The Ultimate Ayurvedic Skincare Routine For Glowing Skin
What we truly love about glowing skin is that it never lies? There is no shortcut to achieving radiant skin and Ayurveda, being a believer of “beauty comes from within,” educates about the process better than any other skincare routine.
The centuries-old science is known for preaching the benefits of balancing the body, supportive digestive health, working with energy, and understanding your body’s dosha rather than just depending on a couple of beauty products and doctors.
Once you understand the importance of balancing your body, your skin and hair will find enough support to reach their healthier self. Natural glow cannot be achieved by a set of products but by focusing on your overall wellness. Good products, however, can boost the process. Traditionally, the Ayurveda regime talks about applying more oil than creams and lotions and detoxing the body on a regular basis.
Achieving natural glow isn’t an overnight deal, it takes its time but when done right like most of our ancestors did, it has the potential to stay forever. If you’re ready to start the process, here’s all you need to know about making your skin glow the Ayurveda way.
Types of Doshas (Constitution)
To understand the fundamental regulation of the body, mind and behaviour, Ayurveda has three categories of doshas - Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.
Vata dosha: Based on external observation of physiological characteristics and behavior, people in the Vata dosha category are lean, have delicate build, dry skin, and fine hair. They have a vibrant and energetic approach to life. Hence, they are lighthearted and quick to speak. They are highly creative and flexible when making a decision. They often have mood swings.
Pitta dosha: People in the Pitta dosha category are muscular and have medium built. They are warm and welcoming to friends and fierce with opponents. They are strong-willed and passionate leaders. They are direct in their approach and they believe in taking charge.
Kapha dosha: These people have a solid frame and thick bones. They take their time to react and are calm in nature. They are loving, caring, and possess an easy-going personality. People in the Kapha dosha category are usually conserved and they move ahead slowly but purposefully.
Ayurvedic skincare routine doesn’t demand too many changes but the ‘right’ changes. Your routine should be tailor made for your skin as per its comfort. So start with basic yet powerful routine updates.
Allow seasons to dictate your skincare routine
Once you know your dosha, season will be the secondary factor that may influence the health of your skin and hair. It is important for you to take a seasonal approach as someone with Vata constitution will need to balance Pitta during the summers. The main target during summer from an Ayurvedic standpoint is to balance Pitta dosha, or to bring in the opposite qualities of Pitta.
Cleanse, mask your skin, and moisturise
Cleansing and moisturising are two vital steps achieving a glowing skin. Your skin needs to be well cleansed and hydrated. Use Ayurvedic cleansers like Silksplash Rehydrant Face Wash to safeguard your skin’s natural moisture. Apply castor oil or coconut oil masks if your skin is dry and add chickpea flour to your face mask if you have oily skin. Feed your skin some herbal lotion such as Cascade Moisturising Day Care Lotion. Ayurvedic products help you get long-lasting results including glow and hydration.
Eating sugar may have a negative impact on health but it sure is a good exfoliator. Sugar helps retain moisture and boost cell turnover. It has a cooling effect on the skin, so it’s good for summers.
#JHTip: To make a face scrub, mix it with cooling herbs like bhringraj and rose petals.
Bathe in raw milk
Cream-based masks and milk masks are soothing for the skin. They provide comfort to the irritated skin. You can use a cotton ball dipped in raw milk to wipe your pores thoroughly once a day. This will remove the dirt from your pores. Lactic acid and the fat content in the milk helps moisturise, nourish, and soften your skin.
Tone your face with rose water
We have added rose water to our masks and daily routine for years and of course, for a good reason. The aroma of rose water is calming. The water in itself is cooling and leaves your skin feeling pampered, soft, and supple. Instead of exposing your skin to chemicals, use Steam Distilled Rose Water as a toner.
Treat spots with neem oil
You can apply neem oil directly to treat your pimples and spots. Give it the night to work. The process is similar to using tea tree oil but more cooling which makes it great for summers.
Aloe vera is one magic ingredient that treats sunburn, makes the skin smooth, and fights the signs of premature ageing. It can also be used as a toner or a massaging gel. However, a better way is to embrace all aloe vera benefits is to drink it with your juice. This will not only benefit your skin or hair but also the body.
Replace your mouth wash with coconut or sesame oil
Swishing with coconut or sesame oil is a magic remedy to maintain your oral hygiene. It strengthens your gums along with cleaning and refreshing your mouth. Of course, the process also provides over all health benefits.
Learn the art of self-massage and start oiling
Oiling and massaging your body regularly with warm oil, not only moisturises it but also makes it look and feel more radiant. The good news is that you don’t have to spend thousands at a spa, you can just warm and massage Extra Virgin Coconut Oil from head to toe for two minutes right before you go to sleep.
To make your skin glow naturally, ditch the shortcuts and start using the super power of ingredients like turmeric, saffron, sandalwood, lemon, papaya, banana, bitter gourd, orange, herbal tea and so on, by adding them to your face mask and creams. Take a nutrition-rich diet. Exercise to let the toxins out.
Made from 16 herbs and oil, Kumkumadi Tailam is known to be Ayurveda’s most effective remedy for glowing skin. The name Kumkumadi comes from Kumkuma in Sanskrit which means red-gold saffron. It is one of the ingredients in Kumkumadi Tailam.
Toxins can lead your skin to inflammation, acne, and blemishes. The chemicals in a regular beauty product might also cause harm to your skin in the ways that you may or may not observe. However, Ayurveda eliminates such problems by detoxifying and cleansing the body from the inside out. Ayurvedic skin remedies and treatments have the nutrition to restore clear and healthier skin.
Vitamin A, C, E, and B vitamins are highly beneficial in maintaining your skin’s elasticity and overall health. They contribute to the production of collagen which is a necessary type of protein for skin and hair. Apart from these, zinc and iodine also help in clarifying and strengthening the skin cells.