Changing season is one of the most remarkable occurrences of nature. The climate shifts from one extreme to another therefore we need to make adjustments in our daily habits and rituals.
The season affects everyone differently, people with dominant Vata or air elements find winter weather unbearable and those with dominant Pitta heat elements find summers uncomfortable.
Although we are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of skincare, yet most of us still have a long way to go for incorporating a regular & nurturing skincare regimen.
The following will help you set a regime for your skin.
Take each Day as a Gift to take care of your skin. It’s very important to be aware and mindful not to use any harmful chemically based products.
One should start the day in the morning with cleansing, toning, and moisturizing.
Taking care of skin is a combination of Nurturance and Defence. Apply a sunscreen with high SPF.
Every day our skin is under attack from damaging radicals that break down skin elastin and natural supply of collagen and hence causing skin damage and premature aging.
For nourishment, one needs to feed the skin through masks and moisturizers.
It is important to ensure that your masks are made with hydrating ingredients that nourish your skin.
Try the following ingredients and look out for them according to your skin type.
Dry and Chapped skin – Shea Butter, Almond Oil, Chamomile, Sandalwood and Palmarosa
Oily and Acne-prone skin – Tea Tree, Basil, Lemon, Monoi Oil, Mango Butter, Raspberry Seed Oil, Thyme, Charcoal
Sensitive skin – Natural Glucan Gum, Lavender, Neroli, Geranium
Aging skin- Collagen, Plant Peptides, Argan, Palmarosa, Sandalwood, Patchouli, Cypress and Myrhh
How we treat our skin depends on skin types. Most of us are probably aware of the different skin types normal, dry, oily, acne-prone, or combination skin.
Dry skin is low on moisture. For those with dry skin should avoid harsh products, always use cream-based face cleansers and never go to bed without a nourishing night cream or facial oil.
Oily skin is smoother in texture as it carries more sebum. This sebum also keeps skin away from wrinkles but it also leads to blackheads and whiteheads. Cleanse two to three times daily and scrub on alternate days. Use an oil-free moisturizer is a must to normalize the sebum production. Always remember to use a good astringent or toner to close the open pores.
Combination skin has some areas that are dry and some oily. Identify the areas that have more sebum production. Use the products sparingly there and use higher emollient ingredients.
Those with normal skin are blessed and rarely have eruptions in their face. It can only happen during stress, lack of sleep, or dietary alterations. For those with normal skin use a cream-based cleanser, scrub, toner, and moisturizer.
During changing season, one is more prone to catching infections so drink lots of warm water to release all toxins from the body. Keep essential oils with antibacterial properties always handy with you.
Lastly, we all have the potential to enhance our skin. It starts with self- realization and self – appreciation. Paying close attention to our looks and going with the ingredients that are suited for skin is essential.
Cosmetologist and Aromatherapist
(Founder) INATUR Ayurveda & Aromatherapy