10.3.4 Antioxidants and Beauty Care
Antioxidants play an important role in keeping the skin wrinkle-free and soft. Amla is a very good antioxidant and is used in many rejuvenation and beauty compounds. Daily use of herbs like amla, both internally and externally in oils, will increase your bodys ability to stay young. Antioxidants, like vitamins C, A, and E, or amla, all slow the aging process by preventing oxidation of the body (oxidation literally means the putrefaction of the tissues).
10.3.4 Massage and Beauty Care
Massage plays a very important role in beauty care and the general health of the skin. The skin is an organ of elimination. Many toxins leave the body through the skin. Regular massage helps this detoxification of the body and keeps the skin young and soft. Ayurveda uses oils for massage rather than creams or other substances. Oil is food. Ayurveda states that you should not put something on your skin that you should not put something on your skin that you would not eat. Oils are usually mixed with herbs to help your particular constitution. Shatavari is often mixed with sesame seed oil for arthritis pain or just muscle fatigue.
10.3.4 Exercise and Beauty Care
Daily exercise in the form of yoga, Tai Chi, dance, or walking is very important for health and beauty. Exercises stimulates the metabolism and helps the body expel the toxins that pollute us and cause aging. Exercise also simulates prana, circulating it throughout the body and allowing it to be absorbed more through breathing and movement. Without daily pranic stimulation it is difficult to remain healthy; prana is the basic building block of health and beauty.