7 Ayurvedic Skin Care Tips for Healthy & Glowing Skin

If you want healthy and glowing skin, you can’t get any better advice than from the ancient and respected Ayurvedic practitioners. Ayurvedic therapy has been around for thousands of years, and its efficacy has been proven time and again, both anecdotally and in scientific studies. Here are seven Ayurvedic skin care tips to achieve healthy & glowing skin.

Enjoy Vegetables in Abundance
Vegetables that are high in water content are in alignment with Ayurvedic principles. They are easy on the digestive system and help to keep your skin hydrated. Excellent choices include watermelon, cucumber, daikon radish, pickles, and lettuce.

Eat Seeds and Nuts
Seeds and nuts are core ingredients for Ayurvedic medicine. Seeds contain all the essential components for growth, including antioxidants. Nuts are fatty and provide your skin with the materials it needs to make collagen.

Hydrate with Tea
The tea plant has anti-aging properties, which Ayurvedic medical practitioners have known for centuries. That’s why many Ayurvedic remedies come in tea form. Remember that tea is made with water, so this can be counted as part of your daily water intake.

Move
Exercise plays a large role in the practice of Ayurveda. Ayurvedic practitioners warn of allowing toxins to build up in the body, and exercise is one easy way to help the body rid itself of these toxins. Exercise improves energy flow within the body so your skin can look radiant and bright.

Practice Breathing
Although it may seem like breathing is something we’re born knowing how to do, a healthy breathing practice is different. Breathing helps to oxygenate skin cells, which leads to better skin cell turnover. Ayurvedic practitioners recommend practicing deep breathing that originates deep in the core.

Sleep Well
A large part of the Ayurvedic tradition is to encourage restful sleep that brings the sleeper through all the cycles of sleep. If you have chronic insomnia, your complexion will look dull and sallow. To achieve a more restful sleep, use Ayurvedic essential oils, such as lavender, on your pillow at night.

Oil Up
The Ayurvedic use of oil to cleanse and renew skin is well documented. Organic skin oil should be a regular part of your skincare routine, both for cleaning and for moisturizing. For best results in alignment with Ayurvedic practices, opt for virgin coconut or olive oil, as well as argan oil.

You don’t have to become a certified Ayurveda expert to benefit from the teachings of Ayurvedic practitioners. These seven skin care tips are all you need to keep your skin healthy and glowing.

A Wrinkle In Time

Everything You Need to Know About Wrinkles

Your skincare regimen may be the best possible strategy for keeping your skin looking young and feeling great. But we all still have some wrinkles and they continue to become more obvious as we get older. Wrinkles occur for many reasons, but their underlying cause stems from changes in the levels of collagen in the skin as we grow older.

What Causes Wrinkles?
What’s hard for many people to swallow is that wrinkles are a natural part of the aging process. But many factors can contribute to wrinkles and, for most people, there are more than a few reasons their wrinkles are present. Here are some of the most common causes:

Age: Getting older is the most common reason for the development of wrinkles. Your skin becomes less elastic as you get older, making it more fragile and more likely to have a lower level of natural oils present. Deeper levels of fat also lessen. All of this leads to the development of wrinkles.

Sun exposure: Time in the sun exacerbates the formation of wrinkles. Ultraviolet radiation is the underlying cause here. It speeds up the natural aging process as it breaks down the connective tissues in your skin. Without this type of tissue present, the skin is less strong and sags. This lack of flexibility and strength can create wrinkles.

Smoking: A poor lifestyle choice like smoking can also lead to the development of wrinkles. Smoking speeds up the natural aging process in the body. It also limits the amount of oxygen-rich blood that reaches your skin’s cells, causing wrinkles to become more prominent.

Hereditary factors, the repeated facial expressions you have, and even your diet can contribute to wrinkle development. Now that you know why they are there, let’s look at what to do about them.

What Treatments Are Available for Wrinkles?
A number of options exist for treating wrinkles. But before you spend a great deal of money on any one product, consider these treatments:

  • Medications such as topical retinoids and nonprescription wrinkle creams are commonly used products. These products can help to tighten up skin, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
  • Non-Surgical procedures are available as well, including laser procedures, chemical peels, and dermabrasion. Botox is an injectable product that can fill in wrinkles, making them less obvious. These treatments can help minimize lines and wrinkles and improve the condition of your skin.

