We cannot stop our skin from ageing, but there are ways to avoid early signs of ageing by tweaking your skincare routine. Yes, with some simple lifestyle changes you can prevent early signs of ageing such as wrinkles, fine lines and dull skin. You do not have to spend money on over-expensive beauty and skincare products or treatments. You can infact turn back the clock, without even spending a dime. Here are some Ayurvedic anti-ageing tips for your skin. (ALSO READ Top 4 Expert-Recommended Ayurvedic Haircare Tips for the Monsoon).
You need to hydrate your body thoroughly with lots of water. Also, up your intake of juicy fruits and veggies. Add cucumbers to add a satisfying crunch to your salads. Drink 10-20 ml of aloe juice, as it is packed with antioxidants. Daily consumption can keep the skin supple and glowing and keep your digestion going well. You should also drink plenty of coconut water as it has electrolytes, minerals and salts to keep yourself hydrated.
Stock up on wonder herb neem
There are so many ways you can benefit from neem from the inside out. Massage the skin with neem oil and wash with neem-infused water to benefit from its regenerative and antibacterial properties. Add neem leaves to your diet as the bitter leaves and flowers are very therapeutic. The tender neem leaves can be stir fried along with veggies and had with steamed rice and ghee.
Cleanse with the right food
Any imbalances in your stomach or small intestine are going to reflect on your skin. These two sites are also the seat of the Ayurvedic humor associated with Fire – the Pitta dosha. Avoid intake of spicy and fried foods, instead have food that is high in water and fiber content so they hydrate and flush out toxins from your body.
Pamper yourself with a soothing massage
The Ayurvedic practice of abhyanga or self-massage with oil can be an excellent way to calm Pitta dosha. One can also add a few drops of soothing essential oil to the base massage oil. We recommend using a base of coconut or sunflower and Pitta-nourishing oils such as lavender, clary sage, lemongrass, geranium and rose. You will also get smooth, soft skin with regular massage. It is equally helpful if you wear cool colors like white, blue and lilac tones in your clothing to bring out qualities of coolness and compassion.
Apply sandalwood and mint
Before taking a bath, apply a face mask or even body mask by mixing sandalwood powder and mint powder. Make a paste of both the ingredients with rose water and apply. Leave this on for about 20 minutes and wash it off while bathing. These herbs are very calming to the nervous system so they will help keep away the cell damage associated with stress and aging. (ALSO READ Top 5 Expert-Recommended Ayurvedic Skincare Tips for the Monsoon).
Spend some time on the mat
Yoga and Pranayama are age-old techniques that can keep you youthful, limber and radiant. This is because these exercises and deep breathing practices boost the functioning of the endocrine glands and provide an internal massage of the vital organs. Also, they can help quell Pitta’s hot, sharp energies. The moonlight can be invigorating to the senses. Moon Salutations and Shitali Pranayama are perfect for re-balancing your awareness levels and calm this fiery dosha.
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