Ageing skin is a matter of concern for those seeking fresh and glowing skin that radiates positivity. Studies suggest that people spend a lot on skincare products, of course after food. But is it really a valid need? The answer is a big ‘NO’. To get younger looking skin, one may also turn to India’s ancient science called Ayurveda. Having proved itself for centuries, Ayurveda is the best form of skincare, used for ages, trusted by generations, and undoubtedly the favourite of all ‘Dadis’ and ‘Nanis’.
Chemical products offer a temporary glow by creating a fairer layer of chemicals over the skin. In contrast, Ayurveda rejuvenates the skin tissues, repairs opens pores, removes dark spots, and provides healthier and brighter skin.
To know how Ayurveda can delay your ticking ageing clock, Health Shots got in touch with Ayurveda expert Vikas Chawla.
Chawla says, “The concept of anti-ageing is known as ‘Rasayana’ in Ayurveda. The process suggests some herbs, physical activities (including Yoga), a healthy diet, and mental practices (meditation, breathing) at mature age for the natural flow of energy. Ayurveda claims that Vata dosha in the mind gives rise to anxiety, adversely affecting a person’s mental peace. Also, bones, muscles, and other organs start losing their strength as a person grows older. Hence, Ayurveda treats all the organs within the body, collectively treating the skin problems from the inside.
For a younger looking skin, these Ayurveda tips should be followed every day:
1. Consuming Triphala
As the name suggests, it is the combination of three fruit berries, namely Amla, Baheda and Harad. The powder has highly productive anti-ageing properties. The composition helps in increasing the satiety hormones and purifying the blood, acting as an anti-ageing shield. The Ministry of Health has also approved Triphala as an effective natural medicine. The best way to consume it is an amount of 5-10 grams, along with one tablespoon of honey, finished with a lukewarm glass of water after the diet.
2. Youth-activating antioxidant herbs
“The natural antioxidants help prevent the cells from being damaged and help restore the damaged skin. They enhance the blood flow, reversing the signs of ageing. Significant natural antioxidants are Ashwagandha, Amla, Guduchi, and Ginseng, which play a vital role in providing younger looking skin,” Chawla, founder and director, Vedas Cure, told Health Shots.
3. Apply ghee
Ghee is the most prominent remedy for major physical issues, as suggested by Ayurveda. Using ghee on the skin provides ample nourishment and improves skin tone. The older the ghee, the better the effect. Ghee increases the Kapha and decreases Pitta and Vata. It balances all the doshas of the body and acts as a goldmine for the skin.
4. Detoxifying the body
Chawla says, “Human body tackles a number of foreign particles regularly and thus needs detoxification to function more fluently. Hence, detox must be planned at least once a week and followed strictly to clean the body internally. Eat clean and follow yogic cleansing practices.”
5. Staying hydrated
Healthy skin results only from a healthy body. Enough water intake at regular intervals is the most accessible measure to keep the body healthy. Ayurveda suggests that one must consume at least 4-5 litre of water every day, as it helps maintain moisture in the body and increases blood flow on the skin.
6. Regular workout
A fast-paced lifestyle has turned most of the population lazy and tech-savvy. Almost every need is fulfilled through accessible modes, and physical activities have entirely dropped. Hence, one must regularly work out at least for half an hour as it improves physical and mental health and leaves your skin with a flushed glow.
7. Healthy diet
A healthy diet does not necessarily mean having a lot of food, meat or any other product. It means having a diet that comprises all the nutrients required by a body. To have healthier skin, one should include more fruits and food like carrots, tomatoes, berries, apricots, and nuts in the diet.