Oil change

Yoga Journal - - Live Well -

Steal this ad­vice for op­ti­miz­ing body oils from Kim Rossi, di­rec­tor of the Shankara Ayurveda Spa at the Art of Liv­ing Re­treat Cen­ter in North Carolina. • Mas­sage oil into your skin be­fore bathing. “Warm wa­ter opens your pores so oil can pen­e­trate into deeper lay­ers of your skin,” says Rossi. The oil acts as a bar­rier be­tween your skin and the wa­ter, pro­tect­ing you from any chem­i­cals in the wa­ter.

• Cre­ate a self-care rit­ual. In Ayurveda, mas­sag­ing your­self with warm oil is called ab­hyanga, and the prac­tice is like “be­ing anointed and sat­u­rated with love,” says Rossi, who rec­om­mends silently re­peat­ing an em­pow­er­ing mantra while mas­sag­ing oil into your skin or sore mus­cles.

• Choose any or­ganic, cold-pressed oil— it doesn’t need to be beauty-spe­cific, says Rossi. In fact, you should use the high­est qual­ity food-grade oils—some­thing you would eat—on your ul­tra­ab­sorbent skin when­ever pos­si­ble, she says.

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