Ayurvedic Diet for Beautiful Skin
Ayurvedic Diet for Beautiful Skin

To get the perfect and flawless skin, we all spend a fortune on cosmetics and in a salon. With so many beauty care options available in the market, it becomes hard to choose the best, and amidst all our experiments our skin has to suffer. Everyone wants that natural attention-seeking radiant skin. So instead of torturing the skin with chemicals, switch to the most natural and effective method of Ayurveda to get the ideal porcelain skin. Ayurveda is widely popular for its beauty benefits and the Ayurvedic remedies, food, and therapies help us restore the skin health and keep the skin allergies and infections at bay.

How Ayurveda for Skin works?

Ayurveda is an ancient healthcare practice, where many treatments and therapies are designed for restoring the mental and physical health of a being. The system is based on the principles where it is believed that ama accumulation in the body and imbalanced doshas are majorly responsible for an unhealthy body and mind.

According to Ayurveda, our skin has three types- Vata Skin, Pitta Skin, and Kapha Skin. The Ayurvedic therapies and food are suggested to the practitioner as per their skin type. So, before undertaking an Ayurveda treatment or trying an Ayurvedic home remedy, know about your skin type.

Ayurveda food for your skin

Treating the issue internally is more crucial than external cues. Similarly, Ayurveda suggests that feeding the skin is the most important step for achieving that perfect and flawless looking skin. Right food provides a proper nourishment to the skin cells, reduces impurities, regenerates skin cells, repairs damaged skin cells, fights skin issues, reduces skin-aging, and finally gives you a smooth and radiant looking skin.

So here are 9 Ayurvedic superfoods for a glowing skin.

  1. Spice It Up

Spicy food is, of course, bad for your skin especially when you have oil and acne prone skin, but did you know that mild spices like Turmeric and Saffron can do wonders for your skin?

Turmeric is the most commonly used spice in the Indian household and is widely known for its blood purifying, anti-bacterial, and anti-aging properties. It also helps in reducing acne, blemishes, pigmentation, and inflammation. Consume the spice in your food or drink Turmeric milk (only in winters). You can also make a paste with turmeric and rice powder, raw milk and tomato juice, and apply on the face. Good for all three dosha-type skin.

Saffron is known for its skin lightening agent and you can consume it by soaking few strands in warm milk and drink or soak it overnight in milk and next day apply on the face. Good for Pitta and Kapha skin type.

  1. Holy Basil (Tulsi)

Tulsi or Holy Basil can be easily found in almost every Indian household for both its religious and medicinal purpose. Tulsi is known for its antiseptic and antibacterial properties and also acts as a natural astringent. It refreshes the skin, clears skin impurities, and keeps the skin allergies at bay. Drink holy basil herbal tea.

  1. Go Nutty

Nuts and seeds are amazing for the skin health and are a great way of adding healthy oils to your diet. Rich in Omega-3 fatty acids and fiber, nuts, and seeds are great for Vata people. You can have almonds, walnuts, flax seeds, and oilseeds. Almonds are great for keeping the skin glowing and maintaining the skin youthfulness. Whereas, flaxseeds and walnuts are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and help in reducing skin lesions, redness, blemishes, and make it look healthier.

  1. Whole Grain Cereals

Whole grain cereals are healthy and tummy filling. It is a complete meal in itself that is packed with a lot of benefits. It contains fiber that is great for digestion while indigestion leads to skin impurities. Some grains also consist of Zinc, Vitamin C, Iron, and other essential minerals that make the skin healthy and glowing. These elements contribute towards improving the skin texture.

  1. Fruity Magic On The Face

Fruits are good for the overall health, specially the skin. Eat fruits like Pomegranate, Papaya, Berries, Mangoes, and Prunes to get a healthy glowing skin. You can also use their pulp as a face pack. Papaya is rich in vitamins, magnesium, potassium, folic acid, pantothenic acid, and dietary fibers.

These elements are great to restore and rebuild the damaged skin, lighten the skin tone, and make the overall complexion even. Whereas mangoes, berries, and pomegranate make the skin pink from pale, restore healthy cells, improve skin texture, and treat dry, rough, and scaly skin.

  1. Herbal Tea

Herbal tea is a great way to induce an antioxidant-rich diet and also helps with reducing weight. Green tea is an amazing way to prevent premature aging, reduces pigmentation and dark spots, and also makes a dull-looking skin more lustrous. You can have Tulsi tea, Jasmine tea, lemon tea, Ginger tea, Green tea, Chamomile tea, Peppermint tea, Matcha tea, and White tea.

  1. Eat Vitamin A and C Rich Food

Vitamin A and C are responsible for treating various skin issues and imparting a healthy glow and radiance to it. Vitamin C and A rich food prevents premature aging, decreases oxidative stress, provides a flawless skin, improves skin texture, and restores healthy skin cells. Consume food like Carrot, Tomatoes, Beetroot, Spinach, Collard, Kale, Sweet Potato, Mustard Greens, Bell Peppers, etc.

  1.  Cucumber (Kheera)

Cucumber is a water-based fruit and highly beneficial for our skin. It not only helps in keeping us hydrated but also keeps the skin cool, firm, and moist. Cucumber reduces acne, prevents wrinkles and fine lines, protects the skin from harmful UV rays, removes skin tan, makes skin tone even, tones and tightens the skin, heals scars, and offers a cooling effect on the skin.

Cucumber is a great way to repair damaged skin cells. It also helps in the beautification of the eyes. You can eat cucumber in many ways- with yogurt as raita, cucumber juice, in a salad, or apply it directly to the face and eyes.

  1. Water for The Glow

Water is the best way to get the glowing skin with less effort and time. Research proves that drinking less water can under-hydrate the skin that reduces the level of oxygen on the skin and tissues and results in a dull, dry, and rough looking skin. Drink an adequate amount of water daily and keep your skin soft, clear, and glowing.

With the Ayurveda food, therapies, natural remedies and skin care regime, we can easily take good care of it naturally and without any side effects.

Glowing skin is the result of proper care and a balanced diet. So eat healthy food and let your skin breathe and shine.

Manmohan Singh is the co-founder and director of Rishikul Ayurshala. He is providing Ayurveda cooking classes in Kerala. He is into Ayurveda and Yoga industry from last 12 years. Apart from Ayurveda and Yoga practice, he loves to spend his free time in blog writing, cooking, photography and Travel.