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According to principles of ayurveda ,skin harbors pitta dosha. Vitiation of pitta dosha causes skin problems like acne, pimple, rashes etc. Oats pacify pitta. It soothes skin and reduces irritation. This can be best utilized for home made beauty preparations. Oat is grainy and hence can be used in scrubs. Homemade scrubs of oat flakes remove dead skin , dirt and oil from skin. Oat is very gentle on skin. Homemade oat scrubs are better than chemical scrubs. Oat makes skin soft, shiny and supple. It hydrates skin and guards it. Before scrubbing wash face with luke warm water. This opens up pores and allows a thorough cleaning.

Oatmeal rosewater scrub (for normal skin):

Take two spoons of oat meal. Add 3 spoons of rose water and leave it for 5 minutes to get softened. Gently rub this mix on your face in circular motion. Do it for two minutes. Avoid rubbing around eyes. Wash it off with warm water and then splash cold water to close opened pores. Apply moisturizer immediately if skin feels dry.

Oatmeal scrub for oily skin-

Mix 2 tea spoons of oat meal with 3 spoons of rose water. Allow it to soften for five minutes. When it softens, mix 1 tea spoon of honey. Gently rub this on face in circular motion for two minutes. Wash face as mentioned above. This is the best ayurveda remedy for oily skin

Oatmeal cucumber scrub

Mix two tea spoons of oat meal with 4 tea spoons of grated cucumber. Allow the oatmeal to soften. Scrub the face with this mix for two minutes.

Oatmeal scrub for dry skin

Mix two tea spoons of oatmeal with 4 tea spoons of milk. Allow the oatmeal to soften. Add few drops of olive oil to this and gently rub this on face. Wash it off with warm water. Apply moisturizer immediately. This ayurveda remedy removes dead cells from dry skin and makes it soft and glowing

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We all know that honey has innumerable medicinal properties. Now people use honey regularly as a substitute for sugar. Honey can be used externally on skin. According to principles of ayurveda honey has cleansing properties. It cleanses the body when consumed internally. This sweet nectar removes toxic plugs and rejuvenates body tissues.

The same action can be seen when it is used externally. It clears the clogged skin pores and rejuvenates skin. Its anti aging properties help skin to look younger. Wash face thoroughly with suitable face wash. Pat dry skin. Take 2 tea spoons of organic honey and apply on face.  Leave it for 15 minutes. Wash it off with luke warm water. Honey facials increases fairness and glow of skin. It helps to reduce wrinkles and other aging signs.

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You can remove dead skin from face with homemade scrub which is healthy and easily available. You can take care of your beauty while cooking

Ingredients required
1.Tomato – 1 ripe
2.Sugar  – 1 tea spoon

Cut tomato into half. Roll the raw side of tomato in a tea spoon of sugar. Rub this on facial skin in circular motion. Rub on cheeks, forehead and nose. Don’t forget the skin on sides of nose. Continue this for 5 minutes. Wash your face with plain water. Enjoy the Clean and clear facial skin.

Ripe tomatoes contain lycopene. Lycopene acts as a powerful anti oxidant. It can reduce the harmful effects of Sun’s UV radiations. This substance helps the skin to remain wrinkle free and gives young looks.

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It’s summer and the heat is on. The rising mercury levels indicate arrival of summer. The seasonal fruit of summer is watermelon. Juicy pulp of this fruit cools body, quenches thirst and satiates taste buds. The main constituent (92%) of this fruit is water. But the remaining small portion of nutrients plays a big role in nourishing our body. Here are few health benefits of watermelon.

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Use these ingredients which are easily available on kitchen shelves to solve acne and pimple problems.

HoneyHoney is very popular for its antimicrobial properties. It is also store house of plenty of nutrients which can nourish skin. According to texts of ayurveda honey has “lekhana” properties. Lekhana means scraping. Honey has properties of scraping impurities, oily contents and fat. Hence this can be best used in treating acne and pimples at home. Apply honey on face and massage with upward strokes. Wash it off within 10 minutes. Continue Reading

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Women usually develop stretch marks during pregnancy. The stretch marks appear due to sudden stretching of skin surface. The genetic factors play a big role in appearance of these marks. The stretch marks appear on stomach, breasts and thighs. The color of these marks can start as pink progress to reddish brown, brown or dark brown. Over a long period of time they acquire silvery grey. These color changes depend upon the color of skin. The stretch marks even though can not be completely cured; at least they can be minimized.

Texts of ayurveda mention stretch marks as “Kikkwisa”.  Ayurveda acharyas recommend preventing scratching the stretch marks as it causes scarring. If you feel itching sensations on these marks rub lightly with soft cotton cloth or cotton balls. Massaging abdomen very lightly with ksheerabala oil helps to reduce dryness of skin and reduces striae gravidarum.

