Category: Wrinkles

Superfoods to Make Your Skin Glow This Winter

Overview

Most of the people like the winter season but some don’t like it because it brings uncomfortable dryness to the skin of the face, hands, and feet. In some cases, the skin gets so much dry which causes cracking and flaking of skin. The chilly dry wind, low temperature make your skin texture dry, and cracks on your lips.

Tips For Winter Glowing Skin

What lifestyle you have to follow for glowing skin?

  • Along with proper skin care routine, you should opt for a healthy lifestyle. This will helps to maintain your proper glow throughout the winter season.
  • A healthy diet helps you to protect your skin from UV sun damage, skin irritation, dryness, wrinkles, and aging.

What are the disease that cause dullness of skin?

  • Winter has its own charm but have you ever realized that it could wreak on your skin. The cold air absorbs the natural content of oil from your skin and makes it dry.
  • Sometimes it causes severe problems such as eczema and psoriasis.So you should be very careful with your skin during winter.

What are the superfoods that make your skin glowing in winters?

  • There are numbers of superfoods which internally helps you to maintain the skin moisturizer content.

Health Benefits of carrot

1.    Carrots:

  • Carrot is a very good source of beta-carotene which is skin friendly nutrient which converted into vitamin A inside the body. Along with vitamin, Carrot is also loaded with vitamin C.
  • Carrot has an antioxidant property which protects your skin from oxidative damage caused by free radical. Lycopene present in carrot protects your skin against UV damage.

How to Use

  • If you add fresh juice of carrot in your daily diet than it’s a great way to keep your skin hydrated and protect it from dryness.
  • To make this drink cut some carrot in small pieces and put them in juicer along with some mint leaves.
  • After that drain it and add some lemon juice to it for better taste.
  • You can make a moisturizing carrot face-mask which helps to soothe your skin externally.

almond oil

2.    Almonds:

  • Almonds  are another healthier superfood for your skin. It is packed with healthy fats, proteins, fibers, minerals such as manganese, magnesium, copper, phosphorus, and vitamins such as vitamin B2 (riboflavin) and vitamin E.
  • Vitamin E in carrot can do wonders for your skin because it helps to nourish and protect your skin from UV damage. It also contains an anti-aging property which prevents your skin from wrinkles and fine lines.

How to Use

  • You can either eat them or use almond oil to do massage before bath. This will provide you with glowing and radiant complexion.  You can also use almond as a scrub.
  • For this soak handful of almond overnight and next day peel them, grind thoroughly and add some milk and yogurt to form a facial scrub. Use this scrub 2-3 time in a week.

Oilve Oil Benefits for Skin

3.    Olive oil:

  • As we well known that olive oil has been used for many years to moisturize your skin and provide a soothing effect. It has very good anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties, which hydrate your skin during winters and protect your skin from autoimmune free radical damage.
  • Being rich in vitamin A and E it also contains several minerals and fatty acids which are good for your healthy skin.

How to Use

  • To get proper benefits of olive oil take some drops of oil on your hand and massage gently on your body, over your face. Rest it for some time and after that take a warm bath.  You can also use this oil in cooking and salad dressing.

Avocado Health Benefits

4.    Avocado:

  • Avocado is high in nutrient value because it contains a high content of vitamin A, C, and E along with monounsaturated fats. Along with these vitamins, avocado also contains folic acid, magnesium, and potassium which provides very good health benefits.
  • This fruit locks the skin moisture content and helps to make your skin moist during winters. So you should add this fruit in your diet daily.

How to Use

  • You can also make a hydrating face-mask by crushing and mashing it properly in the mixer. Add some drops of olive oil and honey to it.
  • Mix it well and make a fine paste with good consistency so that you can apply it on your face easily. Rest it for 15-20 minutes and after that rinse it off with warm water. Avocado oil is also good for dry skin during winters.

Health Benefits of grape fruits

5.    Grapefruit:

  • Due to its antioxidant property firstly it protects your skin from free radical damage and secondly vitamin C in grapefruit protect your skin from dryness. One of important mineral such as potassium in grapefruit prevents the skin from wrinkles, fine lines, and harmful UV sun rays. Grapefruit is a good source of phytochemical naringin which reduces the toxicity of the liver and ultimately makes your skin healthier.