While these products and treatment options can help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, they don’t prevent new ones, and will not remove the presence of wrinkles altogether. However, they can work well to help individuals gain the confidence they need. Lifestyle changes, such as protecting the skin from UV exposure, and avoiding smoking, are effective steps in slowing the appearance of wrinkles. Finally, every person’s needs and benefits will differ, so make sure you find a qualified skin care professional to help tailor treatments and procedures to meet your individual needs.

Skincare Tips & Tricks for Health & Wellness

Year-round, your skin has needs. From sweltering temperatures and humidity in the summer, to cold, drying conditions during the winter, it can be difficult to maintain the health of your skin. By making a few simple changes to your skincare routine, you can have soft, glowing skin all year round!

Use the Right Moisturizer
Your skin’s needs change depending on the season, but using a moisturizer for your face and body is a must year-round. During the colder months, a thick, moisturizing cream or a moisturizing oil locks in your skin’s natural moisture while simultaneously acting as a barrier against cold, dry air. During the warmer months, a lighter cream keeps your skin moisturized without leaving it greasy or stuck to clothing. Some moisturizers even include SPF, which is a must!

Treat Skin Gently 
When your skin feels raw and chapped, the last thing you should be doing is exfoliating, which in winter can feel like rubbing sandpaper across your delicate skin. Save the face peels and exfoliating body scrubs for spring, after skin has had a chance to recover from winter’s harsh conditions. Even then, use a mild scrub or peel once or twice a week. Any more and you may end up with irritated, inflamed skin—the opposite of what you want.

Love Your Lips
Show your lips some love with frequent applications of lip balm. Make sure you choose one with natural oils, so you don’t inadvertently make your lips even more chapped. Avoid licking your lips, too. During the winter especially, the quick evaporation of water from your lips makes them more prone to drying and cracking. You may also want to look for a lip balm with SPF, particularly during the spring and summer months when you’ll be spending more time outside.

Treat Your Feet
Do you sleep in socks in winter? If so, you can effortlessly moisturize dry heels just by slathering on a thick moisturizing cream right before you put on your night socks. If you pad around in booties at home, the same technique will also work during the day. During the spring and summer, you can treat rough heels by using a gritty scrub in the shower when it’s easier to slough off dead skin.

Drink More Water
Keeping yourself optimally hydrated is as good for your skin as it is for the rest of your body. Water helps flush toxins and return moisture to dehydrated skin, whether the cause is steaming temperatures or extreme, drying cold. Dehydration causes skin to become dull, flaky and itchy. Hydrated skin feels softer and has a healthy glow.

These five skincare tips will keep your skin moisturized and healthy through frosty and sweltering temperatures alike. You’ll be ready to show off beautiful, glowing you at any time!

Massage and Longevity

More people in the U.S. are using massage and acupressure as a path to healing. Holistic can be a scary and mysterious word for many Westerners, however, once we break it down it is not so strange. Because it’s different, many people are uncomfortable, or shut down when they hear the word holistic. Even worse, most people think it is a lesser or inferior approach to a healthy life. Honestly, holistic medicine will never achieve the drastic results that can be achieved by procedures developed, honed and nearly perfected in the West. But the idea is to use such drastic procedures sparingly. Many people use an holistic approach to life that allows them to live long, happy, fully-engaged lives, without ever needing any nasty, bloody, intrusive and expensive procedures or drugs. Western medicine has traditionally compartmentalized the health of individuals, which means patients needs are broken into categories for treatment: psychological, physical, emotional, spiritual, etc. However, a holistic approach doesn’t segment people and seeks to heal the entire person in subtle, incremental ways that lead to greater wellness and higher levels of good energy. Massage is an easy and popular form of holistic medicine.

