Once a year, on June 21, the earth’s north pole tilts the closest it will reach to the sun all year, helping it reach its highest possible point in the sky and making it the year’s longest day of sunlight. For those of us in the northern hemisphere, this astronomical occurrence marks the start of a season of sunbathing, family barbeques and pool parties with friends. However, this event is more than just the first day of summer.

The summer solstice also  holds major spiritual significance, as the earth’s unique position to the sun opens us to an immense amount of energy, bringing with it strong feelings of enlightenment, gratitude, connection to nature, and motivation to move forward with our intentions.

For centuries, cultures around the world have marked this day with festivals, prayers and rituals in celebration of the sun and the spiritual energy it brings with it. While our worlds may look a bit different from our ancient ancestors, there are still ways we can tap into the energy of el sol and create a summer solstice ritual of our own.

Here are some self-care rituals you can practice this summer solstice to prepare your mind, body and spirit for the season ahead.

Soak up the sun. Take advantage of the sun’s energizing rays by sipping your morning coffee on the back porch, leaving work for a long lunch break in the park and spending the afternoon lounging in your yard. Don’t forget to protect your skin from the harmful UVA and UVB rays with a healthy application of sunscreen.

Get into the flow. What better way to celebrate the longest day of the year than to start your morning with a yogi’s prayer to the sun? Position your mat in way of the morning light and start some invigorating rounds of sun salutations. This is also a great time to pull out your crystals and let them soak up the healing, active energy of the sun. Be sure to repeat your summer intention throughout your practice to set the mood for the months ahead and to allow your stones to manifest your intent.

Cleanse your physical space. Summer is all about expressing your truest self—which you can’t do if you’re bogged down by dust, clutter and material objects that no longer serve you. Start your season with a healthy purge and free up space for the things that bring you joy and peacefulness.

Refresh your skin. The same way you’re cleaning and clearing your space of the unnecessary, you should take some time to purge your skin of the impurities and toxins that may have gotten stuck in your pores from the season before. Give your skin a clean slate for the summer by tapping into the detoxifying powers of a reiki-charged KNESKO Black Pearl Detox Collagen Face Mask.

While the summer solstice is a perfect day to channel the energy of the sun, don’t let your self-care practices end there. It is important to express gratitude all year long for the sun, nature and ourselves. Incorporating healing, self-care rituals into your weekly practice to feel more energized, grounded and at peace. Explore KNESKOS skin care collections to discover products that will make your skin and spirit feel refreshed, recharged and renewed all year long.