How to Use

  • So add fresh juice of grapefruits in your diet. You can also prepare the face-mask of grapefruits by adding ½ cup of oatmeal, and one tablespoon of honey to it.
  • Apply it on your skin for 10-20 minutes and then wash it off with lukewarm water.

broccoli health benefits

6.    Broccoli:

  • Broccoli is included in one of healthier vegetable for our skin. It is a great source of vitamin A, C, and some natural estrogen’s. All these nutrients show some very good effect on your skin.
  • Vitamin C in Broccoli act as a stimulant for the production of collagen which keeps your skin healthy.
  • Vitamin B in broccoli prevents dryness, itchiness and flaky patches on your skin. Due to all these benefits, you should add this vegetable to your daily routine.

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7.    Spinach:

  • It is a very good source of vitamin A, C, E, fibers, and proteins, minerals such as iron, magnesium, potassium, and zinc. Spinach contains antioxidants which protect skin from toxins and fight against various skin disorders.

How to Use

  • You can add spinach juice in your daily routine for the healthy glowing skin. Eating spinach will helps you to clean your skin internally.

Natural Ways to Treat Psoriasis in Ayurveda

Psoriasis, a skin condition with red patch which is dry and itchy in nature, is non-infectious and inflammatory. It is derived from Greek word ‘Psora’ means itch or scale and ‘Iasis’ defines condition. It is chronic in nature, characterized by erythematous (reddish) demarcated papule covered with silver scaly patches.This condition happens due to increase in skin layer proliferation due to uncontrolled division of cells in the skin in its basal layer.

Psoriasis, an auto-immune disease misread the skin cells as pathogen, and sends out faulty signals which stimulates the increased division of skin cells.

Areas affected are scalp, ears, elbows, genitalia and on the palm and feet.

Different Types of Psoriasis:

Different Types of Psoriasis

  • Plaque psoriasis – Raised and reddish patches on skin covered by silver scaling.
  • Pustular psoriasis -White pustules surrounded by red skin.
  • Psoriatic arthritis – Which leads to inflammation of joints.
  • Guttate psoriasis – Small, red spots on the skin
  • Inverse psoriasis – Smooth, red lesions form in skin folds.
  • Erythrodermic Psoriasis – Affecting the large area of the skin and there is redness and increased shedding of the scaly skin.

Psoriasis as per Ayurveda says :

Ayurveda explains Psoriasis occurs due to vitiation of two doshas– vata and kapha. This causes accumulation of toxins in the deeper tissues of skin like rasa (nutrient plasma), rakta (blood), mansa (muscles), and lasika (lymphatic). This contamination of deeper tissues causes Psoriasis.

Some Causes for Psoriasis :

Exact causes or etiology of Psoriasis is not known but certain factors are considered to be the reason for this condition:

  • Infections such as streptococcal infection.
  • Psychological stress and emotional stress.
  • Hormonal changes as in pregnancy.
  • Certain Drugs: Beta blockers, NSAIDS, Anti-depressant, Corticosteroid therapy withdrawal, Alcoholic beverages etc.
  • Traumatized or injured skin.
  • Sunburns.
  • Genetic factors and Family history
  • Smoking and Tobacco also enhances its effect

Causative Factors in View of Ayurveda

  • Improper diet (Mithya Ahara)
  • Incompatible foods (Viruddha Aahar )
  • Increased intake of salty foods, black gram and sour foods, fermented foods, spicy foods, maida (Refined flour), bakery products, junk foods and fast foods, refrigerated and cold foods may contribute to psoriasis.
  • Improper lifestyle disturbing the digestive process of the of the body (disrupting doshas)
  • Un known cause- Adrista Hetu
  • Excessive Mental and physical stress

Symptoms of Psoriasis :

  • Raised red patches and scales on the skin covered by loose silvery scales, involving skin area such as knees, elbows, scalp, hands, feet or lower back.
  • Skin patches are dry and itchy
  • Pain and inflammation
  • Skin patch may bleed
  • Emotional Stress
  • Restricted joint motion

Complication occurring in Psoriasis

Scratching done to relieve itching may cause skin infections and thickening of the skin.

  • Thickened skin and bacterial skin infections caused by scratching in an attempt to relieve severe itching
  • In case of severe condition of pustule psoriasis, it results in fluid and electrolyte imbalance.
  • Patient may  develop low self-esteem
  • Depression, Stress, Anxiety, Social isolation
  • Patient suffering from Psoriasis is at high risk of developing some disease like metabolic syndrome, agglomeration of disease including high blood pressure and elevated levels of insulin; inflammatory bowel disease; cardiovascular disease and, possibly cancer.
  • Add on disease is psoriatic arthritis is painful and may weaken the patient. Patient feels difficulty in performing daily activities.

