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.

Your Untapped Source Of Oxytocin


Average Reading Time: 5 minutes and 43 seconds Recently, I was watching a lecture of a sadhu (a holy person) in the Himalayas who lived in Gangotri, at the mouth of the Ganges River. While he was talking, he was giving himself an oil massage. This, of course, is a daily practice in India, called […]

What Your Sunscreen Doesn’t Protect You From

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Average Reading Time: 3 minutes and 23 seconds With skin cancers on the rise, the debate over how well sunscreens work is still swirling. In 2012, there were estimated to be over 2 million non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC) cases in America. (1) While the medical and logical recommendation is to use a sunscreen, reduced sun […]

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 not be the first choice […]

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, so don’t miss out! While […]

Ancient Skin Care Secret Revealed

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Average Reading Time: 2 minutes, and 35 seconds Perhaps the most important requirement in a facial mask is that there are no chemicals or preservatives. Think about it: the last thing you want in your mask are chemicals that are going to sit on your skin for a long time, right? Secondly, you want to […]

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 skin. Creating a saponification or […]

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 skin. Creating a saponification […]

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 Rome, where animal fats from […]

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 outer skin, the skin that […]

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 skin – just one of […]