In contrast to Western medicine, where symptoms are treated as they arise, Eastern medicine like Ayurveda focuses on the body as a whole. For example, a person suffering from dermatitis doesn’t necessarily need a topical cream or steroid. Instead, an Eastern doctor might recommend dietary changes, reducing stress, or other techniques that reduce inflammation in the body that causes flare-ups in the first place. You’ll notice that adding Ayurveda rituals to your body routine may be just what the doctor ordered- not only for your beauty, but also for your mental health and general well-being.
Stress wreaks havoc on the body. When you experience stress, it triggers certain responses and the production of stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline in the body. While this is a survival mechanism that once served us, in today’s fast-paced environment, stress triggers inflammation. This inflammation worsens conditions of the skin like dermatitis, eczema, and psoriasis. It also causes cardiovascular problems, affects the digestive system, and depletes immune health. With stress having so many negative effects on your skin and your health, using Ayurvedic beauty techniques and relaxing during your beauty routine really helps.
All things are connected under Ayurvedic principles, and that includes your diet. In the past few decades, researchers have taken a closer look at the modern diet and how it affects all types of health. Diet has been identified as one of the reasons that those who follow a more Western lifestyle have a higher rate of diabetes, heart attack, obesity, cancers, and other conditions. Eating the wrong foods also causes inflammation, which makes inflammatory conditions like IBS, arthritis, eczema, and psoriasis worse. The foods you eat can even cause premature aging and wrinkles, acne, and other problems with your skin’s appearance.
For some people, eating certain foods triggers inflammation. Scientists believe this is from all the advancements that humans have made, including those related to the modification of food. Our ancestors did not have the equipment or knowledge to pasteurize dairy products, add preservatives to food, or process and turn grains into bread, pasta, and cereals. Instead, they ate a natural diet heavily based on where they lived and what could be hunted, gathered, or farmed. When people eat heavily processed foods, the body doesn’t digest them well and it causes inflammation. Some people also have a sensitivity to gluten (from processed wheat) and dairy for this same reason.
Even though self-care means pampering and taking care of yourself, there’s no reason you can’t get other people involved. Self-care with friends could mean indulging in avocado masks or other Ayurvedic beauty trends while you catch up or taking a yoga class together. All that matters is that you are doing something you enjoy and that you are present in the moment. Make it a habit to put aside the phone when you’re with your friends and be present. Being present deepens your connection to the moment you’re living in and lets you really experience the positive benefits of being with someone you care about.
If you don’t have a lot of friends who indulge in self-care, you still don’t have to go it alone. There are podcasts that focus on guided meditation and other Ayurvedic principles. Guided meditation is a lot easier for some people than regular meditation since it gives the mind something to focus on. Taking a class with an instructor, whether for yoga, guided meditation, or another practice, is also a great option. You can look around town for classes or find one online. Many people say that the spiritual connectedness they feel between themselves and other people in class after deep breathing together is a unique, positive experience.