The back-to-school/work feeling provides a good timing to introduce a new beauty ritual to your daily life. How can you get a luminous complexion and nice skin in a natural and easy way? With more than 5,000 years of experience, Ayurveda gives us simple tools that are close to nature for a radiant skin.
Tip 1: Eat And Hydrate Well
Your skin is your largest organ and although it acts as a protective barrier, much of what you apply to it is absorbed into your blood stream. Since we are talking about healthy, hydrated skin, don’t forget to also tune in to what you eat and drink.
The food on your plate will build and nourish your skin. The more you reach for clean, organic, fresh foods, the better! In particular, veggies and berries can offer vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients that will feed and support your skin.
And hydrate, hydrate, hydrate with water! Start your day with a warm cup of water to flush all the impurities.
Tip 2: Adopt Good Sleeping Habits
The quality of your sleep will directly influence the radiance of your skin. Between 10pm and 2am, your body is working hard to replenish your skin. Make sure to go to bed before 10pm and to get up before 7am.
Having trouble sleeping? Read another one of my blog articles!
Tip 3: Determine Your Skin Type
Each dosha (Vata, Pitta and Kapha) has specific skin characteristics. You need to understand your skin type to make the best choices.
- – Vata dosha tends to have a dry and delicate skin, with fine pores.
- – Kapha dosha has a thicker and oily skin, with large pores.
- – Pitta dosha’s skin is sensitive to the sun and prone to redness. It tends to be hot and can be both too oily and too dry. It’s also the skin type that’s the most sensitive to beauty products.
Tip 4: Use Oil
Abhyanga is a well-known practice in the Ayurvedic daily routine. The idea is to put oil on your whole body according to your dosha (infused with herbs), warmed to your body temperature. Read more on this topic.
The skin of your face will also benefit from using oil.
How Does Our Skin Work?
The sebaceous glands in our skin produce an oily, waxy substance called sebum. Sebum is our skin’s natural hydration and protection. A healthy amount is like a barrier, protecting our skin from environmental factors and infection.
If we try to counter the dirt and residue with water, we risk washing away the healthy layer of sebum with it. Washing with water results in the dry skin getting drier and surprisingly, the oily skin becoming oilier. As you wash repeatedly with water to erase your blemishes or your propensity to oily skin, your body wises up. The natural oils start to be stripped away and your skin produces more and more in an effort to keep the hydration and protection it needs.
Oil is a close match to the skin’s outer layer and complements our natural oiliness. It helps draw out impurities and balances our skin’s hydration—even overly oily skin can come back to balance by using oil.
How to Cleanse Using Oil?
We recommend doing this process once a day, preferably at night, using just water to rinse your face in the morning.
- 1. The cleansing ritual begins by placing a warm, wet washcloth over your face to help open your pores and release impurities.
- 2. Then, gently apply a small amount of oil into your skin. Take this time to give your entire face some extra love, allowing yourself to enjoy the massage as you melt any remaining tension away.
- 3. Rinse the oil by lightly pressing a warm, wet washcloth onto your face.
- 4. Next, gently remove all the oil with the washcloth, allowing for a lovely exfoliating experience.
- 5. Dab dry with a clean towel.
Tip 5: Choose The Right Oil For You
- – Sesame or avocado oils, which are heavy, hot and nourishing are a good choice for Vatas.
- – Hazelnut oil is a good option for Kapha as it is astringent and helps dry oily skin.
- – Coconut oil, which is lighter and cooling is a good choice for Pitta as well as jojoba oil.
Tip 6: Adopt a Beauty Ritual
- 1. First thing in the morning, splash your face (especially around your eyes) with cool water.
- 2. Splash some rose water on your face.
- 3. Put your balm, cream or Ayurvedic oil on (make sure it as natural as possible, no chemical or ingredients you can’t read!).
- 4. In the evening, wash your face with oil.
- 5. If you have time, apply a facial mask for 5 to 30 minutes.
2 recipes for facial masks
-2 teaspoons of triphala powder
-1 tablespoon of honey
– 2 tablespoons of chickpea powder
– ¼ teaspoon of triphala powder
– ¼ teaspoon of turmeric (optional)
Mix it with milk or yogurt or rose water until you get the right consistency.