Contrary to other parts of the world, Indian girls face some specific skin problems. This is because of the climate and the type of weather and also because our genes play a master role in it. The good thing is that India is the home ground of Ayurveda which has all the solutions to such skin problems.
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The science of Ayurveda today has gained recognition and approval across the globe for its holistic approach of medication. The natural practices of Ayurveda has home based and diet based remedies to our brown girl skin problems.
THE FIRST STEP – THE SKIN CHECK
Before you begin with any treatment for your skin, it is utmost important that you know what your skin type is. One of the prime things you need to take into account is that suppose you were born with skin type A, it doesn’t mean that you will skin will remain type A forever. With changing external factors, your skin too has a tendency to change. Therefore, a skin type check is a must before you embark on the treatment journey.
Also known as irregular skin problem, this causes skin pigmentation of two types- hypopigmentation (patches become white & lighter) and hyperpigmentation (patches become dark and heavier). Skin experts say that the cause of this pigmentation disorder is hormonal imbalance, exposure to extreme sunlight and could possibly be the result of chemical side-effects.
Avoid sour, spicy and fried foods.
Increase intake of water
Try to be in cooler conditions
Drink iced herbal teas and fresh juices
Fresh cucumber juice is highly recommended
Try going for late night walks
Try to avoid stress by listening to soothing music
Ayurvedic Paste for treatment– Take 10-15mL of kumkumadi oil and mix it with a pinch of haldi powder and a little aloevera pulp (about 1 teaspoon). Keep the mix for 5-10 minutes and then apply in the patchy areas. Keep it applied for 30 minutes and then wash it. Apply the paste on a daily basis for faster results.
CALLUSES AND CALVUS
Calluses (hardened skin) and Calvus (Corns) occur in the outmost layers of the skin. These occur especially in an area that has been subjected to friction. Deficiency of vitamin A and exposure to chemical called arsenic are said to be the main causes of the problem.
Use cocoa butter in the affected areas
Eats lots of green veggies to boost immunity
Include garlic, yoghurt and mushroom in your diet
Fruits such as blueberries, papaya and strawberries are suggested
Ayurvedic paste for the treatment– Mix one teaspoon of aloe Vera gel with half a teaspoon of haldi powder and apply on the affected area. Also, you can try roasted haldi powder in mustard oil and apply this paste on the corn (when bearably hot). Wrap it up with a bandage and keep it overnight for best results.
STRAWBERRY SKIN (ACNE)
The strawberry skin problem means having small acne-like bumps and rough patches on your body. These are generally found on the back, the upper arms, thighs, cheeks and buttocks. This is a generic disorder caused by a weak immune system.
Keep the skin moisturized
Use only mild soaps
Increase the intake of green leafy veggies
Start taking Vitamin A supplements
Include pumpkin, flax seeds and eggs in your diet
Ayurvedic Paste for treatment
Massage the affected area with virgin coconut oil and leave it for the night. Sunup, prepare a combination by mixing sun-dried orange peel, dried neem leaves, 2 teaspoon of raw cane sugar and 1 teaspoon of oatmeal with a few drops of almond oil and apply it on your moist skin to exfoliate. Rinse it after half an hour with lukewarm water.
Some other Ayurvedic remedied for brown skin problems
Keep your bowels clean by drinking plenty of water
Avoid packages and frozen food items
Eat antioxidants rich foods to enhance the skin glow
Include dry fruits such as walnuts and almonds in your diet
‘Ayurveda is a sister philosophy to Yoga. It is the science of life and endurance and teaches us about power of nature and its elements’
Ashwathi is an enthusiastic traveller and dancer with a passion for movies and music. Hailing from an Army background, she considers herself fortunate enough to have experienced the diverse cultures that India boasts of. She is a graduate in Journalism and Mass Communications and has worked in print, radio and television.