Health tips to avoid dry skin during winters

The body's natural energy, or prana, is balanced and restored by routine massage. Ayurveda strongly advises oil application to the soles of the feet before getting a good night's sleep.

Chapped lips are frequently caused by increased cold.
Chapped lips are frequently caused by increased cold.

By – Vaidya Shakuntala Devi

Winter has arrived, and most of us are excitedly anticipating the chilly months. Unfortunately, our skin doesn’t permit us to enjoy winters as it gets drier during this beautiful season. Due to the body’s drier and dehydrated state, throughout the winter, everyone should pay particular attention to their skincare requirements.

Using Ayurvedic remedies to take care of skin and maintaining its glow even during the snowfall was common practice of people in the hilly regions in ancient time. Ayurveda offers miraculous solutions to almost all types of skin issues and dry skin is no exception. Ayurveda normalises Vata (a combination of space and air elements), which predominates during winter and makes the body dry, should be kept in balance; thus one should take great care to do so.

Here are some winter skincare tips to keep your skin healthy:

Use natural butters as body lotions

Use natural and extra nourishing products as they provide intense moisturization. Look for ingredients such as natural butters like shea, kokum, coconut and almond butter. Other ingredients like honey, rose, glycerin, and natural cold-pressed oils like almonds, apricot, jojoba and sesame are beneficial too.

Use foot massage oils

Use foot oils to take care of your feet by doing pada abhyanga. The body’s natural energy, or prana, is balanced and restored by routine massage. Ayurveda strongly advises oil application to the soles of the feet before getting a good night’s sleep. It will aid in the deep absorption of massage oils, leaving the foot supple, nourished, and soft.

Make use of bath or shower oils

Before taking a bath, abhyanga is advised by Ayurveda to restore lost moisture and add lustre. Self-oil massage will maintain the skin’s suppleness and elasticity all day. It is also advised that you apply sesame or coconut oil prior to taking your morning shower during this dry season. By retaining moisture that is removed during towel drying, natural shower oils efficiently combat dryness.

Regularly opt for head oil massage

The winter months are the perfect time for Shiro abhyanga or head massage. According to ayurveda experts, a person who routinely applies oil to his head does not have migraines, hair loss, or greying of the hair. Doing regular Shiro abhyanga can make scalp skin healthier, and hair grows long, dark, and well-rooted. Furthermore, sound sleep and contentment are also the results of applying oil to the head.

Apply skin-renewing night serum

Apply night serums containing emollient butter on the skin overnight to repair and revitalize it. The greatest traditional treatment for dry skin is a mixture of rose water, glycerin, and lemon juice. After taking a bath, moisturize your skin with a chemical-free lotion that is exceptionally moisturizing but doesn’t clog pores.

Use a lip balm that is extremely moisturizing

Chapped lips are frequently caused by increased cold. Use a non-shiny, extremely hydrating lip balm to prevent drying and flaking of your lips.

Monitor Your Diet

Since what you eat directly affects your skin, eating food as per Ayurveda will prevent your skin from drying out. Ayurveda advises eating warm and wet foods during this Vata season to maintain the body flexible from the inside out. Consider warm soups, warming herbs and spices like cinnamon, ginger, and turmeric, as well as hot cereal or porridge with nuts and seeds. Do maintain a long distance with soda, coffee, and cold dishes. Water and immunity-boosting tea brewed with tulsi, ginger, cinnamon, ajwain, turmeric, and honey should be consumed in large quantities.

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