If you asked most Westerners, Is massage medicine? all but a few would answer No Most of us think of medicine as expensive pills, injections and inhalers. People rely on theses medications and we are happy to have them. Adding massage as a legitimate form of treatment is something that is currently taking hold in our healthcare system. Massage, acupuncture, acupressure, and their underlying philosophies are being investigated and accepted by an increasing number of Western nurses, therapists and medical doctors. Accredited programs that secure patient and consumer safety are evolving to meet the demands of people seeking greater wellness. Additionally, more health insurance companies and public programs are paying for massage therapy. What is greater wellness? Wellness does involve health, but health, so often, only addresses the immediate physical state of a person. Great wellness can be described as the flourishing of the entire person, in addition to the absence of disease. Wellness allows people to meet the demands of everyday life, whether they be physical, mental, emotional, social, spiritual, financial and so on. Massage improves wellness and creates a positive balance in energy levels. With higher levels of positive energy, all systems work in synergy as one system. Living organisms are supple and organic and require an open-minded path to health, not the auto mechanic mentality that prevails over the modern healthcare system. A holistic outlook doesn’t have the same mechanized approach that we’re used to in the West.

The body and mind, for example, are not seen as separate mechanisms operating next to each other. Instead, they are seen as extensions of one source of energy that fuels and powers an organism. This source of energy (in Chinese medicine, which is over 2,000 years old and still practiced, it is called Chi or i) manifests itself in varying degrees, from something as material as immune cell activity, to something as immaterial as the mind. So, some of this may sound foreign and strange. There’s really no need to overthink it. When someone feels good, the whole being is better off. Decision-making, processing life events and hand-eye coordination, can all show improvement after a massage therapy regimen. If you like getting massages, there’s good news Ò receiving regular massage, consistently, has the potential to create a cumulative effect of feeling well and feeling better. Massage is exponentially more powerful as a healthcare tool the more often it is received by a patient or client. People who get massage regularly show greater improvement in health and notice a reduction in pain and muscular tension, as well as improved posture, according to Anne Williams in her book Spa Bodywork: A Guide for Massage Therapists She says, People regularly make a commitment to fitness. People regularly make a commitment to changing their diet.

The difference they’d experience if they regularly made a commitment to massage is mind-blowing What you can expect from massage: Alleviate low-back pain and increase range of motion. Create body self-awareness. Improve muscle tone and stimulate their nerve supply. Improve elasticity of skin and promote rejuvenation. Improve sleep and calm the mind. Increase endorphin and serotonin production. Reduce edema, as well as joint inflammation. Release bad posture from previous injuries. Stimulate lymph circulation and enhance immunity. Increased body awareness is a newer element in the healthful prospects of massage. Karrie Osborn writes about this in her article Massage Multiplied: Benefits of Massage Improve with Frequency On the surface, this benefit shows itself as increased flexibility, but on a deeper, neurological level a lot more is happening. According to sports massage expert Benny Vaughn, owner of Athletic Therapy Center in Fort Worth, Texas, structured touch stimulus enhances the nervous system’s sensory and spatial processing capacity. He says, The person becomes aware of their body’s movement in space and becomes more aware of tightness or pain long before it reaches a critical point of mechanical dysfunction Simply put, massage helps you dial in to yourself and the space around you.

Professional athletes and the elderly can improve their performance and health with massage. Strength, flexibility, focus, coordination and healing power will improve with massage, especially as part of an entire wellness plan that includes nutrition, physical activity, socialization, mediation and prayer. Massage can lead to faster recovery time after intense workouts, or after a stay in the hospital. Men and women experience high levels of negative stress that deteriorate their health and happiness. Stress helps motivate people  it helps them get their work done and reach their goals. But after stress breaches a threshold, that helpful positive stress turns into destructive negative stress.

You can imagine a massage therapist scrubbing and rinsing away the residual negative stress. Massage washes it away and helps people attack life with alertness, while simultaneously allowing them to live more calmly and efficiently. When the body and mind learn to operate efficiently, higher outputs of energy can be achieved without feeling drained. When the body and mind are trained to operate more efficiently it preserves energy and leads to increased longevity. Health experts are increasingly inviting people to try massage therapy once a week for a month as preventive medicine and a path to improved mood and positive attitude, keys to successful aging and meaningful longevity.

