“Nor spring nor summer’s beauty hath such grace as I have seen in one Autumnal face.”
Are you living harmoniously with the season? Observing the natural cycles of our skin and body with every season is great practice for staying healthy and harmonizing our own energy with our environment.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, a tool to live harmoniously with the seasons, is a great practice where Autumn corresponds to the lungs, skin and large intestine. The lungs and large intestine are in charge of respiration, digestion, and elimination. Keep these in check by getting a seasonal facial, eating more ‘yin’ calming and warm foods. Also incorporating seasonal yellow and red foods to support your sacral chakra and take in their vibrancy and energy.
One of the reasons for these recommendations is that the season has characteristics of dryness especially with the start of the cool down of the temperatures and less humidity. This almost inner dryness is believed to be related to Liver & Kidney yin deficiencies with lack of blood and vital fluids flowing smoothly, not just simply from lack of water. You need to maintain your lipid and hydric levels up if you want glowing dewy skin. If your skin isn’t getting enough nutrients, it soon dries out. Eating foods that will help the body to retain moisture, preserve energy and assist in rejuvenating the skin and mucus membrane adding more vital fluid is essential. This will also aid in keeping digestive system problems at bay which can be prevalent in the autumn adding to skin breakouts.
Feed Your Skin:
Essential fatty acids:
Omega 3 and Omega 6 limit water loss in skin cells. Oils like (olive oil, walnut oil, coconut, avocado oil), oily fish (anchovies, sardines, herring and tuna), nuts (almonds and hazelnuts), avocado and olives. Chia seeds and sesame seeds. Grassfed Butter.
On a nutritional level, orange foods usually contain relatively high levels of carotenoids (for example, beta-carotene), a family of nutrients that can be incorporated into cell membranes for protection against free radicals. Examples include carrots, pumpkin, and mandarins, persimmon, sweet potato, butternut squash, spaghetti squash.
Spices To Warm:
Cinnamon, Ginger & Turmeric and Clove are wonderful warming healing and detoxifying spices to add into your food arsenal and beauty food pantry.
Drink Warm Water:
Ice-cold drinks are not recommended because they inhibit the digestive fire and lead to imperfect digestion of food, which can show up on the skin. You can squeeze half a lemon and or cap full of Apple Cider Vinegar daily in an 8 oz of water to cleanse and detoxify.
Another remedy of internal water therapy is an age old Ayurvedic tradition is drinking 6-8 glasses of boiled water everyday. Use pure drinking water, and boil it for five minutes. The water should be boiled fresh each day, and should not be ingested on a completely empty stomach. This therapy helps the water flush toxins from the body and moisturize the skin from within, keeping it hydrated and lustrous.
Combining boiled water with herbs suitable for the skin type enhances the benefits.
Boil one liter of water for five minutes, then pour it into a thermos or other type of heat-retentive container. Add the recommended herbs and spices and steep. Keep the container closed. Strain and use the spice-infused water as needed. Drink at the temperature recommended for your skin type.
Example of a basic combination of recommended herbs and spices:
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds
- 2 pinches of ground licorice root
- Raw Honey
- Raw Honey