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. 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:
Eat organically grown leafy greens such as spinach, dandelion, mache, and chard
Fruits such as grapes, cherries, and melons
Brown or red lentils, mung beans, fava beans and black beans. If you are running hot internally and/or externally, avoid the black beans as they are a bit heating.
Grains like millet, quinoa, and amaranth can be mixed together and added to rice (brown or basmati) in casseroles or soups.
Favor herbal teas such as cardamom, tulsi, rose, spearmint, and gotu kola to stimulate digestion and calm the mind in order to maintain overall health of the whole body.
Using ghee, sunflower, sesame oil and/or olive oil in cooking
Turmeric, cardamom, cinnamon, cumin and fresh ginger root as well as any other herb in the season which appeals to you. Using spice is not only for flavor, it works in the body as medicine on a cellular level.
Self massage with warm oil (sesame/sunflower or coconut in the hot months) 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.
For more information on an individual Ayurvedic Optimal Health Consultation or an Ayurvedic Facial Massage please contact me to schedule an appointment! Om. Shanti.