We all love Summer, but with the intense heat of Grandfather Sun also comes a lot of challenges and imbalances not only energetically but also for our skin.
In the heart of Ayurveda there is the concept of the 3 Doshas; this are the three basic types of human condition. Present in all of us, in nature and everything in the planet. Pitta, Kapha and Vata. Summer is the Pitta month, Pitta means Fire. Therefore the qualities of this season are Pitta qualities, hot, sharp and penetrating! And when too much of this heats occurs our skin freaks out and is more prone to inflammation, flare ups, breakout, acne and many skin imbalances. So in order to cool down our system and bring the balance back we need to adapt our rituals and integrate more cooling plants and herbs both internally and externally. Simple right?
Here are some of my favorites tips, plants and recipes to stay cool, harness the energy of the sun and stay radiant all summer long!
Cooling Sparkling Toner:
This is a wonderful, light, refreshing and cooling toner with a natural Fizz!
- 2 tsp witch hazel
5 tbs sparkling water
3 drops peppermint essential oil
1 tbs aloe juice
This mask helps reduce inflammation, blemishes, it's also cooling, anti-aging, anti-bacterial and toning.
- mix one part turmeric
- two parts gotu kola
- aloe water or yogurt
Turmeric: is anti-inflammatory, has vitamin C, is anti-aging, anti-oxidant.
Gotu Kula: is loved in Ayurveda. Externally it is anti-aging, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, it also heals wounds and cuts, tones and tightens the skin!
Yogurt: Has been used for ever by many cultures in many beauty rituals. It cleanses, tones and firms the skin. Rich in B12.
Mix all the ingredients, put it on your skin, let it dry and was off.
Yogi Bhajan's Hanuman body mask:
For luminous skin, smoothes wrinkles, removes dead skin, and clears the pores.
- mix turmeric, yogurt, chickpea flour, powder ginger and lemon!
- Massage it in before having a shower or bath then let it dry on your body. you can also just add a cup of this mixture into the bath.
- Then, with warm water, wash it off