You may be wondering if you can really keep your skin healthy and looking great using Ayurveda and a DIY approach. “What about these wrinkles and dry skin?” I hear you ask. Yes, you can even work on addressing those issues too, by adopting an Ayurvedic approach to skin care, and a DIY attitude!
Did I mention that all of these ideas are low cost, and all the ingredients can be found in your fridge or pantry?
Now that I have your attention, let’s get started with 3 basic Ayurvedic principles that can be applied to your skin. We will end with some simple skin care recipes that you can whip up right in your kitchen today!
3 Ayurvedic Principals Thou Shalt Not Forget
1. It’s all about the season and adjusting your skincare according to the current season.
Traditionally Ayurveda divides the season as follows:
Vata: Fall/Early winter (qualities include dry, rough and cold).
Pitta: Summer (qualities include hot, light).
Kapha: Early Spring/Winter (qualities include cold, oily).
Accordingly, you should adjust your skincare also by the season. For example, we are about to enter Vata season or fall. Regardless of your skin type, most people are going to experience some or most of the qualities of Vata (dryness and roughness). So skin will require more moisturizing and exfoliation to make it through Vata season.
2. Routines are important in Ayurveda.
There are routines surrounding just about everything. When to eat, what to eat, how to eat, what time to go to bed, are all examples of routines. The importance of an appropriate routine cannot be stressed enough. The same principal can be applied to your skin.
You need to adjust your skincare according to the season, but you also need to develop a skincare routine that you do every day at the same time and using the same products.
An example of a routine would be to cleanse and exfoliate your skin at night, and moisturize in the morning. Whatever you decide, do the same thing, at the same time, using the same product.
3. Simple or the most subtle effect delivers the best results. Keep things simple!
You don’t need a ton of different types of products to have amazing skin. A simple Ayurvedic routine would include the use of a dosha appropriate oil to cleanse and moisturize your skin. You would use natural ingredients, such as oatmeal and cornmeal, to make your own scrub. Do you have any bananas, avocado or strawberries in your kitchen right now? If so, all of these can be used to make an effective mask.
Now that we have discussed some basic Ayurveda principals, let’s discuss some simple recipes for skin care. To keep things easy to understand, use the ingredients that match the dosha of the season you are in.
Vata: Fall/ Early Winter
Pitta: Late Spring/Summer
Kapha: Late Winter/Early Spring
Alternatively, your Ayurveda professional might advise you to use the ingredients that match your dosha imbalance (vikruti) with some seasonal adjustments. Ingredients should be fresh and organic. Oils should be vegetable based and also organic.
Simple Ayurvedic DIY Skincare Recipes
Use a dosha appropriate oil. Massage in lightly to your skin and remove with damp, cotton pads or warm washcloth. Cleanse your skin at night. Rinse your face with water in the morning.
Vata: Almond, Olive or Sesame Oil
Pitta: Sunflower, Coconut or Olive
Kapha: Safflower, Corn or Grapeseed
Use a dosha appropriate oil. The right technique to apply the oil is important. A little oil goes a long way. Your face should be slightly damp before applying the oil. Apply only a few drops of oil to your fingertips. Massage the oil with your fingertips, and then apply lightly over the skin. I have included oils for moisturizing that will not block the pores.
Kapha: Safflower or Grapeseed
Use a dosha appropriate scrub ingredient (dry) and binder (liquid) ingredient. Exfoliate 3-4 times during fall and winter and 1-2 times in the summer.
Vata: Sea Salt + Oil
Use 2 teaspoons of fine sea salt with enough oil to make a spread. Mix and apply in circular movements. Rinse off with warm water.
Pitta: Powdered Milk/Oatmeal + Water
Use 2 teaspoons of powdered milk or oatmeal. Add enough water to make a paste. Let thicken for 1 minute and apply to skin in circular movements. Rinse off with warm water.
Kapha: Cornmeal + Honey
Use 2 teaspoons of cornmeal, with enough raw honey to make a spread. Mix and apply with circular movements. Rinse off with warm water.
Use a mask once a week. Remember to lie down and relax once you apply your mask. In most cases natural masks are runny, so make sure to lay on top of a towel and apply cotton pads or cucumber slices to your eyes.
Vata: Banana or Honey
Mash up half a banana or apply warm raw honey to the skin. Leave on for up to 10 minutes and remove with a warm washcloth.
Pitta: Avocado + Fresh Cream
Mash up an organic avocado and apply to the skin. Add fresh cream to bind together. Leave on for up to 10 minutes and remove with a warm washcloth.
Apply applesauce to the skin. Leave on for up to 5 minutes and remove with a warm washcloth.
Now you have the basics to have amazing skin using Ayurveda and a DIY attitude!