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 Skin Rasayana

If you have a good skin, you can live full of confidence. The ego becomes diminished when the skin is poor and even the most beautiful persons feel less sure of themselves when they have a pimple upon the end of their nose. Most skin conditions, from a minor rash to acne, are brought about by a poor diet, allergic reaction, emotional upheaval, stress or hormonal imbalance. Now a days, Ayurveda is getting more and more important role in treating skin problems.

One of the main reasons for ayurvedic skin care products taking the beauty world by storm is the availability of numerous potent skin rasayanas in the ayurvedic herbal treasury. Skin rasayanas (rasa means essence, ayana means enter) are so called because of their ability to deliver penetrating holistic benefits to the skin without side effects or the damage caused by a fragmented approach to skin health. Whatever your skin type or needs for balance, there are ayurvedic skin rasayanas that can help. Further, when used in combination, as is the ayurvedic tradition, you derive the added benefit of synergy, with the combined formulation being exponentially more beneficial than any single herb in the formulation.

Skin needs lots of nourishment on an ongoing basis. Good digestion creates good rasa, the nutrient fluid that is the basis of healthy body tissue. Rasa is responsible for skin moisture level and plumpness. Good digestion also creates good rakta dhatu, pure blood. Rakta governs skin clarity, color and glow. So when the nutrients from the foods you eat are properly absorbed by the body, your skin shows the results in glowing healthy color, vibrant good health and clear tone.

Different skin types require different foods -

Vata skin is dry, thin, small-pored, delicate, and cool to the touch.

Pitta skin is fair, sensitive, soft, warm, and of medium thickness.

Kapha skin tends to age slower and form less wrinkles than the other two types. It is thick, oily, pale, soft and cool.

Once you determine your skin-type, you can follow the Vata, Pitta, or Kapha pacifying dietary guidelines to keep your skin balanced, healthy and youthful.

Vata skin types, for instance, will want to eat warm, unctuous foods and favour the sweet, sour and salty tastes to balance the dry, rough, moving Vata dosha.

If you have a Pitta skin type you will thrive on sweet, bitter and astringent tastes, as found in sweet, juicy fruits, rose petal preserve, and cooked greens. Avoid hot, spicy foods.

The oiliness of Kapha type skin calls for a diet that is warmer, lighter, less oily, and free of heavy, hard to digest foods. Eating more bitter, astringent and pungent tastes help stimulate digestion and balance Kapha skin.

Vata Skin

Since Vata skin is delicate and tends to be naturally dry, skin rasayanas that benefit Vata skin are mainly nourishing, with subsidiary properties such as enhancing natural glow or purifying the skin. Such herbs also balance Vata dosha in the physiology, calming and settling the mind and supporting stress management and mind/body coordination so that the ravages of worry and excessive mental pressure do not show up on the skin as fine lines, sagging and bags under the eyes.

Nourishment and deep, ongoing rehydration are essential if Vata skin is to look healthy, plump and youthful. Brahmi, Shatavari, Amla and Ashwagandha are potent Vata-pacifying skin rasayanas that help support skin elasticity, moisture balance, texture and radiance. They are ultra-nourishing, helping to regenerate skin cells and keep skin looking youthful. Triphala is also excellent for Vata skin because it combines nourishment with a gentle detoxifying effect that enhances skin clarity.

Pitta Skin

Since Pitta skin is sensitive and is generally neither dry nor oily, skin rasayanas that support the health of Pitta skin are mainly cooling and soothing, with some element of nourishing and purifying as well. These rasayanas also balance Pitta in the physiology, balancing the emotions and strengthening the heart/mind coordination so that the resulting inner serenity and emotional balance are reflected on the skin as a healthy glow and brightness, and "angry" eruptions and redness are avoided. Pitta skin also requires protection, because it tends to be more photosensitive than other types of skin.

Amla, Bhringaraj, Kumari (aloe vera), White Sandalwood, Red Sandalwood and Lajawanti are considered the pre-eminent Pitta-pacifying skin rasayanas. They draw out excess heat, support the skin's natural ability to withstand the ravages of the environment, and keep skin clear and healthy. They nourish sensitive skin tissue without irritating it. Triphala, Manjistha and Neem are also helpful for Pitta skin because they purify and clarify the skin without depleting it of moisture or youthfulness.

Kapha Skin

Since Kapha skin is oily, and tends to be congested and susceptible to attracting dust and grime, skin rasayanas for Kapha skin are therefore first purifiers that detoxify and clarify, with subsidiary properties of being nourishing and rejuvenating. These herbs also balance Kapha dosha in the physiology, invigorating the mind and body so that the skin appears "alive" and vital, and retarding the lethargy that dulls Kapha skin.

Neem, Manjistha (Indian Madder), Triphala, Tulsi (Holy Basil) and Turmeric are potent Kapha-balancing skin rasayanas. They help detoxify the skin while nourishing it at the same time. They balance oil content in the skin and enhance clarity and brightness. Because of their effective detoxification properties, these rasayanas keep Kapha skin squeaky clean, so that it stays healthy and naturally radiant.

Ayurveda Tips to keep your Skin Healthy and Glowing

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