The severity of stretch marks can be reduced or minimized by taking preventive measures as early as possible. Here are few tips to prevent stretch marks.

1.Apply plenty of moisturizing lotion at repeated intervals of time.(Dermatologists recommend application of moisturizer at least 4 times daily). Select a moisturizer which is rich in natural ingredients. Avoid moisturizer which contains harsh chemicals.

2.Drink plenty of water to keep the skin well hydrated. Well hydrated skin has more elasticity.

3.Include fresh vegetables and fruits which are rich in Vitamins (E and C) and minerals (silica and zinc).

4.Exercise regularly. Always chose mild exercises. Consult your gynecologist before starting any exercise routine during pregnancy.

5.Check your weight. Any abnormal weight gain can exaggerate appearance of stretch marks.

6.Applying ayurvedic ksheerabala oil which is prepared with sesame oil, milk and sida cordifolia (herb) helps to reduce dryness of skin.

7.Application of kumkumadi lepa or kumkumadi taila also helps to reduce the stretch marks.

8.Mix turmeric to ksheerabala oil and apply on striae gravidarum. This has to be done when the marks appear in beginning.

9.A home remedy for stretch marks goes as follows. Mix a pinch of turmeric in 10 ml of pure coconut oil. Apply this on stretch marks. The same remedy is recommended by ayurveda acharyas.

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Dark circles or under eye circles are common beauty complaint.  Men and women experience dark circles under their eyes at one time or another. The thin skin under eyes is very delicate.  When this delicate skin gets damaged due to various causes, dark circles appear.  Sun rays, stress, sleeplessness etc cause dryness and wrinkling of skin under eyes. This exposes veins which are beneath the under eye skin. All these together make the skin under eyes to look dark. Here are few effective methods to prevent under eye circles or dark circles.

  • Sleep well. A good undisturbed sleep for eight hours helps to get rid of dark circles.
  • Reduce stress. Indulge in stress busting activities like outdoor sports, listening to music, gardening etc.
  • Eat healthy foods. Include fresh green vegetables and fruits in diet.
  • Drink plenty of water. Well hydrated skin is not prone for wrinkling.
  • Avoid junk foods and deep fried foods. Nourishing diet helps to prevent dark circles. Say good bye to sweets and chocolates.
  • Wear dark shaded glasses and hat with shade, when you step out in sun. This prevents sun burn.
  • Do not scratch under eye skin.
  • Restrict salt intake.
  • Avoid coffee, tobacco and recreational drugs.
  • Exercise regularly. A brisk walk for 30 minutes is the best exercise.

Home remedies for dark circles under eyes

  • Apply coconut oil or castor oil on under eye skin; tap the skin gently with fingertips.
  • Dip two cotton balls in fresh cucumber juice and place them on eyes.
  • Place thin slices of potato on eyes.
  • Practice YOGA and Meditation.
  • Pranayama or deep breathing exercises help a lot in under eye circles.
  • Dip green tea bags in refrigerated water and place them on eyes.
  • Applying a face pack of green apple gives very good results.
  • Mix sugar cane juice with turmeric and apply it on under eye skin.
  • Applying egg white on under eye skin help to reduce dark circles.

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Daily skin care routine prevents early aging of skin.  It increases natural glow and young looks. Here are tips to include skin care in daily routine.

  1. Drink a glass of water early morning as soon as you brush your teeth. Water stored in copper vessel (copper water) is more beneficial.
  2. Take bath in warm water. Very hot water can damage skin. A quick shower is always advisable than long ones.
  3. Use mild soaps which contain glycerin. Soaps which have herbal extracts like neem and tulsi protect the skin from infection. Persons who suffer from skin conditions like dry skin, psoriasis, eczema etc have to avoid soaps. Instead they can use gram flour (besan flour).
  4. Pat dry skin with a soft cotton towel. Do not rub the skin vigorously. This may damage the skin.
  5. Apply moisturizer all over the body. Select a good moisturizer which does not contain alcohol.
  6. Use minimum make up. Apply sun screen lotion to the exposed skin, if you are going out in sun.
  7. Include fresh fruits in breakfast.
  8. Drink plenty of water in between.
  9. Carry an umbrella, wear sun glasses and cap with shade – if you go out in harsh weather conditions.
  10. Include fresh vegetables, less oily food and a bowl of fruits in lunch. Plenty of fruits and vegetables supply fibers which help in healthy bowel movement. Evacuating bowel in morning is always healthy.
  11. Avoid regular consumption of sweets, chocolates and ice creams.
  12. Have your dinner early (2 hours before you go to bed).
  13. Remove your make up before going to bed. Wash your skin with mild face wash.
  14. Do not apply anything when you go to sleep. Allow your skin to breath.
  15. Take a good sleep for 7-8 hours. A good sleep prevents formation of dark circles.
  16. Every day keep 45 minutes for your exercise routine. A brisk walk for 30 minutes and deep breathing exercise (pranayama) for 15 minutes have to be included for better results. These also help to reduce stress. Stress is the major cause for early aging.
  17. If you have plenty of time, include Yoga and Meditation in daily routine.

