The beauty of fall is seen in the full range of colours among Mother Nature’s changing leaves. The air gets crisper, and the wind can pick up, making it important to protect the skin and body. You may find yourself craving less coconut water and more hot teas and elixirs to feel balanced, as well as hot, nourishing meals you may have largely avoided in the summer.
Here are a few fall beauty practices :
1. It’s the natural time of year to start eating more grounding, warm cooked meals again, so be sure to adjust your dietary rotation accordingly .
2. Brussels sprouts, turnips, daikon radish, cauliflower, mushrooms, potatoes are some of the vegetables you will find in season in the fall, so be sure to take advantage and find creative and simple ways to cook and enjoy those fortifying foods.
3. Quinoa, brown rice, and amaranth are great gluten-free grains to incorporate this time of year, expecially if eaten with lots of vegetables.
4. Sip on lemon balm, chamomile, valerian root, ashwaganda or holy basil /tulsi teas, which are fantastic for helping you distress and unwind. You can source these teas, which can often be found combined in “anti-anxiety ” formulations, at health stores.
5. Since Vata, or the air element, is so prevalent in the fall, you may experience some constipation . This is a symptom of Vata being out of balance. Be sure to eat lots of fibrous foods, take some magnesium-oxygen supplements as needed to help keep things moving, and eat manfully and slowly, always chewing well.
6. Be sure to protect your skin from the quickening changes of the weather, including dry wind. Use scarves and gloves to protect your hands, neck, and face during walks or periods outside, keeping out drafts that can lead to chapping and excessive dryness .
7. Your skin may need extra nourishment with the change of seasons, and it might start to feel drier.
The RADICALLY TIMELESS BEAUTY MASK is particularly excellent at this time of year:
This mask will leave your skin feeling moisturised, smooth, and radiant. Used regularly, it can ward off wrinkles and puffiness. These ingredients are rich in nourishing enzymes, vitamin E, and beauty fats and oils.
1 tablespoon raw, organic honey
1 teaspoon almond oil
1 teaspoon rose water
Combine the ingredients in a small bowl. Apply to your face and neck for about 15-20 minutes. Rinse well.
8. Be sure to protect your delicate lips, which may become increasingly chapped. Apply lip balm regularly that contain natural ingredients such as she butter, olive oil, and vitamin E. Avoid lip balm that contain petroleum – based, synthetic ingredients (which you don’t want to continually ingest, an inevitable occurrence with anything you put on your lips).
9. Try to use a gentle sugar scrub and add more coconut oil if you feel that your skin needs extra lubrication.
GENTLE SUGAR SCRAB:
Combine equal parts coconut oil and organic sugar and then add 15 to 20 drops or so of your favourite essential oil. Keep the mixture in a glass or BPA -free container. In the shower, gently rub off dead skin cells from your entire body.
10. Avoid using stripping soaps on your skin in the shower. Choose all-natural, mild, and simple cleansers with essential oils instead of potentially irritating artificial fragrances.
11. With the cooler temperatures and chilly wind, it’s time to switch back to thicker moisturizers with an oil base, which can feel more hydrating and protective.
12. Keep your hands moisturised with a good hand cream (she butter or other natural ingredient based).
13. Take time to cultivate nurturing, grounding activities such as meditation, massages, spending time at home reading, or whatever makes you feel soothed.
Source: “Radical beauty” Deepak Chopra, M.D. and Kimberley Snyder, C.N.