“Ayurvedic” cosmetologist Padma Kumari organizes an excursion into the beauty-world of Ayurveda and shares the secret of home-made “masks of life”. You will definitely appreciate them, even if you are not (yet) aware of the doshas.
The main principles of Ayurvedic skin health are as old as the world is sleep, proper nutrition and adequate drinking regime, physical activity. Add to them meditative practices to calm the mind, and get a complex that will work to create a good hormonal background, which determines both good health and an attractive appearance. However, the goal is often unattainable due to the neglect of the most obvious things. We tell exactly what.
Please note that we specifically avoid the use of the word "correct". Let's be realistic: many of us live in the harsh conditions of the dynamics of a big city, when stability can only be dreamed of. The rhythm of life can be any, most importantly, "not driven" by this. Excitement and anxiety, lack of sound sleep, neglect of proper nutrition (ideally suitable for your type of dosha), and bad habits negatively affect the skin (just like all organs and systems of our body). In conditions of lack of sleep and nervousness, collagen ceases to be produced, and with it the skin elasticity “is lost”. Chronic overstrain can lead to hormonal disruptions, and stress ─ to the deterioration of digestion, which in the end will also rapidly age the epidermis.
What ayurveda recommends: it is reasonable to dose the load and rest, to fully get enough sleep, it is commonplace "to think about the good." When the mind is calm and the body is filled with positive energy, the hormonal balance stabilizes. This has a positive effect on all the processes of our body (and the skin, including ─ it becomes more healthy, rested and radiant).
White porcelain skin is in trend today, but as a rule, among Russians, it is not at all an indicator of health. Most often, the paleness of the skin is due to office work and an acute shortage of fresh air. In addition, it turns out to be completely unprepared for active sunshine when we still go to the sun, where in a short time we risk to get burns and pigmentation. Of course, when sunbathing is planned, we need “sanskrins” and sun lotions, but it is also important to remember: we are recovering in warm countries not only and not so much for a beautiful tan as for improving the general condition (it is always useful to breathe fresh sea air, walk around the sea). sand, disconnect from problems, calm down and "reboot").
What ayurveda recommends: you should not blindly follow the fashion ─ even on the aristocratic pallor, even on the Californian tan ─ and to force the skin. Listen to your body. You can determine the correct "dose" of the sun by feeling: if you feel that the body is hot, and you are uncomfortable, get cool, even if you are "undercharged".
Daily skin care
It is important, even if at 30 you look at 25, and it seems that the resource is inexhaustible. The closest attention should be paid to the purification procedure. Use the famous ayurvedic morning must have – before washing, wipe your face with a cotton pad soaked in milk, or simply apply some honey diluted with warm water to the skin, massage, and after a few minutes wash and tone with pink water (for dry skin). ) or citrus juice (for oily), then use the usual day cream.
"Ayurvedic" cosmetics, prepared by hand, is unlikely to have a pleasant "product" consistency and delicious smell, but it can boast of natural composition and the complete absence of "chemistry."
What ayurveda recommends: weekly, use a scrub to cleanse the skin from dead cells and give it free "breathing". It should be completely natural: chop rice, almonds or oatmeal in a coffee grinder, mix with honey, apply on the skin and gently (but carefully!) Massage. Wash off the mixture and apply the cream.
Four homemade Ayurvedic masks for four skin types
Avocado mask for dry skin
Mix one teaspoon of soft avocado pulp with teaspoon of honey, add three drops of almond oil and half a teaspoon of white clay. Mix well and apply on face (it is better to do it in the evening) for 20-25 minutes. Rinse with warm water, rinse with cold and use a familiar cream.
Turmeric Mask for Oily Skin
Dissolve one teaspoon of turmeric with kefir (it is desirable that it be as “natural” as possible, ideally not from a store) before making a paste. In case of urgent need kefir can be replaced with lemon juice. Apply the mask on your face, leave for 20 minutes, rinse with warm water and proceed to the usual care.
Ayurveda is, first of all, an individual approach, so before proceeding to the "production" and samples of Ayurvedic cosmetics, it is wise to visit a specialist and consult.
Saffron mask for normal skin
Boil a small carrot and punch in a blender (or mash with a fork) to a state of mashed potatoes. In the carrot paste, add the saffron, a little milk and a pinch of white clay. Make a warm mask before bedtime, leaving on the face for about half an hour, and then rinse with warm water.
Neem powder mask for acne prone skin
Mix a teaspoon of neem powder with a few drops of lemon juice or rose water to a thick paste. Apply on face and leave for 20 minutes, then carry out the procedure of contrast washing.
Padma Kumari, leading cosmetologist at the network of centers of Ayurvedic medicine and yoga therapy “Atreya Ayurveda”, certified specialist of the International Academy of Beauty “Cosmetology Shahnaz Hussein”