Our skin is a reflection of our inner physical and mental state. What I've learned from all my years of yoga practice and my work in the chemical industry is that skin care requires way more than expensive potions and lotions. In other words, your skin tells the story of your alignment with nature and this alignment is the key to radiant skin.
According to a Banya Botanical's article by Prema Patel, MD, "a key principle for good skin health is to flush out toxins and impurities that enter your body, either through your skin or your diet." Every time you expose yourself to toxic substances and a toxic environment you are accumulating toxins in your skin. According to Dr. Patel if you have a lot of accumulated ama (Ayurveda's way of describing toxic build-up), your skin will reflect this and you should consider ways to cleanse your body, mind and spirit. Off course the best way to keep your skin radiant is to avoid these toxins, but lots of these toxins are unavoidable unless you are living...well, these days I don't know where that would be. Here are some practical tips for addressing the toxic build-up and stagnation that can lead to unhealthy skin:
- Drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated. Ask any Dermatologist or Ayurveda practitioner they will agree. Not only does water drinking help wash out impurities, but also keeps the cells vibrant and optimally functioning.
- Eat plenty of fresh green vegetables (i.e., leafy greens!). According the Global Healing Center, leafy greens support a healthy liver, which plays a crucial role in your digestive system. The liver function helps clean the blood in your body so that toxins don't come out through the skin. Also green vegetables have a high level of antioxidant value and according the Best Health Magazine, antioxidants counter the effect of aging!
- Make sure you are pooping. Healthy skin is always dependent on a healthy digestive track. Having regular bowel movement is not something that is usually associated with your skin, but it should be. To have great skin you need to have proper elimination, if toxins are not going out via your long intestine, your skin will show it . A cup of hot water on an empty stomach first thing every morning is a great way to get the bowels moving.
If you have a lot of accumulated toxic build-up, be patient with above tips, build these habits overtime and consider a gentle cleansing program. Let me know if you are interested in joining a cleanse or learning more about it.