A Journey to Radiance: How Ayurveda Can Improve Your Skin and Self-Care Regimen
3 Ayurvedic rituals that will heighten your life balance and improve your skin
Ayurveda is a science founded in India that has been practiced around the world for thousands of years. Throughout that time, ayurvedic practitioners have developed tried and true methods that, when consistently applied to your daily and weekly routines, can have immense benefits on your mind, body and spirit, and can help balance your inner and outer worlds leading to increased health, peace of mind, and a greater sense of fulfillment.
At AVYA, we’ve experienced the benefits of Ayurveda and that is why we’ve created a line of products that combine the balancing power of ancient ayurvedic botanicals with effective medical-grade actives like retinol, hyaluronic acid, and niacinamide to leave your skin healthy, hydrated and radiant. We also know that the power of Ayurveda extends far beyond the visible benefits of living an ayurvedic lifestyle and that’s why we want to share some rituals that you can easily incorporate into your everyday life.
How to know which Ayurvedic practices are right for you
The great thing about Ayurveda is that it's a science that can be applied to anyone’s life regardless of age, religion, race, or gender. Ayurveda is built on the belief that all illnesses are rooted in imbalances within a person’s inner and outer worlds (ie: mind, body, and spirit or consciousness) and ayurvedic practices are meant to restore balance and alignment.
One of the ways to determine which ayurvedic practices are best for you is to know your dosha. Doshas are the three energies that define each person’s body constitution. Knowing your dosha is key in determining everything from the right diet for your body to the correct types of self-care rituals. The Premium AVYA Collection includes a personalized Ayurvedic consultation with Co-Founder, Deepika Vyas, which gives you the opportunity to gain insight about your dosha and other aspects of Ayurveda that you can incorporate into your regimen.
Think of self care rituals as small meditations on self-love
Mindfulness plays a very large role in Ayurvedic practices. Being intentional about your everyday self care rituals can turn something as mundane as brushing your teeth into a meditation that can help center your thoughts and create a feeling of accomplishment and contentment knowing you took time to do something for yourself. By reworking your thought process behind your everyday activities, you can begin to transform the ways in which they benefit your life balance.
Ayurvedic self care rituals for achieving balance
Rituals for Kapha Dosha
Kapha Dosha is characterized by a heavy energy so partaking in rituals that neutralize that heaviness will create alignment and balance. One Ayurvedic practice that is great for Kapha Dosha is dry brushing. Use a dry brush to exfoliate the skin and increase blood flow to improve circulation by brushing towards your heart. This practice works wonders for the skin and is especially great for improving the appearance of cellulite and scars.
Skincare for Kapha Dosha: Kapha Dosha tends to have large pores and oily skin so cleansing is especially important. Try AVYA’s Gentle Cleanser formulated with Witch Hazel, Aloe and salicylic acid along with nourishing ayurvedic botanical extracts like neem, turmeric, and peony to leave your skin pure and hydrated.
Rituals for Vata Dosha
Vata Dosha is considered to have a cool energy and airiness. To balance this out, activities that create warmth are best. A self care ritual like self-massage, referred to as abhyanga, will help improve circulation and relaxation while strengthening the skin.
Abhyanga uses moderate pressure with a natural, nourishing oil to massage the skin in tense areas like your feet, legs, arms, hands and neck.
Skincare for Vata Dosha: Vata Dosha tends to have dry skin, so implementing products that contain intensely hydrating properties is key. AVYA’s Anti-Aging Power Serum and Night Moisturizer are the perfect combination to help retain moisture and fight signs of aging that are increased by dryness like fine lines, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation.
Rituals for Pitta Dosha
Ayurvedic rituals that are cooling and slow are best to balance Pitta Dosha who is characterized by a fiery energy. Meditation is the best Ayurvedic ritual for this Dosha.
Meditation does not have to be an extended practice and you can do it anywhere from your office to your car or on the train. The simplest way to meditate is to focus on your breathing. Take deep breaths and just focus on the act of breathing in deeply and exhaling. This will help you calm your mind and body, leaving you more relaxed and clear-minded.
Skincare for Pitta Dosha: Pitta Dosha tends to be soft, sensitive and oily. It is also prone to sun damage. Using gentle products that contain sun protection, like AVYA’s Day Moisturizer, is especially important for this type of skin.
Making a consistent habit of combining these rituals with your morning or evening skincare routine can improve your skin's appearance and your overall sense of peace which will allow your inner glow to radiate.