The rhythmic pattern of the seasons alters what we eat, our energy levels, our mood, how we look, feel and most importantly, how we take care of our skin. As the seasons change, so should our skincare routines, and with this, we can look to Traditional Chinese Medicine’s, Five Element Theory, which put simply, is a system whereby health and vitality is restored to the body by balancing the five elements of Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water. All skin concerns can be addressed utilizing the elements, and it is important to recognize that your skin symptoms can change as the seasons do. Utilizing the theory of the five elements, with Elemental Herbology, can help to restore optimum skin health and radiance.
Summer is the element of Fire:
This element symbolizes outward movement, warmth, vitality and energy. When the fire element is in excess, skin can become excessively oily and congested. The humid summer months can lead to breakouts and irritated skin, making it an essential time to incorporate naturally cooling, soothing and oil balancing actives. Elemental Herbology’s Oil Control range will calm the skin and help to control breakouts.
- Begin with the Cool & Clear Facial Cleanser; a gently foaming cleansing gel with antibacterial tea tree and protective green tea to deeply purify the skin, without stripping for clear, calm and naturally refreshed skin. No matter your skin type, this is a wonderful cleanser to add to your morning routine, especially during the hot months to set the stage for an oil-free day.
- Summer skin can often be left feeling congested, with more shine than usual. If you suffer from excess oil or breakouts, treat skin 2-3 times a week with the Facial Detox Purifying Mask, composed of pure Amazonian Clay, Kombuchka™ and Calendula to decongest and minimize breakouts. For normal skin, apply this mask once weekly for a good, deep-pore cleanse.
- Follow with the Moisture Milk; a lightweight moisturizer with naturally anti-bacterial botanicals such as Tea Tree and Rosemary to reduce excess oil and calm breakouts, making it perfect for warmer weather. This antioxidant-rich moisturizer also makes a great base for make-up, replacing your daily primer.