Incredible India is the slogan for the country and we all have to agree that she is mesmerizing, mysterious and awe-inspiring in every way. But in this blog we only talk about beauty. In the world of beauty, beauty care regime is centuries old and withstood the test of time. Women all over the country follow small everyday regimes typical to their area. Ingredients used are what is available locally and at most times readily available in their pantry.
The Western world is starting to appreciate and understand the science behind the rituals practiced like – massages and products used like Turmeric and Neem. The old is the new and the outdated is trendy a bit like Back to the future! We all know that what we put on our skin is absorbed into our bodies and remain stored in the body for several months or even years before they are completely eliminated. With beauty and anti-ageing products inundating the market these days, not only is it difficult to make a choice but you also risk exposing your skin to a variety of chemicals. The beauty industry is essentially unregulated. Mainstream cosmetic products can legally therefore contain dozens of harmful chemicals, all of which may be carcenogenic or hormone disruptors.
However, it is not enough to be natural – it also needs to work which is why I thought I might write this post. Here AyurDeva brings to you some products used by men and women like neem, amla, tulsi and honey for time immemorial and what their uses are. They are found in every Indian home and are super effective. Just a few minutes everyday and you will be on your way to healthy looking skin in a healthy body. And if you want to buy them cheap, head to the nearest Indian store!
They are in alphabetical order so no one thing is better than the other.
One of the richest sources of Vitamin C, the fruit yields oil that has been used for ages for treating hair and scalp. It is said to penetrate the scalp and strengthen roots. Amla can be used alone or along with shikakai, neem and tulsi. They are as useful when ingested as they are when applied.
Generally found in all Indian kitchens, besan is a typical grandmother recipe. Its easy availability coupled with gentle exfoliating and deep cleansing properties make it popular choice among women. While some use it to remove excess oil from the hair before shampooing (so that you end up using less chemicals), others use it with milk and cream as a replacement for soap. Because it can be drying, the milk and cream keep the skin hydrated and supple. Use it with lime water, honey, milk or yoghurt to make a face pack.
Or Fuller’s Earth as it is known is a natural cleanser and scrubber and finds ready use in many homes. It absorbs oil, thereby making skin less greasy – a ready antidote for pimples. It can be used with honey, milk, lime juice or tomato juice to make a face pack. Or mix it with jiggery (brown unprocessed sugar) and yoghurt as a hair pack to be used before shampooing – this is especially helpful for those with dandruff.
Easily available, inexpensive and is the best hydrating agent. It is an all-in-all solution in skin and hair care. Honey naturally absorbs and retains moisture. It cleanses the skin and is a terrific source of antioxidants – all these qualities make it a ready ingredient in almost every cosmetic. Add it to a little saffron or milk and you get a face pack that will leave you glowing. You can also use it with olive oil to make a great hair conditioner.
This could well be the king of all beauty ingredients. Every single part of the neem tree is valuable and thanks to thousands of scientific studies, that is no secret. While its usage is the highest in medicine, neem infused tea does wonders for acne-prone skins and neem oil is a fantastic moisturizer. It is used extensively in Ayurveda to cure skin and hair diseases. The branch is used as a tooth cleanser that kills gingivitis causing bacteria and what’s more, it is disposable and biodegradable!
A more expensive but just as popular as haldi, sandalwood has antiseptic properties. It softens and aids blood circulation in the skin. Not just that, sandalwood has been proven to act against skin diseases and allergic reactions, apart from removing skin blemishes.
Possibly the most expensive of spices, saffron has qualities that justify its value. An excellent exfoliating agent, it also has anti-bacterial properties to cure acne. There are many who claim it improves complexion by lightening the skin tone but there aren’t any conclusive studies that prove it. What it does is improve the quality of your skin. The only drawback, if any, is its cost.
Literally means ‘fruit for the hair’ and helps those with dandruff or weak roots. Because of its mild acidic levels, it doesn’t strip the hair of natural oils like shampoos do.
Better known as the Holy Basil (though it is a stronger variety) is revered in India for its medicinal properties and is easily the “Queen of herbs”. Still grown in many households, this astringent-like herb is god’s gift to skin. A simple paste made of Tulsi and milk can help drive those nasty teen-age pimples and nourish the skin. A paste of honey and Tulsi can cure minor throat ailments and a tea made from Tulsi helps to reduce stress, help the nervous system, aid weight loss, dissolve kidney stones and a host of other ailments
Not only is it an integral part of Indian cuisine, but also Indian traditions! No marriage is complete without the quintessential haldi paste applied to the bride’s face, arms and legs. It gives a lovely golden glow to the skin and its antiseptic properties cure pimples. Mix it with a little milk for your under-eye skin and say goodbye to those wrinkles. Or add a little oil to it to keep those soles crack-free.
Always a part of the Indian diet, the presence of zinc in it helps treat blemishes on the skin. Lactic acid present in it hydrates the skin and makes it softer. And it is a boon for those who suffer from sunburns very often – it reduces the pain and redness. Some even claim it’s the best anti-ageing product.
Our vision is to create nourishing skincare products that feed your skin, keep it healthy and make it easy for you to maintain gorgeous skin.
At AyurDeva we want to keep it simple. Simply speaking therefore we have tapped into Mother Nature’s vast resources to keep your skin beautiful all round the year.
When natural is not just an option and luxury remains a staple, turn to the kindand tender skin and hair care range from AyurDeva.
The products are so amazing. The soap is divine and the face cream! I wash my face just so i can use it! I can’t describe how much better they are than “normal” products!