Summers could bring in a lot of destructive qualities along with it. Harsh rays of the sun can be quite damaging for your skin. Whether it is the way your pitta rises within your body or the way that pimple-like eruptions show in your body, there is very little that can be done to avoid it. But Ayurveda is here to solve your woes!
If you remember the time when you were in school, you will recollect how summer vacation skincare was a part of your routine. (Yes, please thank your mother for this!) And one part of that routine was to eat cooling foods. Another integral part was to maintain a skin routine with a good herb intake with other facials or packs like that of Multani mitti or cucumber face pack. If you are puzzled about what these are, read on!
- Have pitta pacifying foods: Pitta could ruin your skin in a bad way. So the best solution is to consume foods that can pacify your pitta. Load up on fruits like watermelon, pears, prunes, and berries. Your go-to veggies should be cucumber, broccoli, asparagus, and brussels sprouts. These will naturally help in increasing the suppleness of your skin. Have fibre rich green leafy veggies like palak and methi that nourish your skin tissue.
- Skin-friendly spices: Ayurveda specifies that each spice has its own properties. During summers, you must cook vegetables with skin-essential spices like fennel, coriander, turmeric, cumin and a judicious amount of black pepper. These help in the natural cleansing of your body and turmeric offers a natural glow to your skin.
- Cooling fluids: Ayurveda emphasizes on good intake of fluids like milk, buttermilk, organic rose-water or mint lassi. Avoid aerated cold drinks or iced water but go for natural alternatives as mentioned above.
- Hydrate: Apart from having all these drinks, don’t forget to have water. Water is a natural coolant and helps your skin in a great way. Regular intake of water can help in skin rejuvenation and well as cleansing of your body.
- Eat at the right time: One of the most neglected things in summers is the time you eat. Ayurveda proposes that one must eat when the digestive fire is the strongest. That is roughly the time when you have lunch. Skipping lunch will disturb your pitta and cause excess heat in your body.