Beauty Category

Posted On January 2, 2016By Parvati MagazineIn Beauty, January 2016 - Wisdom

Beauty: Knowledge is Power, by Kristen Ma

Image credit: Dawolf For thousands of years, Eastern medicine has been using the face and skin to discern what imbalances are happening in our internal organs and body. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Ayurveda believe that skin analysis, along with tongue and pulse, can display early warning signs of disease. Like the relationship between acupuncture or marma points and the different organs, face mapping uses different areas on the face to address internal imbalances. This way we can start to understand our skin, what is happening within and the root causeRead More

Posted On November 1, 2015By Parvati MagazineIn Beauty, November 2015 - Luminosity

Beauty: For the Love of Oil, by Kristen Ma

Image credit: Flavio The Key to a Luminous, Blemish-Free Glow After decades of treating breakouts and helping clients battle adult acne, I’ve found that the best blemish treatment is oil. Often, this recommendation is met with a gasp and a look of shock but after a few deep breaths my adult acne clients brace themselves and oil up. Fortunately, time and time again, I have seen them return with clearer skin and an even clearer smile. One client was so happy with her results that she brought me flowers at herRead More
Rosehips image credit: Zixii In the beauty world, the importance of proper sun protection gets heavy rotation.  We all know that SPF is necessary to prevent skin irregularities, pigmentation, inflammation and free radical creation (which accelerate signs of aging).  But what about after the damage is done, especially this time of year after the sunny laden summertime? There are probably very few of us that don’t have even a little sun damage. With skincare, it’s always best to be proactive. The quicker we treat our skin, the more likely thatRead More
Image credit: Bernhard Friess Beauty products so often tout exotic active ingredients sourced from the far ends of the globe. But while the unfamiliar and mysterious may seem glamorous, there are so many powerful beautifying ingredients grown on our own home soil. Many natural cosmetic ingredients cultivated and produced right here in Canada have amazing therapeutic benefits, providing us with local, more sustainable skincare options. Here are five fantastic ingredients that have the made in Canada stamp on them, revealing how beauty can be found in our own backyards. BORAGERead More
As our gardens reach full bloom in the summer, we are reminded of how floral essences offer up some of the most powerful skincare ingredients. Flowers used in skincare have been prized for centuries for their fragrant smells and potent therapeutic properties, and I love discovering all the different ways flowers can benefit different skin types. So, here are some of the most effective floral ingredients for the most petal pretty complexions. Rejuvenating Rose One of the most common flowers in beauty care is rose. Rose is best known forRead More
There’s no escaping it: castor oil is making a comeback. Sure it’s been around for a long time, but for many, it’s just newly making waves on the online beauty scene (all that talk about castor oil cleansing!). Well, this uber-rich oil shouldn’t only be used as part of this skincare trend as it has many uses. For years, this oil has been used for a number of things from cleansing, liver detoxification, and eyelash thickening. Read on for seven ways you can use castor oil to beautify your skinRead More
Image credit: Magdan Tania/Dreamstime I’ve been seeing the story about Tracey Spicer, the Australian news anchor that has publicly committed to phasing out “extreme grooming”, around the internet for a while now. But it wasn’t until I heard a segment about it on the radio that I really decided to sit down and contemplate it. Sure, beauty is something I think about a lot – and I mean a lot – but since it’s been in the media so much, I thought it would be a good to really analyze storiesRead More
Image credit: Helga Weber I was recently in Panama to lecture about Ayurveda and skincare. While I was there, my friend and nutritionist hosted a weekend away by the beach. It was beautiful and I loved every minute of it. But one thing I did not love was the fact that my face broke out in a way that I haven’t seen in ten years. I don’t know if it was the sun, sand, or the residual stress I had left behind at home but these were stubborn, blistering blemishesRead More
Image credit: Helga Weber Reasons to Relax: How Manifesting Stress Wreaks Havoc on Our Skin In my experience of treating skin for over a decade, I know that stress deeply affects our skin. This is a two way relationship: while our skin controls our bodies’ stress response through its receptors, the stress response also affects our skin. This can trigger sensitivity, acne, skin aging, and disease. The relationship between stress and our skin creates a strong argument for serenity now. Inflammation and Redness Stress is inflaming for our skin. ThoseRead More
Practicing any kind of sacred ritual can bring about awareness and transformation. Be it a puja, guru’s blessing, communion, mantra practice or the like, I’m pretty much game to try anything that sounds like it will help me live a more mindful and thus happy life. I think many of us don’t readily think of our daily skin care practice in the realm of sacred ritual, but after I was introduced to an Ayurveda skincare and perfume line, I grew to see this differently. For those unfamiliar or needing aRead More