Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Skin in the Vata Season

Do you know that your skin is the largest digestive organ of the body? That is pretty important to know, since all that we put on our skin topically then enters the body through our skin and effects us on a deeper level. In short, beauty is more than skin deep. 

As we are in the Vata cycle of the season, which tends to be drier if not colder here in Southern California here are a few tips for keeping the moisture and above all, luster to the outward skin from the inside and a few easy tips for the outward treatment and care as well:

  • Favor warm herbal teas such as cinnamon, cardamom, tulsi, rose, and gotu kola to stimulate digestion and calm the mind in order to maintain overall health of the whole body.
  • Using ghee, sesame oil and olive oil in cooking
  • Ginger, sage, thyme, and marjoram are wonderful warming as well as cozy spices to use in your winter cooking and support warming your body during this dry and cold time of year,
  • Self massage with warm oil (sesame/sunflower or jojoba) in morning or evening slightly warmed to body temperature. This can be done simply by placing a small bottle in a pan of hot water. 
  • Use organic food grade facial products as your skin will “eat it up”. A hydrating cleanser, toning mist, facial oil and a daily moisturizer are the basics. 
  • Most importantly, your sleep time is essential! Taking time to ground and calm the mind in the evening then getting to bed by 10 (or earlier if you so choose) is a kind as well as connected practice not just this season, but every season.

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