Meditation

12 natural tips for
glowing skin

“Beauty is an inner phenomenon. Beauty is not in objects, not in people, not even in the eyes of the beholder. It lies in the heart of every person,” says Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, and this beauty in the heart reflects naturally as radiance and a glow on a person’s face.

The definition of beauty goes beyond the skin yet, our skin is one of the most visible expressions of this beauty.

We are made up of both matter and spirit. This means that our skin, more than just being the visible outer layer, is full of life and activity. It is an organ, like any other part of our body, and needs to be kept healthy and nourished. The modern-day beauty treatment addresses the physical needs but do not reveal the secrets of how you can make each cell of your skin glow from within and pulsate with energy and radiance.

Common causes of skin problem:

  • Age
  • Stress
  • Unhealthy lifestyle practices such as
     - Smoking
     - Alcohol
     - Drug addiction
     - Wrong food habits
  • Hormonal changes in the body
  • Improper digestion

There are many natural beauty tips for glowing skin which also help in cleansing and rejuvenating the skin. Here, we list top tips for you to get that radiant skin.

1. Skin home remedies

Ayurveda has many secrets for preserving beauty. Ayurvedic scrubs or ubtans gently nourish the skin and help it breathe better. What’s even better is that you can find the ingredients in your kitchen.

Make this beauty pack at home:

Ingredients:

  1. Chickpea flour (besan) – 2 tbsp
  2. Sandalwood powder
  3. Turmeric powder –  ½ tsp
  4. Camphor – a pinch
  5. Plain water/milk/rose water

Preparation:

Mix chickpea flour (besan), sandalwood powder, camphor, and turmeric powder in plain water, milk or rosewater to make a thick paste and evenly apply on your face. Leave it for 20 minutes and rinse with water. You could make it an even more rejuvenating experience by dipping two cotton swabs in chilled rose water and placing them on eyes. Better still, switch on some soothing instrumental music. At the end of 20 minutes, what you get is a glowing skin and a relaxed you.

2. Sweat it out for healthy skin

Running, jogging, and a few fast-paced rounds of Sun Salutations (Surya Namaskars) will give your body the necessary blood circulation. Sweating is considered as good for the health and skin. Be sure to shower post the exercise with cold water soon after as it will clean your skin too.

3. Practice yoga for face glow

If you have practiced the downward dog pose, then you must have noticed that the attention shifts gently on the breath. The beauty of yoga practice is that there is attention on the body (as it stretches) and on the breath. Every time you exhale, you get rid of toxins from your body. Yoga and the process of conscious breathing accelerate cleansing in the body, leaving the skin refreshed and energized. This aids in maintaining the glow on your face.

4. Know who you are

Are there some days when no matter what lotions you apply your skin is still dry? Sometimes you and your friend could use the same product yet the effect is not the same on both of you? This happens due to the role of unique body constitution. According to Ayurveda, every individual is a combination of two or three elements: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.

Interestingly, each of these constitutions has specific qualities that define your body and personality type as well as determine the make-up of your skin. If you have dry skin, chances are that vata is dominant in you. A pitta body type tends to have normal skin while oily skin is usually attributed to those with kapha. Knowing what body type you are will help you understand what kind of food you should eat and avoid.

5. Follow a natural diet for glowing skin

We are made up of the food we eat. So, obviously eating fresh, clean, and juicy foods enliven our skin as well. A balanced diet with sufficient proteins, vitamins, fruits, and leafy vegetables, eaten at the right time in the right quantity is advisable. 

6. Indulge yourself… weekly

A gentle facial massage with oils could work wonders. Depending on your skin type, you could choose from Kshirabala or Narayana taila. Oils from mustard, coconut, almond or kumkadi are excellent nourishing agents which help in getting the glowing skin.

7. Make Sudarshan Kriya your beauty mantra

Do you think breathing right could rid you of spots and pimples? Yes, it’s sure can. When we are relaxed, outer manifestations of stress like pimples and rashes reduce. The Sudarshan Kriya breathing technique releases accumulated stresses from both the body and the mind making us relaxed, restoring harmony and balance in our constitution.

8. Meditate everyday

A candle cannot but radiate light. Meditation greatly influences how bright your inner candle is. The more you meditate, the more you radiate. We often see artists depicting meditators with an aura. This is not just a figment of the imagination. This is quite true. Meditators shine from within and without … often with riddance to make-up.

9. Silence is golden

How do you feel when you keep talking for a very long time and a lot? Often drained? Incessant talking can be fun yet can bombard our body and mind with an overdose of frivolity. Silence conserves an incredible amount of energy. If you’d like to try something out – give the Art of Living Part 2 program a shot. The effects of silence combined with deep meditations will amaze you. Not to forget, it will also leave you with glowing skin.

10. Save your mind at any cost

If you are unhappy, angry, frustrated or sad, your face simply cannot look great. So, make sure that you get yourself some peace of mind and happiness that is unshakeable. For this, meditation is the only way. It is not a luxury anymore. It is a simple necessity.

11. 18 still? Why not!

We have to embrace the journey of life with all its inevitable wrinkles and grays. Looking beautiful normally also means looking young and having a fresh approach to things. But the true secret is that if you feel young, you simply look young. Meditation slows this aging process naturally and retains the youthfulness and freshness in us. So, go ahead, dream away and remain 18 at heart.

12. Flex those facial muscles

No matter how much you spend on looking glamorous, what truly does the trick at getting the look right is your smile. While we spend much time, energy, and money on honing our bodies and looks, we forget to express our inner joy and happiness. And this is from a simple stretch of the lips. Smile more and add beauty to yourself as well as the world.

Inspired by Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's wisdom talks

Based on inputs by Bharathy Harish, Faculty, Meditation; and Dr. Nisha Manikantan, Ayurvedic expert.
 

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