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General Tips for Ayurvedic Skin Care in Winter

Goodskin care is always desirable if you want to keep your skin glowing andhealthy.Skin care becomes all the more important in winters due to the cold and dryweather that takes away all the natural moisturizer off your skin. However,applying all types of skin lotions and other winter skin care cosmetics is nosolution for this because chemicals do harm our skin in variety of ways. So,why not adopt some tips for natural skin care in winter this time! And becausethere is nothing more natural than herbs and other home remedies prescribed byAyurveda, we will talk about Ayurvedic skin care in winter only.


General Tips for AyurvedicSkin Care in Winter

Ayurveda says, in winter season people sufferfrom increased “Vata” and therefore they experience dry flaky skin, chappedlips and dry, brittle hair. The foremost tip for natural skin care in winter isthus to keep Vata dosha balanced in order to prevent Vata-associated skinproblems.

- Never use hot water forbathing in winters. Always use warm water that feels gentle to skin. Too hotwater can rob the skin off its natural oils leaving your skin dry and itchy.

- Ayurveda prescribes apre-bath oil massage known as abhyayanga massage  everyday in winter season.As it is to be done each day, you must do it yourself before having bath. Forthis ayurvedic massage, use such nourishing oils as coconut, almond, sesame, orsome herbal oil meant for body massage, especially in winters. If possible,keep the oil on your body for at least half an hour before going to shower sothat the same is absorbed completely by the skin.

- Do not use harsh soaps inwinters. If possible, use some non-soap herbal cleanser recipes suitable toyour type of skin. These can be anything ranging from milk mixed with flour orgramflour mixed with cream or clarified butter (ghee) etc.

- Pay special attention toyour diet in winters because your body needs sufficient energy to fight off thecold and your skin needs natural moisturizing agents from within which issupplied by the food you eat. Include more soaked and blanched almonds, soakedwalnuts, whole milk, fresh cheese such as paneer (cottage cheese), and ghee(clarified butter) in your daily diet. Also, drink a cup of warm milk withoutremoving its cream before going to bed.

- Although you do not feelthe need to drink much water in winters but there is a constant loss of waterfrom your body due to cold and dry air. So drink plenty of water in winters tokeep your skin hydrated from within. Eat fruits and vegetables high in watercontent with your meals.

Herbs and Homemade Lotionsfor Skin Care in Winter

Ayurveda gives some excellent recipes formaking natural “skin rasayans” or skin lotions. These homemade skin carelotions for winters use natural ingredients such as natural emollients likemilk, cream, yogurt or honey; natural exfoliating substances like natural clay,salts, grain or lentil flours; vegetable base oils; and floral waters or pureessential oils to act as the carrier for the herbs to be taken to the cells andtissues. Below we give the herbs  and other natural substances used for making ayurvedic skin carelotions for each Ayurvedic skin type- Vata skin (dry skin), Pitta skin(sensitive skin- generally neither dry nor oily), and Kapha skin (oily skin).

Ayurvedic Tips for Vata DrySkin in Winter

Vata skin is the space or air predominantskin type and therefore is delicate and tends to be naturally dry.Brahmi, shatavari, Amla and Aswaganda m are some of theVata-pacifying herbs for skin care. They help in maintaining skin elasticity,moisture balance, texture and radiance. Triphala is another herbal formulationwhich is good for Vata skin as it combines nourishment with a gentledetoxifying effect that enhances skin clarity. In winters, you may use topicalformulations of these herbs made with nourishing oils and Vata-balancingaromas. You can also take them as nutritional supplements for giving support toyour dry skin from within.

Ayurvedic Tips for PittaSensitive Skin in Winter

Pitta skin is the fire predominant skin typeand thus is sensitive. It is generally neither dry nor oily. Amla , Bhringaraj, Grit Kumari (alo vera), White Sandalwood, Red Sandalwood and Lajawanti (Mimosa) are some ofthe Pitta-pacifying herbs for skin. They work by drawing out excess heat and bysupporting the skin's natural ability to withstand the the environmentalharshness. They also keep skin clear and healthy by nourishing sensitive skintissues without irritating them. Triphala, Manjistha and Neem  are also helpful for Pitta skin as they purify and clarify the skinwithout depleting it of moisture. In winters, you may use topical formulationsof these herbs made with soothing oils and Pitta-balancing aromas. The herbsAmla, Triphala and Neem can also be taken as nutritional supplements for givingsupport to your sensitive skin from within.

Ayurvedic Tips for KaphaOily Skin in Winter

Kapha skin is water or earth predominant andthus is oily and tends to attract dust and grime. Natural skin care for suchskin type therefore are purifiers that detoxify and clarify, along withproperties of being nourishing and rejuvenating to the skin. Neem, Manjistha(Indian Madder), Triphala, Tulsi  and Turmeric are some of the Kapha-balancing herbs for skin. Theydetoxify the skin while also nourishing it at the same time. They balance oilcontent in the skin and enhance clarity and brightness. In winters, you may usetopical formulations of these herbs made with light oils and Kapha-balancingaromas. Neem, Triphala and Tulsi can also be taken as nutritional supplementsfor giving support to your oily skin from within. 

These were some of the tips for natural skin care inwinters according to your Ayurvedic skin type. You might also want to getsome tip to keep cool in summer

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