Updated: Jul 1, 2020
Anyone who knows me will tell you that I'm one of the most particular people about #skincare that you'll ever meet. I spend hours reading articles, listening to podcasts and watching youtube videos about the best products to use, and trust me, I've tried countless skincare and #wellness related products.
After completing my morning health and wellness routine (involving toe separators, oil pulling, and tongue scraping - which you can read about here), I'm ready to take a shower. Well, almost. Before that, I spend about 5 minutes dry brushing, which is a classic #ayurvedic ritual that involves brushing your full body with a special bristled tool (pictured here) to stimulate the #lymphaticsystem. What you want to do is start on the outer parts of the body, so start with the feet and go up your legs. Then for your arms you start with your hands and come up your arms, brush your back and then do your torso. You want to start very gently because you don't want to irritate the skin, especially if you've never done a dry skin brush before. Do not use the dry brush on the face, breasts or groin. It's important to have a #natural bristle brush, don't use any synthetic or plastic bristles just because they might scratch you. If you're just starting out don't do it seven days a week, twice a week is enough. You must always brush in an upwards motion towards the lymph nodes towards the heart. It helps exfoliate dead skin cells, which is important as it allows opening up the pores to bring in new cells. Furthermore, because the lymphatic system has no central pumping mechanism, traveling backwards in an upward motion towards the heart with the brush helps to stimulate the lymphatic process.
Below is a short video demonstrating how to dry brush:
Now it's finally time to hop in the shower! There are millions of options on the market when it comes to body wash or #soap. You have the ones that can be easily found at your local drugstore, then there are the big brands that are extremely high in price. I've honestly tried at least twenty types of body wash and bar soaps from all over the world, and I can confidently say that there is nothing better than Téya Handcrafted Plant Based Soap with an essential oil blend made by the lovely Reena Chawla, locally here in Bangkok.
Her soaps are made with #premiumoils and butters, and enhanced with #essentialoils. She says, "My journey into soap making started as curiosity a few years ago and then one thing led to another and I am still traveling down this path with the same passion! Handcrafted soaps are a blend of science and art. It takes a chemical reaction to change oils and fats into soap. Each oil has its own properties and the combination of oils is what differentiates one artisanal soap from another. The size, design, colors, etcera is the art in the soap. The greatest asset of hand made soap is the high amount of #glycerin in the soap. Glycerin is a humectant that draws moisture from the air deep into the skin."
I'll be honest, I've been blessed with smooth, silky skin, but my husband has very sensitive skin and prior to using Téya soap, he constantly had bumps on his back. After using Reena's product for a few weeks, those bumps are nowhere to be seen. We've been religously using these soaps for almost two years now and highly recommend everyone to try them. You can order your wonderful 100 gram bar of soap for 220 Baht via LINE account reenac or WhatsApp message her at +66 81 839 4373.
After coming out of the shower, it's time to reach for my natural crystal deodorant. Crystal deodorant is made of natural mineral salt called potassium alum, which has been shown to have antimicrobial properties. Potassium alum has been used as a deodorant here in Southeast Asia for hundreds of years and has gained popularity in Western cultures in the last 30 years due to its natural ingredients and low cost. Crystal deodorant is available as a stone, roll-on, or spray. If you use a stone, it may come on its own or attached to a plastic base (like the one pictured here, you can find it on lazada). The best time to apply the deodorant is right after you shower, when your underarms are freshly cleaned and still slightly damp. Run the stone under water and then apply it to clean underarms. It should feel smooth as you’re applying it. Be careful if your stone is cracked or has any rough edges that might cut or irritate your underarms. Continue to rub until the underarm is dry. The salt in crystal deodorant helps to kill bacteria that cause underarm odor. While you may still sweat, the odor may be reduced or eliminated. The main reason I use crystal deodorants is not to use any chemicals that are found in conventional deodorant and antiperspirant may inhibit the secretion of toxins from your body.
Everyone knows that the best skincare products are the ones used on babies, and that is why for my body I use Burt's Bees Nourishing Baby Oil. It is 100% natural, free of parabens, phythalates, petrolatum or SLS which are all chemicals that our body does not need. It is naturally rich in antioxidants and vitamins, leaving skin soft and smooth. This product is formulated with apricot and grape seed oils to gently moisturize your skin. Bangkok is very hot on most days so when I use this product after the shower I always ensure that the AC is on so that I don't sweat from the thick oil. Also, give the oil a few minutes to dry before putting your clothes on so it can seep into your skin. I order the oil via LINE, their account is @burtsbeesth. It normally costs 830 Baht for a bottle of 4fl oz/118 ml, but the brand is having their Friends & Family Mid Year Sale so it is currently available for only 747 Baht. Get yours now before stocks run out!
So now that I've dry brushed, used the best bar soap there is, applied my crystal deodorant and baby oil as my moisturizer, Part 1 of my skincare routine is complete. Stay tuned for part 2 and 3 which will be all about my routine for my face.
Thank you for reading and please make it a point to keep your skin healthy!
Written by Devi Bajaj
Executive Director of Enliven Services
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