Ayurvedic herbs for healthy skin
Prof. Dr. Mita Kotecha (IND)
Global cosmetics market is expected to garner $429.8 billion by 2022, registering a CAGR of 4.3% during the forecast period 2016-2022. Herbs are considered to be food rather than medicine because they're complete, all-natural and pure, as nature intended. Ayurveda emphasizes not only on the external beauty of the body rather it works on the principle of Tridosha Samya (balance of three Doshas) for attaining internal as well as external beauty of body and mind. On the other hand, we all read and hear a lot on all such kinds of remedies and procedures which can delay ageing, anti-wrinkle, for scars etc. Amongst them, a large number claim to be herbal in origin, but we all know that these products do have lots of chemical adulterants which may have hazardous effects on the skin. Therefore, there is a need for standardization of the content present in these products that may be considered as hidden hazards of beauty products. Ayurveda has several formulations for management of lustre, complexion, ageing skin and related conditions. Its literature describes many herbs, minerals and oils/creams to maintain and enhance the health and beauty of the skin. The use of cosmetics was not only directed towards developing an attractive external appearance but towards achieving longevity with good health (Ayush and Arogyam in Sanskrit). There is evidence of highly advanced concepts of self-beautification, and a large array of cosmetics used by both men and women in ancient India.