Pigmentation can be socially embarrassing – or worse, turn into an itchy rash akin to eczema. It is a skin allergy caused by internal (e.g. hormone imbalances) or external (e.g. overexposure to UV rays) factors. But did you know you can easily control this disorder with a few tips and tricks from the world of Ayurveda?
Almond oil has amazing proven benefits for the skin. The fatty acids in sweet Almond oil help to moisturise dry skin and helps in healing chapped and irritated skin. Chapped skin can be caused due to stress and pollution in the environment, which can then lead to marks. Almond oil is known for soothing skin and making it glow.
A fabulous blood purifier, manjishtha is highly recommended for a variety of skin disorders, including hyperpigmentation. The medicinal herb stems the proliferation of cells and alters keratinocyte differentiating – both these processes causes hyperpigmentation. The herb also helps the healing of wounds and works as a calcium supplement, among other benefits.
Well known for its antiseptic properties, this common kitchen condiment eliminates the free radicals that are often responsible for pigmentation, particularly the acne-induced variety. From time immemorial, turmeric has been used as a part of wedding rituals to lighten the skin of the bride. This property of the herb helps to prevent any marks left as a result of pigmentation. Make a paste of turmeric and water and apply it on the affected area.
A timeless healer, sandalwood paste soothes the skin and heals tiny wounds and scars, leaving it clear and refreshed. Ancient Indians used sandalwood as a cleanser, thanks to its cicatrizing properties. The presence of sesquiterpenes in sandalwood helps regulate melanin secretion, thus preventing pigmentation.
This is another great medicinal plant that’s useful for a variety of conditions – not just skin related but others too. Its anti-aging properties help prevent pigmentation and keep your skin smooth and young. It is also a natural moisturizer. It helps in building collagen and restores your skin.
Fenugreek – or methi as it is known in India – is another kitchen remedy for conditions such as constipation and to aid weight loss. It is also a natural blood purifier as it prevents synthesis of melanin, thus preventing pigmentation. You can consume the leaves and seeds, or use a paste made from the powder of dried up seeds for local application.
Another popular Indian medicinal plant, neem is a natural blood purifier. It helps treat skin conditions as well as lifestyle diseases such as diabetes and asthma. It has antibacterial properties to help prevent marks. Consuming a couple of neem leaves early in the morning on an empty stomach can help ward off diseases.
Keep your skin glowing the Ayurvedic way
If you are rushed and have no time to prepare the pastes mentioned above, Bajaj Nomarks Ayurvedic Antimarks cream and face wash can help. These contain Ayurvedic ingredients and work in steps to sooth, restore, protect and prevent signs of skin stress. Ingredients like Almond oil help soothe and provide relief to dry skin. Aloe vera is known for its properties that help in rebuilding the collagen in your skin and make it supple, while turmeric is an antiseptic that protects skin from marks. Lastly, Neem prevents the signs of skin stress. Bajaj Nomarks Ayurvedic Antimarks cream is available for dry, normal and oily skin and contains these ingredients to help you prevent dark spots, pimple marks and blemishes. Use these products twice and make them part of your daily regime.