What Is Ayurveda and How Can It Prevent and Treat Wrinkles?
Ayurveda is a combination of two words. Ayus, which means life, and Veda, which means knowledge. Hence, Ayurveda can be described as the Science of Life. Ayurveda classifies the human body into seven types of tissues. 1) rasa (lymph), 2) rakta (blood),3) mamsa (flesh), 4) meda (fat), 5) asthi (bone), 6) majja (marrow), 7) sukra (fertility). Ayurveda believe that these seven tissues get weakened by the time as we get older. The ability to replace the new tissue is not as fast as it used to be.
Ayurveda has very well addressed this issue of skin aging. It says that premature aging of the skin is caused due to the aggravation of vata dosha, which naturally increases with age. Dryness of skin is predominant in Vata dosha body- type constitution. Even in other people, Vata causes dryness of the skin. Skin ages due to both internal as well as external factors. Internal factors may be listed as the inability of skin to retain moisture, low levels of elastin production, lesser production of new skin cells etc. External factors include lifestyle choices and the surrounding environment. This includes smoking, prolonged exposure to sun or extreme cold temperatures, poor diet, stress, lack of exercise etc.
Ayurveda offers the secrets of long and youthful life by adopting rasayana therapy. It is a combination of herbal preparation and life style techniques. With the help of rasayana, an ideal condition is achieved in the body and mind. Wear and tear is repaired quickly and prepares the body to fight against the disease. Rasayana (rejuanation) therapy is a special treatment of Ayurveda which has a suitable herbal preparation followed by Panchkarma treatment. Panchkarma is a series of treatments, including- abhyanga, shirodhara, nasya and many more. This is a complete restoration and rejuanation of health. Using rasayana herbs like amla, haritki, shankhushpi, triphla, ashwagandha and shilajeet are helpful in reducing the sign of aging.
Here are some herbal remedies for the skin: Massage face with clarified butter (ghee), almond oil or kukumadi oil before going to bed. An oil massage is the best remedy for dry skin. Almond and kukumadi oil are the best Ayurvedic remedies for aging skin. They improve complexions, reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Ghee or clarified butter contains vitamin E, beta-carotene, and antioxidants that prevent cell damage. There are many benefits of honey for its anti aging property. Take 1/2 tablespoon of honey and mix it with 1 tablespoon of rose water. Apply the mixture on face, neck and body. Leave it for approximately half an hour and wash it off with water. Honey moisturizes and soothes dry skin. This mixture will help clean and tone the skin and increase the glow the complexion. It will also reduce the skin wrinkle.