Pitta Dosha is active during Summer. Learn how to keep it in balance
Summer is upon us and it is time to dress down to a swimsuit, hat, and flip flops while sipping your coconut water at the beach. But before you jump into the sea, don’t forget to take care of your skin and hair. The hot summer season activates Pitta dosha and it’s important to know how to keep it balanced.
As we know, Ayurvedic philosophy states we are governed by three energies: Vata, Pitta and Kapha. In general, it is rare to belong solely to one of these doshas. Most people demonstrate symptoms of a mix of two or even all three doshas. Regardless, Pitta dosha is activated most strongly during the hot months of summer and needs to be balanced alongside changes in diet, lifestyle, climate and even stress, Summer has the potential to adversely affect the condition of your skin and hair. The relationship between the skin and the sun can be best described as a love-hate relationship. While basking in the sun gives off a healthy-looking tan, prolonged exposure also results in the destruction of collagen cells, causing premature aging and accelerating the appearance of wrinkles. Of course, there is also the ever-present risk of developing skin cancer.
People with a dominant Pitta usually have sensitive skin that is prone to acne, especially during the summer. In contrast with Vata and Kapha skin types that develop a lovely brownish tan, pitta skin usually turns red when sunbathing. And nothing speeds up skin aging as a sunburn. Hence, no matter how or where we choose to spend our summer and what skin type we have, we need to be vigilant about our skincare. How should we take care of our skin during summer?
7 Ayurveda Tips to Protect Your Skin this Summer
Use these 7 tips based on Ayurveda principles to protect your skin and keep it beautiful this summer
1. Use Sun Protection
A good sunscreen, SPF30 or more, is your first line of defense against the sun. If you tend to burn easily, use a higher SPF product. Sunscreens come in several types: mineral sunscreens, regular chemical ones or even simple natural oils such as raspberry seed. Choose whatever suits your needs the best. To avoid unnecessary skin irritation, try to only apply sunscreen when outdoors. Or else you could also try putting on a hat.
2. Adjust Your Diet
It is imperative to adjust your daily routine to the warm weather, especially for those with a Pitta dosha skin type. A good diet is a must to cool down your body from the inside. Fruits, vegetables, cold salads and smoothies are your best friends. Try to limit sweet and bitter tasting food to balance the body. Avoid excessively spicy meals which could make the “inner fire” burn stronger. Milk has an amazing cooling effect, a glass a day is a good idea during a hot summer. If you don’t drink cow’s milk you can choose almond milk or rose water, as both also have cooling properties. Last but not the least, drink a lot of water. You don’t want to get dehydrated.
3. Take Rejuvenating Baths
After sunbathing or sustained exposure to the sun, a nice bath is the perfect way to relax and protect the skin. Adding a couple drops of rose oil or sandalwood oil to the water will moisturize and soothe the skin. After the bath, you can follow up by massaging a bit of sesame, olive, sunflower or coconut oil to further moisturize the skin.
4. Cleanse Regularly
During summer, you end up sweating a lot and sweat mixed with dirt clogs pores. Cleanse well both in the morning and in the evening. If you have sensitive skin, ground almonds, oats and rose water are ideal for cleansing. If you have very oily skin, chickpea flour or rice flour will absorb any excess of oil. In case of acne, try to wash your face with powdered neem leaves which are anti-bacterial. Above all avoid using soaps on your face. Soap dries the skin and during hot weather you definitely want to avoid it. Face masks, especially the ones in powder form, are perfect solutions for a deep and natural cleansing. Apply twice a week to enjoy a smooth and nourished complexion.
5. Nourishment and Moisturizing
Skin during the summer requires constant moisturizing and hydration. Look for moisturizing cosmetics that contain turmeric, sandalwood and aloe vera. These ingredients are safe, natural and gentle on your skin. Face masks are a good solution, as they not only cleanse but also nourish and moisturize the skin. Try to apply masks with flower petals such as roses or calendula and algae. These are some of the best ingredients for the summer heat. Powdered face masks contain natural ingredients that are only activated when you decide to add water to them, and are an excellent choice.
6. Treat Burns
If you still get sun burnt despite taking precautions, don’t worry. There’s always a solution. Try applying cucumber or cucumber juice, aloe vera gel or cold chamomile tea on the affected area. The skin will cool down and heal faster. A natural yogurt based mask mixed with honey is also useful in soothing sore red skin.
7. Keep a Routine
Yes, I know it is especially difficult to maintain a regular routine during the summer holidays. It is tough to go to sleep early when the days are so long and beautiful. However, do try to adjust to the rhythm of your body and go to sleep before midnight. Beauty sleep is very important to maintaining healthy skin, especially in summer.
Do you have a summer skincare ritual? Let me know in the comments below.