The Summer Cool Down Series Part I:
Skin care ingredients
Welcome to our Summer Cool Down Series. In this series we introduce ingredients that you should look out for in your skin care for face and body that are going to help you keep cool in the summertime. Read the blow post below or watch our corresponding video of Vanessa M. Ho L.Ac of Healing with Zen.
1. The Summer Cool Down: Skin
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Summer is here and as such, our skin will start changing just like the weather. We’re tackling the topic of summer heat holistically with advice that will help you cope with the changing of seasons in all aspects of your lifestyle. Today we are starting from the outside in by introducing some key players to look out for in the ingredients list of any skin-soothing product that you’ll be applying this hot summer season.
Mo Yao (Myrrh)
Mo Yao’s main function is to move the blood and relieve pain. It’s ability to move the blood makes it a great herb to use for any inflammation, ulceration, sores, or skin lesions. Mo Yao is also easily found in several topical creams thus making it a great ingredient to look out for.
Tea Tree is quickly becoming a household name in its own right due to its versatility at treating a variety of skin issues and ailments. Tea Tree is especially useful during summer months due to its antiseptic, antifungal, antiviral, and antimicrobial properties. This allows it to not only treat any inflammation on the skin, but also bug bites, fungal infections, or even acne that may all be triggered by the change in seasons. Tea Tree is especially great at combatting these skin issues as their root is in dampness accumulation in skin and tea tree combats dampness from a Chinese Medicine perspective.
Bing Pian (Borneolum)
Bing Pian is most commonly used for hot or irritated skin much like the more commonly known aloe vera plant. It is also very anti-inflammatory and is also great at treating sores and any heat-related skin condition.
Look out for the last part of our Summer Cool Down series where we will be talking about the nutritional aspect of changing your diet with the changing of seasons!