How a Face Mask can visibly improve skin
Is your skin dry, rough and dull looking? Does cold weather or a constantly on office air-conditioning system dry out your skin leaving it feeling parched? You need to add a vata balancing Ayurvedic Face Lepa (Mask) to your skin care routine.
Many people mistakenly look at Face masks as a simple indulgence and a non-serious beauty aid. But, a correctly chosen and properly applied Face Mask can help nourish skin deeply, and correct dosha level imbalances improving the texture, appearance and functioning of your skin. The correct Ayurvedic face mask for dry skin can deeply nourish and hydrate skin visibly improving its texture and appearance.
Lepas (masks) in Ayurveda are used not just to improve skin condition. They are also used variously to heal wounds (vrana ropana), reduce inflammation (shopha), reduce oedema , etc. Depending on whether we are trying to shrink inflammations, open up the Srotas (fine channels of skin) or improve skin complexion and texture, the temperature of the Lepa, the Anupana or mixing Medium and thickness of application all vary.
Inherently dry skin is usually described as Vata dominant skin. However, even if we are not Vata dominant, living in a Vata dominant climate (cold, dry weather), spending time in a low humidity air conditioned environment, or due to effects of age, our skin can become dry, stretched and uncomfortable. Here the factors of environment and age can accelerate the effects of Vata dosha in the body.
Skin where vata dosha is aggravated (either due to inherent nature or external factors) feels dry, taut and stretched. It requires frequent moisturization. Stress and cold weather can increase dryness further. The skin can tolerate only very mild cleansers – a normal cleanser or soap can quickly strip skin of moisture.
When Vata aggravated skin is not looked after correctly, skin starts to age much faster as its sebum production is impaired. It starts looking dull, lack lustre and feels rough.
Vata aggravated skin is also poorer at absorbing nourishment in the form of oils and serums as the skin’s brittleness and dryness makes the Srotas and pores stiff and inflexible and unable to absorb moisture properly/
A weekly or bi-weekly (twice a week) Face Mask Lepa application is strongly recommended for Vata imbalanced, dry, rough and dull skin. This application helps deeply nourish skin, balance Vata dosha and preps skin to receive nourishment better in the form of facial serums and oils.
The Krya Moisture plus face Mask (Lepa) – nourishing, healing face mask for dry skin (aggravated vata)
All Krya Face Masks / Lepas are completely natural formulations that are made ONLY from carefully chosen and uniquely processed Ayurvedic herbs, Lentils and Grains. Depending upon the skin issue we are trying to resolve, each Lepa formulation will contain a unique set of herbs, a unique set of processing techniques, and needs to be mixed using a specific Anupana (medium) .
The Krya Moisture Plus Facial Mask (Lepa), an ayurvedic face mask for dry skin, is formulated using 28 deeply nourishing, skin healing and vata balancing grains and ayurvedic Herbs like Kushta, Daruharidra, Durva , Manjishta, Brahmi, and Babchi.
The ingredients have been chosen after a careful study of the Ayurvedic Samhitas. For vata prakriti skin, where skin is inherently tough, brittle and dry, regular use of the Krya Moisture Plus face Mask helps coax vata back into balance. With each use, we see skin becoming less uncomfortable, less taut and tight and sebum secretion is encouraged. We can also feel that the texture of skin is plumper and more supple and has an even, radiant appearance.
For more information on ayurvedic face masks and how they are to be used correctly, please read our detailed blog post on the subject.
Further care for dry skin (vata aggravated) :
We recommend that dry skin which has aggravated vata prakriti be cared for using our 3 part Moisture plus face system. This system consists of the Krya moisture plus face wash, the Krya Moisture Plus skin nourishing Facial Serum, and the Krya Moisture Plus face Lepa (Mask). When this this 3 part system is used, it improves dry skin in the following 4 ways:
- Balances aggravated vata dosha in facial skin
- Soothes stretched, taut, dry skin
- Allows the skin to regulate sebum production to the right level
- Skin appears soothed, with healthy elasticity, plumpness and radiance.
Further, to balance vata aggravation and dryness all over the body, we recommend using the Krya Moisture Plus Bodywash as a daily bathing alternative to synthetic soaps and bodywashes.