In the northern hemisphere, we're well into Pitta season. The sun is hot and the days are long. The sun gives us energy for our mind and body, and as a source of Vitamin it has some benefits for our skin. The trick is to protect our skin, without over-protecting it. Ayurveda has some tips for us.
-Avoid exposure to the sun when angry, hungry or upset. These factors increase Pitta, which makes the skin more susceptible to sun damage.
-Protect yourself with sunscreen, and also with clothing, hats, long sleeves, and sunglasses during times when you are most sensitive.
-Avoid the mid-day sun. Early morning sun is more gentle to the skin.
-Cool yourself from the inside by eating cool foods, salads, fresh sweet pears, and raisins. Avoid hot foods, like peppers and chilies.
-Cool down skin with a mask made of watermelon puree. Avoid the eye area, and rinse off with lukewarm water after about 15 minutes.
-Rosewater is wonderfully soothing to the skin. Dab some on with a cotton ball after exposure to the sun. The healing properties of rose are especially Pitta balancing: cooling, moisturizing, and soothing.