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10 Ayurvedic Herbs For Skin You Must Include In Your Beauty Regimen

By Tejaswini Parker

Such a dream come true it would be to have a flawless, healthy, and glowing skin, ain't it? That dream is going to come true soon. Stop damaging your skin with the harmful chemical-loaded skin products available in the market when you have something as rich and pure as Ayurveda.

Ayurveda has been a part of the Indian cultures ever since its beginning. A lot of skin products claim to be Ayurvedic, but they really aren't.

Ayurveda has a wide range of herbs available, which can be used according to your skin type and dosha. Each herb has its own benefits. The best thing about Ayurvedic herbs is that they don't cause harm in any way, since they are 100% herbal. They are also cheaper to purchase as compared to the lasting effects they provide.

Here are 10 Ayurvedic herbs that should be a part of your skin care routine.

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1. Sandalwood

Sandalwood is useful in treating acne, blemishes, dark circles, and an uneven skin. It is a herb which helps in skin lightening. Living in a country like India, you get tanned very easily. Make it a part of your routine and always have a glowing skin. Use it for calming and a cooling effect.

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2. Turmeric

It is undoubtedly India's favourite herb. It is not only used in Ayurveda but also is a patent in the Indian cuisine. It treats blemishes and acne, reduces inflammation and increases blood flow. It also has anti-ageing properties and is also antibacterial and antifungal in nature.

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3. Aloe Vera

Yes, it is a herb even though it isn't consumed widely across the tropical country. Every morning before bath, apply fresh aloe gel all over your face, arms, and legs and wash off with plain water. It not only tightens the skin, but also has a cooling effect.

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4. Saffron

This is one of the costliest herbs and not much used in skin care routines, but it is highly effective in skin lightening.

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5. Holy Basil Leaves

Holy basil leaves or tulsi leaves have antiseptic properties. Make holy basil spray and keep it in the refrigerator. Spray it on your face every morning and at night. You can also use it as a makeup setting spray.

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6. Cucumber Seeds

Cucumber seeds are natural coolants and balance the pH of the skin, which gets disrupted during the summers. Boil it in water and make a paste of it. Don't discard the water. Mix it with a little honey and olive oil and apply it all over your face. It tightens the skin too.

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7. Amla

Take a little amla powder and mix it with milk to make a runny mixture. Apply it on your face and wash off in 5 minutes. It will give you a clear, smooth skin with an everlasting glow.

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8. Kumkumadi Oil

This oil is made by blending 16 Ayurvedic herbs and is useful is removing tan, unevenness of the skin and blemishes. It also reduces pimples and stops them from reappearing.

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9. Neem Leaves

Neem is a bitter tree which has many medicinal uses. Dry neem leaves work in the same way but using fresh neem leaves has a bigger advantage. It contains antioxidants that even out the skin and essential oils that close the pores, thereby tightening the skin.

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10. Moringa

Moringa is an Ayurvedic herb. It is derived from the drumstick tree. Drinking its tea will reduce acne by balancing the hormones in the body. It is also antifungal and antibacterial in nature and has a great wound healing capacity. Make moringa mask by mixing moringa powder and water and apply it on your face. Leave it for 10 minutes and wash with cold water. Moisturise your face soon after.

Story first published: Saturday, May 27, 2017, 8:00 [IST]
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