4 Ayurvedic Rituals to Extend Your Summer Glow Into the Fall
It’s impossible not to be left with a bittersweet feeling as summer days wind down and the season comes to a close. But just because we’re bidding adieu to summer Fridays and long weekends doesn’t mean we have to say goodbye to all of summer’s goodness. That sun-kissed complexion and carefree radiance your skin has earned over the past few months can be something you carry with you into the fall. By making time for a handful of ancient beauty rituals, you can unveil your natural luminosity even as the sunlight begins to dwindle.
As temperatures drop, one of the first things the cold weather takes its toll on is our skin. Body exfoliation is an integral part of ayurvedic health, simultaneously sloughing off dead skin from the exterior while stimulating the lymphatic system beneath to eliminate toxins. This deeply cleansing ritual can be done by dry brushing or by using a scrub of natural herbal exfoliants, as is done with Udvarthana, an ancient full-body massage treatment that cleanses and refines the skin.
Once you’ve exfoliated, nourish your skin with a rich blend of restorative botanicals. In India, sunflower oil is used on both the skin and hair to combat dryness and environmental wear. The ingredient’s high levels of vitamin E help skin retain its moisture while fatty acids help regenerate new skin cells. Cold-pressed organic sunflower oil is a star ingredient in our Mighty Majesty Huile Extraordinaire, which we recommend applying after showering while skin is still damp to maximize the oil’s hydrating effects.
As the temperatures drop, we may notice that the summer sun has left us with hyperpigmentation. Undo the damage and unveil a luminous finish with an indulgent mask that tackles uneven skin tone and dark spots, like our Flawless Veil Illuminating Masque. An ayurvedic blend of manuka honey, licorice, wild turmeric, and saffron make this potent powder mask a remedial treat for the skin and a soothing respite for the mind. Follow with a healthy dose of Radiant Rani Brightening serum will help restore a more even complexion.
Finally, it’s important to remember that true beauty is cultivated from within. When work demands and stress levels rise going into fall, harness the power of ayurveda to reinstill balance. Carve out time for yourself to nurture your body’s internal energy reserves when you’re feeling depleted and this self-love will manifest outwardly. One way is to enjoy a healthful dose of antioxidants and unwind with a calming tea. Grown exclusively in India and popularly referred to as “the Champagne of teas,” Darjeeling tea is rich in many bioactive compounds. Our carefully-crafted organic Darjeeling Illuminate RoyalTea is infused with rose and calendula petals for added benefits.
As you savor the final days of the season, rest assured knowing you can maintain your summer glow long after Labor Day weekend has come and gone with these ayurvedic rituals that have been practiced for millennia.