Skin is mirror of our body. Our age, physical state, mood and attractiveness can be judged by skin. In Ayurved skin is called as ‘Twacha’ which means outermost covering of body.
Skin generally performs functions like protection, heat regulation, sensation, heat evaporation and excretion. According to Sushrut, skin is formed at time of fetal development. Sushrut has described 7 layers of skin and its thickness. It is very astonishing that, 3000 years before how he has seen microscopic layers and measured thickness of each layer. Also Sushrut has mentioned skin diseases according to layer of skin.
Now a day it is known that skin has 7 layers. Skin is divided into Epidermis and Dermis. Epidermis has 5 layers and Dermis has 2. Even today Dermatology can’t state disease according to layer.
Ayurved considers skin as sense organ, place of vayu mahabhut. Skin color is due to Bhrajak Pitta. The nourishment of skin is depending on Rasa dhatu which is end product of digestion. Excessive increased Vata gives darkness to skin. Vitiated Rakta dhatu (Impure Blood) gives rise to skin diseases.
Excessive use of salt and sour damages the skin. The products like pickles, curd, preservatives, chemical substances, are harmful for skin. Stress, malnourishment can reduce your glow of skin.
For young, beautiful and healthy skin follow simple things like –
Pamper your skin by oil massage at least once in week.
Avoid salty, sour, Chinese and fast food.
Avoid constipation or indigestion.
Avoid over use of cosmetics.
Use preferably cotton clothing.
Perfume/Body deodorants may produce allergy.
Ghee is best medicine for skin. External application and internal use is good.
Yoga and exercise can help in rejuvenation.
Eat early, Sleep early and Wake up early.
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