7 Fuss-Free Tips For Summer-Ready Skin
As we transition into the cozy warmth of the summer, it helps to know how the transition is likely to impact our skin and body, according to Ayurveda, so we pass through it without the usual summer skin problems of unwanted acne breakouts on one hand from excessive oil production or dryness of the skin, sunburn, redness, and irritation on the other.
Going by Ayurveda, this is the time when the heat increases in the atmosphere, which can be draining for the body and become the cause for multiple skin problems too. This is also the season when pitta accumulates in the body. So here are a few things you can do for the perfect summer-ready skin.
1. Managing sun exposure
Our skin serves multiple purposes as one of the largest organs of the body-it insulates, manages body temperature, and becomes a protective barrier against radiation and other foreign bodies. But overexposure to sunlight can increase pitta imbalance, and even vata dosha, since we tend to use the air conditioning too much to get away from the heat. But after the looong winter when the summer arrives, it can be hard to hold yourself back from stepping out in the sun and getting you some vitamin D. We get that. So we suggest you use a moisturizing lotion that hydrates, cools, and protects your skin against the sun before you walk out of your house.
Shankara’s Rich Repair Moisturizer may be the go-to you are looking for, for this summer. Rich in ingredients that are extremely nourishing, calming and soothing for the skin, hydrating yet not too oily, rich in antioxidants to support skin’s collagen needs, Rich Repair boasts of dozens of natural herbal extracts, actives and oils like olive-derives squalene, aspen bark extract, carbohydrate complex, amino acids, aloe vera, extract of wheat germ, sunflower seeds, avocado and sesame oil, foraha oil, calendula extract, extract of Life Everlasting, ginger and rice protein extract, dashamoola, bala and shavegrass extracts among others.
Some of the benefits of the Rich Repair include: it supports natural renewal of skin; deeply moisturizing and calming; rich in nutrients and anti-oxidants; restores and maintains balance in skin and a offers natural sun protection.
2. Limit use of air conditioning
We may be victims of ubiquitous use of air conditioners. In summer our body purges toxins through sweat but overexposure to the ACs can restrict this natural phenomenon, such out moisture and instead increase drying, which can vitiate vata dosha.
3. Switch to mild cleansers
This is an important step in taking care of your summer skin. Since the skin already has a tendency to dry up in the summer, you need to switch from harsh, harmful chemical-laden synthetic soaps to mild cleansers made using natural skin-safe herbs and extracts as ingredients. The presence of chemical irritants like tetrachloro-salicylanilide or TCSA present in harsh soaps, cosmetics or fragrances can actually lead to rashes with the painful itch, dryness, flaky skin, and even blemishes, adding to the pain of summer heat. These chemicals can also damage the skin’s pH level or the natural acid mantle.
Unlike these soaps, Shankara’s Hydrating Cleanser has ultra-soothing chamomile, lavender, neem, and calendula along with dozens of other herbal extracts and essential oils (fennel sweet, grapeseed, lavender, sandalwood) sourced based on classical Ayurvedic texts, that combine in this luxurious hydrating cleanser. This mild soothing cleanser leaves your skin feeling soft and supple but never greasy. It is the perfect gentle, soothing, and non-irritating cleanser for dry skin in summer. It also helps to gently and effectively remove the make-up, while leaving the skin feeling moist and silky.
4. Include these fruits in your diet
To beat the heat and have your skin shine in the summer, make sure your diet is rich in the right type of fruits and vegetables that are cooling, loaded with antioxidants, and sufficiently hydrating for the body and skin. Melons are loaded with antioxidants that help counter oxidative aging so your skin defies signs of aging. It also comes with a good quantity of unsaturated essential fatty acids like linoleic acid to support skin elasticity. You can also have pineapple, which has generous quantities of fiber in it and supports collagen production for your skin. Papaya comes with loads of vitamin C and carotenoids that protect the skin against the action of free radicals.
5. Follow a strict sleep schedule
The importance of good sleep is very underrated. Particularly during the summer when your skin is already dealing with drying problems, you cannot afford vata vitiation by being unruly about your sleep schedule. One of the best ways to manage vata is by following a routine in your lifestyle-waking up and going to bed at a fixed time. Also, avoid a large meal at night, to get good sleep. You can also give yourself a nice Abhyanga or a 15-20 minute head and foot massage before dinner that will aid sleep. Here are six quick tips for the best deep sleep you can ask for.
6. Look for organic ingredients
Whether it is your daily serum, moisturizing lotion or cleanser, make sure you are using natural ingredients and actives for the perfect cooling, hydrating action in the summer. The skin loves and easily takes to the natural essence of these ingredients. For example, does your moisturizer have aloe leaf juice, algae extract, beta carotene, rosemary leaves, vetiver, turmeric and sandalwood essential oils, pink lotus essential oil, licorice, saffron, Indian berberry, eaglewood, or red sandalwood powder? Shankara’s Timeless Moisturizer is crafted using the richness of these classic herbal blends.
7. Hyaluronic acid and water retention
Your skin needs a boost of hyaluronic acid which is usually present in your skin and binds with water for moisture retention. But as we age, especially after 30, the natural acids in the skin reduce, making it necessary to bring in reinforcements through herbal ingredients. You need it to meet skin’s moisture needs, to do away with fine lines and appearances, and keep it supple.
In that, you can also pick up the mindfully crafted Shankara Discovery Kit for Dry Skin that has a complete set of products to manage the excessive drying in the summer, especially if you are someone who has to live out of a suitcase-a daily repair serum, a hydrating cleanser, rich repair moisturizer and an exfoliator.
And as is often repeated, keep pitta in perfect balance by avoiding sweets, alcohol, junk or spicy food, or food that is deep-fried.