Abhyanga is the Sanskrit word for self massage. It is often recommended as part of an Ayurvedic Dinacharya (daily routine). Sneha, by the way, is the Sanskrit word for oils and it also means love. So preforming self massage with oils is definitely a form of self love!
I have been using oils to massage my face and neck, and nasal oil to keep my nose from drying out, for over a year now.
I never could find the time to fit Abhyanga into my daily routine — until I started to massage my feet in the morning. It feels so good! Then I finally realized it didn’t have to take a lot of time, so I started to practice Abhyanga on my body before a shower, too.
I really look forward to all these massages now!
I’m linking up with My First 5K and More, Running With Attitude, Runs with Pugs, Zenaida and Run Laugh Eat Pie for Fit Five Friday. Today I’m sharing 5 reasons you might want to ditch the moisturizer in favor of oils.
1: It might be cheaper
At first look it seems as though oils are expensive. When you sit down and really look at how much you pay for your moisturizer — there may be little difference; or using oils might even save you money.
2: It might have pronounceable ingredients
This most likely depends on where you get your oils from. You can buy simple oils like almond, sesame, coconut, or even castor oil in most stores. In which case there’s just one ingredient! Even the best moisturizers tend to have a long list of ingredients. Your skin is your largest organ, so what you put on it matters.
3: It may keep your skin softer
My hands and feet can get terribly dry in the Winter. Even slathering on a healthy hand moisturizer never really seemed to help. This Winter, so far, my hands and feet are not scaly at all.
I’m not saying they’re not dryer than in Spring and Summer, but I’ve noticed a big difference in the skin on my hands this year. I rub the oil between my hands to massage my feet, which means that my hands are getting some massaging, too.
4: It will help you destress
Going for a regular massage, for many people (myself included) is super relaxing. I know it doesn’t relax everyone though, and usually that’s because they don’t want to be touched by anyone. Give yourself the time to massage yourself — it feels good. Super relaxing. It actually signals to your nervous system that you can relax, and that’s a good thing.
5: It may help you sleep
See point #4. I don’t generally practice my self massage in the evenings: I use it on my face and neck in the morning, and before I shower. If you shower at night, or practice self massage at night, you are definitely going to feel more relaxed, which may in turn help you to sleep better.
Self massage is a form of self care/love — with benefits. Not only can it help you destress and feel calmer, you may find that it keeps your skin a lot softer, too. Without a ton of unpronounceable ingredients.
As I mentioned in another post, I use Mahanarayan Oil, which you can buy from Amazon here (Amazon Affiliate link) to massage my feet. My feet are very happy with it. You can also try shea butter — for bonus points, add some lavender essential oil for even more relaxation.
Nothing beats getting a wonderful massage from someone who’s trained in massage, but being able to have a massage every day for nothing but your time? Priceless!
Do you ever do self massage?
Do you use oils already in your “beauty” routine?