Ayurvedic Skincare – Anti-aging – Natural Beauty – Exfoliation
As we age, skin cell turn over rate naturally declines. This can contribute to the appearance of aging, mature skin, and lack lustre skin. Luckily, we can easily address this by employing manual exfoliation methods. This can be as simple as using exfoliant skin scrubs that have beading in them like apricot kernels. Or, using chemical exfoliation methods such as retinol or saylic acid. In ayurveda, we use something called ‘ubtan.’ Ubtan is a natural exfoliation method once used to prepare soon to be husbands and wives for their wedding ceremony. By exfoliating the skin, men and women let go of the past and were ready to step into the future.
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When I discovered Ayurveda I found an ancient philosophy that grew from an understanding of nature’s balance that still applies to how we live today, an approach that offers guidance for our various, individual constitutions and reveals our interconnectedness to the earth and its seasons.
For me, one of the most intriguing areas of ayurvedic medicine has been its use of medicinal oils, called thailams. Ayurveda uses thailams prescriptively to help curb and prevent imbalance.
Ayurveda calls the application of oil ‘snehana’ which means ‘to love.’ In essence, ayurveda teaches that the application of oil, is the application of love. It is a practice of spiritual anointment that is used to symbolize personal reverence. The skin serves as a vehicle of administration for the penetration of herbs and essential oils to powerfully influence one’s physiology and mind.
The application of ayurvedic medicinal oils to the body is called abhyanga.
Each ayurvedic facial serum, body oil, and herbal blend that I have created has a cosmetic, medicinal, and a spiritual significance. Inspired by the intelligence of the plants that I’ve worked with and their medicinal counterparts, their intended effects are interconnected, and overlay every aspect of our being.
Indeed, true beauty according to ayurveda comes from within.
In my educational views on ayurveda I teach tools and resources on how to implement ayurveda into your everday life. Including how to identify your dosha, herbal preparation methods, ayurvedic skin serums, thailams, ayurvedic herbs, ayurvedic cooking, and ayurvedic medicines specifically customized for your doshic type: vata, pitta, or kapha. Understanding your prakruti and vikruti can help but is not necessary in understanding my videos.