When I was at my trusty doctor’s office, Tucson Cosmetics, I was telling Dr. Rubbani that my melasma is creeping back up no matter how much sunscreen I’m applying, how many damn hats I wear throughout the day, how much I use my melasma cream… it keeps coming back & in full force I might add. I’ve always known that both heat AND sun can be equally as damaging to melasma and being in Tucson, it’s hotter than shit all summer (Though I’m trying to make my life more funny, so now I’m starting to say things like, ‘I’m gonna make snow angels later, it’s soooo crisp out’ – helps my sanity). So it’s almost inevitable to be seeing an increase in melanin colors, but it’s frustrating nonetheless. In fact, when I was talking to someone in exercise class the other day, I noticed how pronounced her freckles had gotten, but she herself was still really fair. I thought, ‘She must be dealing with the same thing’.
Although I have a C02 Laser appointment scheduled for mid-August to give my skin a clean slate (which is something I recommend doing once a year and using your melasma creams as ‘upkeep’), I still wanted some advice on if there is ANYTHING I can do to combat these hot days and this creeping melanin. You saw Dr. Rubbani perk up and off she raddled some ideas! WINNING!
I decided that wearing an ice pack on the top of my head (yes, I walk around in the house with it like a lunatic), not sleeping with heavy sheets, having a fan positioned directly on me in the evening hours and staying out of the heat were not enough… it was time to try and INTERNALLY cool my body down and also think about ways to cool your skin down.
Side note: Just this weekend, I had Josh perform an ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ with a cooler full of ice and asked him to dump it on me – I clearly need a better way to get my body heat down. 😉 (I did make a donation to the ALS Foundation while writing this blog)
Dr. Rubbani’s Tips
Dr. Rubbani studies the Ayurvedic Practice and she had some suggestions for my melasma following this ancient practice.
‘Ayurveda is the sister science of yoga and one of the oldest existing systems of health. In Ayurveda, it’s believed that all persons are made up of the same primary elements that exist in nature: fire, water, earth, air, and space. These are all present in each of us in different quantities, and this unique make-up—called our dosha or constitution—is what dictates our individual characteristics and experiences. Ayurveda teaches us how to make choices that are ideal for our body and mind, according to our dosha.’ – Mind Body Green
When reading that & learning a little more, while I have no idea what my constitution is, I can get behind this way of thinking. I love a simplistic way of thinking about your body and what ways we can live a ‘cleaner’ lifestyle… it’s very therapeutic for me. What about you?
Dr. Rubbani suggested that I eat COOLING FOODS! Hmmm…. How fascinating. She said to avoid things like cheese that heat up the body, but rather start drinking cucumber juice (which can be juiced at Whole Foods – it’s a complimentary service which I didn’t know about) and eating a couple white radishes every day. Hmm… well this I can CERTAINLY try.
But what else can we do to cool our bodies down!?!?!… You know there are always more ways when ya read Cheeky 😉
Things to do
- Take cool showers
- Dip your feet in a bucket of cold water (or dump it on yourself, LOL!)
- Stay out of the heat
- Sandalwood – It is available in a number of forms such as soaps or powders. Applying this or rubbing it regularly on the body has a cooling effect. Ayurvedic beliefs use this as a constant source of cooling down the body.
- Workout in the morning if you can
- According to GQ, ‘For a more targeted approach to cooling down, try running cold water on your wrists for up to 30 seconds each. What this will do is actively lower the temperature of the blood in your arms, which will then recirculate into the body’s larger bloodstream and cool your body down for up to an hour.’
- Put your skincare in the fridge – masks, moisturizers, etc. It’ll help them keep longer, but they’ll also give your skin a refreshing touch!
Food & drink options
- Drink coconut water
- Consume room temperature water rather than ice cold water
- Try avoiding alcohol and caffeinated products
- Suck down some pomegranate juice
- Foods rich in vitamin C – oranges, lemons, grapefruits, etc. consumed daily
- Avoid foods that you have to ‘heat’ up
- Healthy and cold fluids like milk or lemon juice are super great in lowering body heat. Mix cold milk with honey and have empty stomach in the morning.
- Avoid spicy foods
- Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate – Dehydration can lower your body’s ability to sweat to cool you down and support a normal temperature.
Elemis Superfood Facial Oil – has sandalwood & white radishes in the ingredient list!
La Roche-Posay Anthelios Cooling SPF 30 – This cooling sunscreen contains all the sensitive skin benefits we’ve come to love from La Roche-Posay, while providing optimum protection.
Olen Henriksen Cold Plunge Pore Mask – ‘A detoxifying, cooling clay mask that instantly reduces the look of pores, smooths skin texture, and controls oil all day.’
Lancome Énergie de Vie The Refreshing & Refining Light Lotion-In Gel – ‘An energizing lightweight gel moisturizer that leaves the skin feeling soothed and refreshed, while giving the skin a healthy-looking glow.’
Even if you don’t deal with any real melasma or sun damage, the heat of the summer can bring out a number of unwanted skin conditions. If you suffer from any of the following, you could certainly benefit from the products above:
- Heat rash
- Razor burn
- Dry, irritated skin
- Sun allergy
- Sun burn
- Fungal infections – i.e. Eczema
- Seborrheic dermatitis
… plus more.
Some images & information provided by their respective brands.