Oily Skin: 14 Ayurvedic Herbs, Essential Oils And Natural Ingredients For Balance
According to Ayurveda, oily skin is believed to age more gracefully than other skin types. That’s because it’s less likely to develop deep face lines. Isn’t that great news? As far as skincare goes, oily skin requires deep cleansing, but it also needs some balancing. If what you apply to your skin is properly suited to your skin type and natural, your skin will absorb it well and find balance over time.
The following Ayurvedic herbs, essential oils and natural ingredients are perfectly suited to oily skin (Kapha skin type). Do you know your Ayurvedic body type or dosha? Take the free quiz for more information on the best diet and lifestyle for you. If you’re a Kapha body type, a Kapha pacifying diet may be in order to improve your skin and overall health.
In Ayurveda, Kapha type skin is prone to excessive oiliness, blackheads and non-inflamed acne. If your skin is oily, look for natural products like those from Ajara that contain the following ingredients.
Rosemary is an astringent herb, rich in antioxidants. The oil is great for oily skin to make it healthier, cleaner and smoother. It is antibiotic and able to get rid of scars from acne or even injury. It helps tone patches of discoloration, leaving you with an even complexion. It contains iron, calcium, and phytonutrients, and even provides protection against harmful environmental conditions. It’s known to prevent premature aging.
Ajara’s Rosemary Mint Oil Control Wash creates a balanced, soft, moisturized feeling on the skin.
Peppermint is antiseptic and antimicrobial. This makes it an excellent toner that helps in moderating oil secretion. That means, it doesn’t just help to even out the complexion and eliminate scars from zits, it also ensures that your skin produces the optimum amount of oil so you don’t have future breakouts. When you use products designed for oily skin, you run the risk of developing dry, lifeless skin. The presence of peppermint in these products helps guard you against that likelihood. Peppermint moderates the level of oil in the skin.
Macadamia nut oil is known for its ability to beautify the skin. It’s rich in essential fatty acids and leaves a non-greasy texture. It penetrates the skin easily and spreads smoothly to lubricate it without leaving any problematic residue. It has a high Omega 7 content in it, which makes it helpful in healing burn or wound marks. Ajara’s Rosemary Mint Oil Control Wash is a sophisticated blend of macadamia oil, coconut oil and key essential oils that balance oily skin.
Organic calamus is used for purifying, soothing and maintaining oil balance in skin. It’s a safe and gentle oil that improves the quality of your skin. Calamus root powder blended with oat kernel flour and rosemary leaf powder, among others, are the key ingredients in Ajara’s Rosemary Calamus Clarifying Scrub, perfect for a face and body that tends towards oiliness.
Calendula is used for a variety of skin conditions from eye care products to diaper rash. It stimulates the production of collagen in the area of a wound scar, acne scar or a burn mark. Traditionally used to add flavor to rice, cheese and cereals, calendula is very easy and safe for the skin to absorb and even acts as a quick disinfectant. What makes it ideal for oily skin is that it replaces grease and dirt with a good level of moisture. Ajara’s Cucumber Calendula Revitalizing Toner helps reduce redness, balance oiliness and moisturize.
Cucumber is rich in vitamin C and prevents water retention. It prepares the skin to deal with changes in weather conditions as it can treat open pores as well as purify and nourish the skin. That’s why it’s such a blessing for irritated, oily skin. Apply Ajara’s Cucumber Calendula Revitalizing Toner throughout the day to freshen the skin and makeup.
Eucalyptus is anti-bacterial, anti-infectious and anti-inflammatory. It purifies clogged pores and gives you baby-like skin. It’s known for providing quick relief from scars, from both injuries or acne. It makes the skin smooth and has a lovely scent, a sweet and woody smell that actually makes you enjoy the process of treating oily skin. Ajara’s Lemon Eucalyptus Radiance Serum revitalizes oily skin without feeling greasy.
8. Clary Sage Essential Oil
Extracted from an herb native to France, Clary Sage derives its name from its property of imparting clarity to the mind as well as the skin. It is believed to have a calming and uplifting effect on the human body. It’s a blessing for anyone with Pitta dominant skin type as it has anti-inflammatory properties. It can also regulate the level of oil secretion in the skin and help in maintaining a balance of the right amount of oil, perfect for Kapha. Its antiseptic properties also make it good for fighting the accumulation of harmful substances in the skin. Blended with Eucalyptus in Ajara’s Lemon Eucalyptus Radiance Serum, Clary Sage adds aroma, clarity and beauty to your entire cleansing experience.
Ginger is believed to have over 40 antioxidant benefits that leave your skin supple, clean, and devoid of excess oil. It helps you age gracefully as it even takes care of white spots leaving you with a cool, radiant look. Perfect for distressed skin. This Lemon Ginger Ultra Light Moisturizing Gel from Ajara will balance the oiliness without drying the skin.
10. Aloe Vera
With regular application of aloe vera, skin heals faster from sunburn, acne, redness or even injuries. It is the ultimate moisturizer and toner that is often recommended to new mothers for stretch marks. It is even believed to absorb easily into the epithelial layer of the skin, creating a protective layer to keep the skin from further damage. The aloe vera in Ajara’s Lemon Ginger Ultra Light Moisturizing Gel reduces redness and allows for quick, cool absorption into the skin.
11. Blood Orange
Blood oranges share some qualities with blueberries. Both are super rich in antioxidants which makes them great for preventing signs of premature aging, unclogging pores to give you bright and supple skin that radiates freshness. Blemishes and zits start to vanish and a balanced, beautiful complexion emerges. You can find blood orange in Ajara’s Lemon Ginger Ultra Light Moisturizing Gel. Along with ginger root oil, lemon peel oil and lemongrass leaf oil, this formula stops you from feeling greasy.
12. Lemon Thyme
Thymol is a powerful biocide present in Lemon Thyme. It makes it excellent at killing any harmful organisms that might have made way to your skin. Its anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties make it a solid anti-acne ‘soldier’, and a gentle one at that. Lemon Thyme swiftly enters the skin, rids it of foreign organisms and even tones and tightens it.
A popular ingredient in Thai and Vietnamese cuisines, lemongrass owes its name to the mild citrus flavor that it has. This anti-microbial and anti-bacterial herb can ward off infections as well as open clogged up and expanded skin pores. It regulates the oil secretion in the skin, its role in Ajara’s Lemon Ginger Ultra Light Moisturizing Gel, thus helping it maintain a healthier oil balance. It acts as an astringent and keeps signs of premature aging at bay.
14. Lemon Peel
To the human body, each part of lemon is useful – even its peel! Because of its citrus bioflavonoids content, lemon peel is highly efficient at detoxifying the skin, making pores smaller and cleaner. It works well on face lines, pigmentation and dark spots to make the skin tone even. Get all the benefits of lemon peel in Ajara’s Lemon Ginger Ultra Light Moisturizing Gel.
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