Is your skin feeling dry, looking tanned or blemished due to long drives on bikes, or high exposure to the Sun? Are you looking for the right, natural after sun body care products?
Ayurveda tells us that high sun exposure, especially around Midday, can severely increase the Agni in our body. Some of us also have a dominant pitta dosha in our constitution. For such people, the body is even more receptive to the sun’s energy. So the body tends to accumulate more and more of this Fiery energy over time leading to changes in the way our skin and hair look.
Many times the symptoms of skin that has been “weathered” by high sun exposure is quite similar to Skin which is dry. So we mistakenly believe that our skin should be moisturised and treat it to oily, hard to absorb creams and lotions. Many after sun body care products are designed on this principle of simply offering moisturisation to combat dryness after sun exposure.
When Skin is dry due to high Sun exposure, it weathers and becomes brittle. The excess Sun Energy dries up moisture from the surface making it difficult for skin to absorb any nourishment. As the skin has absorbed this excess Fire energy, any attempt to moisturise without dissipating stored heat will not help the skin.
Ayurveda tells us to follow a slightly different approach when treating sun weathered skin. Traditional Ayurvedic after sun body care and after sun care products in general are formulated on 2 principles. First, we are asked to balance Agni and help the skin release stored heat. Then we are asked to gently soothe and refresh skin while cleansing it using hydrating and pitta balancing herbs. When we follow this dual approach to design pure, natural after sun care products and after sun body care products, we find that skin responds better. By continually working on skin to remove stored up Agni energy, we are able to reduce the effects of high Sun exposure and keep skin in good health.
The Krya After Sun Body Wash – natural ayurvedic after sun body care for Sun weathered skin
Krya follows the Ayurvedic rule of dual treatment when formulating a cleanser for sun weathered skin. To balance and naturally dissipate stored Agni in the skin, we use Agni balancing woody, cool herbs like Shirisha, Lodhra and Arjuna. These herbs naturally restore the lustre and glow of skin by balancing excess Agni everytime we cleanse skin. Additionally, we use refreshing, regenerative herbs like Kushta, Dwipantravacha, and Guduchi which naturally soothe and hydrate skin and help in minor skin repairs.
To help de-tan skin, improve lustre and reduce pigmentation due to excess sun exposure, we use herbs like Manjishta, Patranga and Mulethi.
The Krya After Sun Body Wash is made from 33 carefully chosen and processed organic lentils and grains and whole Ayurvedic herbs. The herbs in theKrya After Sun Body Wash Powderhave been especially chosen for their pitta reducing, skin soothing, and moisture balancing properties. Every herb has been individually processed at the right temperature to retain both its nutrient and aromatic properties.
The product is extremely fine, gentle and soothing on skin. Immediately on application skin feels cool, refreshed and hydrated due to the action of the herbs. With regular use, skin is even, clear, less dry and even in appearance. This is an ideal after sun body care product. We recommend it to many professionals who are outdoors for their work (swim instructors, architects, sales officers) and they find that this helps take care of skin very well.
After Sun Body Care – next steps :
In certain professions like Sales, architecture, etc, we are unable to avoid daily and routine Sun Exposure. So greater care must be taken to avoid further weathering skin due to our lifestyle.
Frequent application of a soothing nourishing oil helps hydrate the skin as Sun exposure quickly dries up the top layers of skin. The Krya Lemongrass and Neemflower Baby oil can be used every 3 – 4 days 30 minutes before a bath as a massage oil. This oil is easily absorbed by skin and helps replenish lost moisture.
In addition, to protect Facial skin which weathers very quickly in the Sun, we suggest adding Vyoma Skin serum, After Sun Face wash and After Sun Face Lepa to the facial skin routine. All these 3 facial products can be sued stand alone or in combination with our other facial ranges for greater effect.
A night face care routine is strongly recommended if you have high sun exposure. Nightly cleansing of skin and use of our Facial oils helps contain skin aging and weathering due to high sun exposure.
High sun exposure must be balanced by regular application of the correct Hair oil, use of pitta balancing Hair Lepas (Masks), Abhyanga and sweet unctuous food. We recommend adding ghee, and carefully sourced Milk to your diet to counter the effect of the Sun. A pitta balancing diet is also essential to avoid further aggravating this Dosha. Please read the Krya blog for suggestions on a good diet to follow and good health giving practices that can help balance your doshas.
Why use a natural herb and lentil based bodywash powder and not a soap / synthetic liquid bodywash / gel?
The Krya Bodywash is an excellent natural alternative to skin pH altering , drying and toxin laden synthetic bodywash products and soaps.
Even the gentlest hand made soap is unsuitable for skin as it has a naturally alkaline pH of 9 and above which alters the pH of skin everytime you use it and also wipes out the microflora colony locally, which needs to eb built back again.
