The winter season is marked as Hemanta Ritu in Ayurveda. Hemanta Ritu starts from mid November and ends in mid January. This falls in southern solstice which is called as visarga kala or dakshinayana in Ayurveda. Skin care in winter is one of the most important things that you should focus on.
Skin Care in Winter – the do’s and don’ts
In winter the agni or body fire (digestive power) increases with the support of vata . The increased body fire even digests heavy foods easily and quickly. When sufficient food is not available for the amplified body fire it affects the nutritive fluids of body leading to vitiation of vata. Thus the vitiated vata assigns its qualities of coldness, dryness and roughness to skin. Hence in winter a great care should be taken to protect the skin with various measures regarding diets and lifestyles.
What is a Dosha?
Ayurveda states that the human body is made up of five distinct elements present in Nature – Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Ether. These elements play a major role in deciding your body’s constitution, also known as Prakriti. According to the Vedic science dating back to over 5000 years, every individual is born with a unique Prakriti, which is determined by the three Doshas called – Vata, Pitta and Kapha.
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Though every element is present in the human body, each Dosha is essentially the combination of two predominant elements. Vata is a combination of Ether and Air, Pitta is a combination of Fire and Water, whereas Kapha is a combination of Water and Earth.
Skin Care in Winter – What should you eat?
- Drink plenty of water to keep the skin hydrated.
- Drinking warm water in winter prevents vitiation of vata and diseases which arise from vata.
- Soups that are sour and salted help to balance vata.
- Avoid consumption of junk foods, too much of sweets and oil food as these lead to weight gain.
- Stay away from cold and refrigerated foods because they vitiate vata.
- Opt for warm and heavy food to fulfill the requirement of increased body fire.
Skin Care in Winter – What should your lifestyle be?
- Always wear warm clothes.
- When you are wearing clothes in layers wear cotton clothes next to your skin as they do not cause skin allergy. Cotton clothes help to absorb sweat whereas synthetic clothes do not. Unabsorbed sweat harbors microorganisms which cause skin infections.
- Avoid long hot showers and bath. Quick three minutes bath is advisable.
- 20 to 30 minutes of aerobic exercise three times a week can give your skin a healthy glow.
- Avoid repeated washing of face. This washes off natural oils from your skin and makes the skin dry, scaly and wrinkled. Opt for a gentle soap free facewash that will help cleanse the skin gently without disturbing its ph balance.
- Always wash your face with a lukewarm water.
- In the mornings use a gentle moisturizer to keep your skin nourished. At nights, use a thicker cream that will work on keeping your skin soft and supple as you sleep.
- Use an indoor humidifier to place moisture in the air.
Skin care accessories for winter
- Massage your body with oils infused with vata balancing herbs. Try any of out cold pressed massage oils that can provide adequate nourishment to your body. We have pure oils of almonds, castor, coconut and sesame that can hydrate your body in this season.
- Apply moisturizing lotion liberally all over the body. Apply a lip balm to prevent chapping of lips and to keep them moisturized.
- Take care of your skin on heels with balms and moisturizing products. You can also use the bronze foot massager when you massage your feet to release the toxins from your body. Plus a foot massage helps to relax after a long and hectic day.
Following these easy tips for skin care in winter will help you keep your mind, body and soul in perfect harmony this season.
This post was originally written by Dr.Savitha Suri Vaidya for http://www.ayurhelp.com. Extracts of the original post has been published with permission.