Natural ways to beat the heat

beat-the-heatDiscover natural ingredients this summer that can help protect your skin from the harsh summer heat.

Aloe Vera: Aloe Vera is a popular and effective ingredient to remove that horrid sun tan during summer. There are many Aloe Vera benefits from health to nutrition, from acne treatment to skin care. It is widely grown as an ornamental plant; however it is equally popular as medicinal plant due to several Aloe Vera uses. The healing properties make it beneficial for skin care and helps in restoring skin’s natural beauty. It is also an outstanding skin moisturizer and provides oxygen to the cells which strengthen the skin tissues and helps to keep the skin healthy.

Sandalwood: A mixture of sandalwood powder (1tsb), turmeric powder (1 tsb), and a pinch of camphor mixed with few drops of sandalwood oil works in a great way on acne and pimples. Frequent use of this mixture helps pimple and acne to vanish and it is useful against blackheads also. For best results one should leave the mixture on the face overnight. Sandalwood oil is said to be a softening agent. Frequently massage face with sandalwood oil to exfoliate the skin and make it soft and supple.

Pearl:Pearl is very helpful to brighten the skin, improve the skin texture, balancing the skin moisture, giving radiant glowing skin.Pearl has the ability to tone and regenerate the skin, revitalizing it, making it look more youthful. It helps reduce blemishes, dark marks, pimples and acnes, and it can be used both in form of paste and powder. Pearl helps in minimizing the large pores on the skin and therefore reduces redness. Large pores make the skin look unhealthy and uneven redness causes skin loose its’ pH balance.Pearl helps to reduce both of these and makes skin look toned and even.Pearl is also largely available as an ingredient in soaps, facewashes and facepacks.

Khus: Popularly known as Khus, Vetiveria zizanioides is an ideal coolant to beat the summer heat. Owing to its effective cooling properties and fragrance, khus is often included in high quality soaps, powders, aroma therapy products and perfumes. With anti-inflammatory and antiseptic effects providing relief from inflammation, the oil obtained from khus also has sedative effect and aids in the treatment of emotional outbursts, such as anger, anxiety, epileptic and hysteric attacks, restlessness, nervousness, etc. Known for increasing the energy levels and fortified with various minerals like manganese, zinc, copper, magnesium and iodine, khus seeds (poppy seeds) are widely used to make Khus sharbat/syrups which are largely consumed by people in summers.

Ginger: Ginger, just like khus is also a cooling agent for the body. It is surprising to know that ginger being a spice infact cools the body because of its property at the time of ultimate assimilation in the body. Also, it also helps to resolve skin related issues. Hypopigmentation is also easily solved by ginger. One just needs to do is to cut a part of the ginger and dab it in the pigmented areas of the skin.

Rose water: Rose water face wash is perhaps one of the oldest and most sought after techniques of skin care. It effectively removes skin clogs and blackheads and reduces blotchiness and stickiness from the face. It helps clear all the impurities your face has collected through the day. Rose oil is said to have anti-inflammatory properties. Frequent use of the same will help clear off problems related to redness due to skin burns (over heat), and irritation. Proper face massage with rosewater will remove excess oil in the skin, keeping it evenly moisturized and exfoliated, thus restoring the lost pH balance and skin texture, preventing acnes and pimples, removing the dirt that gets accumulated in the skin pores.

Neem: One of the wonders of Ayurveda that has been ignored by urban folks in favour of more synthetic ingredients is the humble neem. An ideal solution to all your summer related skin problems, neem is the best medicine available to you. The benefits of neem can be utilized to the maximum extent in this hot sultry condition. The usage of different parts of the neem plant differs from one season to another. The juice of the neem leaves is specially useful for purification and maintenance of our skin and blood. Neem is also available as an ingredient in ayurvedic facewash and soaps that can be an ideal companion for you this summer.