Fall is the season of reawakening, transformation and letting go off any toxic ‘prana’ (life force). The seasonal changes of Autumn affect the skin, hair, body and even our emotional well-being. For many trees, the process of autumnal detox happens naturally, but as human beings subjected to thousands of environmental toxins, we need to put in extra effort to make seasonal lifestyle adjustments, in order to detox and stabilize the season’s Pitta-Vata imbalance.
Why Staying in Balance is Crucial during Seasonal Transitions
Each of us contains a unique mix of the three types of Ayurvedic dosha – Vata, Pitta and Kapha. According to the ancient science of Ayurveda, by the time the Autumn Season arrives, our bodies have accumulated plenty of heat from the summer months, known as ‘Pitta’ (literally ‘on fire’) dosha. As the winter months approach, the weather begins to acquire ‘Vata’ characteristics ie; dryness and low humidity. As this transition begins, the accumulated heat of Pitta is exacerbated by Vata dryness, which can lead to mental and physical stress, putting the body’s natural detoxification system on hold. In this transitional time, the body tends to accumulate toxins, or what is known in Ayurveda as ‘ama’. This is the reason many of us are prone to illnesses and environmental allergies during seasonal changes.
Thus it becomes a necessity to take care of ourselves during this season of light, dry, cold, and constantly changing energy. No matter which predominant dosha type you are, autumn can bring dryness to the skin and even emotional changes/stress, which have both short-term, and even long term consequences such accelerated aging and acne breakouts. By adopting a healthy ayurvedic regimen for the autumn season, we can detox the skin, hair and body for a far smoother seasonal transition.
Your Guide to Ayurvedic Beauty Detox
Healthy lifestyle habits, such as a nature-based ayurvedic skin care and hair care routine and healthy diet, are not only protective against harsh environmental changes, but also support the body’s ability to remove toxins and face the challenges of the upcoming dry season. If your bathroom shelves are still stocked with commercial, chemical-based products, autumn is one of the very best times to start a ‘fall-detox’ cleansing routine.
Here are some of the checks which will assure that you’re cleansing your body in the right way during this season:
Warming Herbal Support – Certain herbs such as Fennel and Rosemary are great to offset the cooling effects of the Vata season. Essential oils of Geranium, Ylang ylang and Lemongrass can ward off the stress elements, relax the skin and promote cellular regeneration. Using these Ayurvedic facial oils calms fiery pitta elements.
Intense Moisturization – If you lean towards Vata dosha, this is the time to shift from summers light moisturization mode towards a more intense moisture regimen in anticipation of increasing seasonal dryness. Your 3-step beauty regimen (Cleansing, Hydration and Moisturization) should contain highly concentrated steam distilled clinically proven botanical skin active ingredients such as Jojoba oil, Coconut oil, Hempseed oil, Olive oil, Grapeseed and Sesame oils.
Editor’s Pro Tip: If you want to avoid re-moisturizing your skin several times a day, use a Hyaluronic Acid (HLA) based serum such as the BioScience Peptide Complex to greater moisture retention.
3x Hydration + Revitalization Boost – During autumn it is not only important to hydrate the skin, but also nourish dermal cells in order to increase healing potential. To ensure that the skin is maximally hydrated as well as revitalized, we suggest a ‘3x Hydration + Revitalization Boost’. This would be especially very beneficial if you are predominantly Vata or Pitta dosha. These three layers of protection are:
Reconnect with Positive Energy – The changes of fall can affect us emotionally more than we realize. Mindfulness, meditation and perhaps beginning a yoga practice can help us stay grounded. It is said in Ayurveda that “A happy mind shows in a happy skin”
Eat Seasonal Foods – In Ayurveda, it is believed that nature provides exactly what we need in the way of plant based foods during each season. So try and avail yourself of locally grown fall produce such as apples, pumpkins and root vegetables. Your skin and hair will thank you for it!
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