Sure, our customers had an epiphany about self care when they joined our facebook community, but even after understanding its relativity in today’s dynamic, most of them were lost.
Women devote a greater time of their life being a giver, showing up for everyone and everywhere, at home and in offices, for her children, husband and colleagues. But what about themselves?
Being lost in this loop, they forget to look after themselves and their skin. But we are here to change that.
Here, we have curated the ultimate skin care guide that will help your skin glow
Understand your skin type
The most crucial step in keeping your skin healthy is actually knowing it. Notice which doshas are prominent on your skin and how they are triggered by changes in weather. Understand the characteristics of different doshas and know which one you have.
Vata Skin Type - This type of skin is thin, has fine pores and is usually cool to touch. You will experience extreme dryness in certain weather. In fact, Vata Skin type is also prone to signs of ageing and stress.
Pitta skin type - Pitta skin is fair in colour, is usually warm to touch and is sensitive. This type of skin is thicker, can break out and is prone to rashes.
Kapha Skin Type - While people with Kapha skin type don’t have to worry about early aging, their thick skin is excessively oily. The pores are enlarged which attract dirt and cause pimples.
Don’t know about doshas? Read ________
Treat your Doshas
Now you must keep in mind that understanding your doshas and treating it is a lifestyle change and may take a really long time. However, here are some quick tips to help you on the basis of your dosha.
Vata Skin Type - Vata skin type needs excessive hydration and moisturisation. So, we recommend you to invest in good facial oils that will help in locking in the moisture. Drink an adequate amount of water to hydrate as well.
You can try Ayurvedic Origin’s Facial Oil Duo - Kumkuma (which has the goodness of saffron majishtha and 25 other exotic herbs, out of which __ are natural moisturisers) and Haridra (which has the healing properties of turmeric and other natural herbs) Oil. Check it out here!
Pitta Skin Type - Protect your skin from excessive sun exposures. Use natural cleansers and do not forget to apply sun block before stepping out.
Kapha Skin Type - If you have a Kapha skin type, you should cleanse your skin thoroughly twice a day (Use a natural cleanser). Additionally, try to exfoliate your skin twice a week.
Abhyanga is an ayurvedic massage done with warm oil. While tension and stress relief is often associated with massages, the practice is more than that.
Massaging your body with oil can deeply nourish your skin and give it a radiant look. Even a basic two-minutes massage before sleeping at night can do wonders to your skin. You can use warm coconut oil, olive oil or any naturally compressed oil for your body.
For your face, as we discussed before, it is really crucial to invest in a good facial oil as these oils seep deep into your skin and stay there. We’d suggest not using synthetic based oils filled with artificial fragrances.
Read here about the 10 facial marma points and how to massage them in the right manner.
Bathe your Skin with Milk -
With its fats and lactic acid content, milk is a great way to moisturize and soften your skin. When your skin is inflamed or irritated, a milk bath can help you immensely.
For a daily routine, you can dip a cotton ball in milk and apply it all over your neck and face to remove dirt and clean your pores. You can use coconut milk as well.
Eat enough Raw Vegetables and Fruits -
To fight the perils of radicals, smoking, pollution and sunlight that are the greatest cause of wrinkles and age spots, you must include antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables in your diet. You should have at least 5 portions of food that is rich in antioxidants.
Antioxidants such as Beta Carotene are found in sweet potatoes, pumpkin and carrots, while Lutein is found in kale, papaya, and spinach. These antioxidants are important to promote skin cell development and keep it extremely healthy.
Get your Vitamins
Vitamin C and Vitamin E are known for their amazing benefits.
Vitamin C has a plethora of benefits which we have listed down below!
- Rich in Antioxidants
- Supports immune system
- Accelerates healing of blemishes.
- Promotes radiant skin
- Produces collagen that helps in strengthening the capillaries.
Benefits of Vitamin E:
- Supports skin growth
- Protection from cell damage
While there are easy supplements available for the above two vitamins, we want you to intake them in their raw forms. Strawberries, blueberries, oranges, papaya, guava, avocado, beetroot, almonds, hazelnuts, sunflower and corn oils are some of the sources of Vitamin E and C.
Eat Plenty of Zinc
Include foods that are rich in zinc such as whole grains, nuts and seeds! This magic mineral will make your skin soft and supple.
As they are responsible for the normal functioning of sebaceous glands in the skin, they promote repairing of skin damage.
You can also read about the 15 superfoods that ayurveda recommends for healthy and glowing skin here!
You might notice your skin looking pale, dry and drained. These signs show that your skin is dehydrated! No matter what fluids you intake, water forms the most important source of hydration for your skin to be healthy and thriving.
Try to consume at least 6-8 glasses of water daily. You can mix things up and go for herbal teas, detox water and so on. Add more fruits and vegetables in your diet that have high water content to keep up with the overall water intake and also provide you with the benefit of minerals that they contain.
Learn how to hydrate your skin naturally here!
If you really want #wokeuplikethis skin, you need to sleep well. That’s the truth.
Did you know? A 2017 study found that two days of sleep restriction negatively affected participant’s perceived attractiveness, health, sleepiness, and trustworthiness.
Sleep can help your skin and your well being in myriad ways. During the night, the skin repairs and rejuvenates itself after fighting against the emotional and physical factors such as UV radiation.
The blood flow in skin increases and skin rebuilds its collagen, thereby improving its texture, improving fine lines and more. So, sleep at least 6-7 hours to get a healthy looking skin.
It is also important to take care of your skin and provide it with essential nutrients to repair itself at night.
Read in detail about what is beauty sleep and why your skin needs it here!
Check in with yourself
If you have read our blog on how stress impacts your skin (In case you haven’t, it's here! ), you’ll understand the negative impacts of stress on our skin.
Ladies, it’s about time we change the equation. Add another element to the equation of your life
It's NOT just FAMILY + WORK + CHORES, it’s YOU + FAMILY + WORK + CHORES.
When you start taking charge of your life, you will be happier from within and that will not only positively impact your life and relationships but your skin too. This is what Ayurveda is all about, maintaining a holistic well being by bringing your body in a constitution or balance.