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#Ayurveda: DIY Beauty Regiment

#Ayurveda: DIY Beauty Regiment

The past year I set my aim on cultivating skills and awareness that would improve my quality of life, this means analyzing my current health practices for weakness or room for positive change. Throughout my research a strange word kept popping up, and once I took a peek at what Ayurveda was all about, I was hooked on the concept. Ayurveda translates to “the science of life,” and the key difference between this and the western MO to health is Ayurvedas emphasis on prevention. Another distinguishing factor is the notion we are all unique individuals with different “constitutions” which are described as our 3 principle energies written in sanskrit—vata, pitta, and kapha. Finding a balance in your constitutions is the goal in ayurvedic remedies, and it involves aligning your thinking, lifestyle, nutrition, and use of herbs. I found the Ayurvedic Institute to be a very helpful resource in my journey to live a life more balanced, and heal from within. While looking through this lense I was able to see how my beauty habits were in need of some tweaking. In a previous post I mentioned how cleansing our lives of toxins and chemicals in household products is of the uttermost importance, here I will share with you all my beauty secrets and at home remedies from hair care to managing acne— most of the ingredients you have in your pantry already! I hope this ignites your inner goddess and inspires you to take a more holistic approach to personal hygiene.  Remember, you are a unique soul and may require some adjustments to my recommendations based on your particular skin and hair type. The beauty of this—no pun intended— is you’ll become more intune with your body and indulge yourself whenever possible, after all you truly deserve it.


 

Holistic Hair Cleansing + Goddess Facial Scrub

No-poo Method-

 

What you’ll need:

Organic Raw Honey

Baking Soda

Organic Apple Cider Vinegar

Optional: Lavender Essential Oil

Step 1

Make a “shampoo” out of 1/2 cup baking soda and 1/2 cup raw honey, keep in a sealable and bath friendly container. You can add lavender essential oil to the mixture for added scent and a calming effect to your bath time. Both baking soda and honey are excellent cleansers and will remove grime without stripping your hair of natural oils—honey has antimicrobial properties and is wonderful for hydrating skin. The combination of the baking soda (base), and honey (acid) creates a pH balance, so you won’t be shocking your hair by just using the baking soda then adding the vinegar (acidic component) later. This will ensure that you are healing and moisturizing while simultaneously cleansing.

Step 2

With your fingertips, gently massage a generous glob of honey-soda into your scalp and making sure all the nooks and crannies are covered. You should continue this until the roots feel slippery all over your head. This part is important because it means the cleansing is happening, you should notice this within a minute or two.

Step 3

Rinse. Rinse. Rinse….Oh, and then rinse again. Just letting water run over your head for at least 3 minutes while giving your scalp a little massage should do the trick.


Step 4

Instead of conditioner use organic apple cider vinegar to rinse your hair from root to tip. You can keep this in a spray bottle or a pump bottle, whatever makes it easy for you to saturate your hair. Leave in the vinegar for about 2 minutes to let it soak in a bit. Stop freaking out about the smell!  Once you rinse out all the vinegar you won’t be able to smell it!! Sometimes the scent of vinegar can linger in your nose, so don’t be fooled. However, you can apply a little organic coconut oil infused with lavender essential oil (or any essential oil you prefer) to perfume your locks, or I also like the added benefit of using the Honest Co.'s leave-in conditioning spray. 

Your hair will be clean, soft, and balanced. If you sweat often, you may need to wash your hair more often, but I find my hair takes longer to become greasy now that I’ve been using the no-poo method for 3 months. As you can see from the pictures, my hair is SUPER healthy, and manageable.

 

**If you dye your hair: I was assured by my colorist using vinegar is actually really great for color treated hair! The baking soda however, may lighten your hair depending on your dye and color—clearly if you have a dark color maybe just use honey and aloe as shampoo instead. I just recently did a salted caramel ombre to change up my look in 2015, and I figure if my hair lightens it’s doing me a favor since I plan on going a little lighter anyways.


Dual Purpose Face Exfoliant-

Step 1

Take a small goop of honey-soda into your fingertips and massage your face, the baking soda is gently and grainy enough to remove dead skin, and the honey helps to remove blemish causing bacteria. Your skin will be luminous, supple, and yummy-licious. Do this at least twice a week, again you will be the judge on if your skin needs more or less exfoliating.



Aloe-Very Simple Hair Mask


What you’ll need:

Organic Raw Honey

Fresh Aloe Vera Leaf

**Do this once a week if possible, but at least once a month for a lush mane.

Step 1

Combine equal parts of aloe and honey in a small bowl, enough to saturate your hair. My hair is long and I used ¼ cup of aloe and ¼ honey. This was plenty for one hair mask treatment.

Step 2

Pour the mixture onto your scalp then start to add pieces of your hair into the mix until your hair is saturated.

Step 3

Leave in for at least 10 minutes, up to 20 minutes.

Step 4.

Rinse out completely. You can use a comb to gently detangle.

Step 5

Apply a small amount of coconut oil to the ends of your hair for added hydration.



Facial Cleanser + Brightening Mask

What you’ll need:

Organic Coconut Oil

Organic Raw Honey

Organic African Black Soap


Pre-face


If you wear makeup on a regular basis, you should be using coconut oil as a makeup remover because it’s gentle, doesn’t clog pores, and is extremely hydrating without being greasy. Just pump some onto a towel or cotton ball and use like a store bought remover.

Step 1

After removing make up, use organic african black soap to wash your face. Rinse. Then finish cleansing with a dab of honey, rubbing it all over your face and neck. Rinse again.


**I recommend washing your face with just honey if you are not wearing any makeup, which hopefully is more often.


Step 2

Hydrate your cleansed skin with coconut oil, you can use the same one you infuse with essential oil for your hair and entire body.  



Other AMAZING hygienic uses for coconut oil—just to name a few:

Cuticle oil

Rub on lips for a natural chapstick

Mouthwash (This is called OIL PULLING, an ancient remedy I have yet to try)

Massage oil or personal lubricant

Use as a UTI or yeast infection treatment.













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