What makes Ayurveda special and so different from the Western medicine system, is that it is a holistic science that deals with the overall health and well-being of a person. Besides taking care of the skin externally, as detailed earlier, Ayurveda also recommends other mindful practices such as healthy eating habits, proper sleep patterns and exercise routines in order to fully combat premature aging or Jara.
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While there is no cheat sheet to stop aging, Ayurveda believes that eating the right kind of food at the right time can help slow down aging and maintain youthfulness and energy. The best foods that you can eat are always those that are seasonal, grown organically and are fresh. Further, Ayurveda divides food into 3 categories:
To prevent Jara and to encourage harmonious aging, a Sattvic diet that includes light and healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables, nuts and oil is recommended. Sattvic foods are held to be the wisest and truest form of diet.
While Rajasic foods like meat, fish, milk and cream are energy-giving, it’s advised not to over-indulge in them.
Lastly, it is considered best to avoid Tamasic foods such as excessive sugars, processed and preserved food and hard liquor.
Following this dietary style is highly beneficial as it prevents frequent breakouts, wrinkles, saggy-looking skin, loss of healthy tissues in the skin and dullness!
Ayurveda holds that stress and anxiety are two important factors that accelerate damage to the vital structures of the body from a macro to a microcellular level. When you’re under too much stress, your body naturally redirects nutrients from the skin to the other organs that need them more to function. This is extremely harmful to the skin as it increases free radical production that constitutes to faster aging.
In order to prevent this, Ayurveda recommends a proper self-care routine as it will:
The best possible way to include all these is when there is optimum exercise, meditation and sleep that will promote deep relaxation and strengthen the body.
In Ayurveda, one must strive to maintain a life of ‘Ojas’ or essence of vitality in order to experience eternal beauty. Ayurveda strongly adheres to the belief that you look good only when you feel good. When our inner life glows with zest, it’s reflected in our outer attributes, actions and thoughts too.
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Additionally, Ayurvedic skincare is formulated on a vast knowledge of herbs that are used in various formulations and as stand-alone remedies to get a polished, smooth and youthful look. These herbs have been revered in Ayurveda since prehistoric times for their ability to enhance beautiful, glowing skin that is lively-looking and full of zest.
Read on to find out which herbs are most recommended in Ayurveda in order to fight Jara and the wear and tear in skin due to aging.
This power-packed ingredient is a mixture of 3 different herbs – Amla or Indian Gooseberry, Vibhitaki and Haritaki that work together to help delay visible signs of aging. In fact, in Ayurveda, Triphala is considered to be so good for the body and mind that it’s classified as a ‘Rasayana’ or that which invigorates the body. It is therefore the Ayurvedic rejuvenation therapy aimed at maintaining and promoting good health and vigor.
If you don’t have Triphala, that’s totally okay. As far as skincare goes, Amla alone is considered to be a superfood in Ayurveda that can be used both externally and consumed internally to refresh and revitalize the body. Ayurveda maintains that regular intake of Amla is a guaranteed practice to achieve strong, beautiful and glowy-looking skin.
Blend ½ cup de-seeded and chopped Amla or Indian Gooseberry, 1 teaspoon chopped ginger and ¼ teaspoon Himalayan Rock Salt with water. Strain the mixture, add salt according to your preference and enjoy!
Or you can also try iYURA’s Paraania Oil for a healthier-looking complexion that results in a visible glow within a few uses! Prepared with the goodness of the magic ingredient – TRIPHALA itself, this is THE oil to enhance your dry, dull-looking and tired skin for an even-toned, silky-smooth glow!
In addition to it, iYURA’s Paraania Oil is also infused with active Ayurvedic herbs such as Dita Bark and Neem that are widely known for their intense clarifying properties, for a fool-proof way to attain an immaculate and spotless appearance in no time.
Tulsi is revered in Ayurveda as ‘the Queen of Herbs’ and the ‘Incomparable One’ for its spectacular effects not just on the skin but also the entire body, mind and spirit. Tulsi works to support and regulate stress levels and thereby also reduces the degenerative effects of anxiety caused on the skin. Besides, Tulsi is also a healing herb and balances energy levels throughout the day and helps the body function as efficiently as possible.
For centuries Tulsi has been used by Ayurveda practitioners and Yogis to revive and retain youthfulness in all sense. There is no other herb in Ayurveda that works like magic for rejuvenation as much as Tulsi!
Boil a few Tulsi leaves in water. Strain the leaves and drink the water in the morning. Eating (swallowing not chewing) 1 or 2 Tulsi leaves in the morning also helps clean out the internal systems by flushing out the toxins.
This Ayurvedic herb with unique medicinal properties contains all the natural goodness in the world to restore a youthful and vibrant appearance! It’s interesting how a single shrub can be used in multiple ways to treat multiple concerns – all at the same time. From getting a lustrous appearance to sharpening memory and relaxing the body, Ashwagandha does it all.
Ashwangandha produces a meaningful effect on the body by stimulating your entire system inside out. Besides its brilliant use on face and skin, Ashwangandha is also classified as a ‘Rasayana’ in Ayurveda as it’s believed to strengthen and lengthen life span.
Mix 1 teaspoon Ashwagandha powder in a glass of milk. Add some honey or cardamom to it as per your preference. Ayurveda recommends this drink to boost your metabolism while it also helps in maintaining your ideal weight.
For a better and enhanced support for your mature skin from inside-out, you can also use iYURA’s Ashwaro Body Oleator infused with 100% pure Ashwagandha itself! This Ayurvedic one-stop solution is sure to help you feel more strength and stamina in everyday life and is also enriched with the goodness of licorice and cardamom.
Experience the magic of this luxurious and highly revered Ayurvedic herb in a pure-Ayurvedic blend, iYURA’s Ashwaro Body Oleator, not just to look healthier and younger but also to feel it in every pore of your skin!
While aging is an inevitable and beautiful part of life, its accompanying signs are often unwanted. You’re now equipped with the right knowledge to tackle premature aging from the inside-out!