AYURVEDA: THE SCIENCE OF LIFE
Being that Ayurveda is the science of life, it must also be the science of beauty. There are three fundamental subtle energies which Ayurveda credits to the evolution of beauty. They are universal qualities, which are the fundamental forces behind all the creation, maintenance and dissolution of the Universe. They are Prana, Tejas and Ojas.
- Prana: Nature’s intelligence pervading the universe. It is the initial essence of creation.
- Tejas: The expression of radiant light that transforms food, nutrients and all experiences into the cellular structure.
- Ojas: Cosmic glue that holds and binds everything together.
Since all of us are inherently a part of Nature, these three subtle energies exist within us, and their presence manifests in unique ways.
Ayurveda has expressed beauty in a few simple words.
It says, “Shubhanga Karanam Sundaram.”
- Shubha – Auspicious
- Anga – Body / Mind
- Karanam – Transformation
- Sundaram – Beautiful
Ayurveda is one of the most ancient medical traditions practiced in India and other South Asian countries. The total number of plants mentioned in Ayurveda are 1773, however the main classics of Ayurveda viz. Charak Samhita, Sushruta Samhita and Astang Sangrah (BrihatTrayee) have detailed descriptions of about 700 herbs.
Several herbs have been mentioned in Ayurveda which can be used to obtain healthy skin and glowing complexion. Ayurvedic literature describes over 200 herbs, number of minerals and fats to maintain and enhance the health and beauty of the skin.
Ayurvedic cosmetics are in use and practice since thousands of year in India, without any side effect and are well proven and documented. The analysis of many herbal ingredient using modern scientific technologies has led to the identification of phytochemical components in Indian herbs, which deliver functional benefits such as radiant skin, anti acne, anti dandruff, healthy hair, age-defying properties etc.
Skin care through Ayurveda
According to Ayurveda healthy skin is a result of overall health condition of individuals and prescribes numerous skin care treatment that needs to be pursued at every stage of life. The function of Ayurvedic herbs is to purify skin and eliminate vitiated Tridoshas (Vitiated Humor) from the body as they are mainly responsible for skin disorders & other diseases.
The Three main doshas are: VATA, PITTA and KAPHA
Has a tendency towards dry and rough skin and is cold to the touch. A thin outer layer can contribute to premature wrinkles and aging. Exposure to the harsh elements, incompatible food (cold, rough, dry, etc.), lack of water and oil, excessive mental, physical activity and insufficient rest can aggravate aging in this skin type.
Ayurvedic treatments and skin care products nourish Vata skin from the inside out creating a healthy glow.
Can be fair, reddish or freckled, affected by heat and sun, burns easily, can be sensitive or oily and prone to acne and inflammation. Incompatible foods (oily, sour, acidic, spicy etc.), stress and chemicals can agitate this skin type. Toxins can manifest in the skin as inflammation, blemishes and acne. Ayurveda eliminates these problems by detoxifying and cleansing from the inside out.
Ayurvedic treatments, and skin remedies can restore a clear and beautiful complexion.
Smooth, thick, moist, pale, ages well. Can be oily and prone to large pores, black/whiteheads and acne. Excessive oil excretion combined with dirt results in the clogging of the skin pores. Incompatible food (sweet, salty, oily, dairy products, etc.) and a sedentary lifestyle can agitate this skin type. Ayurvedic treatments and remedies increase the circulation and detoxify the skin, restoring balance.
How Ayurveda helps
Several herbs have been mentioned in Ayurveda which can be used to obtain a natural and healthy skin with glowing complexion.
Unlike other beauty therapies, an Ayurvedic therapy is known to be the best for any skin type. It is not only an herbal therapy that makes sure that your skin does not erupt, it also cleanses your skin well and makes it smooth and soft.
The herbal and natural ingredients ensure that your skin is well-nourished and radiates. If you use natural, herbal and Ayurvedic products, it will lighten your skin and keep it glowing for a long time.
Abstracts from: Enchanting Beauty: Ancient Secrets To Inner, Outer & Lasting Beauty