One of the most inspiring aspects of “Ayurveda”, the ancient medical science of life from India, is how it empowers us to take health into our own hands in all respects.
As someone who has tried every product out there to combat acne-prone skin as a teenager, and in my early 20s, I was very grateful to discover an abundance of skincare recipes. These can be created right from the comforts of one’s own kitchen from the Ayurvedic pantheon.
Now that I am in my late 20s, not only have my skin and wallet thanked me for the all-natural ways I have adopted to care for my skin, but people actually think I look approximately ten years younger than I am.
Skin Is The Largest Organ Of The Body
In ayurveda, the quality of one’s skin is considered a reflection of one’s overall digestion. Not only does what we put inside our body matter; what we put onto our skin also matters. The skin, like the stomach, has to digest whatever it comes into contact with.
One of the keys to skincare in ayurveda is that we would
Ayurvedic Skin Care Facial Recipe
Here is one of my favorite ayurvedic facial skincare recipes that I make, and appreciate for its anti-acne, and anti-aging qualities. It is all-natural, and made up of some wonderful ingredients that are just as beneficial for you, when eaten as they are, or when applied topically on your skin.1
1. Sandalwood Powder
Sandalwood (called Chandan in Sanskrit) is one of the most popular ayurvedic herbs for beauty. It is cooling, soothing, and has a pleasant aroma. Its pharmacological actions also include being antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, blood purifying, and intellect promoting. It is often used therapeutically in bleeding, and burning conditions of the body.2
Sandalwood also has a quality called ahladana in Sanskrit, which means it gives happiness. Consumed internally (usually with coconut water), sandalwood gives relief to excessive thirst.
One of the main actions of turmeric is called varnya in Sanskrit, which means it improves the complexion, tone, and texture of the skin. It is an antioxidant, antiallergenic, antimicrobial herb that supports us in building immunity inside the body (when consumed internally as part of many ayurvedic meal recipes).3
Turmeric additionally greatly benefits the lungs, and helps in diseases of the blood, such as anemia. Turmeric’s beautifying properties are so well-known by Indians that there is an entire ritual dedicated to applying turmeric-based skin recipes, onto the bride’s skin, the day before she gets married.