Articles in: Skin Health

IIn Ayurveda, the appearance of the skin covering our bodies depends on the health of the skin on the inside of our bodies. Most importantly, it is a reflection of the skin that lines the intestinal tract. This section is comprised of articles that offer techniques to support optimal health of the internal and external skin, including diet, lifestyle, and skin care habits that encourage vibrant, glowing skin.

Sun Protection: New Options, New Research


Average Reading Time: 6 minutes, 2 seconds How much faith do you put in your sunscreen? According to a report released by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), there is surprisingly little proof that sunscreens prevent most skin cancers! (1) According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer, “Sunscreens should […]

The Secret Link: Radiant Skin and Immunity

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Average Reading Time: 4 minutes, 29 seconds One’s immunity for next winter starts many months prior, in the spring and summer. According to Ayurveda, this is accomplished quite effortlessly by eating in line with each seasonal harvest. In short, nature’s prescription for optimal health, longevity and immunity starts right now, […]

Ancient Brain Tonic Also Flushes Lymph

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Average Reading Time: 4 minutes, 10 seconds Research on this small perennial, herbal creeper with cute, kidney-shaped leaves called Centella asiatica or, more commonly, Brahmi in Ayurveda, has new and well-documented special effects. Long known as Ayurveda’s premier brain tonic for mood, clarity and memory, Brahmi is now understood as a […]

The Great Soap Debate Part III: The Wisdom of Oils on your Face

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Average Reading Time: 3 minutes, 20 seconds In the first two installments of this series, I have discussed the tremendous benefits offered by applying vegetable oils to the skin. They include: Moisturization of the deeper layers of the skin, while soaps can dry the skin out. Feeding the good microbes on the […]

The Great Soap Debate Part II: How to Restore your Skin’s Function

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Average Reading Time: 3 minutes, 36 seconds In my last article I reported on the benefits of cleansing your skin using oil rather than soap. To remind you, they are: Moisturization of the deeper layers of the skin, while soaps can dry the skin out. Feeding the good microbes on […]

The Great Soap Debate Part I: Is Your Soap Killing Essential Microbes?

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Average Reading Time: 4 minutes, 18 seconds Surprisingly, soap may not be your best cleanser. For thousands of years, oil massage techniques have been used to cleanse the skin as a part of Ayurvedic medicine. The Somewhat Gross Origin of Soap The first use of soap was recorded in ancient […]

Ayurvedic Home Skin Care Recipes: Moisturizing Care

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Last week, in Part One of this series, I discussed home recipes for cleansing and toning the skin, how to determine your Ayurvedic skin type, and how to adjust your skin care recipe accordingly. Today, I would like to invite you to take my Skin Imbalance Quiz to find out […]

Ayurvedic Home Skin Care Recipes: Cleanser and Mask

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We all want younger, healthier, more radiant looking skin. In the past, I have written extensively on how to restore the function of the inner skin, by which I mean the epithelium that lines the heart, gut, lungs, and arteries. Today I want to discuss how to care for the […]

Beauty Secrets for Healthy Skin


For years, dermatologists would pooh-pooh the idea of putting vegetable oil directly on the skin, citing that the skin was unable to absorb these oils, and therefore unable to derive any real moisturizing benefits. In Ayurveda, certain oils have been emphasized for thousands of years as crucial nourishment for the […]