Often, I am asked, what is your routine for your glowing skin? What are you using? How do you get your skin so smooth? I pause and smile, and almost always answer the same, “It’s genetics, my father, mother and grandmother have great skin too.”
Here’s the skinny on skin: it's connected directly to your own makeover. However, the skin, the largest organ of the human body is influenced by internal and external environments. External environment, such as air pollution, climate, the pH of water, are out of our control, so we should adjust to them to reduce harm. On the other hand, we do have direct influence on our internal environment such us: stress, nutrition, toxicity, self-care, sleep, rest and, you guessed it, the right movement!
Knowing your skin type helps, including knowing your predominant dosha or energy. It involves cleansing, nourishing and moisturizing.
Vata skin tends to exhibit one or more of the following: dry, delicate, fine pores and cool to the touch. When this skin type is out of balance, it will be flaky, dry, including eczema.
Pitta skin tends to be sensitive and oily with larger pores and warm to the touch. Rosacea and acne are some of the heat imbalances of the skin.
Kapha skin is soft, pale and cool to the touch. It’s the stronger skin of the three constitutions. When out of balance pores are enlarged and extra sebum secretion.
.Apply daily sunscreen at least 45 -60 SPF full broad coverage underneath your moisturizer or use a moisturizer with SPF.
Massage the face with the rose quartz wand facial roller. It helps to soothe the skin while calms the mind. This rolling technique double as lymphatic drainage massage while increasing blood circulation, which allows oxygen to penetrate deep into the layers of the skin facilitating nutrients’s absorption.
For irritated eyes: Before bedtime, soak two cotton balls in rose water, apply over your eyes and leave them on for at least 30 minutes. It reduces tired eyes appearance.
To repair dehydrated skin: try this Replenishing Cherry Mask: before bedtime apply a pulp of fresh cherries to your face and neck, leave it for 15-20 minutes. This will give a glowing beautiful complexion. Keep a healthy and wholesome diet, with enough water intake.
Avoid fatty, fried, refined, packaged and processed foods. Salt, sugar seafood and read meat, cigarettes, and alcohol in excess can cause skin problems.
Maintain a regular sleep time routine. Wake up and go to bed at the same time daily to keep balance with nature’s circadian rhythm.
Exercise daily to promote sweating; this will help get rid of body toxicity and calm the mind.
Practice belly breathing. Pranayama is good to increase the circulation of prana thoughts out of the body. Without sufficient prana or life-force, skin loses its glow and vitality. Breathing from the right-nostril or breath of fire is recommended to increase lung capacity to detox.
Take herbal Ayurvedic tea early morning. Mix equal parts Cumin, coriander and fennel seeds; boil in water for 5 – 10 minutes; drain and drink it. Repeat throughout the day. An alternative tea combination: dandelion, mint and ginger.
Fast on juices such as green apple, pomegranate or berries.
Favour bitter, pungent and astringent tasting foods; all legume including yellow split peas, red lentils, garbanzo and pinto beans. Radishes, okra, spinach, garlic and onions can be used with hot spices, such as ginger, cayenne pepper or black pepper.
Use less ghee and dairy products which can aggravate kapha dosha. Select meat choices such as chicken, turkey, rabbit. Minimize crab, lobster and duck.
When you integrate any of these tips, I am certain that it will inspire you to create a natural internal and sustainable environment to enjoy that glowing and radiant skin for many years to come.
The following material is provided for educational purposes only. Use at your own discretion. If you have a health problem, medical emergency, or a general health question, you should contact a physician or other qualified health care provider for consultation, diagnosis and/or treatment."
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