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									                                 Pitta Season Skin Care
As spring comes to a close and the sun melts kapha away, trying to keep pitta in balance
quickly becomes an issue. With the summer season, skin will often react by becoming
irritated with dryness or excessive oiliness, rashes, insect bites, and of course, sunburn.
Ayurveda has solutions to each of these problems using all natural remedies.

Follow these easy tips to keep pitta in check all summer long:

        ● Keep cool - Wear loose fitting cotton and silk clothing made of light or cool colors
        like white, blue, green or purple. These colors do not absorb heat as easily as black
        or red.

        ● Prevent overexposure - Always protect the skin with a natural sunscreen. Avoid
        prolonged sunbathing, and never lie out during the sun’s hottest time, from 10:00am
        to 2:30pm. If you must be outside during these times, wear a wide brimmed hat and
        a good pair of sunglasses.

        ● Treat sunburn - If sunburn does occur, add 10 drops of sandalwood, khus, or rose
        essential oil to a cool bath and soak for 20 minutes. After patting the skin dry, apply
        cooling oil such as coconut or sunflower. For added benefit, put a few drops of raw
        honey into the oil before rubbing it into your skin. Honey has natural humectants to
        draw in moisture and healing enzymes that are great for any type of burn.

        ● Easy on the soap - At any time of year, soap’s foaming action lifts up and carries
        away the oils necessary to lubricate the skin. This can cause the skin to become dry,
        or can lead to overproduction of oil, either of which is bothersome. Therefore, it is
        only necessary to use soap on the underarms and private areas, or if one's skin is
        really dirty from work or play.

        ● For rashes, hives, and bites - The best way to calm any of these pitta reactions is
        with fresh cilantro. First wash a handful of cilantro and put it in a blender. Add one
        half cup of water and blend to a watery pulp. Strain the liquid into a cup, drink the
        juice and apply the pulp to the affected area. The problem will begin to subside
        within minutes. Repeat this procedure as often as necessary.

For great skin year round:

        ● A healthy diet - In order for the skin to be healthy the inside of the body must be
        healthy as well. Always follow a seasonal diet and include many fresh fruits and
        vegetables. Bright colored foods contain more vitamins, which are the best bet for
        you and your skin.

        ● A clean inside - Ama, or toxins, on the inside means problem skin on the outside.
        Prevent this problem by taking Triphala to help regulate digestive function and to
        clean the small intestine and colon. To help alleviate allergies (skin or otherwise),
        purify the blood with herbs like manjista, burdock, and aloe.

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       ● A sound skincare routine - All the skin asks is to be clean and nourished. Wash
       your face and body every day with a natural commercial cleanser or make your own
       using the recipe below. After washing, gently massage the face in an upward
       direction with Brahmi oil. For problem skin, add some neem oil. For the body, use
       dosha specific massage oils, sesame oil for vata, sunflower or coconut for pitta, and
       sesame for kapha.

       ● One special herb - Ayurvedic texts say that turmeric taken daily will give you
       beautiful skin, and if taken during pregnancy, will give your child a perfect
       complexion. Use it liberally for cooking or take 1/4 teaspoon every morning.

Great skin is possible with Ayurveda. Above all, take care of yourself by reducing stress in
your life, getting enough sleep, drinking clean water, and exercising properly. Do these things
and your skin will thank you!

Recipe: Natural Skin Cleanser

Everyday when you wake up and before you go to bed, it is essential to wash your face. Do
it naturally with these five ingredients:
     - ¼ tsp sandalwood powder
     - ½ tsp colloidal oatmeal (or finely ground oats)
     - A small pinch of turmeric powder
     - Two drops of honey
     - Enough milk to make a creamy paste

Mix all the ingredients in a small bowl and apply to wet skin. Wait a minute or two before
rinsing thoroughly with warm water. To use this recipe for cleansing the body, quadruple it
and add enough milk for a thinner paste.

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