According to Ayurveda, the health of the outer skin is so crucial because it is a direct reflection of the health of the inner skin – the skin that lines our organs, also called the epithelium.
The inner and outer skin both act as complex and hard-working detox organs, thereby helping to take some of the weight of detoxing off of the liver. An intact and well-functioning detox system includes the lymph, liver, kidneys and the skin working in harmony to process toxins as they come in.
The inner skin includes the Gut-Associated Lymphatic Tissue (GALT), located just on the other side of the intestinal lacteals. 80% of our immunity is located here, illustrating the intimate connection between healthy, harmonious digestion, the skin, and immunity. It is said that the majority of our skin’s appearance can be attributed to the health of this lining of the intestinal wall.
As you can tell, supporting the outer skin is, according to Ayurveda, largely a process of supporting the inner skin. Diet and herbal protocols which scrub the digestive system, promote healthy digestion, assimilation and elimination, generally also support the glow and radiance of the outer skin.
Additionally, both the inner and outer skin are home to trillions of beneficial bacteria that support optimal health by performing a majority of the body’s functions. Supporting and feeding these microbes with appropriate seasonal foods, high-quality prebiotics and probiotics keep these “good bugs” healthy and they, in turn, produce immune-boosting fatty acids that nourish and protect the skin, giving it a brilliant luster and healthy sheen.
In an effort to enhance the skin’s appearance, many modern practices, including over-sterilization, the use of harsh soaps and chemical-laden moisturizers, actually compromise the skin by way of disrupting its delicate ecosystem.
The Ayurvedic approach to preserving optimal skin health is a multi-pronged method that involves assessing and supporting sound internal health, nourishing the beneficial microbes that call the skin their home, using oils that moisturize the skin by feeding the skin’s healthy bugs, and regularly cleansing and detoxing.
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Amalaki: also known as amla or Indian Gooseberry, belongs to a group of herbs described in Ayurvedic texts as rasayana. According to Ayurveda, rasayana herbs promote longevity, induce nourishment, and prevent the effects of aging. Modern science has been equally fascinated by Amalaki. One study even referred to it as “the Ayurvedic wonder,” as it supports everything from digestion to elimination, immunity, and inner and outer skin health.
Neem is traditionally called “the Queen of Skin.” While we have skin that wraps our bodies, we have even more skin on the inside of the body. There is the skin or epithelium that lines the digestive and respiratory tract as well as numerous other locations in the body. Neem is Ayurveda’s most powerful herb for healthy inner and outer skin. Neem also supports healthy liver, intestinal, pancreatic and immune function.*
Blooming Lotus Mud Mask is moisturizing and gently exfoliating all at once, combining chickpea flour with Ayurvedic skin-loving herbs Neem, Turmeric and Triphala. Honey and bentonite clay serve to tighten the appearance of pores and leave the skin looking restored and rejuvenated. Softening pectin is included to lessen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Crystal Clear Cleanser/Toner is a revival of an ancient Ayurvedic cleansing formula. Chickpea flour is employed as an exfoliating scrub that removes oil, dirt, and make-up, leaving the skin looking soft and nourished. Ayurvedic herbal stars Neem, Amalaki and Triphala combine with a coconut lipid extract and glycerin to create a delicate, non-drying lather. The soft scent of tangerine lends a crisp, clean finish.
Royal Glow Facial Moisturizer is a concentrated moisturizer in the tradition of Ayurvedic beauty care containing vitamins A, D, and E, as well as the tonifying Ayurvedic herbs Bala, Brahmi, Turmeric, Amalaki, Ashwagandha, Shatavari, and Tulsi. According to Ayurvedic legend, these herbs promote a glowing and lustrous appearance of the skin. A light, silky texture and subtle floral scent give this moisturizer its fine, delicate feel.
Fountain of Youth Skin Serum is designed to be applied to target areas of the skin to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Combining time-tested Ayurvedic herbs Neem, Amalaki, Vacha (Calamus), Ashwagandha, Shatavari, and Bala, along with vitamins A, C, D, and E, Fountain of Youth Skin Serum brings Ayurvedic beauty solutions to the areas of your skin most vulnerable to the signs of aging.
Himalayan Mist is a cooling and revitalizing facial spritzer that combines the purity of water taken from the glacial source of the Ganges River with the elevating scents of Orange Blossom and Rose. In ancient times, Himalayan glacial water was used to enliven and invigorate the skin.
Luscious Mango Body Butter is a full-body Ayurvedic moisturizer that, when used daily, will offer deep moisture and promote a glowing and rejuvenated appearance to the skin. An opulent blend of Ayurvedic herbs and plant butters, Luscious Mango Body Butter leaves the skin looking richly nourished and radiating the delicate and intoxicating aroma of vanilla and ylang-ylang. Carefully crafted from a blend of Ayurvedic skin care treasures, including Shatavari, Neem, Manjistha, and Turmeric, Luscious Mango Body Butter brings all the magic of Ayurvedic beauty care to life.
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