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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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1. 2 teaspoons of honey mixed well in one egg white makes a very good face pack for oily skin. Apply this on face and wash it off with plain water after 10 minutes

2. Place thin slices of apple on face for 15 minutes.This removes excess oil from face.

3. mix neem leaves juice with corn flour in equal proportion. Add little water to make it thin. Apply this pack on oily skin and wash it off with cold water when it dries.

4. Prepare a scrub with green gram flour and dilute buttermilk. Scrub the face gently and wash it off with cold water. This removes dirt, dead skin and excess oil from oily skin

5.A mixture of fresh mint leaves’ juice, gram flour, lime juice and papaya pulp is a healthy face pack for oily skin.

6.Before applying a make up for oily skin dab your face with lime juice and wash it off after 5-6 minutes.

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Ayurvedic texts describe medicinal properties of honey as follows .

“Vaatalam guru sheetam cha raktapittakaphapaham |
Sandhatru cchedanam ruksham kashayam madhuram madhu ||”

Honey aggravates vata. But alleviates pitta, rakta and kapha. According to ayurveda principles acne and pimples are caused by vitiation of rakta, pitta and kapha. As honey balances vitiated rakta, pitta and kapha, its external application helps to reduce acne and pimples. In the above verse it has been said that honey is an excellent promoter of healing process (sandhatru).Inflamed acne and pimples get healed very quickly when honey is applied externally. Its antimicrobial properties help to accelerate healing process.

As honey exhibits astringent (kashayam) properties its external application helps to tighten the pores created by acne and pimple. Its heaviness (guru) and cold (sheeta) properties help to increase the moisture level of skin. This helps to prevent wrinkles. Honey helps to increase moistness of dry skin.

Honey has another excellent property of drying extra oil secretion. It scrapes the excess oil secretion without stripping the natural oil of skin. Persons with Oily skin can take advantage of this quality of honey.

Honey face pack: Apply two tea spoons of honey all over face and neck and leave it for 20 minutes. Wash this off with cold water. This increases glow and fairness of skin.
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Diabetes patients usually experience dry skin. Other skin problems like eczema, psoriasis, fungal infections etc exaggerate when diabetes sets in. Dry skin is common in diabetic people due to following reasons

  1. Poor blood circulation to skin
  2. High glucose level in blood.
  3. Renewal of body tissues get stunted or delayed due to high glucose level.
  4. Activity of sweat glands becomes slow due to poor blood circulation.

The dry skin is more prominent on legs, feet and elbows. This results in cracking, fungal or bacterial infections. These conditions are very difficult to treat. Hence diabetes patients have to take utmost care of their skin.

Precautions to be taken to prevent dry skin in diabetes

  1. Keep blood glucose level under control.
  2. Avoid repeated bathing as it washes of natural oils of skin.
  3. Consume foods which are rich in Vitamin A and B.
  4. Avoid repeated usage of medicines like antihistamines, antispasmodics, diuretics.
  5. Regularly apply a good moisturizing lotion which does not contain alcohol.
  6. Bathe in luke warm water.
  7. Use mild soaps which contain hydrating agents.
  8. Use humidifier at home.

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Insomnia is a condition in which a person will be having trouble in getting good sleep. The term “Anidrata” is used in texts of ayurveda to describe this condition.

Causes of Insomnia:
1.    Psychological causes like Depression, anxiety, stress etc
2.    Medications like steroids, diuretics, blood pressure medications etc.
3.    Diseases like asthma, cancer, persistent body pain etc.
4.    Sleep disorders like sleep apnea

According to ayurveda Insomnia is caused due to fear, anxiety, anger, over exertion (physical and psychological) , fasting, uncomfortable bed, diseases like colic pain etc. Panchakarma which has not been performed methodically may also lead to insomnia. Vitiated vata causes sleeplessness.

Effects of Insomnia:

Inadequate sleep causes
1.    Fatigue
2.    Lowered energy levels
3.    Delayed reflexes.
4.    Ability to learn, remember and concentrate are affected
5.    Mood swings
6.    Depression
7.    Erectile dysfunction
8.    Increased blood pressure
9.    Cardiac risks etc.
10.    Dark circles under eyes
11.    Dry  skin
12.    Appearance of wrinkles on skin.
13.    Hair loss

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Ayurveda recommends Coconut oil or naarikela taila (in ayurveda) in conditions like dry skin and skin diseases. It has been found that application of coconut oil is beneficial in psoriasis, eczema and dermatitis.

Massaging coconut oil on body has myriad benefits. It prevents formation of wrinkles, ageing of skin and pigmentation. It is known as varnya in ayurveda. Varnya means restoring the complexion and glow of skin

It relieves stress when massaged on scalp and rejuvenates scalp and hair. It is classified as keshya. Keshya signifies its action as a hair friendly herb.

Application of coconut oil helps to prevent hair loss, dandruff and increase hair growth. It also acts as a natural hair conditioner.

Massaging foot with coconut oil helps to soften cracked heels and increases the beauty of foot.

Application of coconut oil accelerates the process of wound healing. It is very safe to apply on cuts and wounds

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