As ayurveda the concept of beauty has an age old origin. Skin - Twacha is the term for skin in Ayurved. Skin is a cover of the exposed parts of the body. The sense of touch speeds over the entire body through skin. Healthy person with a well-formed
flesh which is firm, the skin is correspondingly firm, glowing. Hair is also a part of beauty of the human beings. Mind is also closely related with hair hence mental tension is the commonest cause of hair fall. Acharyas of ayurveda state that the function of ayurvedic herbs is to purify blood and eliminate vitiated doshas (vata, pitta, kapha) from the body as they are mainly responsible for skin disorders and other diseases. As ayurveda believes that all living beings have the panchamahabhoota as it is components, same is for skin. It is the seat of sparshan indriya (a tactile sensory organ). Skin is also the dwelling of Bhrajaka pitta and regulates
the temperature of the living body and absorbs all local medicinal applications. The complexion (chaaya) and lusture (prabha) of our skin is also conferred to the skin. According to Acharya Sushruta âAs the heating of milk forms a layer of cream on the milk surface, in a similar manner in the embryonic stage, dhatus form the different layers of the skin on our body.â Various herbs for which description and usage in many forms (lepa, abhyanga, gandusha, combined drug) can be found in ayurvedic inscriptions like Chandana, Nagkesara, Padmaka, Yastimadhu, Manjistha, Sariva etc. Various other aspect of Cosmetology in Ayurveda will be presented in full paper. In this way Ayurveda has a very precious knowledge regarding cosmetology which is very useful even in day to day practices.
(Narendra Singh LodhiL: Ayurvedic cosmetology and its practices)
Last date updated on June, 2014