Basic Skin Care Routine
Ayurveda sets much higher standards for beauty products than government regulators or Western medicine, because its concept of “natural” is more encompassing and refined. Our skin is one of the body’s major organs of absorption. Although we get most of our nutrients orally, the skin absorbs nutrients as well. In fact unlike the food, which is broken down in the stomach, products applied to the skin go directly into the bloodstream. They become raw material for building new body tissue – or they become potent toxic waste.
If you cannot eat it, do not use it on your skin. This is Ayurvedic standard for pure and natural.
Daily face care routine: Cleanse, nourish and moisturize in the morning and evening. It is the very minimum you must do to maintain a normal, healthy, youthful complexion. And even if you do nothing else for an existing skin problem, keeping this regiment every day can help to improve your condition, sometimes in a short period of time.
Cleansing: Ayurveda uses herbal powders to clean and exfoliate the skin on a daily basis. To make the cleanser combine 2 parts chickpea flour (available at most grocery stores) with the herb that is appropriate for your dosha. Make paste using 1 tsp cleanser and warm water. Apply paste all over face and neck, rinse well with warm (not hot) water.
Nourishing: Mix 1 oz base oil with 20 drops of essential oil. Store in a glass bottle. In the palm of your hand mix 3 drops of nourishing oil with 6 drops of water. Gently massage mixture into wet skin.
Moisturizing: Melt 1 oz cocoa butter; add 3 oz vegetable oil appropriate for your dosha. When it is cool add 6 drops essential oil. Gently apply a very small amount over face and neck. Do not massage it into the skin.
TODAY’S TIP: These treatments are external. They are very important but not sufficient to alleviate the cause of skin problems, not only manifestations. For that we must cleanse and nourish our body and mind internally as well.