Stop Seeing Red
Holistic Summer Skin Rescue
Is your skin causing you to be apprehensive about summer? Summer can be a time of joy and health but the humidity and heat can trigger inflammation and cause our skin to go red. This annoying skin condition can be caused by sunburn, wind burn, rosacea, internal heat, and rashes. In Ayurveda, good health is the balance of our three doshas: Vata (air), Pitta (fire), and Kapha (earth). During the summer, the hot moist energy that is Pitta is aggravated.
To reduce the above skin heartaches, start by balancing your Pitta dosha. Skincare routines should include a cooling serum and sun protection. Dietary changes like eating raw foods and avoiding salty, spicy, and sour foods can be done easily while lifestyle changes like meditation, increased relaxation, and less type A behaviour take more effort. But for those who suffer from chronic redness or rosacea, these changes need to be taken seriously as they are experiencing a more intense Pitta imbalance. Along with the above recommendations, digestive imbalances and detoxification can be investigated with a trusted health practitioner.
Vatas love summer’s heat and humidity as it balances their tendency to be cold and dry. But the heat can cause over-dehydration of the skin. Keep hydrated with naturally sweet, moist foods. This is a great time to treat yourself with fruit and vegetable juices. Skincare can be as simple as a seaweed based serum to replenish skin hydration and a protective moisturizer to prevent trans-epidermal water loss.
Kaphas love the heat. It helps to increase their metabolism and their body’s circulation. But if there is toxin accumulation from winter, acne can result. To prevent breakouts, detoxification and bowel cleansing is recommended. A clay mask can be used to reduce the appearance of blemishes and the inflammation that comes with it both as a nightly spot treatment and as a weekly mask treatment.
The excess heat and humidity from summer can cause heat rash and rashes from yeast and fungus like candida and athlete’s foot. Prevention can include a spring detox as well as a diet of avoiding processed sweets. Calamine lotion and cooling cucumber masks are popular remedies for heat rash. For yeast and fungus-related rashes, find a topical from your preferred alternative medicine expert. In a pinch, clay or a clay mask can give you relief from itching and inflammation; clay masks are also a great solution for relieving itchy mosquito bites.
For a quick guide, follow these ten tips for a fun, stress-free summer!
10 Tips to Healthy and Beautiful Summer Skin:
- Increase the consumption of raw foods
- Increase sweet and bitter foods in diet
- Decrease sour and salty foods in diet
- Stay hydrated with lots of water, herbal teas, and fruit and vegetable juices
- Use sun protection with SPF, hat and breathable clothing
- Stay in the cool shade between 11am and 3pm
- Maintain skin’s hydration level with a serum and moisturizer
- Keep skin smooth with a natural and gentle exfoliant
- Treat sunburn with a serum of collagen and aloe vera
- Treat rashes, blemishes, and itchiness with clay