Ayurvedic Skin Care – Natural Products
The word “cosmetic” comes from the Greek “Kosmetikos”, meaning skill in arranging. The root word, kosmos means order The term perfectly reflects the ancient belief that beauty, indeed is born of harmonizing your lifestyle as well as bringing order to the mind and inner workings of the body. Ayurvedic cosmetics are one more way, along with Ayurvedic diet and lifestyle practices, to help towards the ends just described.
There are eight steps in full Ayurvedic facial treatment:
- Oleation massage
- Herbal steam or compress
- Gentle scrub
- Cleaning/facial pack
- Application of make-up (optional)
Cleansing, toning, and moisturizing are sufficient on a daily basis. (Steps 1,6,7) do the full program once a week or at least twice a month.
Herbal Cleansing Powders
The following are general and specific herbal cleaning powder recipes. The general recipe can be individually tailored to one’s own skin by altering the liquid it is mixed with. The more specific powder formulas have specific liquid bases to fortify their effects. All of these fine herbal powder mixtures improve circulation, soothe, heal, and bring a glow to the complexion.
General formula: contains equal amounts of aloe vera powder (घृत कुमारी), coriander (धनिया), calamus (Vacha), comfrey (Sankootan), cumin (जीरा), elderflowers (बड़ी फूल), fenugreek (मेथी के दानें), lemon peel, licorice (Mulethi), manjistha, nutmeg (जायफल), Tulsi, sandalwood (चंदन), vetiver (खस), plus fine lentil or chickpea flour or clay (all herbs are in powder)
To use this powder for Normal Skin, mix it with spring water or an herbal tea of your choice.
To benefit Dry Skin, add milk powder and water or use milk, fresh cream, or aloe vera juice.
To benefit Oily or blemished skin, mix with diluted lemon juice or yogurt.
To help Mature Skin, add a little wheat germ or rosa mosqueta oil for gentle nourishment together with spring water or milk.
Creams demand help from chemicals to keep them from separating. The following cleanser is free from chemicals and will separate, but only needs a quick shake before use to bring ti back to the right consistency.
5 parts base oil (see below)
4 parts aloe vera gel or juice
1 part each of jojoba, avocado, sunflower, almond, and Vitamin E oil and glycerine.
Essential oil (single or in combination) of your choice (20 drops per 2 fl. oz. of combined other ingredients.
The following are base and essential oils for the different skin conditions…
For Normal skin, use almond oil as base plus the essential oil combination of basil, rosemary, or lemon.
For Dry skin, use sesame oil as your base plus one of the following essential oil combinations:
- rose or sandalwood, plus jasmine and geranium
- cedar, sandalwood, and rose
- sandalwood, geranium, and rose
For Oily skin, use jojoba oil as the base plus one of the following essential oil combinations:
- lemon and cypress
- bergamot, cypress, and juniper
For Mature skin, try sesame or jojoba oil as your base plus the essential oil combination of lavender, frankincense, and neroli.
For Blemished skin, use jojoba or sunflower oil as the base plus one of the following essential oil combinations:
- lavender and tea tree
- bergamot and lemon
Beauty lotion: Filter twice the use from fresh lemon about 20 grams in weight. Mix it with 20 grams of rose water and 20 grams of glycerine. Keep the mixture in s small bottle. Use it before sleeping on the face. Rub well and sleep. This lotion should be used for 20 days regularly. The skin of the face will become soft and beautiful. All pimples and black marks will disappear.
For removing roughness and for beauty: Take 20 grams of carrot juice, 20 grams tomato juice, 20 grams orange juice, and 20 grams beet juice (चुकंदर). Mix all the above-mentioned juices (they should be fresh). Two months of regular use of these juices cleans pimples, marks on the face remove dryness, and makes the face bright, shining, and beautiful.
Pimples: Take 10 grams of malai (cream) – squeeze 1/4 of a lemon- rub this on the face for about one month. It cures pimples and back marks on the face make the skin of the face soft and provide it a shining luster.
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