We know what you’re thinking--what the heck are adaptogens and why do I suddenly need them? The hot new buzzword in the beauty world, an adaptogen is a herb or plant extract that helps reduce stress and restores balance to the body. But how does that help my skin, you ask? Well, just like the rest of your body, your skin too could use some de-stressing.

Adaptogens are found in herbs like Ashwagandha, amla, tulsi and ginseng and using these ingredients in your beauty routine can reduce inflammation, protect your skin against UV aggressors, brighten skin and promote faster healing. You can also use products that have adaptogens to reap its benefits.

 

Turmeric

Turmeric

Turmeric is a popular ingredient in Indian households that has been used not just to add flavour and colour to food but also to brighten and heal skin. This adaptogen brightens skin tone while calming the skin and revealing a radiant complexion. The Lever Ayush Anti Marks Turmeric Face Cream is an Ayurvedic formula that has antiseptic and healing properties. With regular use, it improves skin texture and lightens blemishes.

 

Aloe vera

Aloe vera

Known for its hydrating and soothing qualities, aloe vera is considered to be one of the most prominent adaptogens. The succulent plant contains essential vitamins, beneficial acids and germicidal properties that accelerate the healing of wounds and skin conditions. The Lakmé  9 to 5 Naturale Aloe Aqua Gel soothes, hydrates and protects your skin against environmental stressors.

 

Ginseng

Ginseng

Ginseng offers a plethora of skin benefits. This adaptogen has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and restores the cortisol (body’s stress hormone) level in the body. If you have an oily or greasy scalp, adding ginseng to your hair care routine might prove helpful. The TRESemmé Botanique Detox & Restore Shampoo is infused with ginseng and helps remove excess oil, detoxes the scalp and promotes healthier hair growth.

 

Amla

Amla

Indian gooseberry or Amla has been a part of Ayurvedic medicine for several centuries. This vitamin C-rich fruit improves digestion, detoxifies the liver, thereby removing toxins from the body. This supports the immunity of the skin and fights bacterial infection. You can consume a spoonful of Amla powder mixed with hot water every day to get maximum benefit.