The association between Ayurveda and glowing skin is gaining importance in the beauty, health and wellness sector. In Ayurveda, Varnya (brighten skin-glow) is widely described. Its literature describes various herbs, minerals etc. to enhance the health and beauty of skin. Some general practices for healthy glowing skin are described below:
- Eat a healthy diet: Skin can speak a lot about internal health as it is a lot more than just a sense organ. Just like any other organ in the body, skin also needs nutrition.
- As a first step, Ayurveda focuses on purifying the blood as it has a direct link with the radiance of skin.
- Diet rich in antioxidants is essential for a glowing skin. Fruits, green leafy vegetables, cow ghee, coconut oil, and yogurt should be consumed.
- Avoid consumption of refined, processed foods, red meat etc. as they can cause imbalance in the doshas and result in a variety of skin problems.
- Regular hydration is also necessary to keep the skin healthy and glowing.
- Manage stress: Stress has a direct impact on the skin as stress, mind and skin are closely related.
- To manage stress, simple practices such as exercise, yoga, meditation etc. are quite helpful.
- Exercise helps in improving the circulation of blood and stretching the body helps in keeping the muscles young and strong.
- Yoga helps the body and mind to be in a serene state with numerous health benefits that aid in enhancing the skin glow.
- Meditation also helps to manage stress which can positively impact skin health.
- Quit smoking: Smoking can cause serious depletion of elastic fibres in the extracellular matrix. These elastic fibres play a role in maintaining the skin’s tensile strength.
- It also causes melanocyte hyperactivity which can lead to hyperpigmentation.
- When the skin is constantly exposed to harmful compounds of tobacco smoke, it not only increases the number of free radicals but also depletes the essential vitamins present in the body.
- But, after quitting, the effects of smoking on the skin can be reversed with proper skin care and healthy lifestyle.
- Protect yourself from UV rays: The skin uses sunlight for the manufacturing of Vitamin D, which is important for bone formation.
- But, the sun’s ultraviolet light can cause damage to the skin. Melanin present in outer layer of the skin protects skin from sun’s ultraviolet rays
- There is tanning in the skin because sunlight causes the skin to produce more melanin.
- Sunscreen and sunglasses can be used to protect the skin from UV radiation. Sunscreen with less than SPF 30 applied optimally can protect the skin against sun burn as well as synthesis of Vitamin D will not be hampered.
- Avoid using harsh skin products: It is important to be aware of the ingredients in the products as there are several harmful ingredients that should be avoided especially parabens, sulfates, fragrances etc.
- There are other skin lightening ingredients like hydroquinone, steroid – based creams which should only be used under doctor’s supervision to avoid any adverse effects on the skin.
- It is important to check the label of skin care products for the presence of harmful ingredients such as mercury, silicone, SLS etc.
- Avoid alcohol-based skin care products as they can dry out the skin and cause irritation.
- By choosing the products that are gentle and nourishing help in protecting and enhancing the skin’s natural beauty.
Thus, following simple steps can do wonders for the skin and health. Skin care is not limited to external applications as beauty comes from within.
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