By Ari Edwards
Some Things to Know Before We Get Started:
- Ayurveda is meant to be personalized care for the body. Each dosha (body type) needs different things.
- Doshas are made up of the elements of earth: water, fire, earth, air and space. These elements affect how our bodies perform and what we need to be healthy.
- There are three doshas: vata, pitta and kapha. Find out more about each dosha and what each needs.
Now let's get into some tips that are great for all.
Mixing dried powders with water to form a paste creates a gentle, yet effective, exfoliator for the skin. Two favorites are chickpea and almond flour. Take one teaspoon of either flour and mix with enough water to form a paste. Massage onto the skin and rinse with warm water.
What's great about these pastes is that they can be used in your everyday routine!
Jojoba oil is an amazing moisturizer for the skin. Its molecular makeup is closest to that of the skin, so it is absorbed nicely and deeply penetrates the skin to provide glorious moisture.
Remember the oils we mentioned earlier this week? The same oils used for abhyanga can be used to moisturize the face, too! Most ingredients in Ayurvedic methods can be used for multiple parts of the body. Talk about holistic healthcare.
You know we're all about DIY products at Belle Bar. Try these DIY face masks for gorgeous, naturally nourished skin.
Turmeric is great for detoxifying the skin and improving overall complexion. Mix one teaspoon of honey, one teaspoon of chickpea powder and 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric. Apply to the skin and let it sit for at least twenty minutes.
If you want glowing skin, you'll love this mask. Sandlewood is cooling, helps with blackheads and improves the skin's complexion. Mix with coconut milk to form a paste and apply to the skin. After twenty minutes rinse with warm water.
Mix a bit of lemon juice, chickpea powder and neem powder. This combo brightens the skin and removes dead skin cells, leaving the face clear and illuminated.
**Remember: follow up any face mask by toning the face to restore balance and moisturizing to keep the skin plump and hydrated.**
Maintaining healthy skin is simple in Ayurvedic practice. Natural ingredients are the best route, and give optimal benefits.
The Streets Are Talking
Try customizing this mask with turmeric!
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"I am in love with my new face mask! It works so well and I have already noticed a difference in my skin only after a few uses. I look forward to making more purchases with Belle Bar Organics in the future."
You can include neem in this recipe to soothe the skin!
"I had the privilege to make my own DIY sensitive face mask at the curlyproverbz product launch and I am in LOVE with the ingredients - they were really high quality & 100% natural. I have sensitive skin so I was a little bit scared when applying the mask (which smelled AMAZING by the way) but I have to say that the results were just amazing -
I had itchiness and redness around my nose before applying the mask and all of this had disappeared after half an hour, my skin was really soft and moisturised! I really felt the soothing & calming effect of the recipe (oatmeal, honey, buttermilk, yogurt, chamomile, aloe vera). I definitely recommend their range for anyone with sensitive skins that are prone to allergies like mine."
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