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Hair loss is a symptom and not disease itself. While allopathy touches the hair loss superficially, ayurveda considers it in depth. Hence the evolution of several hair oils, natural shampoos. While modern 21st century woman cuts her hair short like men, long, smooth and lustrous hair was an asset in beauty and personality, especially in oriental lifestyle, as seen by ancient history depicted in temples, pictures, idols. More than beauty, author feels that hair are given to us by god, as natural antennae for collecting cosmic energy emitted by universe. If the chakras are active, one can see dark plenty hair on the parts the body, where chakras are located. A well known example is Ramdev Maharaj, whom you can watch on T.V. in India, twice a day or on website divyayoga.com. The hair also indicates the hormonal status.

There can be many reasons for hair loss, other than hormonal changes. Fatigue, shortness of breath, simultaneous weight loss and colorless face indicate the possibility of anemia as the most likely reason.

Anemia means reduced Hemoglobin in the body. Hemoglobin is made up of certain proteins and Iron. It is carrier of oxygen to all our blood cells. We need oxygen to produce the energy and loss of Hemoglobin reduces the energy produced, resulting in the fatigue. If the anemia is treated, hair loss automatically gets treated. There are three primary reasons for anemia:

1. Inadequate production of RBC cells due to reduced nutrition, hormone unbalance or other diseases

2. Destruction of Hemoglobin carrying cells due to genetic disorders

3. Loss of blood through Menses, accidents etc.

Women become the victim of anemia mostly due to third reason. Even slight reduction in Hemoglobin causes thinning of hair, drying of hair, reduction in the dark shade ( the natural color of hair). While assessing the Hemoglobin quantity requires a costly blood test, ayurvedists examine it simply by color of the face, color of the nails when a finger is pressed. Hands and feet are very informative areas of the body which contain the information on state of the body, and also contain thousands of acupuncture points for whole body.

Our body requires copper as a catalyst for hydrogen oxidation, development of Melanin (the compound which gives natural color to hair) and also for releasing the iron extracted out of the old RBC cells accumulated in liver. Other than dates, raisins, copper water, copper is available in various foods such as mushrooms, grains, cereals, fruits having tough skins. Mushrooms contain a significant amount of copper.

Another variety of anemia is mostly noted in the age group above forty, as a result of deficiency of B12 vitamin and Folic acid. The deficiency of a chemical responsible for absorption of this vitamin causes this anemia. This vitamin is needed to produce more blood cells in bone marrow. This anemia shows similar symptoms. IN addition, bleeding through nose, loss of weight and appetite, thinning of hair, drying and/or hardening of hair can occur. In several cases, hair loss was reduced to negligible quantity by change of diet, and ayurvedic medicines directed at building up of Blood iron; e.g. Loha Bhasma, Saptamrut Loha, Kantloha Bhasma, Navayas Loha, Punarnava Mandur, Tapyadi Loha etc. Which of these should be used depends upon the specific case by case and one should consult the ayurvedic consultant nearest to him. Most of these are quite expensive medicines.

In general, most of the diseases cause reduction of blood iron, and drinking of copper water, soaked dates/raisins can be a general recommendation.

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Dry skin leads to wrinkles and makes a person look aged. Dry skin can be kept soft and smooth by increasing moisture level of skin. Air conditioned rooms, sun, harsh soaps worsen the condition.

Face packs for dry skin

1. Take ripe papaya and scoop its pulp. Mash it well and mix with honey, milk and rose water. Apply this mask and wash it off after an hour.
2. Mash a ripe banana and mix it with rose water. Apply this pack and wash it off with water after 1 hour.
3. Take few almonds and soak it over night. Mix it well with little milk and apply this pack. Wash it off after 15 minutes.

Few dos and donts for dry skin

1. Take steam to face before applying face pack.
2. Always wash off face packs with warm water.
3. Avoid air conditioned rooms and refrigerated foods and drinks.
4. Drink plenty of water, fresh fruit juice and vegetables.
5. Do not take long showers

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