Ayurveda is a holistic approach to beauty, health and wellness that takes the individual into consideration when treating conditions and concerns of the body. Utilizing recipes and formulations that are dosha specific and free of any toxins or harmful ingredients you are able to treat the skin in alignment with its natural balance.
Creating a regular Ayurvedic beauty skin and body care routine will help you maintain a stunning youthful glow as well as create a daily ritual where you are taking time out for yourself and your mind body balance. The recipes below are easy, user friendly and can be made with ingredients found in your kitchen or at your local health food store. Adding them into your daily routine will do wonders for your both your mind and body and will take very little time each day.
How a scalp massage can benefit:
:: helps to refresh both the mind and body
:: relieves tension and fatigue
:: improves circulation to the head relaxing nerves and muscles
:: nourishes and strengthens hair roots and the skin of the scalp
:: promotes relaxation
:: releases toxins improving clarity of the skin
:: helps alleviate dry scalp conditions
Apply a nickel size amount of warm oil and evenly distribute between the hands.
Starting at the hairline use your fingertips to work the scalp vigorously with medium to strong pressure moving all the way down to the base of the neck, repeat this movement 2-3 times. This will stimulate the circulation, oxygen and energy of the head and scalp.
Move fingertips to behind the ears, use light to medium pressure to massage behind the ears following the shape of the ear, repeat several times. You can slightly tug on the earlobes a few times if it feels comfortable.
Return the fingertips to the scalp and find the center, the crown point. Using your ring finger or thumb make counter clockwise circle movements for 30-60 seconds, or for ever how long if feels comfortable.
Separate the hair into four sections, two close the hair line and two close the base of the neck. Use a slight pulling motion the pull the hair, repeat twice.
You can do this treatment on yourself or perform it on someone else. I love doing it at night and leaving the oil in my hair as treatment for my hair as well. If you tend to feel groggy or fatigued in the morning this can be done before your morning shower to wake you up and invigorate you for your day ahead.
The treatment can be as long or as short as you like, its nice to extend the massage to the base of the neck and/or the shoulders to give it a more pampering feel. Beyond this being a every now and then treat try using it as part of your self care routine 3-5 times a week...you will feel the difference!
Suggested oil for scalp massage:
My favorite oil for scalp massage is Sesame Oil. It absorbs beautifully into the scalp nourishing the skin, it helps to strengthens and fortifies the hair follicle as well as help to repair any damage done to the hair by chemical processing, environmental pollutants and the UV rays from the sun.
How a self massage can benefit:
:: helps improve circulation
:: stimulates lymphatic flow
:: helps remove impurities from the body
:: softens and nourishes skin
:: calms the nerves
:: increases mental clarity
:: increases levels of stamina throughout the day
I love doing this in the morning to start my day before I get in the shower. I start with a full body dry brush exfoliation, this is a great gentle way to eliminate the surface dry and dead skin as well as get the circulation going. Using long upward strokes dry brush the body from the feet up towards the chest using gentle pressure, be sure to not irritate the skin by using too much pressure.
Using a generous amount warm oil distribute between your hands and apply evenly to entire body from your feet up towards your chest.
Begin your self massage at your feet using the entire hand with even vigorous short strokes to move up towards the chest, be sure to cover all areas of the body. When you are using the upward strokes towards the chest you are working with the natural upward flow of the circulation and lymphatic fluid.
Allow a few minutes let the oil absorb into the skin. Step into a warm shower, the heat of the water and steam created will open the pores of the skin allowing the oil to thoroughly penetrate into the layers of the skin.
Suggested oils for self-massage:
8 ounces of base oil with 5-8 drops of essential oil (optional)
*always use cold pressed or expeller pressed oils
Base Oils of Sesame or Avocado
Essential Oils of Jasmine, Neroli or Geranium
Base Oils of Almond of Coconut
Essential Oils of Sandalwood, Mint or Vetiver
Base Oils of Grapeseed or Almond
Essential Oils of Lavender, Eucalyptus or Bergamot
As I said above, I love this treatment in the morning to jump start my day, but if you tend to have a difficult time winding down in the evening or falling asleep this can be a wonderful evening ritual to implement an hour or two before bedtime.
How Masks can benefit the skin:
:: deeply cleanses
:: removes impurities
:: nourishes skin
:: balances the skin
:: evens skin tone
:: rejuvenates the skin
:: refines pores
:: stimulates the deepest layers
Ideally a mask is done once a week as a step up from your regular skin care routine, I like to do mine on one of my off days or when I have more time to create a ritual of it, Masks are also great to prepare for an event or when you feel like the skin just needs a boost.
Start by cleansing the face including the neck, follow with exfoliating and toning the skin including the neck. Apply a thin layer of the mask to the face and neck, be sure to avoid the eye area, applying the mask just along the orbital bone.
Allow to sit on the skin for 10-20 minutes, rinse well with lukewarm water. Pat the skin dry and follow with a serum and/or moisturizer. Suggested once a week.
Recipes for facial masks:
Mix 6 parts green or white clay, 2 parts aloe vera juice, 1 part water or 1 egg white and 1 part honey.
Mix 6 parts green or white clay, 1 part yogurt and 2 part Jojoba Oil.
Mix 5 parts green or white clay, 1 part honey, 1 part aloe vera juice and 1 part fennel infusion or lemon juice.