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These Ayurvedic Ingredients Are A Must In Your Beauty Routine


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Between juggling routines and hectic schedules, if there’s one thing that is secretly getting compromised, it is your skin’s health. We all know that there’s no substitute for good skin, but a fact that we fail to realise is that healthy skin demands care and patience. Speaking of patience, since we’ve grown to be a fan of everything quick-performing, we’ve loaded our skin with powerful actives and moved far from the magic of Ayurveda. Naturally powerful, Ayurvedic beauty has answers to a slew of skin concerns, thanks to potent herbs, plants, flowers and more. Here’s a round-up of the best ingredients that you should be looking for.

 

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Saffron

Saffron is the perfect ingredient to spark your love affair with Ayurvedic beauty care. A part of the Egyptian, Kashmiri and other cultures, saffron is a blessing for your skin. “A skin antioxidant, saffron is regarded as a complexion-enhancing herb or ‘Varnya’ in Ayurveda. The herb has properties to clarify pigmentation, discolouration and eruptions. As an antioxidant, it helps the skin recover from environmental stressors. It is rich in minerals and contains two types of powerful carotenoids, crocin and crocetin, which are believed to be effective in damage repair and ensuring overall cellular health, and they help skin recover from daily environmental, oxidative, sun damage (stress), and healing everything from photodamage to loss of suppleness,” shares Dr Taruna Yadav, Senior Ayurveda Expert at Forest Essentials.

     

Ghee

Ghee is good for your skin as well as your body. It’s a good fat that is packed with moisture and nourishment. “Ghee, an anhydrous healthy fat, is one of the healthiest moisturisers for the skin. Ayurveda advocates the application of ghee as it is the finest of all fats, and has around a thousand potentialities. Some important benefits are that it improves the vitality, rejuvenates the skin, offers radiance, and has anti-ageing benfits,” explains Dr Yadav.

 

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Neem

It’s bitter but gives you better skin. “Well-known for its bitterness and blood purifying properties, neem has been cited for its assorted health benefits and curative properties. It contains bioactive compounds that have anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. Its cooling properties help in balancing the warm and hot attributes of pitta and bitter astringent properties kindle the sluggish kapha dosha and help in detoxification, protection and healing acne-prone skin,” shares Dr Yadav. “The powerful herb also acts as a natural cleanser for the skin and hair. With its astringent property, it soaks away excess oil from the skin and scalp, thereby treating dandruff and oily scalp,” she adds. 

 

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Sandalwood

The benefits sandalwood are enhanced with its pairing with turmeric. It’s the best way to unlock lit-from-within skin. “Sandalwood is renowned for its aromatic and rejuvenating properties and is a common feature in the ideal Ayurvedic skincare regimen stated. Every time a pimple pops up or pigmentation is not fading away, or even if you just need the extra glow, sandalwood should be your go-to ingredient. With its light and dry physical qualities, cold potency and clarifying properties, it works wonderfully,” assures Dr Yadav.

 

Multani Mitti (Fuller’s Earth)

Remember how your mom would ask you to wear a Multani mitti mask every Sunday to maintain the skin’s quality? “Enriched with anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties, it helps soothe inflamed skin and heals acne. It possesses the balancing, cooling and healing properties, which makes it an ideal ingredient for acne-prone skin. It is also rich in minerals that lend their excellent adsorbent properties to the clay, and so, whenever you apply multani mitti on your face, it leaves you feeling fresh and radiant,” shares Dr Yadav.

 

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Hibiscus

You’ve spotted the name of this flower as a haircare ingredient many times over. It renders more than just thicker and longer hair. “Both hibiscus flowers and leaves are used to cure hair problems. The amino acids (keratin) in hibiscus make it an outstanding conditioner. It nourishes the hair follicles, softens the hair, and makes it more manageable. You can use conditioners and masks that have hibiscus or japapatti as the key ingredient,” says Dr Yadav.

 

Kumkumadi 

Touted as liquid gold for your skin, kumkumadi oil has garnered a fanbase sooner than we thought. It’s a blessing for ageing, dull and lustreless skin. “It is considered as Ayurveda’s irreplaceable gift for its properties to manage various issues and bring out the skin’s natural glow. The name kumkumadi comes from one of its key ingredients – red-gold saffron, which is known as kumkuma in Sanskrit. Kumkumadi oil is most effective when it’s formulated with the highest quality ingredients in their purest form. Besides nourishing the skin, it also works as a cleanser, toner, and moisturiser,” explains Dr Yadav.

 

Also read: Here’s Why The Kitchen Staple Ghee Should Be A Part Of Your Skincare Routin

 

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