I’ve shared some root-based solutions for achieving great looking skin that I’ve discovered in my Ayurvedic journey of health. I ordered them according to how well they worked for me.
What is Moringa?
For thousands of years, the Moringa Plant (often referred to as the “miracle tree”) has been known for its exceptionally nourishing qualities. It holds key building blocks of life—calcium, potassium, Vitamin C, amino acids and Omega 3. It’s one of the most powerful anti-aging ingredients we’ve ever discovered.
What Moringa Extract does:
Helps skin optimize its natural renewal and cellular potential.
Supports a powerful protein known as the “gatekeeper of youth”—helping skin “unlock” multiple anti-aging pathways. Works together with our pro-collagen technology to help reduce the look of lines and wrinkles.
What is Manjishtha?
The Manjistha, literally meaning “bright red” is of the coffee family and is most commonly known for its extremely effective cleansing and detoxifying abilities. The plant itself is a climber by nature, most commonly found and grown in the Indian subcontinent. A multipurpose herb, it is best used for people attempting to detoxify their bodies or for those eating a primarily toxic diet. Moreover, it addresses many symptoms and diseases and promotes overall body health and wellness.
What Manjistha Extract does:
Treats hyperpigmentation: Manjistha is an effective blood detoxifier and helps manage skin discoloration and hyperpigmentation.
Cures acne: A detoxifying herb by nature, the Manjistha helps remove acne, pimples, freckles, and boils.
Reduces inflammation: With anti-inflammation properties, this herb is extremely useful in reducing inflammation.
Anti-aging effects: Manjistha contains an abundance of antioxidants that reduce wrinkles and gives the skin an overall youthful appearance.
Heals damaged skin: With healing abilities, this herb can be applied on wounds and cuts to speed up healing.
Cleanses skin: Manjistha is known to cleanse and rejuvenate the skin, giving it a fresh glow.
What is Neem powder?
You must have had an encounter with India’s very own antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antifungal and antiseptic superhero, the neem leaf.
Its incredible powers have helped countless women, children and men clear their skin of blemishes, acne, rashes, itchiness and a host of other skin problems that we do not wish upon our worst enemies. It has been said that neem also delays fine lines and ageing.
What Neem powder does:
Moisturizes. The combination of vitamin E, together with fatty acids hydrate skin and keep it plump and dewy. The antioxidantsfight oxidative stress and the free radicals (rogue cells) responsible for aging and disease.
Prevents blackheads. No worries about exacerbating blackheads while moisturizing with neem. It’s non-comedogenic.
Treat acne. Neem extract eliminates much of grease and bacteria that can aggravate the condition. Neem’s antibacterial power also helps prevent future breakouts, and the antioxidants in neem will minimize scarring and keep the skin looking fresh and clean.
Calm irritation. Nimbidin and nimbin are two anti-inflammatory compounds, while another of neem’s ingredients, quercetinalso serves as an antioxidant, which helps reduce membrane-damaging free radicals.
Slow aging. The carotenoid content of neem gives it potentially protective qualities while beta-carotene shields the skin against oxidative stress and ultraviolet radiation, helping in the anti-aging war.
Firm and tighten. The astringent properties of neem leaf extract reduce the chances of skin sagging, wrinkles and aging.
Soothe psoriasis and eczema. Dryness and scaling are most often associated with this skin ailment and neem extract not only eliminates the redness and itchiness, but also moisturizes. The antibacterial properties of the oil in the extract will help prevent further skin infections, such as eczema. The fatty acids in neem serve as an emollient which is what dermatologists recommend for eczema.
According to Ayurveda, everyone has one of seven body types comprised of a combination of two or three energies called doshas (vata, pitta, and kapha). Our type, or Ayurvedic constitution, is discovered through an analysis of our physiological traits, activities, and tendencies toward certain behaviors. The interaction between these subtle internal energies and our external environment can often create an imbalance in one or more of the doshas and manifest as different health problems. Ayurveda considers a dosha imbalance the root cause of any physical or psychological disease. Ayurvedic skincare requires that we address internal issues first.
Once we know our constitution, we are better equipped to optimize our personal health and prevent skin issues, inflammation, and other health problems. There’s a reason this Indian health system has been in existence for more than 5000 years and is gaining popularity in the West as an alternative approach to wellness. Starting with what we eat, Ayurveda teaches us about the right foods for our dosha type and how to correct an imbalance, as happens when we transition into summer, for example. Restoring balance to our constitution is Ayurvedic skincare tip number one.
I discovered that what we eat can sabotage our skin: whole foods heal, and excess salt, caffeine, and chemicals can wreak havoc on our skin. I learned to be kind to myself when I looked in the mirror. I had to cultivate compassion towards myself and truthfully understand that my beauty and worth had nothing to do with my reflection. This awakening gave me empathy towards others struggling with their own hardships—however big or small they may be. And finally, I learned that our skin is symbolic of how we see ourselves. If we see ourselves as flawed humans, this can manifest as flawed skin. If we’re angry, our skin can look angry and agitated. Our skin has a lot to teach us!
Real self-care is about nourishment on the levels of understanding, compassion, and balance for all three bodies: physical, mental, and emotional. Enjoy your beautiful self and try these suggestions for inner and outer beauty.