Restricted Diets in Psoriasis:

  • Abstain from acidic (sour) foods, citrus fruits (mango, lemon) , apple, , grapes, tomato, pineapple, pickles, buttermilk and curd
  • Keep your diet free of fermented food and bakery products.
  • Avoid using whey and refined flour in your diet.
  • Stop use of cold drinks, ice creams, fast food (like pizzas), sauces, Ketchup and even fried foods.
  • Fruit jams, preserved juices or preserved foods should be avoided in diet.
  • Avoid sweets, chocolates and paneer.
  • Dried fruits (except almonds and raisins) to be avoided
  • Stop alcohol and tobacco use.
  • Avoid the use of common salt, it can be replaced with little use of rock salt.
  • Avoid the use of red and green chilies, chili powder, garlic, onion, etc.
  •  Stop having milk shakes, fruit salad, and milk after eating fruits for half an hour.

Useful Natural Remedies for Psoriasis :

  • Try to avoid any kind of injury to the skin.
  • Exposure to morning sun is very beneficial for reducing the inflammation and scaling on effected part of the skin.
  • Don’t try to control any urge for natural phenomenon like vomiting, urination or bowel clearing.
  • Application of vitamin E rich oil and linseed oils makes the healing faster in affected area.
  • Prefer to wear neat, clean, dry cotton clothes.
  • Do regular exercise, Yoga and Meditation in day to day routine.

Herbs useful in Psoriasis treatment:

  • Aloe Vera– Helpful in reducing redness and itching in Psoriasis.
  • Capsaicin – Ingredient in Chillies helpful in reduction of pain, inflammation, redness and scaling.
  • Guggul – Having anti- inflammatory and lipid lowering properties, which is helpful in removing fats and excessive fluids in the skin.
  • Turmeric – Useful being an anti- inflammatory and antioxidant.
  • Neem – Useful in purifying blood and a good detoxifier, enhances body’s immune system.

Ayurvedic Treatment for Psoriasis

Ayurvedic Treatment for Psoriasis

 

Herbal formulations available in Planet Ayurveda for Psoriasis.

1) NEEM CAPSULES:

Ingredients – Neem leaves (Azadirachta indica), rich in fibers and carbohydrates.

Benefits – It is very efficacious for skin problems. It is beneficial to lessen disturbed Pitta, Vatta and Kapha doshas. It’s a good blood purifier and an anti-oxidant as well.

It boosts up the immune system also. It also acts as anti-arthritic it relieves from inflammation and pain.

Dose:1 cap twice daily with plain water after meal.

2) NAVKARSHIK CHURNA (Powder):

  • A pure herbal formulation without any added chemical in to it.

Ingredients (herbs) – Amla, Haritaki, Baheda, Vacha, Neem, Majistha, Kutaki, Giloy and Daruharidra.

Benefits:It contains triphala which helps to remove the toxins from the body and strengthens the immune system too. It removes the toxins from the body.

  • Neem, kutaki, majistha are blood purifier which help to corrects the metabolism of the body.
  • Giloy act as an immunomodulator and improves immunity whereas Daruharidra is anti-inflammatory herb.

Dose:1 teaspoon once daily with plain water after meal.

3) KAISHORE GUGGUL (Capsule):

Ingredients: Amalaki, Bihibitaki, Haritaki, Guggul (resin), Guduchi, ginger, Black pepper, Long Pepper, Vidhanga, Indian jalp and Red Physic Nut.

Benefits: Triphla, a good anti-biotic, anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory and booster of immune system.

  • Black Pepper helpful in decreasing pain and inflammation.
  • Long pepper- useful in respiratory disorders.
  • Vidhanga, blood purifier.

Dose:2 Tablets twice daily with plain water after meal.

4) RADIANT HAIR SKIN NAIL CAPSULES:

  • MaintainS healthy skin, hair and nails.

Ingredients: Majistha, Pit papada, Chirata, Ghritkumari.

Benefits:Majistha, herb- Effective in treatment of skin disorders due to its rejuvenative property.

  • Pit-papada an analgesic and anti-inflammatory
  • Chirata maintains the balance of three doshas of the body, acting as an anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant.
  • Ghritkumari, maintains the balance of the body system, stimulates the defense and adaptive mechanism of the body. Good wound healer. It also helps in rejuvenating the skin, by supplying oxygen to the skin cells, improves the flow of blood to the skin and strengthen the skin.

Dose:2 Cap twice daily with plain water after meal.

5. RADIANT SKIN LOTION:

  • Treating psoriasis by reducing skin patches.

Dose:Apply locally morning and evening on the affected area.

6. GREEN TEA-ALGAE ALOE VERA GEL SCRUB (Gel)

  • Used as bathing soap. It  removes the impurities out of the skin.

Dose: Gentle Massage on the affected part while bathing.