"Outer beauty is the reflection of one's inner health and wellbeing".-Ayurvedic Proverb
"Outer beauty is the reflection of one's inner health and wellbeing" -Ayurvedic Proverb.
The last 18 months have impacted our physical body and emotional mind by the changes in our lifestyle, climate, environment and stress levels. If we are not well prepared, these transition moments affect the health of our skin. The skin is the largest organ of the body, according to the American Association of Dermatology. Our skin is the largest protective organ and is an immune barrier against allergens and viruses. If we act proactively, we can reduce signs of early aging by taking care of ourselves internally and externally. Following these seven skin secrets will help you to make conscious choices for a healthier and youthful looking skin:
1. Discover your Ayurvedic Skin Type
Identify the best Ayurvedic skin care products for a good daily routine. Below are three types and their different conditions:
Vata: thin, dry, cold, rough and dark. This skin type tends to show signs of early aging than other skin types.
Pitta: smooth, oily, warm and rosie. This skin type tends to tan easily however can flare up with acne and sunspots.
Kapha: thick, oily, cool, and pale. This skin type needs regular internal and external detoxification.
2. Develop Consistent Sleep Routine
Ayurveda recommends going to bed at a regular time, such as 10:00 pm, including reducing late night screen time. A good night's sleep helps to reduce skin aging and dark cycles. A regular sleep pattern is the most important biorhythm for regulating the body's circadian rhythm. The body initiates its detoxification process from 11:00 pm to 3:00 am., so every time we skip proper sleep time, you are short-changing your body to complete its job of ridding unwanted materials. Good, restful sleep means proper elimination for better, clean and healthy skin.
3. Eat a Healthy Diet According to Your Body Type
Reduce all saturated fats, refined sugars, canned and processed foods, as well as high sugary drinks, such as sodas. Switching to eating a wholesome diet - not necessarily a plant-based diet, but rich in nutrients and reduced consumption of red meats. Try including more white meats and fish, along with healthy fats and rich in fibre; these are essential for a proper healthy skin. Eat foods that are in season instead of imported food from other climate conditions. This also plays an important factor in keeping a healthy gut flora, hence healthy skin. Drinking a good volume of water keeps the skin hydrated and it is necessary to avoid toxin accumulation such as acne and blemishes.
4. Practice Abhyanga Facial Self-Massage
Regular Abhyanga massages with warm oils helps to remove toxins and improves circulation to bring relaxation to tired skin. Use almond oil if your skin is dry, has an uneven tone, and is prone to fine lines. Coconut oil is recommended for sensitive skin that easily sunburns. Herbal oils such as jojoba, rosemary or kettle corn oils are best for oilier skin types.