Take care of your skin, face and hair in this summer
In the upcoming summer, we apprehend more trouble for our skin, face and body. Everyday our body reacts to heat and the change in barometric pressures. With the mercury rising, the scorching heat and dry atmosphere is bound to have its adverse effects on our body. Our bodies don’t always cope well with high mercury especially if we are not conscious of our need to hydrate continuously during the day.
A combination of humidity and heat can stop the ever so important evaporation from our bodies which is the body’s mechanism for keeping it cool. Without the ability to evaporate through skin, internal body temperature rises and brings about traumatic changes in our body such as:
Skin Irritation with small red spots on the face, neck and the chest Exhaustion.
Syncope that is loss of consciousness caused by fall in blood pressure which is quite normal in summer.
According to Ayurveda, summer is the season of “Pitta Dosha” which is related to the Fire Element responsible for governing the metabolism and changes in the body including digestion. Many health problems related to Pitta Dosha are heart burn, excessive body heat and sweating, skin problems like skin rashes, prickly heat and acne, rough hair, irritability and anger.
Over acidity and indigestion can cause dip in your facial pH level prompting more allergies, tanning and loss in skin glow. Rehydration of skin and body through high intake of fluids, fruit juices, easy to digest salads and foods with high fibre content can help in bringing back the lost lusture.
Here are a few combinations that work wonders on your skin in summer, mostly drawn from your own kitchen:
Lemon– Lemon combats free radicals as it is rich in Vitamin C so consuming it every day will give you a bright and healthy skin. It also has bleaching properties so it lightens the skin tone. But avoid stepping out of the house in the sun after the application of lemon as it may give you a burning sensation.
Aloevera – Consuming Aloevera in summer will cool down your body and gives your skin a soothing effect. If your skin is affected by sun, application of Aloevera will help your skin heal as fast as possible.
Curd – This dairy product is rich in calcium and magnesium which helps to strengthen our bones, besides it is a great exfoliater when added with gram flour (Besan). It also acts as a whitening agent and thus removes tan.
Neem leaves (margosa) – Neem has anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, anti –bacterial properties that not only benefits your health but also can helps you get rid of many beauty problems.
Oat meals – Oat is a healthy and nutritious food packed up with amazing healing properties.
Tulsi leaves – Tulsi leaves have high level of potassium, magnesium and vitamin C that will help in regulating your blood pressure.
Apart from the above mentioned ingredients, there are few useful tips that you may follow:
– Drink a lot of water to stay hydrated throughout the day, drinking plain water can be boring so you may add lemon and orange for flavor or taste.
– Apply a sunscreen with minimum SPF of 30 or 50 which provides protection against the UV rays.
– Eat fruits like water melon, grapes, oranges etc.
Skin and Body De Tan Scrub:
Prepare a Body and facial Scrub with ½ tsp. of Dead Sea salt, ½ tsp. Brown Sugar, Ubtan ½ tsp and make paste with 1 tsp skin butter (Shea/Cocoa Butter), add 10 drops of lemon Juice and 2-4 drops of Neroli Oil . The paste should be well applied on face and body with gentle movements for 5-10 minutes and then leave for 5 minutes. Wash it off well and apply sunscreen(SPF 10-20). Repeat the process every week and check out the difference in your skin.
Anti Pimple Facial(For oily and clogged skin):
1. Cleanse the face with Mint facial gel
2. Provide high Frequency Ozone treatment for 8-10 minutes
3. Provide Facial Steam with Anti Ace oil (2-4 drops).
4. Provide cold compression
5. Apply Tea Tree facial gel for 10-15 minutes and wipe off.
6. Apply Neem and Mint Face Pack and wash off when completely dry.
7. Apply skin Toner
Important: Don’t touch the pimple with fingers since it may lead to more infections.
1. Mint facial gel or Neem and Tulsi Face wash – twice a day application
2. Skin Toner
3. Neem and Mint Face Pack – Apply every alternate days, till completely dry.
4. Tea Tree oil for Facial Steam
Hair fall and Hair Lusture- Hair Dandruff, Dry, Itchy Scalp:
Treatment from Aromatherapy includes: Rosemary oil 1 drop, Basil oil 1 drop , Tea Tree oil 1 drop and Patchouli oil 1 drop mixed with 1 Tsp Almond or Extra virgin Olive oil and apply on Scalp on alternate nights with gentle finger massage for 10-15 minutes. Wash it off the next morning with lavender shampoo.
– Anti Dandruff Hair Oil for night application
– Shampoo (lavender for Oily hair and Jojoba for Dry Hair).
– Hair Conditioner or Hair Spa Cream to be applied after shampoo.
– Rinse off again after 5-10 minutes.
Inputs from: Dr. Naresh Arora
Founder of Chase Aromatherapy Cosmetics