Beauty Category

Bowel health is imperative for beautiful skin. This was emphasized when I saw a long-time client recently who formerly had majorly congested skin and now had a clear, glowing complexion. She had only been eliminating twice a week, and we had her taking some gentle laxative so she started to go a minimum of once per day. Clarifying the gastrointestinal tract really helps clarify the skin. I know, it may sound unorthodox, but as a holistic esthetician, the frequency of bowel movements is usually one of my first inquiries forRead More
I recently did a castor oil cleanse to address excess vata in my body and improve circulation. (It’s also said to be excellent for clearing up skin conditions.) I tracked the changes in my body, but have also learned about the cleansing process itself. I have realized that the cleansing process is a sacred one that must be done with more gentleness and preparedness than I have done it. I have often viewed cleanses as trials in discipline, and I have gotten a sense of accomplishment from their completion. ButRead More
We’re in the last leg of winter, and if you are like me, your skin has taken quite the battering from the cold, dry season. Solution? A homemade scrub made with sugar and olive oil? Hmmm… A once-over with my limp shower puff? Nuh-uh. It’s time to bring out the heavy-weight of exfoliation: dry brushing. There is a time for gentleness, and a time to take charge – and when we reach the end of winter and prepare ourselves for glorious spring is when we need some real renewal. ForRead More

Posted On January 17, 2012By Parvati MagazineIn Beauty, February 2012 - Love

Beauty: Beauty Secret #9: Love, by Kristen Ma

I went to an Ayurvedic seminar in New Mexico a few years back – but while the course was about marmani (the Ayurvedic version of acupressure), I learnt about something that is even more meaningful: love. Love? Now I know what you are thinking: Put away the prayer beads and fisherman pants and start talking to me about real beauty tips. But what I realized is that being beautiful and open-hearted are one and the same… even in a very direct way. Dr. Lad (the teacher of my course, aRead More
After a busy and festive holiday season, here are some tips on how to stay gorgeous despite late nights and fast times. 1. Oil up! You know I love oils, and I’m going to recommend them again. After a night of drinking, our skin is prey to massive dehydration. Slather your face in oil before going to bed and it will prevent flakes, dehydration lines and breakouts. Yep, many of us break out from dehydration, so this quick step will help you bypass blemishes through skin nourishment. I know someRead More
Eczema is actually one of the most common skin ailments I deal with, and it is so mistreated. I think this stems from the fact that dermatologically we don’t really know what it is and have come to no real conclusions as to its cause. Usually, a dermatologist will just send you home with a prescription for cortisone – which unfortunately is a steroid that suppresses your immune response and thins your skin over time. It’s also a confusing condition because it is expressed in so many different ways. SomeRead More
It’s that time of the year again, with the holiday season approaching. For many that means spare time is filled with shopping, events, parties and gatherings with friends and family. A hectic schedule can increase stress and really wreck havoc on our physical appearance. Here are some tips to get through the holiday season without a hitch. 1. Don’t let stress be the only thing to make you sweat… Steam: A week before an event, it is excellent to steam your skin. I would do this a minimum of three times. NotRead More
As the cold winter descends, I thought I would write about the beautifying and therapeutic properties of oiling your body for detoxification, rejuvenation and to combat the dry weather. Many of us view oil as “too heavy” or “clogging”, but in fact, oils are restorative for our skin as well as cleansing. Some oils are even used in Ayurveda to kill parasites internally and externally. It is also important to understand that each oil is unique: some oils stimulate, some oils calm, some oils rebuild tissue and some oils areRead More

Posted On September 16, 2011By Parvati MagazineIn Beauty, Fashion, October 2011 - Activation

Beauty: Fall Beauty Care, by Kristen Ma

It’s official – summer is over (wah!). Unfortunately for us all, the sobering autumn weather has already set in. But September can also mean a new year, the start of being productive again, and beauty reinvention. Sometimes I think that the fall is even more of a “new beginnings” feel than January. So, below are some tips for feeling refreshed and beautiful this season. Though the summer usually means good times, its sun, fun and heat take a toll on our skin and bodies – we will need a bitRead More