Do you follow a single skincare regime year long? Then, you are doing it all wrong. The skin is always exposed to the environment, which means it’s much more vulnerable to changes in that environment than other organs in the body.  So proper skincare as per seasons is important.

If you check out the ancient classics of Ayurveda, the initial chapters discuss in detail about different types of regimens like Daily Regimen, Seasonal Regimen, Night Regimen, etc.

In Ayurveda, it is stated that Physical, Mental and Spiritual beauty as a combined unit projects the cosmetic sense of Ayurveda (Ch.Su 1/41).

According to Ayurveda healthy skin is the result of the overall condition of individuals and prescribes numerous skincare treatments that need to be pursued at every stage of life. Ayurveda determines beauty by Prakruti(body constitution), Sara (structural predominance), Samhanana (compactness of body), Twak (skin complexion), Pramana (measurement) and Dirghayu lakshana (symptoms of long life). Ayurveda cosmetology started with garbhini paricharya (Postpartum care), Dinacharya, Ratricharya and Ritucharya with the practice of medicinal herbs and minerals. 1

 

Before going to details of skincare regimen for Fall season, I would like to explain a little bit about the Ayurveda concepts on Fall season.

In the Autumn season, there is a gradual decrease of Vata Dosha and Pitta will gradually reach its peak. In order to get over the sudden transition of dosha, the intake of Tikta (Bitter) ghee is advised in classics. Foods predominant of tastes like bitter, astringent and sweet are beneficial. These tastes help in pacifying the aggravated Pitta.

Foods to Include in Autumn
Grains – Rice, Wheat, Barley
Pointed gourd & Indian Gooseberry
Honey
Palm Jaggery
Lentils like Mung beans

The importance of gut health in skincare is really important. In order to have a perfect skin texture, the food you eat should be as per season and nourishing.

Fall skin problems

Preparing your skin for the fall season is essential if you don’t want it to suffer because of the change in weather, especially because it might get drier, and lose in elasticity. Weather changes can dramatically affect the moisture of your skin. Your fall skincare should keep this in mind.

 

So, Remember Cleanse, Nourish, and Moisturize is the hymn for Fall season.

Let us look at each of them in detail.

 

The herbal Skin Cleanse 

What can a herbal cleanse do for you? 

Regular cleansing is essential to keeping your skin looking radiant and healthy. Cleansing helps maintain proper pore size. Cleansing encourages proper skin hydration and prevents the production of excess oils. Dehydrated skin looks and feels rough, wrinkled and aged. Cleansing helps manage PH levels of the skin; enabling sufficient water and product retention.

Making a homemade cleanser is a better idea than soap or face wash because of the fact that soap strips away the very important skin oil and sets up a cycle of over- or under-production of sebum which can result in more break-outs, dry and flaky skin and dependency on the soap.

Making a simple cleanser at home

Use an electric grinder or mortar and pestle to grind the herbs to a coarse or fine powder. Add the smooth textured ingredients you want to add to your herbal cleanser. Stir well until everything is evenly distributed. Store in a dry container.

Vata Pitta Kapha
2 teaspoons porridge oats
¼ teaspoon almond powder
¼ teaspoon orange peel powder
¼ teaspoon lavender flower powder
2 tablespoons yogurt
Buttermilk Powder 2 tablespoons
Honey Powder 2 tablespoons
Fuller’s Earth Clay 2 teaspoons
1 teaspoon toasted wheat bran
¼ teaspoon almond powder
½ teaspoon orange-peel powder
1 teaspoon lemon juice

In addition to the herbal cleanse mentioned above you can use many fruits and vegetables which has cleansing effects on the face.

  • Mashed Avocadoes with honey
  • grated potatoes with lemon juice
  • Tomato juice
  • Yogurt

Many of the ingredients from our kitchen cabinet act as a perfect cleanser.

