When temperatures soar this summer, heat and humidity can cause oil glands in the skin to become hyperactive. This results in increased oil production, as well as attracting dirt, debris and toxins into your pores, which in turn causes skin to become prone to blemishes and accelerated aging. This is the reason summer skin care should be modified from the other seasons and include a possible change of one of our organic cleansers, toners, moisturizers, exfoliators and of course our @PuraVedaOrganics SPF 30+ mineral sunscreen is more necessary than ever to help protect and unwind the stress of summer skin.
Here are the 7 best natural ingredients for defending, healing and keeping skin looking healthy and youthful in the care of summer skin.
1. Aloe Vera
Did you know Aloe Vera Gel is one of the most effective botanicals known for healing sunburned and irritated skin? Aloe contains high levels of zinc and anti-inflammatory agents, which are useful for soothing frequent skin irritations, as well as rosacea, acne and eczema outbreaks. Most PVO formulas contain Certified Organic Vitamin-infused Aloe Vera Gel as a key ingredient that can be directly applied to instantly cool, reduce itching and rejuvenate damaged skin. The best part is how versatile Aloe is in it’s action and works for all skin types/ doshas.
2. Green Tea
Extracts of Green Tea include powerful antioxidants called ‘catechins’ that enhance the skin’s resistance to harsh UV light from the sun’s rays, and helps improve the net collagen content of the skin. Green tea also has a cooling effect that soothes inflammation such as that from acne, rosacea, eczema and similar skin conditions. If your skin becomes excessive oily skin in summertime, Green Tea helps control sebum production and balance overall skin pH.
Not only Lemon is great for anti-aging skin care, but it’s also a refreshing summer skin care ingredient that instantly recharges dull, tired looking skin. The Vitamin C (or natural L-ascorbic acid) content in Lemon exfoliates the skin, helps remove dead skin cells and clear clogged pores, which is particularly very beneficial for oily/kapha or acne-prone skin. Lemon balances the pH of the skin to help balance excess oil production. Regular usage in the form of a toner or serum treatment restores unevenness and clears dark spots and hyperpigmentation. Lemon also hydrates the skin, and when used along with Vitamin E, it protects against sun damage and stress.
The cleansing and antibacterial properties of enzymes in Papaya makes it one of the best ingredients for clear, fresh summer skin. Our Papaya & Honey Exfoliation Mask & Scrub (or the SBR version for Sensitive Skin) uses the power of natural ingredients like Papaya, Honey, Milk, and Neem, etc., to slough dead skin, dissolve deep seated debris from clogged pores, encourage cell regeneration and detox the skin.
Chamomile is best known for soothing irritated skin. German Chamomile Essential Oil contains antioxidants like quercetin, apigenin and various other flavonoids that fight free radical damage, and reduce oxidative stress. Chamomile’s anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties have been used for centuries to heal skin and restore skin’s youthfulness. Certain bioactives in Chamomile also help reduce uneven skin tone and hyperpigmentation left over from tanning.
Traditionally, Neem has been used for thousands of years in the sub-tropical Indian climate to heal almost every skin problem. Extracts of Neem surpass all other botanicals in Ayurvedic science to for relief to acne-prone skin. Neem contains sulfur and anti-bacterial bioactives like Nimbidin, Nimbin and Azadiractin that purify the skin, reduce acne and hypigmentation and help soften, moisturize and refresh the skin. Neem also exhibits regenerative properties that boost cellular growth and delay the signs of aging.
Peppermint essential oil is best known for its powerful cooling and healing properties. Using Peppermint Oil in the form of an organic hydrator/toner instantly refreshes and soothes the skin. When used in correct concentration, this invigorating oil is effective in reducing blackheads, inflammation, itchy skin and help prevent sunburn.
To learn more about the products and personalized skin care regimens that will help you manage for vibrant and flawless summer skin, click here.