8 Ayurvedic Herbs To Fight Skin Aging In Your 30s

19 Nov 2019

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Work stress, pregnancy, hormonal disorders, and lifestyle changes take a toll on your health and skin. This becomes rather prominent when you approach the age of 30. This is because, in your 20s, the skin turnover [1] (new cells replacing the dead ones) is usually every 14 days. However, in your 30s this slows down significantly, once every 28 to 35 days. Hence, skin starts looking dull, dry, and lifeless as the dead cells interfere with the skin’s natural mechanism of exfoliation.

However, Ayurveda has an answer to those pesky wrinkles, bags under your eyes, dark circles, and laugh-lines on your face. It offers eight natural herbs that are just right to slow down the ageing process of your skin and make it as envied as the celebrities.

Amla

This delicious sweet-sour fruit [2] is filled with vitamin C and has a powerful antioxidant known as gallic acid. Vitamin C helps in boosting immunity, so it keeps skin infections at bay and improves cellular health. Gallic acid fights the environmental oxidative stress that causes wrinkles and dullness. When used externally on the face, it reduces pigmentation and blemishes by oxidising melanin and closing skin pores.

Ginger

This common cooking spice has potent anti-inflammatory properties [3], best to deal with recurring acne and scarring. Additionally, it has 40 different types of antioxidants that keep your skin looking fresh. Another benefit of ginger is that it purifies the blood, which means toxins can get flushed out easily from the body.

Gotu Kola

Ayurveda works on improving the three doshas – Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. This herb maintains a balance in them, ensuring that your skin is not overly dry or oily. It is also known to calm the mind and reduce anxiety, which causes wrinkles and bags under the eyes. The main benefit of this is that it boosts collagen [4]. Ageing skin lacks collagen and needs supplements to nourish it, and this is the only vegan option available for it.

Draksha

Also known as the popular fruit – grapes, it helps increase the moisture and softens dry body tissues, which is a boon for ageing skin that loses moisture faster than young skin [5]. It contains resveratrol (skin) and procyanidins (seeds), antioxidants that help maintain skin elasticity.

Yashtimadhu

This root has a cooling effect on the body, and is known for its anti-inflammatory properties [6]. It is a natural demulcent, which means it soothes and brightens the skin, and works alike on oily, sensitive, dry, and combination skin. It acts as an internal sunblock, as it reduces the melanin damage caused by the UV rays leading to hyperpigmentation.

Turmeric

Whether before a wedding or spot application for acne, turmeric has been recommended by Indian mothers for flawless skin. It is a powerful antioxidant and has healing properties that help soothe irritated skin. It is known to brighten skin over time and reduce fine lines. It also boosts immunity, making the skin healthy from the inside [7].

Galangal

A popular addition to Thai dishes, this root contains essential oils [8], that keep the skin well lubricated. It improves blood circulation to keeps your skin supple even after the age of 30. It has antimicrobial properties that fight bacteria causing acne.

Ashwagandha

This herb works on the endocrine system and stimulates DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) [9], which in turn balances the testosterone and estrogen hormones. This is the top reason for younger-looking and wrinkle-free skin. It promotes the body’s natural production of hyaluronan used for skin hydration and elastin that keeps the skin supple.

References:

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3266803/

  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18588964

  3. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/5788829_Evaluation_of_the_Topical_Anti-Inflammatory_Activity_of_Ginger_Dry_Extracts_from_Solutions_and_Plasters

  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3060966/

  5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3060966/

  6. http://www.iscd.it/files/EFFECT-OF-LICORICE–Glycyhrriza-glabra-Linn.-,-A-SKIN-WHITENING-AGENT-ON-BLACK-MOLLY–Poecilia-latipinnaa-.pdf

  7. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27213821

  8. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/281276496_Biological_Activities_of_Greater_galangal_Alpinia_galanga_-_A_Review

  9. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5758347/

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