Face masks the all natural way! Ayurveda is about reaching balance through nature. Ayurvedic facial treatments include fresh ingredients from nature, and never any chemicals. According to Ayurvedic practices, one must treat the face according to what Dosha, or type, the skin is. The Vata dosha is characterized by thin, dry skin that is prone to premature aging and wrinkles. Pitta skin is often reddish and oily, and is prone to acne and blemishes. Kapha skin is thicker and generally radiant, however it can become grayish or dull if imbalanced.
First, you must make a base mask, and add in the ingredients that will treat your specific dosha. The recipe for the basic base mask is as follows:
Base Ayurvedic Mask Paste
2 tablespoons Chickpea flour
1/4 teaspoon Triphala powder
1/8 teaspoon Turmeric
1/4 teaspoon of Dried Neem or Mint leaves (if using fresh leaves – use 1/2 tablespoon of mashed leaves and mix into your paste)
Mix these ingredients with water and a touch of raw honey to make a paste. Now, you can customize this mask to fit your unique skin by adding specific ingredients that will balance your specific dosha.
For Vata skin, mix in 1 to 2 tablespoons of ripe avocado to moisturize and nourish dry skin. The natural fats in avocado will bring elasticity and moisture to fragile skin and help promote young looking skin. You can also use a few drops of glycerin for more moisturizing effect. Apply this natural face mask on dry skin to increase skin glow and prevent the formation of wrinkles.
To balance unruly Pitta skin mash 1 to 2 tablespoons of cucumber and mix into your base mask. You can also mix in a teaspoon of sandalwood powder to calm the excess secretion of sebum by the oil glands. This should help to minimize acne and blemishes.
Kapha skin is generally pretty balanced, but needs regular cleansing and toning to keep from going awry. When unbalanced, an ashy grey film can accumulate on this type of skin. Mash 1 to 2 tablespoons of ripe papaya and mix into the base mask. Herbs like lemon and tulsi are also good for rejuvenating kapha skin and maintaining its glow.
If you have combination skin, a combination of these types, like Kapha-Vata treat your skin seasonally. For example, use the Vata face mask in the winter when dry skin is going to be most aggravated. In summertime, use Kapha treatments. Have fun with your Ayurvedic facials, and ALWAYS remember to test a small patch of your skin first with your mask to check for irritation. Natural beauty is the best kind of beauty!