Fall is such a beautiful and transformative time of year. With its kaleidoscope of vibrant colors against clear blue skies and a crisp cool air that greets us every morning, it is a season marked with change.
In Ayurveda, Fall is the season of Vata which brings with it erratic, windy and dry elements. While these are necessary conditions that shape our landscape dramatically and beautifully as we approach winter, they also create sudden imbalances for both our inner and outer bodies. This is especially true for our skin as it tends to become dry, dull and crocodile-like.
In order to maintain our balance and help us transition with Radiance into the new season, we must revisit and adapt our daily rituals accordingly.
Here are 4 of my tips to keep Radically Radiant thru the Fall season:
Trade in the raw salads for more warm, grounding, oilier foods. Think more soups, oats, stews, steamed veggies, hearty grains. These are all Vata-balancing foods. Also adding extra oils to your foods. I love flax and ghee.
Use plant oils for the face & body: Oils will not clog your pores. Instead they are incredibly healing and nourishing for the skin; some can even be warming. There are many options to choose from depending on your own skin, preference and budget. One of my favorites is Tamanu Oil. It was used by Polynesian women to promote beautiful clear skin. It’s rich but absorbs very quickly. It also has antioxidant, anti-fungal, anti-microbial, and anti-inflammatory properties. Other recommended oils are; Rosehip, Almond, Jojoba, Olive oil. I like to create my own blend of oils as a face serum or infuse them with flowers and spices.
Abhyanga massage: Start a ritual of massaging yourself with a warm oil. This old Ayurvedic practice locks in moisture, calms the nervous system, improves circulation and boosts your immune system. Plus, sesame oil which is traditionally used for this practice is very warming.
DIY your own beauty products with seasonal ingredients. If you don’t know what is in season take a trip to your local farmer's market and get inspired!
DIY Fall recipes
Nourishing Fall Face Serum:
This fall inspired serum is deliciously rich in vitamins A, C and E, as well as being loaded with antioxidants, linoleic acid and omega-6 fatty acids. These help regenerate skin cells and nourish dry, or dehydrated skin treating wrinkles. It also absorbs very quickly without leaving a greasy residue. It is good for both oily and sensitive skins.
Makes 8 oz:
3 oz jojoba
2 oz apricot
1 oz rosehip, argan, tamanu oil.
Mix all oils. Apply the oil gently with upward strokes.
Infused Sweet Chai oil:
8 sweet almond or coconut oil
¼ cup of loose black tea : high in vitamin E and C
1 vainilla split
Handful of Whole cardamom pods, cloves, cinnamon sticks, coriander seeds
1 inch fresh ginger
Air tight container
In a small pan heat the oil gently, add the spices and tea and let it infuse on low for one or two hrs. Stir occasionally. Remove from heat and let cool. Strain. Keep for several months in a cool dark place. Dark container. You can add some extra seeds, cinnamon sticks and pods as decorations into the final oil.
This oil can be used on the body and face as moisturizer, for massage or even as a make up remover.
I like to think that anything we have internally is also beneficial externally on our skins. Our skin being the largest organ in our bodies will absorb all the benefits. And if I can’t eat it, then I don’t want to use it on my skin either!
Clays are one of my favorite ingredients for masks. It is a natural absorbent and contains tons of minerals, they absorb toxins and neutralize heavy metals. I also like to add supplements to the masks such as Vitamin C or E, for and extra punch of concentrated benefits, in form of capsules or crushed tablets. Also, tea infusions are great as base for masks, toners or cleansers.
Detox Pumpkin mask
Pumpkin seeds are great for smoothies and salads, and because of their high content of antioxidants, omega fats, vitamins and wide range of vitamins and minerals, they are amazing for the skin! They are also anti-fungal and anti-viral.
Activated charcoal and bentonite clay are great to draw out impurities and detoxify the skin. This mask will pull out dirt, stimulate blood circulation, and with the added honey soften and moisturize the skin.
¼ cup raw pumpkin seeds
¼ tbs raw honey
¼ tbs bentonite clay
¼ tsp charcoal
Soak the pumpkin seeds in water overnight. Rinse them and place them in a blender with ½ cup water, or a tea infusion of calendula or green tea. To make a paste blend on high for a few minutes. mix all ingredients well and apply. Leave on the skin for 10-15 min. Wash. Your skin will feel smooth and divine!
Pumpkin Scrub for Sensitive Skin:
This is a yummy anti-aging and brightening scrub. Pumpkins are dense in beta-carotene, vitamin A and zinc, making them specially nourishing for dry, tired skin. Alternatively, you can use sweet potato which is also in season and helps repair damaged cells and improve elasticity!
½ cup mashed pumpkin or sweet potato
2tbs coarse ground oatmeal
1 tbs honey
¼ cup melted coconut oil (for extra dry skin use olive oil)
½ tbs vitamin e
½ tsp vanilla extract
Bake or boil pumpkin
Peel and mash it.
Stimulating scalp treatment:
Stimulating and nourishing, encourages circulation but is also moisturizing and calming.
3 tbs olive oil
1 tsp nutmeg
2 tsp apple cider vinegar ( dry scalp)
Blend all ingredients and shake well. Let the herb infuse the oil for a few days. Apply, massage into wet hair in the shower, leave for 10-15 min. Rinse and shampoo normally.