Beauty for the Ages

Your skin is the largest organ in your body. As you age and change, so does your skin, and it needs different things at every stage of your life. Here’s how to love your skin at every age.

In Your 20s
In your 20s, you may still be fighting the last remnants of adolescent skin problems. You may be prone to breakouts, especially at certain times of the month when hormones surge. At this stage, you should focus on keeping your skin free of bacteria. Avoid touching your face with your hands. Keep hair off your face, especially around the forehead. If you are on the phone frequently, be sure to avoid contact with the receiver and your chin, where breakouts are common. For better skincare, use toners and astringents as needed. Spot treat blemishes with products that contain benzoyl peroxide. Avoid excess sun exposure and wear sunscreen.

In Your 30s
30s skin is typically made up of frustrating “zones” of dry skin and oily skin. This is a time of life when one product isn’t going to work on every part of your face. You’ll need to figure out where your oily and dry areas are and treat them accordingly. One trick to know is that the key to banishing oily skin isn’t to dry it out. This will only lead to excess sebum production. Instead, keep oily areas moisturized with a water-based moisturizer. Oil-based moisturizers are better for the dry zones of your face.

In Your 40s
Have you found your first wrinkle? Don’t despair. Wrinkles are a natural part of aging, but that doesn’t mean you have to look old before your time. Now is the best time to really commit to a natural and healthy diet regimen. The healthier you eat, the better your skin will look. Drop the cravings for junk food by cutting sugar from your diet. In as little as two weeks, your skin will start to look like it did in your 30s. By now you shouldn’t be using any of the same products as you did in your 20s. Instead, opt for a skincare brand that is specially targeted to women of a certain age. Look for oil-based products that lock in moisture and help you keep that dewy youthful look all day long.

In Your 50s and Beyond
Now is the time to cut back on your makeup use. In an effort to look younger, some women tend to pile on more layers of makeup when they should be doing the opposite. At this age, you may find that your skin looks better without foundation and heavy face powders. You can probably comfortably go out with just a hint of blusher and a light coat of mascara. Just don’t forget to moisturize in the morning and at night before you go to bed.

It’s important to love the skin you have at every age. No one escapes Father Time. As time goes on, you’ll have more spots and wrinkles. But, if you follow these tips over the years, your skin will look healthy and cared for at every stage of your life!

Love the Skin You’re In

If you haven’t been giving your skin the love it deserves, there’s no time like the present! The following tips are ways to add a little extra love to your overall skincare routine, and the best part is, they don’t cost a thing!

Vow to Drink…Water
No matter how much moisturizer you slather on, if you don’t drink enough water, your skin won’t be adequately hydrated. Moisturize from within in 2017, by vowing to drink sufficient water on a regular basis. You needn’t overdo it, but remember that by the time your brain recognizes that you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated.

Just Quit…Smoking
There are, of course, lots of reasons to quit smoking, but did you realize that skincare is one of them? Smoking causes oxidative stress in the body. This leads to that signature graying of the skin that is so common with smokers. Instead of turning to commercial skin brighteners to hide that ghastly gray skin, resolve to quit smoking. Many solutions are now available, including supplements, prescription drugs, patches, meditation, and even hypnosis.

Take it All Off…Every Night
Let’s face it. Every woman forgets to completely remove her makeup at night sometimes. But that makeup sitting on your skin overnight isn’t doing you any favors. For starters, as you sleep, your body and skin is working to rejuvenate itself. Your skin can’t do that if it’s smothered in makeup while you slumber. Make a promise to take off all your makeup before you go to bed each night. If you think it will help, invest in a box of moist facial wipes and store them on the nightstand. You’ll have no excuse for leaving makeup on now!

Avoid Problems...From Chemical Ingredients
There is overwhelming evidence that many chemical ingredients in skincare products cause an alarming number of health problems. You can avoid many of these problems simply by making the switch to natural products and companies that have shown a willingness to leave out potentially threatening ingredients. In the interest of your overall health, consider making a gradual shift to natural products.

These are easy steps you can take to ensure a healthy, beautiful, and resilient glow. Best of all, they don’t cost a thing.