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Article: Dry Skin | Skin Care Treatment | Skin Care Products

Dry Skin and Ayurvedic Remedies

Author:
Vd. Anand S. Umale, MD (sch)
Guide: Dr. B. H. Shyamkuwar, MD, Ph.D.
Government Ayurved College, Nagpur

Introduction

Dry skin, or xerosis, signifies the loss of the skin’s essential protective functions, primarily its water-binding capacity. This condition can result from environmental factors, excessive sun exposure, hard water, wind, chemicals, and cosmetics. In Ayurveda, dry skin is predominantly linked to vitiated Vata dosha, which is characterized by qualities of dryness and roughness.

Causes of Dry Skin

  • Environmental Factors: Sun exposure, cold weather, wind
  • Chemical Exposure: Harsh soaps, detergents
  • Medical Conditions: Dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, seborrhea
  • Lifestyle Factors: Excessive bathing, poor diet, dehydration

Ayurvedic Perspective

In Ayurveda, dry skin is attributed to the imbalance of the Vata dosha. Seasonal influences, dietary habits, and lifestyle choices can aggravate Vata, leading to dryness and roughness of the skin.

Ayurvedic Remedies for Dry Skin

  1. Honey and Rose Water:
  • Ingredients: ½ tsp honey, ½ tsp rose water
  • Method: Mix and apply to the face, neck, and other dry areas. Leave for 15-20 minutes and rinse with tepid water.
  • Benefits: Moisturizes, soothes, and improves skin tone.
  1. Egg Yolk and Honey:
  • Ingredients: 1 tsp egg yolk, 1-2 tsp milk powder, 1 tsp honey
  • Method: Make a paste, apply to the affected areas, let dry for 10-15 minutes, and wash with cold water.
  • Benefits: Provides deep nourishment and hydration.
  1. Dietary Recommendations:
  • Rich Foods: Include minerals, proteins, and vitamins in the diet.
  • Avoid: Soya bean products, eggs, nuts, wheat, maize, sour foods like pickles, curds, and reduce salt intake.
  1. Oil and Glycerin:
  • Method: Mix oil with a few drops of glycerin and massage into the affected areas.
  • Benefits: Deeply hydrates and restores the skin barrier.
  1. Clarified Butter or Milk Cream:
  • Method: Apply to cracked lips before bed.
  • Benefits: Softens and heals dry, cracked lips.
  1. Aloe Vera Gel:
  • Method: Apply fresh aloe vera gel to the face.
  • Benefits: Hydrates, soothes, and heals the skin.
  1. Cucumber Face Pack:
  • Method: Use grated cucumber in a face pack.
  • Benefits: Cools, hydrates, and refreshes the skin.
  1. Babul Tree Bark:
  • Method: Boil the bark in water and use the fumes to foment the affected areas.
  • Benefits: Reduces dryness and soothes the skin.
  1. Carrot and Spinach Juice:
  • Method: Combine carrot and spinach juice for consumption.
  • Benefits: Provides essential nutrients for skin health.
  1. Camphor and Sandalwood Paste:
  • Method: Apply a paste of camphor and sandalwood to the affected areas.
  • Benefits: Soothes and reduces inflammation.
  1. Tomato Juice:
  • Method: Apply tomato juice to the skin.
  • Benefits: Clears up dry skin and restores moisture.
  1. Almond Juice:
  • Method: Apply almond juice to the affected areas.
  • Benefits: Nourishes and hydrates the skin.
  1. Banyan Tree Peel Brew:
  • Method: Use the brew both internally and externally on the affected parts.
  • Benefits: Provides internal and external nourishment and hydration.

Precautions

  • Bathing: Use cool or warm water with mild soap.
  • Avoid Scratching: Do not scratch with nails or sharp objects.

Conclusion

Ayurvedic remedies offer natural and effective solutions for managing dry skin. By addressing the underlying Vata imbalance and incorporating moisturizing treatments and dietary changes, it is possible to restore the skin’s natural moisture and health.