Ayurveda and Beauty
Ayurveda, the 5,000-year-old healing system from India, has a unique perspective on beauty.
Holistic and all-encompassing, the ayurvedic definition of beauty reads thus — "Roopam, gunam, vayastyag, iti shubhanga karanam." According to ayurveda, there are three pillars of beauty. Roopam is outer beauty — personified by shining, healthy hair and a clear, radiant complexion. Gunam refers to inner beauty — the beauty that shines from within, characterized by a warm, pleasing personality and innocence of mind and heart. And vayastyag means lasting beauty — looking, and feeling, younger than your chronological age.
Ayurveda also emphasizes herbal supplements as aids to beauty: a supplement to help keep the skin clear through the purification of the blood; or one to internally balance the moisture and elasticity of the skin; or one to pep up the functioning of the liver. An ayurvedic dermatologist might recommend herbal combinations for any of these, or related purposes.
Sleep is second only to diet, according to ayurveda, to achieve and maintain true beauty. The body needs rest in order to rejuvenate itself.
Ayubliss tips for getting your beauty sleep
• Go to bed before 10 p.m. Staying up much beyond that can impact the quality of rest you get.
• Start your day with a full-body massage with an herbal or aroma massage oil.
• Drink a soothing cup of herbal tea before bed.
• Don't take your work into your bedroom.
• Focus on calming activities as bedtime draws near.
• Take a relaxing warm bath a couple of hours before bed.
• Slip a sachet of dried lavender under your pillow.
• Eat a light meal at dinner, at least 2-3 hours before bedtime.
Practice meditation, listen to uplifting music — anything you can do to balance the mind and emotions will be reflected in your appearance. Gunam — inner beauty — reflects the beauty of the mind and the soul. Serenity, a positive attitude, and purity of thought, word and action — all of these contribute to making you beautiful.