Health Changing with the Seasons

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I have spent a lot of time looking for skin care products and makeup that are natural, organic, and have minimal ingredients. It took a long time to find the right products for my face and body. In general, my face breaks out like a teenager. I have combination skin but a tendency to go dry and I am very sensitive to fragrances, chemicals and many other ingredients. But I didn’t take into consideration the hot and humid summers here.

Over the past winter I found a great combination of facial products from Dr Hauschka, Pai Skincare (out of UK), and Banyan Botanicals. My face was as clear as it has ever been. Then summer hit. The combination of products worked great for the cold, dry winters but not the heat and humidity.  Once I realized my skin eruptions were from using the wrong seasonal products, I made changes, and things are getting better.

When the weather is cold and dry, most of us need to moisturize and warm. This includes eating warming, grounding foods. So when the weather turns hot and humid, we may get too hot and moist and need to balance that with cooling and dry foods and products. Remember heat rises….facial eruptions and redness can be just that, too much heat.

This is a basic principle in Ayurvedic Medicine and in Chinese Medicine.  In chinese medicine, there is a balance of yin and yang in the six influences of the body. The yin attributes are cold and damp. The balancing yang attributes are wind, heat, dryness, and summer heat.  In both, health is about maintaining balance between all of these factors, just like in Ayurvedic medicine.

What did I do to change my routine for the change of season?

For my face instead of using my Ayurvedic Vata Oil(warming) by Banyan, I ordered some Pitta Oil (cooling). In the meantime, I started using sunflower oil which is a cooling oil and the bases of the Pitta Oil. My skin is starting to clear up without anymore acne meds, topical antibiotics, etc.

For your personal Ayurvedic constitution and where you are right now (how balanced or out of balance you are) check out Banyan Botanicals or speak to a local Ayurvedic practitioner who can help you.

For those of you experiences the same problems, you can try replacing (or adding to) your moisturizer with some or one of the following oils:

  • Coconut oil
  • Sunflower oil
  • Pitta Oil

 

Some cooling foods, which should replace those heavy, greasy, warming foods are:

  • Leafy Greens
  • Watermelon
  • Cucumber
  • Mint
  • Coconut
  • Summer squash
  • Fennel
  • Cilantro
  • Aloe vera

For more information check out the two resources list below.

For more information on Ayurveda, I like “The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies” by Vasant Lad.

For more information on Chinese Medicine, I highly recommend the book “Healing With Whole Foods; Asian Traditions and Modern Nutrition“.

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