All of us want to stay young, smart, and energetic both physically and mentally at all times. With the current busy lifestyle and work pressure and stress, it becomes close to impossible to care about how you look.
Aging is an inevitable process and after a certain point, it begins to show as wrinkles, pigmentation, sagging skin etc. While this is true, Ayurveda has been able to help individuals to age gracefully and even slow down the symptoms of aging. Let’s examine how Ayurveda can help with the process of aging.
Ayurvedic Remedies That Can Help You Age Gracefully
1. Aloe Vera
Many commercial beauty products today have aloe vera as a key ingredient. Aloe vera is known to promote healthy, soft, clear skin. Aloe vera is known to slow down the appearance of wrinkles and can also repair the damaged skin cells that can cause further signs of aging.1
How To Use:
- You can apply the gel from the aloe vera plant directly on your face. Leave the gel on your face till it dries up. This will cause the skin to tighten. After drying, you can rinse your face with water.2
Sandalwood is one of the oldest remedies in Ayurveda for a clear and healthy skin. Sandalwood has antimicrobial properties and can, therefore, remove scars and keep the skin clear.3 Sandalwood cools and soothes the skin and can protect the skin from pollution. It also provides an even texture to the skin and reduces pores which will prevent clogging.
How To Use:
- You can mix sandalwood powder and milk to make a thick paste. Apply a thin layer of this paste on the face and leave it to dry. When the paste dries up, your skin will begin to stretch. Rinse your face with water.4
Saffron is one of the most expensive spices, but it is totally worth it. Saffron can give an even tone to the skin as well as give it a bright glow. Saffron is also antibacterial in nature and can be used in combination with other products to enhance its effect on the skin.5
How To Use:
- For a glowing skin, you can add a few strands of saffron to a spoonful of honey. Mix them well and apply it to the face in a circular motion. This improves the blood circulation and brings a glow on the face.
4. Turmeric Powder
Turmeric powder is widely used in curries. However, the topical application can benefit your skin in many ways. Animal studies have shown that it can slow down the symptoms of aging like wrinkles and can also prevent the skin from drying.6
How To Use:
- Mix turmeric powder and besan or gram flour in equal proportions. Add water, milk, or yogurt to this mixture to form a paste. Apply this paste on the skin and leave it to dry. Wash the paste with lukewarm water scrubbing the face in circular motions.
The papaya fruit hydrates dry skin, brightens skin complexion, and reduces the appearance of wrinkles. Certain vitamins present in the fruit remove dead skin cells while others play a role in rejuvenating the skin and keeping it young and healthy.
How To Use:
- To tighten the skin, rub a slice of papaya on your face. You will notice that your skin begins to stretch. When this happens, leave it on the face for a few more minutes and wash the face with water.
- You can also mash a papaya slice and add honey and milk to make a paste. Apply the paste to your face for 15 minutes and rinse with water.
Use these easy remedies and say goodbye to your age-related problems. However, if you experience discomfort or any allergic reaction, stop the treatment immediately and consult a doctor to be on the safe side.
|↑1||Rajeswari, R., M. Umadevi, C. Sharmila Rahale, S. Selvavenkadesh, KP Sampath Kumar, and Debjit Bhowmik. “Aloe vera: the miracle plant its medicinal and traditional uses in India.” Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry 1, no. 4 (2012).|
|↑2, ↑4||Gupta, Suchi. All Natural Skin Care Online Guide: Be Ready for Compliments! a Healthy Way to Cure Dark Circles and Wrinkles and Get Glowing Skin at Home Without Spending a Penny. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition, 2014.|
|↑3||Yadav, N., and R. Yadav. “Preparation and Evaluation of Herbal Face Pack.” International Journal of Recent Scientific Research 6 (2015): 4334-4337.|
|↑5||Vahidi, Hossein, Mohammad Kamalinejad, and Nabi Sedaghati. “Antimicrobial properties of Croccus sativus L.” Iranian Journal of Pharmaceutical Research (2010): 33-35.|
|↑6||Watson, Ronald Ross, and Victor R. Preedy, eds. Bioactive Food as Dietary Interventions for the Aging Population: Bioactive Foods in Chronic Disease States. Academic Press, 2012.|