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Summer Skin Care

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.

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