I now apply oil to my face (and the rest of my body) every day, and have seen the benefits of caring for my skin this way. The routine of applying oil in my abhyanga practice each morning calms my mind, improves my circulation and protects my skin from the harshness of the elements. Before abhyanga, I used to wash my face two times a day because I was afraid that dirt and oil would build up and clog my pores. I also applied concealer and make up to cover my acne and other so-called “flaws” so that I would look the way women in media are portrayed. Now I realize that these routines were neither helpful nor necessary. I no longer need to wash my face so frequently, because this was drying my skin. My oil glands were overactive because they were compensating for how much I dried out my skin!
With proper care and by making other changes in my diet, I don’t need to cover my skin with make up because it is naturally beautiful. I have found tremendous empowerment and peace with my own physical self in this journey to better skin.