Ayurveda explains various ayurvedic process to detox skin. This skin detox can be done at home to expel toxins and keep skin healthy and glowing naturally.
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Why do we need ayurvedic skin detox ?
Everyone loves to have clean, clear, glowing, young looking skin. Skin protects body from harmful elements of environment. It is constantly exposed to external pollutants, radiations and injuries. Skin is not only abused by environment pollutants but internal metabolic wastes also pose a threat to its health.
Skin is the largest organ of our body. Texts of Ayurveda explain various ayurvedic process to detox skin and cleansing it. The ayurvedic skin detox can be done at home to expel toxins from skin and keep it healthy and glowing naturally. Lets know how to detoxify skin naturally at home.
Skin protects our internal organs from all external hazards. Hence utmost care has to be given to keep our skin healthy. A healthy glowing skin is the indication of healthy body and mind. (Read Ayurvedic Beauty tips for glowing skin ).
Fair , healthy and glowing skin attracts everybody’s attention. Ayurveda has many solutions to have a fair , healthy and glowing skin.According to ayurveda skin has seven layers . When imbalanced doshas affect these layers different type of skin diseases arise. Doshas may get imbalanced in body and locally on skin.
Vata dosha is dominant in skin . The qualities of vata dosha are Cold, Light, Dry, Rough, Hard and Mobililty. When vata dosha gets aggravated the skin becomes dry, cracked, rough, dark, dull, lifeless, fissured and scaly. Vata dosha is only one dosha which has a capacity to move in nuke and corner of body and also has a deeper penetrating power. Vata, when get imbalanced vitiates other to doshas i.e pitta and kapha.
For a healthier skin the vata should be always in normal balanced condition. The balanced vata keeps all other tissues and remaining two doshas in healthy condition. The imbalanced vata vitiates the tissues of skin and leads numerous skin problems.
When vata vitiates pitta the skin will get rashes, burning sensation, eruptions and other allergic manifestations. The sweat will have a bad odor .When kapha gets vitiated due to imbalanced vata oil secretion increases, acne and pimples erupt. The skin becomes dull and luster less.
It is very important to know that metabolism of skin is directly dependent on body metabolism. According to ayurveda acharyas, agni or fire element rules the process of metabolism. Balancing agni helps to balance metabolism of both body and skin.
The above factors affect the glow and looks of skin. To maintain the health of skin it is necessary to detoxify it regularly. Texts of ayurveda recommend some simple skin detoxifying steps, which can be incorporated in our daily routine. These routines also help to detox body and useful as detox for men too.
It is very necessary to adopt a regular daily routine to detox skin regularly on daily basis. This process can be adopted by people who suffer from skin diseases like psoriasis (Read 16 Indian ayurvedic Home remedies for Psoriasis ), eczema and dandruff. (Read Ayurveda remedy for Dandruff ). This article is an effort to explain the easy ayurvedic methods to detoxify skin naturally at home.
Healthy Weight Loss and Clear Glowing Skin both goals can be achieved following same regimen. Obesity makes you look old. Weight loss makes you look young. Thus skin detox and weight loss both have anti-ageing properties.
Lemon and Honey for skin detox :
Make it a habit to drink Lemon and Honey with a glass of luke warm water as a first drink in morning. Lemon and Honey are best detoxifying agents. Warm water boosts blood circulation. Lemon is a store house of Vitamin C . The antioxidant properties of vitamin C and its role in collagen synthesis play a vital role in detoxing skin and improving its health. People with diabetes can use only lemon and strictly no honey. Never apply lemon juice directly on skin.
Apart from detoxifying and nourishing skin, lemon and honey also help in weight loss. (Read Lemon and Honey for weight Loss ) Weight loss is a best natural remedy for PCOS. This healthy drink is the best ayurvedic liver detox.
Ayurvedic Detox Tea
A beautiful blend of ayurvedic spices like cinnamon, saunf or fennel seeds, cumin seeds, black cardamom, amla, haritaki, vibhitaki etc make an excellent ayurvedic detox tea recipe. Mixing powders of all these spices in proper proportions help to reap the benefits of these ingredients. Ayurvedic Weight Loss tea has all these herbs in proper proportions and helps in skin detox and management of weight.
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Ayurvedic Detox Food and Diet at Home
It is a thumb rule to keep away from opposite foods. Never mix and consume foods which are opposite in nature as this causes indigestion and slows down metabolism. Slow metabolism leads to accumulation of toxins.
Strictly say no to junk foods, sugar and processed foods. Include seasonal veggies and fruits in your menu. Include spices like turmeric, Cumin seeds (jeera), garlic etc in your diet. Use fresh lemon regularly. These ingredients help to detox liver and skin
Eliminate oily foods, refined sugar, refined flour, margarine, salt and processed foods from your diet. Include plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Snack on dry fruits instead of fast foods. Always eat light healthy foods. Avoid over eating.
Water is the Best Skin Cleansing Agent :
Drink plenty of water to help your body to eliminate toxins. Body uses water as the medium to expel toxins. Skin needs good hydration to function normally. Low water level in body may lead to formation of wrinkles.
