Moisturizing Before the Shower: Reverse Beautology

//Moisturizing Before the Shower: Reverse Beautology

I don’t know about you, but the colder weather is starting to dry me out. Body lotions don’t quite cut it, but as much as I love body oil, I don’t want to look like a ball of grease when going to work or out for the evening. So what’s a girl to do to maintain her glow during the wintertime? Well, according to Ayurveda, we can oil ourselves before the shower.
Yes, as part of the morning Ayurvedic ritual, we can get up and apply a nourishing body oil, and let this absorb as we go through our AM prep. This routine is recommended to involve: daily meditation, yoga, pranayam (breathing exercises) and eating a balancing breakfast. During all of these steps, the emollient oil treatment soaks into our cells, rejuvenating and softening our skin. Then we can hop into the shower and rinse away the excess, but also allowing the warmth and steam from our shower to push this moisturizer deeper into our skin layers. Yes, heat assists oil penetration, and during traditional Ayurvedic cleansing, it is advised to oil up and sit in a steam bath multiple times, to moisturize our internal organs and loosen up toxins – I’ve heard this this referred to as the “ripening” of our bodies before detox; Dr. Lad once even compared the body to a mango, which I got a kick out of.
Now, if you are going to shower an oiled body, it is important to mention that you do not need to use soap. Simply rinse off the excess topical oil, and towel off so that your skin is left unstripped, protected and moisturized. What I love about this method is that your skin gets a wonderful restorative treatment without risking getting oils on your clothes.
But, if you’re running low on time in the morning and cannot let the oil treatment sit, or simply hate oils, I advise that you, at the very least, switch to a milk body wash. This will help you avoid using astringent soaps and gels that deplete your skin and strips its acid mantle. A gentle milk body wash should leave you feeling silky smooth and prevent flakiness after cleansing, which is one of the most important beauty tricks of the season. However, while this is an excellent seasonal product switch, I strongly encourage you try my pre-shower oiling tip. I find that this reverse beautology really helps me stay vibrant, healthy and comfortable through the winter months.

2013-01-07T19:35:35-04:00 By |Hydration|3 Comments

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  1. Serena November 16, 2012 at 10:26 am - Reply

    Hiii
    i am really looking forward to try on the pre-shower body oiling but as u said just take hot shower and not to apply any soap or body wash. My concern is just having hot shower after oiling, will the real purpose of having the cleansing of your body daily be served ??

    • kristen November 16, 2012 at 12:10 pm - Reply

      Good questions Serena! Oil is also cleansing – some ppl even use oil to clean their faces (blogging about that today). Soap is essentially oil that loosens up dirt and is carried away via a cleansing agent.

  2. Katherine April 26, 2013 at 6:43 pm - Reply

    Would you suggest certain oils in particular? I too suffer from eczema and find it sometimes difficult to find non-aggravating skincare products.

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