 

Nourishing the skin, naturally

  • Drink lots of water. Your skin needs to be hydrated, and the first thing you ought to do if your skin is feeling dry is to ensure that you’re drinking enough water.
  • As natural cleansers, you can use natural face masks for nourishing the skin. Mix one teaspoon of honey, one teaspoon of chickpea (besan) powder and 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric. Apply to the skin and let it sit for at least twenty minutes. Wash off with cold water.
  • Sandalwood is cooling, helps with blackheads and improves the skin’s complexion. It is one of the herbs mentioned in the Ayurveda fall seasonal regimen for anointing the body. Mix 1 tsp. of sandalwood powder with coconut milk to form a paste and apply to the skin. After twenty minutes rinse with warm water.
  • Eat healthily, Vegetables contain a plethora of vitamins necessary for healthy skin. Particularly helpful are leafy greens and red and orange vegetables, such as peppers.
  • Exercise or practice Yoga. Proper body movement ensures proper blood circulation and thereby keeps the skin nourished and healthy.
  • Hot water and long showers or baths remove oils from your skin. Limit your bath or shower time and use warm rather than hot water.
  • Uncontrolled stress can make your skin more sensitive and trigger acne breakouts and other skin problems. Sleep well and practice meditation and manage your stress well.

Moisturize

Natural Skin Moisturizer Moisturizers increase moisture availability by bringing minerals and oils back in the skin and working from beneath the skin. When using moisturizers, it is important to use an all-natural skin moisturizer, or you are essentially dumping chemicals into your body that can be harmful.

Abhyanga or Oil Massage which is described as a part of Dinacharya or daily regimen is an ideal way to keep yourself moisturized. In addition to that, you can use homemade moisturizers to keep your skin smooth and healthy.

 

 Why a herbal homemade moisturizer?

Don’t you think it is high time we rethink on the products we use on our skin as well? What we feed our skin is as important as what we feed our mouth. The skin absorbs whatever it meets, so by using naturally based products you’ll avoid putting harmful ingredients on your body.

Coconut oil Moisturizer

Ingredients –

1/2 Cup Organic Coconut oil

12 drops of Lavender Essential Oil

4 tbsp. Aloevera gel

 

Method of Preparation –

Begin by melting the coconut oil. Next, place the jar into a receptacle filled with warm water. Incorporate the other ingredients Aloe gel and Lavender essential oil, and mix until they’re evenly combined. After the coconut oil is solidified, you’ll have created your handmade moisturizer that has an abundance of health benefits.

 

Coconut oil is known for its nourishing health benefits. In addition, it has antibacterial, antimicrobial, and anti-fungal properties. It is rich in vitamin E, it repairs and invigorates the skin. It protects skin from cracking and premature wrinkling while keeping it smooth and toned. Aloe vera can do marvels for your complexion, especially if you’re dealing with excessive dryness during winter. It aims at rejuvenating fibroblast cells in the skin, which protect your complexion from the harmful UV radiation.

 

Almond Oil – Honey Moisturizer

Ingredients:
1 tbsp almond oil

1 tbsp honey

2 tbsp cocoa butter

2 tsp rose water

 

Method of preparation –

Melt the cocoa butter and almond oil in a container. Remove the mixture from the heat and add the rose water and honey to it. After blending the solution, allow it to cool down. Store in an airtight container. Almond oil is known to promote the health of the skin. It is loaded with vitamin E, potassium, zinc, monounsaturated fatty acids, and other essential vitamins. It is also hypoallergenic and excellent for sensitive dry skin.

Herbs to use on a daily basis for flawless skin

  • Saffron/Kesar – Saffron is popularly known for its skin-lightening properties and also for making the skin tone even. Its anti-fungal content is an effective treatment for acne and pimples along with blemishes and blackheads. All you need to do is to add some saffron in warm milk and let it soak overnight. Apply the mixture on your skin and leave it for some time before washing it off. Kumkumadi Thaila which has Saffron as the main ingredient can be used for external application.
  • Neem/Nimba –  Neem has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. It is known to penetrate deep into the skin and remove dead skin cells. It also opens clogged pores helping stimulate natural oil production. Neem paste can be applied externally over the skin on a daily basis to prevent acne and blemishes
  • Indian Madder/Manjishta – useful to improve the color and complexion of the skin. It is famous as Raktha shodhaka(Blood purifier)in traditional medicine.

Following these simple effective steps can give you a flawless skin this Fall season.

References –

  1. Kalyanimath, G. J., Dr., Sharanesh, T., Dr., Ashwinikumar, ., Dr., Anita, M., Dr., & From 5th World Ayurveda Congress 2012 Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India. 7-10 Dec 2012 (2012). PA01.75. Hidden beauty concepts in ayurveda w.r.t agada tantra. Ancient Science of Life, 32(Suppl 1), S125.

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