Nourish yourself inside-out for a healthier skin –PART 2
The cosmetic industry has traditionally marketed beauty as something found in a bottle or molded by surgical procedures. But the unspoken key to healthy and radiant skin has more to do with nourishing yourself from the inside-out, and more generally, can be achieved by being mindful of all the areas of your well-being (physical, mental, and spiritual). In my last post, I focused on the importance of honoring your liver and your gut as a means to achieving healthy skin. This month I pay closer attention to our faces, and try to understand what our skin is trying to tell you.
UNDERSTAND YOUR SKIN – SKIN MAPPING
Skin mapping is an ancient practice rooted in Ayurvedic teaching that directly relates the health of our bodies to the skin of our faces. Chapman Lee defines it as “the ability to see the reflection of the body’s organ on each part of the face’s complexion – such as lustre, dullness, and colour [and breakouts!] – as well as the tongue and facial expressions”. Consider the benefits of being able to literally read your face as a diagnostic tool. As illustrated below, every part of your face is linked to a specific organ.
- Forehead: related your bladder and digestive system. If you break out frequently in this area, it might indicate the following
- Digestive problems
- Liver issues
- Irregular Sleep
- Poor diet
- Between the brows (glabella): related to your liver and stomach and could mean the following:
- Poor blood circulation
- Diet too rich in unhealthy fats, processed foods and alcohol
- Nose: unsurprisingly linked to your lungs and heart; if pimples or other impurities appear around your nose area, that’s something that could be associated with:
- Excess alcohol
- Diet rich in greasy food
- Left Cheek: your left cheek is connected to your liver (easy on the alcohol)
- Right Cheek: your right cheek is linked to your lungs (skip those cigarettes)
- Around the Lips: breakouts around your mouth could mean:
- Poor diet
- Hormonal imbalance
- Ovulation, PMS
- Chin: in this area, imperfections are generally a synonym of hormonal imbalance (rooted in kidney or stomach issues).
The next time you break out or notice dark under-eye circles, look at your Skin Map as your organs are likely signaling you that something is amiss.
To find out more on how to properly nourish your organs, refer to my previous article “Nourish yourself inside-out for a healthier skin –PART 1” where I share recipes, eating guidelines, and the foods to include in your diet to feed your organs.
Honor your mind,
Honor your body,
Honor your soul.
Until the next article.