With Summer in its peak and many places recording high temperatures, its time to look back to our skin and skin health. Here are just some simple things you can do to look after yourself during summer.
From an Ayurvedic point of view, beauty isn’t skin deep. It’s much more than that. It is inner health and harmony. It also involves internal cleansing along with external nourishment. Looking good, looking beautiful, looking healthy, glowing etc is everyone’s birth right. According to Ayurveda, it is our duty to look after our bodies and mind and feel confident. We believe that this body is given to us on rent by the highest creator and it is our duty to look after it. And to do this Ayurveda gives us certain tools.
ONE: Do not put anything on the skin that you cannot put on your tongue or in your mouth. Whatever you put on your skin should be so safe that even if you ingest it, it will only benefit you and not harm you. So next time you are out there looking for a skin cleanser or skin oil, cream, lotion etc, make it a habit to read the ingredients and become aware of what you are putting on your skin.
TWO: All foods can become beauty products. So in a way, beauty literally starts from your kitchen. Foods can be turned into oils, face masks, cleansers, gels etc.
THREE: You are what you eat, literally. So become mindful of what you put in to your body. Ultimately it is going to affect all the outer parts of your body including skin, nails, hair etc.
FOUR: In Ayurveda, anti aging is one of the most important aims. By anti aging, we mean not only looking younger from the outside but also feeling younger and healthier from the inside. One may say that anti aging approaches could begin at the age of 30, 40 or 50. But Ayurveda says no to it all. According to Ayurveda, the moment a baby is born, the whole aging process commences hence all holistic anti aging approaches are applied at birth. And the most important one is hot oil massages. Therefore as a part of your anti aging routine make sure to receive regular massages. Ayurveda Pura Sesame Seed Oil is the best as it contains several vitamins minerals etc to help support skin health.
FIVE: Make oils and Ayurveda Pura Ghee your best friends. They aren’t dangerous, fattening or life threatening, depending on how you use them. Ghee can be used as a natural cleanser for the skin. Likewise Ayurveda Pura Sesame Seed Oil is also used as a cleanser.
Beauty Tips for Summer:
Smoothies: For people who love their smoothies, here is a simple smoothie recipe for healthy glowing skin:
- Aloe vera gel
- Fresh grated ginger
- Fresh lime juice
Ayurveda Pura’s Timeless Beauty Magic Mix powder – ½ teaspoon to be added to a glass of the smoothie
Consume this smoothie around mid morning time and if you are feeling enthusiastic then again around late afternoon time.
Magic Skin Recipe:
- Ayurveda Pura Rose Water
- Lemon Juice.
Mix equal amounts of the above and apply to the facial skin and any skin region that may be exposed to sun. Leave it on for 15 minutes and wash with cool or tepid water.
The combination helps to clear up the skin, helps towards even skin tone and also helps to prevent any skin break outs.
- Cucumber pulp
- Aloe vera gel
- Pinchful of turmeric.
Blend the above together to make a smooth paste
Apply to skin as a mask, leave for 15 minutes and wash with water.
This is a very cooling and refreshing mask and helps to remove excess summes heat from the skin and body.
Every evening cleanse the face with Ayurveda Pura Rose Water and then apply rose water eye pads to eyes. Leave for 20 minutes and remove. This is best done before going to sleep.
Ayurveda believes that whenever there is excess heat in the body, it rises up to the head and neck region especially eyes. And if you don’t get rid of this heat then it will start burning the tissues around the eyes which leads to dark circles, fine lines and wrinkles. A simple way to get rid of this heat is by applying rose water to eyes.
Castor Oil Cleanse
You can also follow a three day Ayurveda Pura Castor Oil cleanse to help support the skin and systems.
Spinach and Cucumber smoothie as mentioned above to be take two times a day during the three days cleanse program.
Just before bedtime, mix two tablespoons of hot Castor Oil with 2 capsules of Triphala. Take this along with a cup of Ayurveda Pura Ginger Lemon Zest Tea.
The above is done for three consecutive days. This cleansing program helps to remove excess heat from the body, helping to give a glow to the skin.
If possible avoid the following (or any foods that have a heating property) during summer for skin health
- Chick peas
- Gram flour
- Excess spicy foods
- Red meat in excess
Would love to hear how you got along with the above suggestions for summer.