?

1. Understand your Ayurvedic skin type

Our Ayurvedic skin type is defined through the dominance of doshas present in our bodies. Each type of skin is treated with different herbs. Hence, this initial step is quite vital. 

Vata dominant - Such people are more likely to have a dry type of skin that is prone to flakiness, fine lines, and wrinkles. 

Pitta dominant - People who are pitta dominant are less tolerant to heat. Their skin will be more prone to acne, sun spots, tanning, and sunburns. 

Kapha dominant - These people have enlarged skin pores and tend to have dull and oily skin with cystic acne. 

2. Herbs for glowing skin

At the initial level, Ayurveda primarily focuses on purifying the blood as it has direct links to your skin's health. For this very purpose, combination Rakta shodhak (blood cleansers), as well as Rakta Prasadaka (blood soothing herbs), are used to promote clean and clear skin. Niba (neem), Haridra (Turmeric), Manjistha (Indian madder), Daruharidra (tree turmeric), and Bakuchi (Psoralea corylifolia) are the examples of such herbs. 

After the initial stage, the focus of Ayurveda shifts to increasing the natural glow of the skin. For this, 'Kanti Vardhaka' herbs (glow enhancing herbs) are used. Some of them are: 

Daru Haridra (tree turmeric)- Balances Pitta and Kapha doshas

Chandana(sandalwood)- Balances Pitta and Kapha doshas

Haldi (turmeric)- Balances all three doshas

Raktachandana (red sandalwood)- Balances Pitta and Kapha doshas

Lodhra (symplocos racemosa)- Balances Pitta and Kapha doshas

Manjista (rubia cardifolia)- Balances Pitta and Kapha doshas

Yashtimadhu (Licorice)- Balances Vata and Pitta doshas

Kumkuma (saffron)- Balances all three doshas

Kumari (aloe vera)- Balances all three doshas

Sariva (Indian sarsaparilla)- Balances all three doshas

3. Ayurvedic oils 

Adding a few drops of any of the below-mentioned oil in your moisturizer to promote healthy and glowing skin. Making sure to use the one that matches your skin type is essential. 

Rosehip Oil – Works well mainly for the Vata skin type, Rosehip oil is packed with vitamin C and fatty acids that help in providing nourishment and hydration to your skin. 

Levander Oil – This can be used on any type of skin. Levander oil is known to be leaving a youthful glow on your skin. It also helps in controlling sunburns, blemishes, and skin irritations significantly. 

Geranium Oil – It works best for the Vata skin type and helps in the elimination of dead skin cells. Besides giving your skin a clear complexion, this makes your skin clean and tight. 

Ylang-Ylang Oil – Best known for working on the Pitta skin type, Ylang-ylang oil helps in treating the breakouts and blemishes on your skin. Having several anti-inflammatory properties also enhances the skin’s radiance. 

Grapefruit Oil – It is the best for Kapha skin type and helps a lot in reducing the problem of severe acne. Grapefruit oil also promotes a glowing complexion and clear skin. 

4. Home ayurvedic remedies for glowing skin

- Take half a spoon of cow ghee and add a few drops of water to it. Massage your face with it gently for about 10-15 minutes and then leave it overnight. Use a mild cleanser to wash it off the next morning. 

- Grind a few Tulsi leaves and add a sufficient quantity of raw milk into it to form a fine paste. Apply it to your face and wash it off with cold water. 

- Take a spoon of sandalwood powder and add a spoon of coconut oil to it to form a paste. Apply this paste to your face and leave it until it dries out. Rinse it off with cold water. 

5. Other highly essential steps to follow for healthy skin:

Intake of food rich in antioxidants

Adequate amount of sleep every day

Exercise of any form 

Limited exposure to the sun

Yoga and meditation

Regular Hydration

Cut down on alcohol and tobacco

As you must have realized, Ayurveda can and will treat the majority of your hair problems. Besides, it will also promote glow and nutrients to your skin. Take your first step towards beautiful and healthy skin by following the above-mentioned steps!

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