Don’t Ever Worry About Your Skin Again – Part I

Genetics define your skin and everyone has a different skin type. The appearance of one’s skin reflects the overall health of the body.

Do you know the types of skin?

There are four types of skin – Normal, Dry, Oily & Combination.

Which one is yours?

Knowing our skin is important.

Let us understand the meaning of each skin type, that shall help you identify your skin type!

Normal Skin – It is widely referred to as balanced skin, not too dry & not too oily. It has a radiant complexion, no severe sensitivity & barely visible pores.

Dry Skin – It describes the skin that produces less sebum than normal skin, and so, it lacks the required lipids to retain moisture. Dry skin feels tight, rough and looks dull. It can get itchy, irritated or can crack/peel.

Oily Skin – A skin type that produces an excess of sebum. The skin has visible pores, blackheads, acne or blemishes, and a glossy shine, thick complexion.

Combination Skin – It is what the name suggests. A blend of all skin types distributed in areas, that is skin type varies in ‘T zone’ (nose, forehead & chin) & cheeks in combination skin.

There are a few essential skin care basics that one must follow irrespective of the skin type.

  • Wash your skin gently every day, remove make-up before going to bed.
  • Stay hydrated and moisturize well.
  • Avoid direct sunlight, apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen that blocks both UVA & UVB rays.

Ayurveda Concepts & Skin Types

Skin Types Doshas
Normal Vata / Kapha
Dry Vata
Oily Kapha
Combination Vata-Pitta / Kapha-Pitta / Vata-Kapha

Characteristics of Skin Types According to Ayurveda: –

Vata Skin:

The main element is Air, representing movement, that can be dry, which is why Vata skin can be dry and dehydrated. Vata skin is delicate and it rules the forehead. It needs nourishment and nurturing.

You must check Amrutam’s Nari Sondarya Oil &Kayakey Body Oil to nourish your dry skin.

Pitta Skin:

The main element is Fire, represents digestive fire and transformation. Pitta skin rules cheeks and needs to be soothed, nourished and cooled. Heat aggravates Pitta that leads to acne problems.

Kapha Skin:

The main element is Water, represents water, earth and stability. Kapha skin is moist and oily in nature, prone to congestion; Kapha rules the chin. Kapha skin needs gentle skin cleansing.

Ayurvedic Tips for Oily Skin

  1. Oily skin is due to Kapha dosha primarily and main issues are pimples, blackheads, acne, blemishes, etc. Hence, Kapha skin needs regular cleansing, nourishing and moisturizing; which should be your daily routine.
  2. Maintain a well-balanced diet avoiding fried foods, soft drinks, chocolate, cheese and sugary foods.
  3. Drink plenty of water and exercise regularly. Avoid the use of oil and fat.
  4. Include green leafy vegetables, fresh fruits, ginger, pepper, protein-rich foods in your diet.
  5. Use hot water to wash your face to prevent clogged pores.

Amrutam presents DIY Ubtan and DIY Face Clean Up which are easy to use and good remedies for maintaining your oily skin.

Natural Home Remedies for Oily Skin

Who doesn’t want flawless skin? We better opt for natural products to get perfect skin rather lathing ourselves with harmful chemicals. Ayurveda suggests a lot of natural herbs or ingredients that treats oily skin well.

Here are the herbs that will work great for oily skin –

1. Sandalwood

How does it help?

Soothes and keeps your skin hydrated and cleansed.

Absorbs excess oil from your skin.

Prevents inflammation thereby reduces the formation of acne, pimples and skin rashes.

How to Use?

Make a paste of Sandalwood powder and water or rose water, apply on the skin.

Another option is, mix sandalwood and turmeric with water, make a paste and apply.

2.Neem

How does it help?

Possesses anti-bacterial, anti-fungal properties.

Penetrates into the skin deeply and removes dead skin cells.

Opens clogged pores and help to keep sebum levels under control.

How to Use?

Add Neem leaves to boiling water, boil for 5-8 minutes, cool and use the water to wash your face.

Alternatively, prepare a face mask using neem leaves powder, turmeric, and tea tree oil (a few drops) with water, apply and rinse off after some time.

3.Saffron

How does it help?

Has skin-lightening and anti-fungal properties, makes the skin tone even.

Effective for treating acne, pimples, blemishes and blackheads.

How to Use?

Soak saffron in warm milk overnight, apply the mixture and wash after some time.

4.Multani Mitti(Fuller’s earth)

How does it help?

Prevents acne and removes blackheads.

Removes excessive oil, scars.

Heals and nourishes the skin.

Keeps the skin smooth and firm by tightening the skin’s natural elasticity.

How to Use?

Prepare a face pack using Multani mitti (2tbsp) and rose water (3tbsp), apply and let it dry. Then wash off.

Another method is making a face pack using Multani mitti (1tbsp) & curd (1tbsp); apply. Allow it to dry & rinse off.

5.Cucumbers

How does it help?

Prevents water retention.

It can treat open pores, purify and nourish skin.

As they are rich in Vitamins, it’s beneficial to cleanse & make the skin soft.

How to Use?

Cut cucumber into slices and rub it all over your face; leave overnight & wash off in the morning.

6.Honey

How does it help?

Moisturizes well and nourishes the skin without making it oily.

Clears the pores and averts wrinkles.

A natural antiseptic, so helpful for acne prone oily skin.

How to Use?

Apply honey as a thin layer all over your face and wash off after 15 minutes.

Besides, you can use Tulsi, Amla, Milk, Papaya, Lemon, Potato, Eucalyptus, Aloe vera, Jasmine & Moringa leaves are also effective remedies that suits oily skin well. Use these effective herbs efficiently to replenish your oily skin.

 

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