“Beauty is an inner phenomenon. Beauty is not in objects, not in people, not even in the eyes of the beholder. It lies in the heart of every person,” says Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, and this beauty in the heart reflects so naturally as radiance and a glow on the person’s face.
Beauty goes farther than being just skin deep. Yet our skin is one of the most visible expressions of this beauty.
We are made up of both matter and spirit. This means that our skin, beyond being the visible outer layer, is full of life and activity! It is an organ like any other part of our body and needs to be kept healthy and nourished. Most beauty treatments that are available today address the physical needs but do not reveal the secrets of how you can make each cell of your skin glow from within and pulsate with energy and radiance.
Our skin wears down with age, stress, lack of attention and often wrinkles, dark circles, dry patches, age pores, pimples, tiredness and dullness all show up as uninvited guests.
However, there are many natural and simple methods for cleansing and rejuvenating the skin.
#1: Go back to your roots.
In ancient ayurveda lie the secrets of beauty. Ayurvedic scrubs orubtansgently nourish the skin, and help it breathe better. What’s even better is that you can find the ingredients in your kitchen.
Your perfect beauty pack:
1. Chickpea Flour – 2tbs
2. Sandalwood Powder
3. Turmeric Powder – 1/2 tsp
4. Camphor – a pinch
5. Plain water / Milk / Rose Water
Mix chickpea flour (besan), sandalwood powder, camphor and turmeric powder in plain water, milk or rosewater to make a thick paste and evenly apply on your face. You may leave on for 20 minutes and wash with water. You could make it an even more rejuvenating experience by dipping two cotton swabs in chilled rose water and place them on your eyes. Better still – switch on some soothing instrumental music! At the end of 20 minutes, what do you have? A glowing skin and a relaxed you!
#2: Know who you are!
Are there some days when no matter what lotions you apply your skin is still dry? Sometimes you and your friend could use the same product yet the effect is not the same on both of you? You might need to acknowledge the role of your unique body constitution. According to Ayurveda, every individual is a combination of two or three elements: Vata, Pitta and Kapha.
Interestingly, each of these constitutions have specific qualities that define your body and personality type as well as determine the make-up of your skin. If you have dry skin, chances are that Vata is dominant in you. A pitta body type tends to have normal skin while oily skin is usually attributed to those with kapha. Knowing what body type you are will help you underst and what kind of food you should eat and avoid.
#3: Make Sudarshan Kriya your beauty mantra
Do you think breathing right could rid you of spots and pimples? Yes, its true! When we are relaxed, outer manifestations of stress like pimples and rashes reduce. The Sudarshan Kriya breathing technique releases accumulated stresses from both the body and the mind making us relaxed, restoring harmony and balance in our constitution.
#4: Meditate everyday
A candle cannot but radiate light. Meditation greatly influences how bright your inner candle is. The more you meditate, the more you radiate. We often see artists depicting meditators with an aura. This is not just a figment of imagination. This is quite true. Meditators shine from within and without … often with riddance to make-up.
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