Why You'll Want An Ayurvedic Facial

There are many different facials out there that tackle an array of skin care needs. Some are general, and some are highly specialized. We're excited by all of them. And especially excited by facials that use massage to give us radiant and balanced skin, but also provide therapeutic effects that align our entire system.

An ayurvedic facial is different from other facials in its approach, diagnosis, touch and in the type of products used. The facial massage treatment is customized according to the individuals' "dosha" (mind-body constitution) and there are three types: Vata (dry/dehydrated skin), Pitta (combination/sensitive skin) and Kapha (oily/congested skin), which all vary in the amount and kind of pressure used in the facial massage.

Rosemarie Sepulveda, skincare director at Pratima Ayurvedic Skincare in New York City says, "Massage is one of the best anti-aging treatments you can provide for yourself." Massage helps to liquefy toxins, tone the skin and increase circulation, which in turn, optimizes cellular regeneration and rejuvenation, she says. Also, anyone who has had a massage before can attest to the fact that massage helps reduce stress, which is important to delay the aging process.

"Ayurveda also believes that each layer of skin tissue and each 'marma' point is linked with other bodily tissues; therefore by stimulating and massaging the skin, we simultaneously balance the blood, muscle, fat, bone, nerve and reproductive tissues," says Sepulveda. So not only will an ayurvedic facial work to yield radiant and balanced skin, you'll also walk away with a lighter load.

To learn more about ayurvedic facials, check out the spring-summer 2012 issue of NewBeauty Magazine.

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