Skin Care with Ayurveda

Jothi Vita

From an Ayurvedic view, summer is the season when sun is strong and increases heat in the body, which is one of the main causative factors of skin problems. To ensure your skin remains healthy in this scorching heat, you need to take good care of it by using the right remedies.

Understanding the Skin
The skin is a sensory organ which acts as an insulator, regulates body temperature, and protects us from harmful radiations of the sun. There could be several internal and/or external factors that impact the beauty of our skin, making it look unhealthy.

Excessive exposure to sun in summer season damages our skin. The qualities of the sun (hot, sharp and penetrating) increases the Pitta Dosha and this is why most people face skin problems like eczema or acne during this season. Moreover, prolonged exposure to the sun also leads to increase in Vata, which is the prime cause for drying of skin.

At the office, in the car or at home, AC environments surround us. ACs don’t just control room temperature, they also reduce moisture levels leading to dry skin. Additionally, AC also prevents sweating, which is the body’s natural process of eliminating toxins in summer. When the skin becomes dry, it loses its natural moisture and becomes susceptible to infections.

Air Pollution
During summer, hot and dry winds are common in several regions of the world. Exposure to air pollutants like dust, smoke and dirt clog the pores of the skin and cause several problems, such as pre-aging of skin, eczema, allergies, and more.

Diet and Lifestyle
Faulty diet and irregular lifestyles are key reasons for skin problems. People today consume packaged food in excess, skip daily exercise, spend long hours in seated positions, and have terrible sleep habits. Our stressful life lead to diminished glow of skin, dark circles, wrinkles, acne, blackheads, and decreased blood circulation.

Most skin problems have deep-rooted causes and the use of creams or antibiotics only mask the symptoms. Ayurveda has a holistic approach to maintain a beautiful skin which includes: a balanced diet, a healthy lifestyle, certain herbal formulations and a daily self-massage using natural organic oils.