Cultivating Self-Love for Youth and Vitality

Once a week or so, I take a day to recharge and go inward. I am a highly sensitive, empathic individual and without a regular mindful practice of self-care, I can easily get out of balance. I have people message me with questions about how I maintain my energy of, “youth and vitality”. (which is funny to me that people even look at me in that way, but I am trying to own it.) I thought I would share a peek into what I do in my everyday life, to hopefully inspire others and introduce others to a few of my health and beauty practices.

Studying Ayurveda and experiencing the power of it during my recent trip to India, I know how important self love truly is. Not just emotionally, but physically. A common practice in India, with Ayurvedic inspiration, is something called, Abhyanga. Abhyanga gives amazing softness, strength and color to your skin/body. It decreases the effects of aging and increases longevity. It helps you sleep and strengthens the body’s tolerance.

Abhyanga involves massage of the body with large amounts of warm oil. I’ve been doing this for almost a year now, regularly. It has helped me “younger” myself by many years. It’s truly amazing! I usually use either Apricot or rose oil. I light candles, dim the lights and play relaxing music. I massage my entire body with warm oil and meditate for 30 minutes. It is the most powerful expression of self-love that I’ve ever experienced.

Today, in addition to Abhyanga, I am doing a smoothie fast. (I do this 2 or 3 times per week) Beets are a vegetable that I put in my smoothies, every single day. This is one of my secret beauty tips. Beets give you gorgeous glowing, wrinkle-free skin and soft pink lips. I also love adding ginger and aloe to my smoothies, which have many health benefits, along with fresh fruit and greens.

Rosewater is something I use everyday, too. Rosewater balances the mind, heart & emotions. I spray it on my face and neck throughout the day. Rosewater balances hormones and creating overall well-being. It also gives you glowing, beautiful skin. I always feel so fresh and pretty after I spray it on my face. I love it. I picked some really nice rosewater up in India and I am dreading when I run out of this particular Ayurvedic brand called, “NeoVeda”

Every night, before bed, I take a natural, Ayurvedic herb called, Triphala. It is the BEST health and beauty tip that I ever received, through a Swami who is an Ayurvedic practitioner. I will never be without it and when I travel and forget it, I can always tell the difference in how my body feels. Triphala is popular for its unique ability to “gently cleanse and detoxify the system while simultaneously replenishing and nourishing it. It is most well-known for its gentle effects on the bowels, improving peristalsis and cleansing toxic build up of wastes; but Ayurveda also views triphala as a nourishing supplement known for its ability to rejuvenate healthy tissues, allowing one to age gracefully.” (Bayan Botanicals).

A regular beauty regimen is something that anyone can incorporate into their daily lives. Male or female, these Ayurvedic-inspired practices can change your life, for the better, if you implement them, regularly. Once you begin, you won’t want to stop, as what you will feel is abundant energy and vitality, invigorating youth and sensual beauty that will quite literally, “younger” you! I am grateful to be able to help others on their path to wellness and beauty and I truly hope that through cultivating self-love, the benefits will spill outward into the lives of people who will go on to touch the world in powerful ways.

Dayna Martin is an author who has been educating others for over a decade, through her writing, television appearances and speaking on the  topic of facilitating educational freedom for children. Dayna is the most renown voice on the topic of Radical Unschooling, worldwide. She educates and empower people to become self-directed education facilitators. She inspires parents and educators to let go of learning limits and instead, give freedom for internally motivated learning, peace and freedom to flourish.


  1. Sarah Cleaver says

    Thank you, Dayna! You are an inspiration to me as a mother of 4, and I have often wondered what some of your “secrets” are for looking so amazing. I am about the same age as you and I would love to “turn back the clock” a little, as you seem to have done. I am going to incorporate some of these into my life, and hopefully I will start to glow like you! <3

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