As a 5,000 year-old ancient science, it is known for its balancing properties. It supports digestion, optimized energy and treats individuals according to their dosha or the body's constitution. So when it comes to beauty, it's no different.
Each body type is different as is each skin type. People who are Vata have skin that is thin, dry, fine-pored, delicate and wrinkle prone, those who are Pitta have skin that is susceptible to rashes, breakouts, and rosacea if out of balance; and then there is Kapha individuals whose skin is thicker and oilier, prone to enlarged pores, blackheads, pimples, and eczema.
Sugar helps boost cell turnover and retains moisture, and it's considered cooling (not heating). It's also great to mix it with rejuvenating herbs and botanicals such as rose petals for a facial scrub. Rose water as a toner after exfoliation is also wonderful, plus smells heavenly.
Full-fat milk or cream-based masks are wonderful for soothing and cooling irritated or inflamed skin. Adding milk or cream to your bath will also soothe and nourish your skin. And if you're vegan or allergic, coconut milk has similar properties.
Trouble spots? Ayurveda says to spot your face's trouble areas with neem. It works wonders and it's drying and similar to how tea tree oil works but more cooling.
You can even add it by dabbing some on the face. It makes the skin smooth, supple and younger looking. But even drinking it daily can make you look younger. The last secret is to apply oil . . . everywhere. Abhyanga, an Ayurvedic massage done with warm massage oil, not only deeply moisturizes but after you do it, you'll look and feel more radiant. Oil your hair as well to reap benefits for strong, healthy locks.
However, the biggest secret and key to beauty in Ayurveda though is to connect with your bliss.
Deepak Chopra once said, Nothing is more important than reconnecting with your bliss. Nothing is as rich. Nothing is more real.
"I declare that the heart's release by sympathetic joy has the sphere of infinite consciousness for its excellence."
Is there a particular outcome, opportunity, or material thing you really want in this moment?
Do you hold on to expectations of how certain people around you should behave and treat you?
And do you have high expectations of yourself?