THE BODY RITUAL
Caring for the body calls for a holistic approach to skincare that promotes the renewal of the skin and supports its health and vitality.
As part of our series dedicated to ritual of beauty, this guide focusses on restorative practices and techniques that nourish and improve the quality of the skin. Inspired by the Ayurvedic tradition of beauty, we introduce holistic techniques that revive elasticity in the skin, stimulate circulation and improve overall skin tone. These can be used in combination with the beauty products outlined in our guides below.
DRY OIL MASSAGE
In Sanskrit स्नेह (sneha) can be translated as both ‘oil’ and ‘love’
Within the Ayurvedic tradition of beauty, massage is viewed as an essential way of aligning the body’s doshic energies and reducing both physical and emotional stress that can be held within the body. Unique to the practice of Ayurveda, Abhyanga (अभ्यंग), or self-massage, begins with the application of oil to dry skin.
This technique is viewed as an essential part of our daily routine, and has numerous reparative benefits to the body. By stimulating the muscle tissue, this improves blood circulation and enhances the flow of oxygen to body. Working with oil also helps to deliver hydration and moisture to the skin. In the steps below we outline the principles of Abhyanaga, and provide an instructional guide that can be incorporated into your skincare regime.
If you are using sesame oil, the most commonly used in Ayurvedic massage, it is recommended that you warm a 50ml pot of the oil in a warm jug before application.
Start by applying a light layer over your entire body allowing the skin as much time as possible to absorb the oil.
Beginning at the head, massage the scalp using small, circular motions then move into a gentle massage of the face and outer ears. You should dedicate most time to your head and feet as they are home to important marma points, governing the flow of vital energy through the body.
Working the open part of the hand back and forth over long bones and in circular motions around the joints and torso.
Finish the massage paying particular attention to the soles of the feet. If time allows, take a few minutes to relax and let your skin absorb the oil.
Incorporating the restorative benefits of scent into your daily beauty regime can instil a sense of calm and balance.
Drop essential oils onto a cotton pad or cloth and place it on the shower floor near the water. Adapted to the modern way of living, this technique harnesses the therapeutic properties of ancient steam bathing rituals. Delicately infusing the steam, the oil will work to relieve congestion and relax the muscles.
note: As hot water strips the skin of its moisture, it is recommended to keep the shower lukewarm and only stay in for 5-10 minutes.
Considering the delicacy of the skin, it is important to sidestep methods that will dehydrate and irritate. As soap strips away the skin’s essential oils, try to avoid soaping areas of the body that don’t require as much attention like the legs and arms. Using a soap that includes charcoal will work to detoxify, gently drawing out impurities from deep within the pores.
LOU RIBY, MD ELEMENTAL HERBOLOGY
Natural enzymes work to break down dead skin cells, gently exfoliating sensitive skin.
Increasing the flow of circulation, exfoliation is an important step to restore a healthy complexion. Eliminating dead surface cells promotes a brighter, smoother complexion and increases the efficacy of treatments applied to the area. Rather than using abrasive microbead exfoliants, scrubs including AHA’s are perfect for gentle renewal of the skin. Naturally derived from citrus fruit, sugar cane and milk, AHAs (alpha-hydroxy acids) encourage a healthy skin cell turnover and have been shown to support collagen renewal.
The first few minutes after showering it is essential to restore the skin’s moisture using oils, milks or lotions. As you start to come to the end of the ritual, take a moment to reset your thoughts, breathing in the heady aromas in your bathroom and finding a place of complete calm. Blended using a concentration of essential oils, Neom’s skin treatment candles can be used at this stage as a therapeutic alternative, helping to nourish the skin and create a sense of harmony.
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Blended with rich essential oils, keep this beautifully scented candle burning for 15-45 minutes.
Blow out the candle and let the oil cool for a few minutes.
Pour the warm oil over your body, using the Abhyanga technique to massage it deep into the skin, completing the ritual.
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