As your daily life becomes more harmonious and balanced, your desire for natural harmony will extend to your environment and relationships with others.
Aligning inner and outer beauty
When you pay attention to your inner health-your spiritual, mental, emotional and physical wellbeing- you will find that outer beauty already reaps the benefits. Modern life is unfortunately tough on the skin. When our emotions, stress levels and hormones are on a roller coaster, our skin quality is affected severely. Luckily, through proper knowledge and most importantly self-awareness, we can easily reverse the effects and create balance in our inner and outer health, in our daily life.
Skin undermining factors:
- A diet high in animal food that inevitably contains fat and cholesterol, causes a steady depletion of elastin, so that collagen becomes prevalent. As a result, the skin and circulatory vessels lose their normal flexibility and resilience, becoming thus hard and inelastic.
- Over intake of animal protein also affects the activity of the sweat and sebaceous glands. Hardening and drying of the skin causes these glands to constrict and become less active, blocking the secretion of moisture and oil that keep the skin smooth and soft. When the epidermis does not receive enough moisture, it becomes hard and dry and cracks easily.
- A diet rich in saturated fats and cholesterol also creates accumulation in the blood vessels, significantly restricting the amount of blood, oxygen and nutrients that the skin receives. Further, the ability of the blood to remove waste products of cell metabolism also declines. The result is an overall condition of stagnation and accumulation of toxic excess that gives the skin a stale appearance.
- A high intake of simple sugars such as tropical fruits, processed and cane sugar, nightshade vegetables, soft drinks, chemical additives can cause overall thinning and depletion of the body’s connective tissues.
- Lack of exercise causes blood and lymph circulation to stagnate, causing a further accumulation of toxins in the bloodstream and inner organs.
- Artificial fabrics, such as nylon and polyester, block the smooth flow of energy in the body and interfere with the skin’s natural ability to dishcharge.
- Constant exposure to EMFs and the use of electric devices such as mobile phones, laptops, wifi, television undermine proper brain function, drain the energy from energy body and more specifically the major chakras and meridians, affect blood and skin quality.
- Modern heating systems, like air conditioned offices and cars drain moisture from the skin and energy from the body, especially when not enough counterbalancing time is spent outdoors in nature.
How to restore your natural skin quality and manifest your beauty:
A naturally balanced diet based on whole grains, fresh fruit, vegetables, beans and other whole foods, is the best way to avoid degenerative changes and keep the skin soft, flexible and naturally beautiful in everyday life. Furthermore, an injection of freshness in the diet including a minimum of five portions of fruit and vegetables a day, supplies our skin with precious amounts of fiber and antioxidants and prevent ageing. Fiber especially strengthens the large intestine and helps keeping daily elimination smooth and regular.
Exercise and movement stimulate energy flow and blood circulation, providing tangible benefits to the skin. Active circulation keeps the skin well supplied with oxygen and nutrients and facilitates the speedy removal of waste products. Outdoors physical exercise in specific, increases the flow of oxygen and blood to the cells, consequently providing valuable nourishment to the hair and skin. It also reduces the levels of stress hormones in the body and increases the production of mood-boosting hormones such melatonin, epinephrine and norepinephrine.
- Beauty care
Adopt a daily skin care routine to make sure you cleanse your skin and deliver proper moisture to the surface of the epidermis. Revitalize, condition and nourish the skin by providing it with all the nutrients it needs to keep it healthy and radiant. Apply a face mask and exfoliate at least once a week, to nourish the skin and encourage its renewal. Sloughing off the dead cells stimulates cell regeneration and allows the skin to reflect light more effectively, so you emerge with a glowing, smoother complexion.
Try to accentuate the positive in your appearance and visualize yourself as healthy, vibrant, authentic and therefore attractive. Beauty truly begins with our self image. Try to cultivate a happy, peaceful mind and a positive self image, in which you see yourself as healthy and beautiful and then seek to realise this image day to day by living in harmony with nature.
As your daily life becomes more harmonious and balanced, your desire for natural harmony will extend to your environment and relationships with others. Keep your home and surroundings clean and orderly and aesthetically pleasing and your relationships to others and yourself courteous, considerate, loving and respectful.
Sources: “Home Spa”, Chrissie Painell-Malkin in association with L’Occitane En Provence
“Diet for Natural Beauty”, Aveline Kushi with Wendy Esco and Maya Tiwari