The natural way is the best for your skin

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This summer, aim for a healthy, clean and glowing complexion — the Ayurvedic way. The ancient Indian system that has healed people for thousands of years using nature’s inherent principles to keep the mind, body and spirit in perfect harmony with nature.

By Shahnee Zaver

Beautiful, illuminant, youthful looking skin is something we all would love to have. Not only does it make you look good on the outside,it reflects just how healthy and clean you are on the inside. Today the beauty and skincare business is a multi-million dollar industry and predicates itself on our perfectly reasonable desire to stay looking beautiful. The downside to this, however, is that most products are tinged with an assortment of chemicals, preservatives, synthetic perfumes and colorants designed to make them look and smell good and preserve shelf life, which create skin sensitivities and toxicity in the body. The skin will absorb anything we put on it and within a very short period of time will be circulating throughout the blood stream.

This summer, aim for a healthy, clean and glowing complexion — the Ayurvedic way. The ancient Indian system that has healed people for thousands of years using nature’s inherent principles to keep the mind, body and spirit in perfect harmony with nature.

Start by learning what your Ayurvedic Metabolic Skin Type (AMST) is. This is also referred to as your Dosha and falls into one, sometimes two categories of Vata, Kapha or Pitta. Dosha tests such as  the Chopra Dosha Quiz can be found online.

Next, make some simple changes to your lifestyle to nourish the skin.

One of the most important ways to nourish your skin is to keep it hydrated. Aim to drink 8-10 glasses of fresh, clean water each day.

Avoid using harsh soaps and scrubs. Discard products that contain harmful chemicals. Be particularly careful of highly perfumed or colored products. These tend to be the most problematic and toxic.

Be wary of products that offer you a “quick fix” or “miracle results” Forcing your skin to do anything fast with have the opposite effect.
If you use hair dyes, use natural hair colorants like henna.

Dark hair dyes in particular have been linked to increased cancer risk. If you must, choose  highlights over all-over dyes because they don’t soak the scalp.
Try limiting the time you wear make-up especially foundations as they’re full of chemicals. Holistic ones are on the market but they tend not to give the same results as high performance, high-tech ones. Be sure to always remove your make-up thoroughly.

Be gentle on your skin and avoid rubbing or over exfoliating.

Eating your way to beautiful skin
What we take internally is as important as we put on the outside. Here are Joshi’s seven super foods that will plump up your skin and keep you glowing.

Carrots: Sky-high in antioxidant beta-carotene, carrots help prevent skin ageing and can even reverse skin damage.

Eggs: High in lecithin which protects the skin from ageing. Eggs are also a vital source of coenzyme Q10 to keep your skin hydrated and supple. Try to eat more whites than yolks to reduce cholesterol.

Green tea: As your skin cells get older, they aren’t renewed as often; dead skin cells sit around and create a tired, dull complexion. Green tea helps your cells live longer, making your skin look and act younger than it is.

Olive oil and olives: Rich in Oleic Oil that plumps out skin cells and makes wrinkles and lines less noticeable.

Pomegranate: Packed with elegiac acid it helps your skin heal swiftly. It is also a natural internal sunscreen — drink pomegranate juice and you increase your protection from UV light by twenty-five per cent. Pomegranates have also been shown to be one of the most powerful natural antioxidants.

Raisins: Red grapes are packed with resveratrol, a specific antioxidant that slows down the speed at which your skin cells age.

Turkey (organic): A great source of carnosine, an amino acid that protects collagen and keeps it elastic and supple thus helping to prevent wrinkle, lines sagging.

Beautiful skin is on the horizon. The best approach to Ayurvedic beauty is to start by making small changes to your lifestyle and skincare habits and you will start to look and feel your best.

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