Historically, the soap format was only used to do the laundry or to have a very infrequent bath as was practiced in cold countries. In tropical countries like India with a rich history of sophisticated medicine systems and the wide variety of healing herbs and grains, we always used a carefully made mixture of edible grains , lentils and a careful selection of herbs processed together.
This mixture is extremely gentle and soothing on skin. By the combination of herbs chosen, it helps build immunity by encouraging the right strains of skin microflora which act as our body’s first line of defense. Additionally, the correct combination and processing of these ingredients helps balance locally deranged doshas in the skin, giving us a complete Snana /Bathing experience.
Why are Krya Bodywash products powders and not ready-to use liquids:
All Krya Bodywash products come in a Choornam (ayurvedic blended powder) format. So they need to be mixed in water / appropriate liquid to be used on skin.
We formulate all our cleansers as Choornams for the following reasons:
To make the formulation more potent and nutritive:
In all water based products, water forms over 85% of the product by weight, leaving very little room for actual nutrients /botanicals. In a Choornam format, on the other hand, we can load the product with a high concentration of active nutrients.
To avoid the use of toxic preservatives, thickeners, fragrances and additives
When Water is added to a formulation there is immediately a high risk of bacterial / fungal contamination. To minimize this risk, synthetic preservatives like parabens need to be added.
Adding water also limits the shelf life of a product and it goes rancid over time – to neutralize any off odors, synthetic fragrances are usually added.
Similarly to make the product thick and non watery, thickening additives and fillers are usually added to liquid products.
By making a dry Ayurvedic Choornam format, we can immediately avoid the use of all these chemical additives.
To minimize the products Environmental footprint
When liquid products are made, we cannot do without rigid plastic packaging. The product also occupies a higher volume and higher space during transport. Additionally, we use Water which is a very old, and precious resource to create these products and further synthetics to render these products stable and attractive.
By choosing a powder format, we are able to create a highly compact product and avoid using scarce resources like Water. Instead of rigid LDPE / PP packaging, we use very high quality Virgin HDPE packaging inners in an outer corrugated box. The Corrugated box can be recycled many many times and the Inner HDPE can be recycled like old Milk covers and have high value in the recycling system. We will be soon phasing out these Inners and moving to a more sustainable option to reduce our products Environmental footprint.
How to use the Krya Bodywash Choornam:
Store the Krya Bodywash Choornam in a clean, air-tight container. For each use, please use a dry spoon to ladle out the product. As the product is made from edible organic grains, lentils and herbs, moisture can cause growth of fungus or attract insects to the product.
For each use, we recommend using 2 – 3 tablespoons (heaped) of the product in a clean container. To this, add cool water and form a thick paste that has the consistency of thick Idli / Pancake Batter. Use this paste to have a bath instead of a Soap / synthetic Bodywash / Body gel.
Apply the product in large , circular motions all over the skin. Avoid private parts. Allow the product to stay on skin for 1 – 2 minutes before washing off for greater cleansing effect. Do not allow the product to dry out on skin.
For different kinds of skin types, and skin issues, we have a wide range of Krya Bodywash products. Please go through individual product pages for more details.
The Krya Bodywash is NOT formulated as an abhyanga product and will not remove abhyanga oil. For post Abhyanga Baths, please use our Krya Ubtans which are formulated to work with Abhyanga oil and have a warming, Vata balancing nature.
This product is made from 33 organic lentils, grains and whole ayurvedic herbs as given below:
Organic not Certified:
Special herb processed Green Gram, Masoor lentil, Heritage Green gram, , Manjishta, Nutgrass, Ram Tulasi, Vana Tulasi,
Haritaki, Vibhitaki, Amla, Babool Gum, Badam Gum, Vacha, Nimba, Kalmegh, Shirisha Bark, Lodhra, Kushta, Brahmi, Khadira, Daruharidra, Mulethi, Dweepantara Vacha, Zeodary, Indian Sarsaparilla, Usheera, Indian Ficus, Ashoka , Indian Rose, Dadima, Patranga, Arjuna
If you have High-Medium Sun exposure with the following symptoms, this is the correct Krya Body wash for you
- Tanning / Skin darkening in areas of Exposure
- Skin blemishes / Pigmentation due to Sun Exposure
- Skin Irritation after short Sun exposure with reddening, burning or itchiness of skin
- Skin dryness due to high sun exposure
- Skin and Body feels noticeably warm due to high sun exposure
If your issue is more of acne in the back, breakouts and pigmentation due to hormonal imbalance or naturally aggravated Pitta dosha levels in skin, you would do better with the Krya Classic Bodywash.
If your skin is naturally dry, and not due to Sun exposure, Moisture Plus Bodywash will suit you better.
For skin prone to eczema, psoriasis and other such conditions, please choose Krya Sensitive Body wash.
Men are prone to high Pitta aggravation. For Men with limited sun exposure, we recommend Krya Men’s Bodywash. If you are a Man with medium – high sun exposure, please try a combination of the Krya After Sun bodywash with the Krya Men’s Bodywash.