Ashwagandha, pronounced ash·wuh·gan·duh, is an Ayurvedic medicinal herb that’s grown across various parts of India. It works as an adaptogen, meaning that it helps to strengthen the body’s immune system by reducing stress from the inside out. Our ancient ancestors have actually been using this Indian ginseng for well over 3000 years, not only for its health benefits but also for the amazing effects it has on the skin. Despite ashwagandha having been used for thousands of years, it’s only in more recent times that skincare lovers in the Western world are simply unable to ignore the benefits of this amazing ingredient in their skincare routine. Trust us, when you find out more about the ashwagandha benefits, you won’t want to miss out on it either. But what exactly are the ashwagandha benefits for skin? Why is it the next big thing in the world of skincare? Read on to find out…
According to research carried out in 2020, a staggering 79% of British adults in employment reported that they commonly experience work-related stress. Unfortunately, just 1% of those surveyed said they ‘never’ experienced workplace stress. This is solely at work! Just think about the other stresses of daily life, from family issues, money worries to health stresses… Okay, but what’s stress got to do with ashwagandha?
As we mentioned earlier, this special superfood is an adaptogen; this means that ashwagandha counteracts the effects of stress within the body, both physically and mentally. When used regularly, ashwagandha benefits us by uplifting our mood, improving our energy levels and even aiding concentration.
When we’re stressed, not only do we feel dull, our skin often looks it as well – we have bags under our eyes, our wrinkles are more prominent and we’re even more likely to suffer from spots. This is because when we’re stressed, our body produces higher levels of cortisol, which is responsible for triggering the part in the brain that releases CRH. It’s this hormone that stimulates oil to release from the sebaceous glands, which can lead to more spots popping up. Being stressed actually changes the proteins and elasticity in your skin, which causes wrinkles and other signs of premature ageing. So by using ashwagandha to counteract stress as part of your skincare routine, you’re actually helping your body both inside and out. Who else is joining us to incorporate ashwagandha skincare into their routine to reduce their stress levels?
Stress and insomnia generally go hand in hand. When you’re stressed, you’re most likely also feeling mentally exhausted, but that doesn’t stop you tossing and turning in bed, unable to stop the string of thoughts racing through your head. Not only do sleepless nights make you feel pretty rubbish on the inside, but they also take a serious toll on your skin; there’s only so much concealer can cover up! Luckily, your fairy godmother ashwagandha is here to help. This super herb actually helps to block stress pathways, not only reducing stress symptoms but also helping to relieve insomnia. Ashwagandha is here to grant you your wish of a good night’s sleep! How about trying a night cream with ashwagandha before bed?
Perhaps one of the most exciting things about using ashwagandha in skincare is for its natural anti-ageing properties. When applied to the skin, ashwagandha supports collagen and elastin production, fights free radicals AND reduces inflammation (more on this later!). It’s also a hyaluronan, meaning that it’s a natural form of hyaluronic acid, which we all know is the queen of hydration. This means products containing ashwagandha are equipped with the tools needed to send the signs of ageing packing! Goodbye fine lines and wrinkles, hello plump, smooth and silky skin.
But what about if you’re in your 20s, or ageing skin isn’t yet one of your concerns? Two words; preventative skincare. Packing your skincare routine with natural anti-ageing ingredients means that those pesky wrinkles don’t even get the chance to reveal themselves.
These natural anti-ageing ashwagandha effects made it damn right impossible for us not to include it in our Navya anti-ageing night cream. This night cream containing ashwagandha is working whilst you sleep; what other night creams do you know that reduce the signs of ageing, help you to sleep and improve your stress levels? Its partner in crime for combatting signs of stress is our Naira under eye cream, this natural under eye cream softens, smooths and visibly tightens and brightens the under-eye area. These two creams truly are a match made in heaven!
Not only does ashwagandha reduce stress levels, combat insomnia and fight signs of ageing (as if that wasn’t enough?!), it also gives the skin a gorgeous glow. It has been found that ashwagandha can help to stimulate the production of DHEA; a hormone that helps to produce estrogen and testosterone. These hormones are responsible for stimulating the release of our natural skin oils; helping to give your skin a natural glow!
It’s also highly effective for those of you with acne-prone skin, or if you have skin that’s generally irritated or inflamed. Using ashwagandha for acne-prone skin is ideal as it holds natural anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties, keeping breakouts at bay and helping you to achieve a more even complexion.
Is there anything this amazing Ayurvedic herb can’t do? Start reaping the benefits of ashwagandha for skin by using our Navya anti-ageing night cream containing ashwagandha, it’s also filled with 15 other herbal extracts and natural oils you simply need to try!
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