According to ayurveda, there are three pillars of beauty. Roopam is outer beauty — personified by shining, healthy hair and a clear, radiant complexion. Gunam refers to inner beauty — the beauty that shines from within, characterized by a warm, pleasing personality and innocence of mind and heart. And vayastyag means lasting beauty — looking, and feeling, younger than your chronological age. Thus, ayurveda does not focus only on cosmetics to achieve the state of true beauty.
Ayurveda also emphasizes herbal supplements as aids to beauty: a supplement to help keep the skin clear through the purification of the blood; or one to internally balance the moisture and elasticity of the skin; or one to pep up the functioning of the liver.
Sleep is second only to diet, according to ayurveda, to achieve and maintain true beauty. The body needs rest in order to rejuvenate itself. Modern research is finding out that sleep deprivation has a very adverse impact on health and well-being, but ayurvedic practitioners knew it centuries ago.
While diet and sleep are the cornerstones, other factors are important too. Stress management is critical. Again, a daily massage can help. Practice meditation, listen to uplifting music — anything you can do to balance the mind and emotions will be reflected in your appearance. Gunam — inner beauty — reflects the beauty of the mind and the soul. Serenity, a positive attitude, and purity of thought, word and action — all of these contribute to making you beautiful.