As the temperature drops, so does the moisture level in the air, making winter a challenging season for our skin. However, navigating the realm of winter skincare requires separating fact from fiction.
Ayurveda is a treasure trove when it comes to skincare and anti-aging herbs and treatments. It has several anti-aging formulations that are natural. In fact, ayurveda is known to document over 200 herbs, minerals, and fats that maintain and enhance the health and beauty of the skin.
These treatments not only have antioxidant cellular protection but also are known for their anti-inflammatory and anti-stress properties.
Here are a few common herbs that you must include in your daily skincare routine:
Taila parni: eucalyptus
Ayurvedic anti-aging treatments
Ayurveda offers exceptional anti-aging treatments that rejuvenate and retain the youthfulness of all skin types.
According to Ayurveda, there are three doshas or bio-energies that give us our unique physical and mental constitutions: vata (air element), pitta (fire element) and Kapha (earth element). An effective Ayurvedic anti-aging solution supports all these three areas.
An imbalance in the three gunas can create skin problems:
A kapha imbalance affects the moisture balance.
Effective metabolic functioning balances the various chemical and hormonal reactions of the skin. A pitta imbalance affects this balance.
A vata imbalance creates an inefficient circulation of blood and nutrients to the different layers of the skin.
Skincare based on the gunas:
For Vata Skin: The skin should be nourished and rehydrated to avoid wrinkles and premature aging. Massage yourself with some warm oil and natural moisturizers.
For Pitta Skin: Good facial skin oils should be used everyday.
For Kapha Skin: A daily warm oil massage and cleansing of the skin with gentle exfoliation is advised.
Once in a while, pamper yourself and indulge your skin in these lush Ayurvedic therapies. You’ll be surprised at the variety in Ayurveda:
Darvi lepam or turmeric body wrap: This body wrap is the perfect therapy for radiant skin. This therapeutic body wrap is developed with a combination of haridra khanda and exotic herbs which act as a natural purifying agent that makes your skin smooth and nourishes the entire body.
Haritakalepam or chlorophyll body wrap: This wrap rejuvenates the skin. This therapeutic wrap uses moringa oleifera leaves from the ‘miracle tree,’ freshly ground with pavitra sukhoshan jal into an aromatic paste. With a rich array of vitamins, proteins, and minerals, this lepam effectively provides powerful antioxidants to the skin cells along with moisturizing, nourishing and cleansing the skin.
Kaya lepam: Want to get rid of wrinkles? The answer is an exotic therapeutic wrapping procedure for skin tightening with a unique combination of rice extract, herbal powders, coconut, and almond milk. The wrap eliminates dead cells, improves complexion and tightens the skin.
Honey and sesame body wrap: This gentle, natural body wrap with indigenous honey and sesame exfoliate and removes dull skin cells.
Neem body wrap: A great solution for a bad tan, a cooling puree of neem leaves is infused with soothing eucalyptus oil. It relieves pain and damage caused by overexposure to the sun, leaving the skin smooth and radiant.
Fruit body wrap: A fruit fan? Fruit body wraps to detoxify and hydrate the body with a melange of fresh organic fruit pulps, cleansers, and oils that tone and condition the skin. This body wrap will make your skin tight and healthy with a youthful glow and silky-soft feel.
Vegetable body wrap: A detoxifying body wrap using antioxidant-rich vegetable pulps with a blend of vegetable extracts to tone and tighten the skin. A combination of these ingredients gives you a youthful glow.
Sandalwood body wrap: A body wrap with freshly ground sandalwood paste, which is an antibiotic element can give you baby soft skin. It cleans the skin clearing the freckles, leaving the skin moisturized with a radiant glow.
(With inputs from The Art of Living’s Sri Sri Tattva Panchakarma experts. )