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Ayurvedic Practices

Self-Care Tip: Wake Up Your Face

Rinsing your face upon waking is an easy way to disperse heat, or leftover pitta energy, and prepare the skin for the day’s challenges.

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Rinsing your face upon waking is an easy way to disperse heat, or leftover pitta energy, and prepare the skin for the day’s challenges, namely heat, stress, and pollution. Try splashing your face seven times with cool, preferably non-chlorinated water. (An auspicious number in Ayurveda, seven represents the body’s chakras, or energy centers.) Overnight, trapped heat also dries out the mouth. So while rinsing your face, take a sip of cool water, swish it slowly, and spit it out when it gets lukewarm. Repeat two to three times.

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