Your skin makes a powerful first impression, so you want to treat it well at all times. The practice of Ayurveda has three simple guidelines for beautiful skin: cleanse, nourish and moisturise. You can achieve this by doing these simple Ayurvedic rituals, which promote good health inside and out.
Detox with dry brushing
Dry brushing, or garshana, does a lot of good things for your body, the most important one being that it stimulates the lymphatic system. Doing this provides a powerful detox. Dry brushing not only feels great, it’s also incredibly easy to do yourself. We suggest doing it in the morning, as the invigorating effect will energise you for the entire day. Always stroke from bottom to top, moving in the direction of the heart so that the lymphatic system is properly drained. It only takes between 3-5 minutes daily to experience the benefits of this Ayurvedic ritual. Complete it by taking a long, relaxing shower.
Embrace the art of self-massage
Abhyanga, otherwise known as Ayurvedic self-massage, is guaranteed to keep your skin moisturised and healthy. Like dry-brushing, it feels amazing and can positively affect your mood. The new, 100% natural dry oils from The Ritual of Ayurveda are ideal for Abhyanga, as they’ve been designed to cater to your specific pattern of energies and contain herbs known to soothe body and soul. If you want to experience the full benefits of self-massage, be sure to warm the bottle of oil in hot water first. To learn how to properly perform this Ayurvedic massage ritual, click here.
The best skin care for your mind-body type
Take our test to discover which of the three dosha (or energy) types you are. Each mind-body type has its own set of guidelines for caring for your skin. Once you’ve found out if you’re a Vata, Pitta or Kapha, check out our innovative skin care collection to choose the products that are right for you.
Get those zzz’s
Sleep is when your body heals and regenerates—including your skin. No wonder that Ayurveda teaches you to get between 7-8 hours of quality sleep per night. Does this sound like a challenge to you? Watch our exclusive video of yoga by moonlight to help you make the transition from a busy day to restful sleep.
You are what you eat
In addition to sleep, another way Ayurveda can give you beautiful skin from the inside is by embracing a healthy, primarily vegetarian diet. Limit your consumption of sugar and fats and make sure you wash everything down with plenty of water. For more specific advice on the Ayurveda diet, read our article here.
By incorporating these simple tips into your daily routine, you’ll notice an overall improvement to your health which will be reflected in your skin. Try them for three weeks and use a journal to write down how these small, gradual adjustments to your lifestyle are making you feel. It will be useful to have a record of just how much more balanced your body and mind are since you began your Ayurvedic adventure.