It’s desirable for every woman to have beautiful glowing smooth skin. Ayurveda has some time-proven tricks to make your skin clear, soft, and radiant without spending a fortune or loading up on chemicals. Let’s see.
Let’s see first why your skin tends to become rough, dry, and irritated during certain seasons and with age. According to Ayurveda, it happens due to the accumulation of Vata in the body. Vata predominates in early Winter, and in people over the age of 50. When there is excess Vata, you are prone to dry skin, cracking joints, thinning dry hair, and brittle nails. Vata can also show up in the body earlier if you’re really stressed, live in a Vata inducing climate. The secret to staying young is keeping Vata at bay.
Below are some Ayurvedic tips which can slow down Vata accumulation in the body and help you stay young and keep your skin beautiful.
- Eat Like a Bird:
Both traditional and Ayurvedic medicine agree that when you add seeds and nuts into your diet, this will improve the condition of your skin. Vata is drying by nature so all foods that have natural healthy fats in them will prevent this imbalance. Nuts and seeds are a perfect food; they contain Omega-3s, healthy fats, and fiber to help a weakened Vata digestion. You can also try adding almonds, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, and other nuts to your oatmeal.
- Don’t Skip the Veggies:
Keep Sticking to high-water content vegetables that are easier to digest, such as lettuce, carrot, cucumber, daikon radish, fennel, and tender asparagus tips. These vegetables are tridoshic which means they are good for all types of skin. Simply combine at least 3 and enjoy with a simple olive oil-lemon juice dressing.
- Sip Some Tea:
Vata is drying and getting cold by nature so your skin will stay younger looking longer, if you keep these two qualities at bay. Stay hydrated throughout the day and give preference to warm liquids, such as herbal tea. To wake you up in the afternoon and keep your digestion healthy, keep Making some spicy tea with fresh ginger and lemon will. This is very important for glowing skin.
- Breathe In and Release:
High levels of emotional and mental stress is one of the major reasons of getting Vata aggravated. Literally, it sucks out all the vital juices from your skin making it dehydrated. Meditation and breathing can be very effective stress busters that you need to consider. Try to get started with yogic breathing, simply lie on your back or seat comfortably, place one palm on your belly, and another one on your chest. Then, start inhaling into your belly, letting it slightly rise and keep inhaling into your ribs, expanding the ribcage up and out, letting the air fill up your lungs by inhaling all the way up into your chest. Mentally keep track of your breathing; your belly, ribs, and chest.
- Pump It Up
Exercising is necessary in preventing cold Vata from accumulating. Modern doctors advise exercising to keep your muscles and joints healthy and toned, while helping you sweat out toxins. Exercise will also improve blood circulation, digestion, and give you a healthy blush! Choose the type of exercise that makes you feel good and gives you energy without exhausting you. Whether it is walking, jogging, dancing, yoga, or boxing — you should enjoy it and have fun moving your body.
- Doze off with Sunset:
Aggravated Vata can cause restlessness which may lead to insomnia. Any skin care professional or Ayurvedie doctor will agree on the fact of getting at least seven hours of sleep because it is a good thing when it comes to having a healthy and glowing complexion. If you have trouble falling asleep, you should try a full yogic breathing described above or use this one before going to bed.
- Take Skin Moisturizer to a New Level
Staying hydrated on the inside is very important but as well you shouldn’t forget about taking care of your skin from the outside. Cleansing and moisturizing are the most crucial to keeping your skin healthy and young. Using an oil massage is the best remedy for dry skin. For the best absorption, anti-aging oil massages should be done at night. Apply apricot oil applied 2-3 times a week at night. This makes your skin feel very smooth and healthy. Once a week give yourself a full body massage with oil. It stimulates healthy blood circulation, lymph drainage, reduces water retention, and keeps your romantic relationship exciting. Moreover, abhyanga is a full body oil massage that can calm the mind, leaving you feeling grounded yet focused and alert, and balances emotions. Using natural organic oils is also cheaper than chemical-loaded lotions found at a pharmacy.