Ayurveda is a 5000 year-old science based on creating a harmonious lifestyle on all levels: physical, mental and spiritual. According to Ayurveda “ beauty comes from within”, so it does not rely only on the benefits of the cream, or serum or aesthetician you use, but more on balancing inner and outer beauty. What you eat, how you eat, how you breathe, how you think, how you handle stress and your individual constitution, all affect your beauty.
Photo courtesy of The Chopra Center
It was to my surprise to find out that this old science had so many tips on beauty and that ‘beauty” was such an important part of their wisdom. Beauty in Ayurveda has 3 steps: cleanse, nourish and moisturize. This may sound like the typical skincare routine today but in Ayurveda, they exclusively use natural products in all aspects of beauty and self-care.
The saying “If you cannot eat it, don’t put it on your skin” changed my beauty regimen and made me throw away half of my beauty products I used for so many years since 80% of what we put on our skin is absorbed and goes into our bloodstream.
“Radical beauty is about shifting your state of consciousness from the inside out so that your face and your skin reflect what’s happening deep inside you,” Deepak Chopra said. “So radical beauty is not about polishing the flower petals, it’s about nourishing the root.”
Here are the tips I found very beneficial:
Start your day by drinking Hot Water with Lemon: In the morning before breakfast sip a cup of hot water with lemon (or lime, which is more cooling), this helps with digestion and elimination, which then support clear, healthy, radiant skin.
Self-Abhyanga or self massage: Every morning for 5-10 minutes before your bath, spend time to massage your body with warm oils, in winter it is advisable to use sesame oil and in summer coconut oil is best. This little routine is amazing and become automatic and does wonder to the skin and to the nervous system. Tip: warm your oil in hot water before applying it to your body.
Use natural soap for your body and avoid using drugstore body washes which are harsh on the skin and filled with chemicals and rubs the skin from its natural oils. If you want to use over-the-counter body washes be sure to choose products which are: free of fragrance, paraben-free, phthalate free and made with 100% pure essential oils.
Mild exfoliation: take 2 tablespoon of oatmeal flour it with 1 Tablespoon of water. Mix and gently press the paste on your face. Leave it for 5-10 minutes and then rinse. This will remove dead skin without stripping the skin from natural oils.
Mix 1 teaspoon of coconut oil with 1 teaspoon of sugar: sugar help retain moisture while boosting cell turnover.
Use rose water to clean and tone the face.
Apply orange juice to your face, it is amazing for improving texture and toning of the skin.
Apply extra-virgin olive oil on your face before sleeping. Olive oil is filled with anti-oxidants and fatty acids. It helps in rejuvenating the skin and prevent fine lines.
Use an avocado mashed into a paste with a few drops of almond oil, and apply it to the face for 15 minutes.
Not a fan of DIY? Try clean, conscious brands such as Dr. Alkatis, Tata Harper, Tracie Martyn, Herbivore Botanicals, and Jurlique.