Dermatitis, Eczema, Rosacea, hives etc are most common skin problems a majority of the population is suffering from and internet is always abuzz with organic beauty tips for such issues. Before we start to experiment trying out tips and remedies, we need to understand what is causing sensitivity in the first place.
The number one reason of skin sensitivities is it’s exposure to chemicals that the immune system cannot recognize. Our skin is a part of our immune system which kicks in and starts working against anything it considers a threat to the body. Synthetic chemicals, pollutants, exposure to extreme heat or weather conditions, exposure to UV rays literally injure the skin, which then is unable to protect its nerve endings and reacts. This reaction is sensitivity.
Inflammation, rashes, redness, itching, swelling, bumps, excessive dryness, broken capillaries, eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, rosacea etc are all reactions of the skin or the immune system indicating that the skin is under attack.
Ben Franklin said “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. You may be buying the best beauty products in India or even international brands but what actually matters is what goes inside the products you are using. Many times, products that claim to be herbal, natural and organic also contain irritants and synthetic ingredients that penetrate the skin barrier and land up in our internal organs. Chemicals like parabens, phthalates, Formaldehyde (camouflaged in names like quaternium-15, DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, diazolidinyl urea, polyoxymethylene urea, sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol (bromopol) and glyoxal), SLS, SLES, Toulene, Fragrance often termed as perfumes or Parfum, Lake colors (FD&C), dyes, coal tar, Triclosan etc are potent allergens and are linked to diseases like cancers, gene modification, birth defects, hormonal changes. The question to ask is, is it worth taking the risk at cost of looking good. It’s never too late to make a switch to clean green skincare instead of cosmetics. If you are already a victim of skin sensitivities, natural herbs are the most effective remedies that can help in rebalancing the vitiated condition and providing a long lasting solution.
The top three Ayurvedic herbs that benefit the functioning of the skin and its purification are:
A blood and lymph purifier, Manjishtha is used in Ayurveda for improving circulation, detoxification and acts as an inflammatory and antioxidant.
Manjishtha supplements can be taken orally to counteract skin conditions like acne, eczema, hyperpigmentation, blood purification, scabies, skin allergies. Manjishtha is also known to reduce hyperproliferation of epidermal skin cells, that can cause psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, basal and squamous skin cancer. It is also known to increase the glow and texture of the skin by way of external application. In Ayurveda, some of the best organic face products make use of Manjishtha for purification, inducing luster and a rosy complexion. Manjishtha can be used to make face masks and scrubs at home. A decoction of Manjistha and Aloe vera with milk induces radiance and rejuvenates the skin.
Better than Hydroquinone or retinoids in lightening the skin, Licorice is extremely effecting in soothing and calming sensitive skin, sun burns, hyperpigmentation and enhancing the complexion and is a must inclusion in organic beauty tips. It is also effective against environmental pollution and lightening dark circles. Thus you can have a glowing smooth skin.
The active compound in Licorice, Glycyrrhizin has anti inflammatory activity similar to steroids or cortisol.
Sariva or Indian Sarasparilla:
It is one of the sugandi variety of herbs that is renowned for its ability to improve complexion and relieve burning sensation on the skin. It can be used topically or internally as well under the supervision of an Ayurvedic physician. Sariva is an effective blood purifier that helps to purge toxins from the blood. It is effective in treating itching eczema, erysipelas, psoriasis, urticaria caused by heat/pitta imbalance.
Ayurveda being the world’s oldest medical science is based on Prakriti or balance and Ayurvedic remedies by default provide most effective organic beauty tips that are time-tested and closest to nature. Eliminate the toxins and give these herbs a try to relieve your skin from sensitivity.
This article is written by Ponting, who is a blogger by hobby and likes to share his experience with all needy peoples.