Ghee for Skin Detox:
Eat two tea spoons of pure ghee per day. Ghee is a healthy fat which assimilates in our body naturally. It provides an essential medium for nutrients to get dissolved. (Read Properties of ghee (Clarified butter) as described in Ayurveda )
Include Tikta rasa or bitter tasting foods in your diet. Make it a point to eat bitter gourd (Read Ayurveda Health Benefits of Bitter Gourd or Bitter Melon (Karela) ) and methi leaves (fenugreek leaves) once in a week. Drink turmeric milk at night (Benefits of Drinking Turmeric Milk ). These foods detoxify not only skin but they also expel toxins from liver.
Ayurvedic Medicine and Herbs for Glowing and Fair Skin
Natural herbs like neem (Read Neem a Natural boon for diabetics ) , guduchi , turmeric (Ayurveda Medicinal Properties of Turmeric (Haldi) ) and amla (Read Ayurveda medicinal properties of amla or Indian gooseberry ) , Sariva or Anantmool (hemidesmus indicus) can be used. These can be grown at home or procured from surroundings. These not only help to detox body and skin , but also help to rejuvenate the skin tissue.
Scrub Body Skin
It is very essential to remove dead skin cells. Scrubbing removes dead skin cells and also improves blood circulation. The ayurvedic way to cleanse the skin is using herbal ingredients to scrub.Use gram flour or besan twice a week to scrub the body skin. Mix two tea spoons of besan or gram flour with ¼ cup of grated cucumber. Scrub body with this mix applying gentle pressure.
Scrub your body skin with natural scrubs like oatmeal scrub or tomato sugar scrub. This removes dead skin and opens up clogged pores. People who lack time to use natural scrubs can make use of soft body brushes to scrub their body. Start scrubbing or brushing soles and move up. Avoid nipple area. Use smooth circular motions to stimulate skin. Do not scrub rigorously as this may damage skin.
Oil Massage for Body Skin
Abhyanga or oil massage is a very effective ayurvedic therapy to keep skin healthy. Massaging body with warm sesame oil or coconut oil helps to increase skin and body metabolism. This therapy rejuvenates body, checks drying of skin, reduces stress level, prevents early ageing and balances doshas. A good massage increases blood flow and enhances oxygen absorption. Enjoy a relaxing oil massage in weekends.
Massage whole body once in a week with warm sesame oil or coconut oil. Body massage with oil, improves skin texture and prevents drying of skin. This process enhances skin glow and works as anti-ageing therapy.
Apply sun screen lotion when you step out in hot sun. Cover your body with full armed clothes and wear shaded cap to protect facial skin.
Skin Detox Body Pack for Skin Cleansing:
Texts of Ayurveda recommend various detoxifying body packs. But a healthy body pack can be made at home using kitchen ingredients. Wash and soak green gram or whole moong (1/4 cup ) and 1 tea spoon of fenugreek seeds (methi) overnight. Next day blend these two in a clean jar to a smooth paste. Apply this paste all over body after scrubbing process and leave it for 15 minutes. Wash it off with warm water. This pack not only nourishes the skin but also removes dirt and oil from skin pores. (Read Homemade body scrub for psoriasis )
Ayurvedic Herbal Face Packs
Nourish your facial skin with natural face packs. Mashed pulps of fruits like papaya, banana, apple, tomato, water melon etc are very effective nourishing face masks which increase skin glow. A mixture of cucumber juice and gram flour is the best face mask for all types of skin
Other Ayurvedic Routine for Skin Detox
Exercise the Best Ayurveda Skin Detox :
Ayurveda recommends vyayama or exercises as the best detoxification process. Regular exercises help us to sweat out. Sweat brings out the toxins and removes clogs accumulated in skin pores. A daily brisk walk for 45 minutes helps in a great way to detoxify skin. ( Read Benefits of walking for men suffering from Impotence ) .Once again exercise is the easy and best remedy for weight loss also.
Never exercise when your stomach is full. Avoid drinking cold water immediately after an exhaustive work out.
Practice yoga and meditation. A simple deep breathing exercise or pranayama for 20 minutes gives excellent results within 2 weeks.
Sunrays are hazardous for skin. Exposure to harsh sun rays can lead to appearance of wrinkles at an early age. Hence always protect your skin from harmful rays of sun.
Avoid taking hot showers or dipping in hot water bath tubs. Hot water can strip off natural oils from skin.
Do Not Suppress Natural Urges
Do not suppress natural urges like defecation, urination, belching, yawning, sneezing etc. Suppression of natural urges vitiates doshas and throw metabolism off balance.
Sleep well for long hours (6-7 hours). Sleeping in day time harms metabolism. Follow the principle- early to bed and early to rise. Insomnia leads to early ageing of skin (read ayurvedic treatment for insomnia)
Keep addictions at bay
Keep Chemicals at Bay to keep skin healthy:
Use cosmetics sparingly. Do not forget to remove make up before going to bed.
Let your skin bask in glory of nature. Happy skin detox.
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