Winter Care: Ayurvedic Tips to Preserve Skin

16 Nov

Winter is gradually setting in. Although enjoyable the season brings with it a lot of health issues. Common problems pertain to respiration, muscle cramps, etc.

Due to cold and dry conditions, the season also alters the digestion process. Your diet will increase but the process of digestion is badly affected.

Besides the above common health issues, the most worrying condition is the skin.  The season increases dryness in body and atmosphere as well. According to Ayurveda, the increase in cold temperature leads to excessive accumulation of Vata in the body which results in dry skin, chapped lips, and heels, etc.

Ignoring skin problems during winter can lead to the breaking of skin and its tissues which may lead to cracking, breaking, and bleeding.

But you need not worry, we got some useful tips to protect and preserve your skin this winter. Here you go…

  • Bathe with warm water. Avoid hot water. Hot water dries-up the skin.
  • Massage your skin with any of the oils like coconut, sesame, olive, or almond oil before bathing. Massage will keep your skin smooth and healthy.
  • For better results, scrub the oil massaged skin with skin-friendly herbal powder, a mix of neem, turmeric, saliva (Hemidesmus Indicus), and Chandan before bathing. In Ayurveda, this process is called as Udwarthanam.
  • Compared to other seasons, the strength of your body is superior in winter. To retain the strength increase intake of oil and ghee in your daily intake.
  • Consume more of milk and milk products, eggs, herbal tea, dry fruits, and jaggery. Jaggery helps in balancing Vata Dosha.
  • Increase the intake of water. Eat juicy fruits and fibrous vegetables like carrots, cucumber, etc.
  • Exercise increases blood circulation, reduces vitiated Vata and improves digestion.
  • Avoid using harsh or chemical based soaps. Rather choose a natural oil and glycerine based soap. Gram flour with milk or cream or rose water is a better option.
  • Anuvasana Basti is one of the Panchakarma. It serves as an excellent form of internal and external oleation (the process of overhauling the body, internally and externally).
  • Abhyanga (Ayurvedic oil massage) and Sweden (body heating) smoothen your skin and also relaxes the entire body.
  • Once a week, use face pack made from herbs like Shatavari, Yashtimadhu,  Anantmool, Rose petals, Nagarmotha, Amla, Aloe in milk or cream will moisturize your skin.
  • Herbs like Amla, Shatavari, Ashwagandha, Aloe, Shunthi, Manjistha, Anantamool, Triphala, Chandan, have detoxifying properties. These herbs help regulate Vata and maintain skin texture and radiance.
  • Lastly, winter is equivalent to Amla. An Amla a day keeps you fit and replenishes your body with water and provides Vitamin C to your skin.

By following the above tips, we are sure, you will stay healthy for the entire season and retain a soft glowing skin.

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