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ANCIENT CONCEPTS OF COSMETOLOGY IN AYURVEDA

*Yasmin S.

ABSTRACT

The word cosmetics defined as substances of diverse origin, scientifically compounded and use to Cleanse, Allay skin troubles, Cover up imperfection and Beauty. In ancient India, many of these practices were subtly interwoven with seasons (Rutus), the normal rituals of life (Dinacharya), the use of cosmetics was directed not only towards developing an outwardly pleasant and attractive personality. But towards achievement (Punya), longivity with good health (ayush and arogyam) and happiness (Anandam). Astanga hridaya offers six different formulations to be used for the six seasons of the year similarly special cosmetic tailams, ghritas were used for facial beautification. Out of 37 groups, 11 groups defined by Susruta in skin disorders there are Aragwadhadi, Salasaradi etc. Ayurveda describes important actions on skin like Varnya, Kustaghna etc and also describes action on specific dhatus i.e Raktaprasadana. According to Ayurveda sadrasas play the role on the skin disorders. The skin is largest organ which protects the body from uv radiations, pollution and foriegn bodies. Inner health of the body reflects through skin. The skin is constantly under attack and needs to be maintained, so we need the help of natural cosmetics. The benefits of natural cosmetics are strengthens improves the skin functions, thanks to the natural chemicals in plants. Over the past 10 years, more and more people have switcthed to herbal cosmetics.

Keywords: Ayurveda, Skin, Pollution, Natural cosmetics, Natural Chemicals.


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