Beauty is the perfection of what is visually perceived. If vata is predominant the skin of a person is dry, rough, cold, hin with fine pores and wrinkled. In pitta is predominant, the skin is fair, delicate and red toned with freckles, acne and burns easily. In case of kapha constitution, the skin is oily, smooth, moist and thick with a tendency towards large pores. The outer signs of beauty skin, hair and nails are the direct reflections of your overall health. Ayurveda mentions many simple natural ways to maintain healthy and for a glowing skin. Therefore, using these natural ways, one can stay beautiful and charming for a longer period without having to suffer the side effects of the chemicals.
You may have a good clear, glowing skin, but in this humid weather you tend to collect more of oil and dead cells on surface. Dead cells that have been too long on the surface can dog the sebaceous pores and does not let skin to breathe.
For Perfect Skin:
Make your own orange yogurt mask, by mixing a 1 tablespoon plain yogurt with the juice of 1/4 of an orange. Apply the mixture smoothly onto your face. It will have a relaxing and a cooling effect. Leave on for five minutes and then rinse. If your are feeling sluggish, this is the perfect mask for you. The yogurt will cleanse and nourish, while the orange is full of Vitamin C
Here's how experts say water works as an external beauty agent:
- Light steam boosts the penetration of any body mask. Invest in a humidifier to get an optimum steam.
- Rinsing your hair with warm water before applying a hair and scalp and facilitate the penetration of the active ingredients into the hair.
- Rubbing ice cubes all over the face tightens pores, increases blood circulation.
- To get rid of suntan, add two tablespoons vinegar or two tablespoons of water; dab onto face with cotton wool. Leave the solution on for 10 minutes and wash off.
- To combat dark shadows around the eyes, take ice cubes and wrap in muslin. Rub gently over and around the eyes area.
Hand-y Tips for a younger you
Hands are an instant giveaway of your age. For young -looking hands, mix one tablespoon almond oil with one teaspoon buttermilk and massage; wear cotton gloves to bed. For dry hands, use sandalwood oil mixed with a hydrating base oil such as avocado or evening primrose. Set off with a French manicure. Apply two coats of light pink polish, sweep white from one side of tip to the other, following the nail (use an eyeliner brush for this).
A MINI FACIAL TO GET YOU LOOKING YOUR BEST
- Put used herbal tea bags, or cucumber or potato slices over your eyes to refresh; 10 minutes suffice.
- Cleanse with a gentle cleanser. Foaming face washes suit oily and combination skins. Lotions work best on sensitive skins; gels usually work on all skin types.
- Steam face over bowl of hot water for two minutes.
- Apply moisturising/purifying mask, clay-or-fruit-based. A fruit base is better for dry and sensitive skins. (Do a patch test on inside forearm, preferably two days before). Remove mask with warm water and splash cold water. This gives a rosy flush.
- Use a toner. Extremely oily skin can use a stronger astringent; others should use a mild alcohol-free toner.
- Finish off with a moisturiser
For instant toning, beat an egg white and apply liberally over face, avoiding eye ares; relax and leave to dry. Then wash off. For a quick-firm mask, add oats and few drops of lemon (for oily skin) or honey (for dry skin) to an egg white; apply and leave to dry. Wash off with cool water-and check out that glow.
- Almonds - 2tsp
- Rose Petals or powder - 1tsp
- Fuller's Earth - 4tsp
- Crushed Nutmeg - 1tsp
Mix all ingredients with rose water and keep them aside for 10 minutes. Wash your face with cold water and pat dry. Boil water and steam your face for about 5-10 minutes. Once you begin sweating, wipe it using clean cotton. Then with cotton dipped in hot water, clean your face in one direction. Apply the above mixed face pack and leave it for about 20 minutes until the pack is dry. Do this twice a month to have a clear and beautiful skin.
by Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, Ph.D, ND, DACBN
Like it or not, your skin will be with you for the rest of your life. Your skin serves you and your body in a number of ways. It aids in sensory perception, protects you from injuries, provides a barrier against dehydration, assists in temperature maintenance, removes toxic wastes, aids in the manufacture of vitamin D, and provides structure to the organs and tissues within your body. To put it lightly, your skin is an integral part of your life. It's essential that you care for it and maintain it in a healthy state so that it will continue to function well for you as you age.
Knowing Your Skin
We glance quickly at the skin on the rest of our bodies when we shave, and we know to cover our skin when it's cold. But do we really know our skin? Is it dry or oily? Sensitive or thick? How often do new moles or wrinkles develop? Does your skin react differently when you change your lotions, cleansers, and creams? Do you have a skin care routine?
Your skin is very important to your overall health and well being. Take time to really look at your skin, and get to know its various features and subtleties. If you are not satisfied with your current skin care products, look for higher quality natural organic products that will improve the condition of your skin.
Skin Care Tip: Enlist the help of a natural skincare expert to examine your skin, point out trouble spots, and monitor the condition of your skin. A dermatologist can also help you understand your particular skin type, and recommend skin care products that would work best for you.
Protecting Your Skin
The ultraviolet rays of the sun are damaging to your skin and to your health. Sun exposure can lead to premature aging, sagging, wrinkles, skin discoloration, and the development of cancer. And while a suntan will eventually fade at the end of the summer, the damage to the skin from sunlight will continue to accumulate over time. Take measures to protect your skin from the sun and its damaging rays.
Sun Screen: Sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 helps block the damaging rays of the sun, and it should be used every day for adequate protection. Even if you don't plan on sunbathing, you are exposed to the sun when you drive in the car or walk into the grocery store. If you tend to sweat heavily, or if you are exercising vigorously, reapply the sunscreen every two to three hours throughout the day.
Reduce Sun Exposure: In addition to wearing sunscreen, it’s a good idea to reduce the amount of ultraviolet radiation your skin is exposed to everyday. Limit your time outdoors between 10:00am and 3:00pm when the sun is directly overhead and strongest. Wear protective clothing such as wide brimmed hats and sunglasses to block the sun's rays. And when you do have to expose yourself to the sun, try to build up your tolerance in modest increments each day.
Cleansing Your Skin
Next to sun protection, proper skin cleansing is the next best thing you can do for the care and protection of your skin. Washing your skin helps to remove the dirt, pollutants, dead skin cells, bacteria, cosmetics, perspiration, and debris that accumulate on your skin. Choose a gentle skin cleanser based on your skin type and special skin care needs (i.e. anti acne, or sensitive skin.) And wash your skin as necessary to keep it clean, fresh, and functioning properly.
Skin Care Tip: do not rub skin care cleansers into your skin. Instead, lather the soap or gel into a foam in your hands, apply to the skin and rinse off well. This will keep the cleansers from overly drying, blocking, or irritating the skin's pores.
Maintaining Healthy Skin
Moisturizers: Skin care moisturizers smooth and soften skin and help to lock in its natural moisture. They can be particularly soothing to dry or sensitive skin. And they provide great protection for the skin during wet, cold, or chapping (windy) weather.
Lifestyle: Your skin needs a good balance of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients in order to function and remain healthy. Adequate exercise helps improve circulation and move waste and nutrients through the system. Eat a healthy diet and get plenty of exercise to keep your skin, and the rest of your body in tip-top condition.
Skin Care Tip: Drink at least six to eight glasses of purified water throughout the day to hydrate the skin and circulate essential nutrients. Also avoid chlorinated pools and hot tubs. Chlorine is very damaging to the skin. Get a shower filter to filter out the harmful chemicals from your city water supply.