Diwali festivities are wrapping up and the bridal season is just around the corner. It’s the season for celebrations and parties. But, as much as we love Diwali, there’s no denying that the festival leaves us worrying about our skin. While we happily savour feasts and sweets and marvel at the sight of beautiful lights and diyas, our skin suffers from the effects of air pollution. Post-diwali, it’s common for our skin to feel dull and stripped of moisture.
While this might cause you to worry, you can put your faith in the healing power of nature and Ayurveda to work its way through your skin. There are natural ingredients and herbs like Holy Basil and Neem that are known to reverse the effects of pollution and restore its natural glow.
Ancient ayurvedic rituals for skin healing used these powerful ingredients to replenish the skin. Neem boiled in water was applied to skin to get rid of all impurities stuck inside the skin membranes. Tulsi extract was applied on skin to restore skin’s natural pH balance. In Sanskrit, Tulsi means ‘a plant like no other’. It is one of the best-known antioxidants because of its high polyphenol content helping to fight free radical damage, resulting from pollution.
Another powerful Ayurvedic ingredient is Sandalwood which has been mentioned in ancient Indian texts as far back as the 5th century BC. It has been known for its powerful germicidal and antiseptic properties, while its exotic fragrance is said to have a relaxing effect on the mind. Oil extracted from Sandalwood was applied to the skin for its anti-ageing and rejuvenating effects. Since the ancient times, it has been used to protect the skin from the effects of pollutants, sun-exposure, dehydration and skin sensitivity.
With such amazing gifts of nature, it's possible for us to give our skin a renewed glow post-Diwali. Kama Ayurveda infuses the richness of these natural ingredients to create products that are pure, authentic and kind to your skin. The healing and revitalising power of ancient Ayurvedic rituals is perfectly captured in them and listed below are the few products that are perfect for post-Diwali skin and body care.
To get rid of skin dullness from air pollution, exfoliate your face twice a week gently. This will slough away dead cells and dirt for you to get noticeably clean, fresh skin. For this, you can use our Neem and Tulsi Tea Tree Face Scrub which unclogs pores & sloughs off dead skin cells to reveal fresher, toned, revitalised skin.
Ayurvedic texts describe Neem as ‘Sarva Roga Nivarini’ (Universal Healer or curer of all Ailments). Kama Ayurveda’s Neem Oil is 100% pure and cold-pressed from organic Neem Seeds from the farms of Tamil Nadu. Its antibacterial action treats skin issues such as acne, rashes, hyper-pigmentation, burns and abrasions while protecting and moisturizing with its high Essential Fatty Acid and Vitamin content.
Start by adding a few drops of neem to your usual hair oil to help get rid of hair dryness. Then, use cotton swab to lightly dab neem oil on your facial skin. Dilute it with coconut oil before applying on sensitive skin areas. Instead of applying directly, you can also add a few drops and take a relaxing facial steam. This will heal your skin from effects of air pollution
Post Diwali, your face needs deep cleansing that doesn’t strip the skin of its natural oils and keeps it hydrated. Mridul Soap Free Face Cleanser is perfect for this. With ingredients like Neem and Sandalwood, it’s a non-drying formula and a great alternative to harsh foaming cleansers.
Prescribed in Ayurveda as a treatment for smooth, soft and clear skin, this oil treatment is formulated from natural herbs processed in pure Coconut milk and Sesame oil helps clear up skin irritation and itching. It is an excellent remedy for skin damaged by pollution.
These are just a few of the suggestions from our exhaustive list of skin care products. Because of their ingredients and replenishing properties, they are the kindest and the purest products you can treat your skin with post-Diwali. Your skin has endured a tough time. Now, it's time to treat it to the wellness of Ayurveda.
Certified Ayurvedic Doctor (Central Council of Indian Medicine) working in Kama Ayurveda as an Assistant Training Manager.