Summer Skin

Summer brings us back out into the world of activity and movement.  The Yang nature of summer means that energy will be moving faster and outwardly. The warmth of the sun not only makes us feel good but also has many health benefits to revive our bodies from a period of hibernation.  Our skin requires some exposure to the sun in order to stimulate important metabolic functions related to bone health, immunity, mental health and pregnancy.    The element that comes to the forefront during summer is fire.  Fire can characteristically blaze out of control and it becomes important during this period to consider moderation.  As our external environment gets hotter, it is important to maintain an internal environment that compliments this.

Eating seasonal produce is an easy way to ensure that you are consuming the right foods for this period.  Generally, the types of foods that grow well in this climate are cooling or neutral for the body.  Increasing intake of vegetables such as green leafy veggies, mung beans, celery, cucumber, green tea, water and eliminating processed sugary, fatty foods will also help to keep the fire at bay.  When our internal bodies are well balanced, this will reflect in the skin.  When heat is excessive internally, it naturally wants to move upwards and outwards and we see it manifested on the skin as red, inflamed blemishes, rashes, pustules and dryness.  Caring for our skin exteriorly is only a temporary fix.  It is not until we begin balancing our internal bodies that we start to see and feel the true benefits of healthy skin as a reflection of a healthy body.

Top Five foods for silky cool summer skin according to Chinese Medicine:
Barley water
Mung beans
Celery
Cucumber
Chrysanthemum Flower tea
  Barley water recipe
Ingredients
1 cup barley In TCM “jobs tears” or Chinese barley. Good old English barley can be used also and is a traditional old fashioned English drink
2ltr water
raw local honey, to taste used sparingly if you have candida
 

Some variations

  • juice of 1 lemon AND/OR
  • a handful of torn mint leaves OR
  • bundle of pandan leaves