Did an ayurvedic facial heal my acne? | Beauty Hop | HelloGiggles

Did an ayurvedic facial heal my acne? | Beauty Hop | HelloGiggles


Skincare has just become this thing that everybody’s not only interested in, but everyone is also very opinionated on. There’s even that meme where it’s like, No One, and then, “Let me tell you about
my skincare routine.” Hi, my name is Sarah and I try to heal my skin
with an Ayurvedic facial. Ayurveda to me is like super
simple and super complicated. It’s an ancient system of
health and wellness practices that comes from India. And it focuses on the body,
spirit and mind as a whole. Ayurvedic facials tend to
focus more on using oils, Ayurvedic herbs, natural clays, and steam. An Ayurvedic facial typically costs between $150 to $250 and that’s for one. But this depends on the problem that you’re tryin’ address. For some people going to a dermatologist will fix their skin issues. For me, personally, it didn’t, so that’s why I sort of wanted to explore something different. The older I get, the more random skin issues
I seem to be dealing with: hormonal breakouts, eczema, perioral dermatitis. As well as internal issues
like gut imbalances; even with a good solid
skincare routine in place and a good solid diet in place. My skincare healing journey
took me to Surya Spa where I met Martha. She’s an amazing, experienced facialist. And her hands have apparently touched the faces of Kourtney Kardashian, Zooey Deschanel, and Gwyneth Paltrow. So I went in super excited, hoping that she could help me as well. The skin is just a product of something that’s happened to you inside. It’s not just the outside. Before my facial even began, I was treated to a
delicious Ayurvedic lunch. And that consisted of Dal, which are lentils. Steamed rice, carrots, beets and a bunch of greens. Diet and clean eating are super important when it comes to skincare, because it’s not only about
what we’re putting on our skin, it’s also about what we’re
putting in our bodies. So after the delicious Ayurvedic lunch, Martha took me upstairs to
one of the facial rooms. She started by taking my pulse. And I thought that was really interesting. So in Ayurveda, there are three Doshas. Doshas are energies that
are within each person. There’s Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Vata reflects elements of air and ether. Vata skin tends to be dry and cold. It’s often dehydrated. Pitta reflects elements of fire and water. Pitta skin tends to be sensitive. Common skin imbalances are: acne, redness, rosacea and inflammation. And Kapha reflects elements
of water and earth. Kapha skin tends to be oily. If it’s out of balance, the skin can develop cystic acne. Martha told me that we all have
these three energies present within our bodies. And when there’s one energy that’s a little more
prevalent than another, this can lead to an imbalance of sorts. I had a feeling what I was, fire! I’m a Pitta. Martha tailored my facial that I was gonna get to that. To start off my facial, there was a pot of boiling
water in front of me and there were rosebuds in it, so it smelled really, really good. Martha put a blindfold on me and told me that she was
gonna cover me with a sheet. And so I was basically
under this like tent, with this pot of boiling hot water. I think I managed to stay in
there for a good five minutes. And when I came out I
was dripping with sweat. I felt like my pores were wide open and I was ready to get healed. Martha had put together
all the ingredients for a Pitta, like me. And those ingredients were: Neem, which is an anti-bacterial. Clay, to pull out the toxins from my skin. Red Sandalwood to decrease blemishes. And something called, Manjistha, which I’m probably pronouncing wrong. And that apparently
helps to clean the blood. Martha cleansed my skin, and then she applied this mask. Left that on for about 20-minutes. After the mask was cleansed off, Neem oil was applied to my skin. It was different from a
typical facial that I’ve gotten for the fact that there
were no extractions. And the fact that we were using natural, clean ingredients, made me feel really good about what I was putting on my skin. And I also thought about the fact that a lot of those ingredients can be bought in the grocery store. So this is something that you could technically do at home if the high price point is something that you’re looking to avoid. Did it magically heal my skin? No, and I think that’s
the thing with facials, you have to be consistent. And with Ayurvedic facials
and Ayurveda in general, it’s about internal and external. So I sort of tried to focus more on what I was putting in my
body and what I was eating. Pitta’s apparently, I learned from Martha, and this was heartbreaking
for someone like me, we’re not supposed to eat spicy food. That will cause imbalances in our gut. I’ve tried my best to
not spice up the food that I was making. Instead I focused on what
other flavors are out there? I typically tend to eat
a lot of vegetables. I tend to eat a lot of greens, stay away from like refined sugars and like refined carbs and
all that kind of stuff. So after the Ayurvedic
facial I just focused on that even more. Martha told me to eat basically
any vegetable under the sun that I could get my hands on. I felt light, I felt fresh, I felt more energetic. I’m really glad that I
got an Ayurvedic facial and learned a bit more
about Ayurveda as a whole, when it comes to my skincare and also when it comes to my diet, and that’s something that
I will continue to work on in my skincare journey.

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