We all have heard about the effectiveness of the traditional Ayurvedic skincare but how many of us really follow? We tend to use more of the commercial ones mostly.
Yes, we are blindly following the advertisements we are watching on TV or on our smartphones. Don’t do that!
Before you buy any product even if it claims to be ‘Ayurvedic’ and ‘organic’, go through the ingredient list. This I learned from our very own Mr Fittuber!
Go for the granny way. Go for the traditional Ayurvedic methods for your skincare. Believe me, you will feel much better! And the best thing – minimal side-effects!
What is Ayurveda?
The word ‘Ayurveda‘ is a Sanskrit word. It simply means the knowledge of longevity. Ayur means longevity. You will hear the word ‘Ayur’ even in mantras!
The knowledge of the Ayurveda has been passed down from ages. It has originated from the Devas and transferred to mankind.
The Hindu God for Ayurveda is Dhanvantari, you must have heard his name if you know the story of Samudra Manthana. According to legends and scriptures, the Ayurveda Deva, Dhanvantari Ji incarnated as one of the kings of Varanasi. Varanasi is one of the holiest pilgrimage destinations for Sanatana Dharma followers.
The incarnated king taught the sacred knowledge of medicines to a group of doctors of that age. Among this group of doctors was Sushruta Ji. It is in the book, Sushruta Samhita the details of Ayurveda is mentioned. However, you will find this term in several books.
It is that knowledge that deals with medicines and methods generated from organic ways. There are several Ayurvedic therapies which have evolved over the years. In those Ancient Ayurvedic texts, you will also find several surgical procedures as well.
Ayurveda also has a section for skincare. Now let me tell you in detail about it.
What is Ayurvedic skincare routine?
The Ayurveda emphasizes studying the whole body before giving any kind of treatment. Similarly, for Ayurvedic skincare routine, it is essential you must know what type of dosha you have.
It is essential to learn the dosha type – Kapha, pitta and Vata about your body. You may also have a mixed type.
Accordingly, you should proceed with the Ayurvedic treatment. This is not only for the skincare routine but for any kind of Ayurvedic treatment.
So, how will you know what is your dosha type?
Well, you can go for the online quizzes for the doshas. However, it is better you seek the guidance of a specialist.
The Ayurvedic skincare regime is divided into two parts – One is for the internal body and the other for the external one. Yes, it is necessary that you focus on the both in order to get a healthy, glowing skin that doesn’t fade away easily.
With commercial skincare products, the action is mostly on the external, not on the internal. But Ayurveda helps in treating both internally and externally.
What I will tell here is just the basic! If you are looking for best Ayurvedic skincare treatment I would request you to get an appointment with an Ayurvedic Doctor.
Here is my step-by-step guide for Ayurvedic Skincare for healthy skin:
Step 1: Focus on your external skin
As mentioned above, you first need to learn about your external skin. For learning that, it is vital you know your dosha.
Once you have determined the dosha and confident about it, you can go for the various skincare ayurvedic recipes. These treatment procedures will require organic products only which is readily available at your home.
For best Ayurvedic skincare treatment, follow the best-selling books on Ayurveda. You will surely find the best skincare routine for your skin! You can try experimenting with the various skincare routines and see what works best for you.
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Step 2: Go for a full-body skincare routine
You should not only focus on your face and neck skin but your whole body! Taking good care of the skin is essential for a healthy body and mind. The
Ayurveda has three methods for getting a perfectly healthy skin: Cleanse, Nourish and Moisturize!
You can try various Ayurvedic products for these three methods. Ubtans which are pastes made of legumes, herbs and more are great for cleansing and exfoliating the skin. Moreover, there are several essential oils that help in the nourishment of our skin.
If you follow a full-body skincare routine every day, you will surely get healthy skin and body soon. As our skins shed millions of dead cells every hour, we must cleanse them.
Most of the commercial skincare routines you see are all about removing those dead cells. So, when you can do that right at your home, why spend so much money on those regimes!
Step 3: Focus on your Internal for a healthy skin
Using thousands of Ayurvedic products only on the exterior of your body won’t work! You have to pay attention to your internal body as well. The glow of the skin should come from inside not due to some ointment or cream layered on top of your natural skin.
So, it is essential you follow a proper daily routine to keep your body healthy for that glow. You should focus on health-boosting activities. Go for Yogas, workouts and more.
Eat according to a proper diet with the necessary food items according to your body dosha. If your dosha tells you not to consume something it is crucial you avoid it. When you consume these restricted food items it may lead to severe skin problems that will take a long time to recover.
At the same time, it is essential that you follow a proper sleep cycle. Stick to your sleeping and waking up times. Whenever your timings change it will have a massive impact on your health.
Moreover, you need to sleep in the right posture. Sleeping or sitting in bad postures can lead to spinal problems. In Japan, postures are taught to kids from a young age for this reason!
Also, stick to an exercise or yoga routine! Do them daily. Don’t skip any day. If for a few days your schedule is too packed do a few stretching exercises.
Yoga and exercise daily are fundamental for healthy skin. They help in proper circulation of blood in the body, maintaining a good heart and toning your muscles. These are important for healthy skin!
Whatever I mentioned above are basic. If you want to learn all about Ayurvedic Skin Care then you must follow a good book. Alternatively, go for a certified Ayurvedic practitioner.
But if you are not that serious, and just wish to test out, follow the simple methods and stay happy and peaceful. Even having high-stress levels can impact your skin. So, are you ready to make changes to your skincare routine? If yes, then all the best!