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Ayurvedic Beauty: Natural Approach To Aging Skin

Aug 17, 2007
The wisdom of Ayurveda goes well beyond disease prevention. Ayurveda beauty relies on freeing the body from toxins, restoring cellular balance, facilitating complete elimination and re-establishing the balance of the doshas (or mind/body types).

Ayurvedic beauty includes two things - diet and lifestyle. These two things help you achieve the way you look and feel.

Ayurveda considers beauty as an intimate part of the human personality.

But before you can apply ayurvedic principles to make you look good day after day and year after year you first need to figure out which of the following three categories your skin falls into:

- If your skin is dry, thin and sensitive, susceptible to dullness and wrinkles, you have Vata type skin.

- If your skin is more reddish, warm, and extremely sensitive, prone to breakouts and easily affected by the foods you eat, heat and sun you have Pitta skin.

- Kapha skin tends to be lustrous, oily and thick in texture. It's prone to clogged pores, breakouts and toxic buildup.

Once you have determined which skin type your skin falls into, you can try some of the following suggestions for making your skin look and feel young.

Caring for Vata (dry) skin type

Vata skin types should avoid any products that are too drying (alcohol-based cleansers). Perform Ayurvedic Oil Massage to your whole body in the morning before you shower.

Use gentle, all-natural moisturizer to keep skin hydrated. Provide added deep lipid support.

Use gentle, moisture-balancing cleanser and splash your face with water several times when you cleanse.

Caring for Pitta (sensitive) skin type

Pitta skin type needs both cooling and nurturing. Use skin care products that enhance resistance to the sun.
Pitta skin types should avoid products that are too abrasive or heating.

Try ayurvedic herb Flame of Forest. It can help protect Pitta skin from photo-sensitivity. But unlike other ayurvedic herbs, it needs to be used in combination with other herbs for a balanced effect on the skin.

Use cooling oil for the daily massage to stimulate circulation and create a glow.

Use gently, natural skin care products for cleansing and moisturizing.

Caring for Kapha (oily) skin type

Kapha skin type needs cleansing the most. That's because Kapha skin has excessive oil on the surface.

Try not to counteract oiliness with products that are too drying instead, try cleansing the pores from the inside. by eating less heavy, sweet, and oily foods.

Don't clog the pores by using greasy creams.

Take warm baths, cleanse with a gentle herbal cleanser, and exfoliate with an herbal clay twice a week to gently cleanse the pores, remove impurities, and open the channels.
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