The season of chilly winds and foggy environs has arrived. Like every year, along with early sunset, shivering weather, drop in temperature, bundles of holidays and vacation opportunities, the season has brought a handful of skin problems too. With Itchy, dry, flaky skin, chapped lips, and dry heels, the time to amp your skincare routine has come. Though a number of winter special cosmetics for skin are available in the market, if you are seeking natural ways to attain a healthy and beautiful skin, then opt for the ancient healing science of Ayurveda.
The age-old science of Ayurveda at present has taken the globe by storm. Apart from curing various mental and physical ailments, the traditional science works wonders for the skin. Skin problems are generally caused due to excess amount of ‘Vata’ in the body, which is often caused due to the cold climate. The healing science offers various old and effective natural remedies for healthy skin.
Here are six excellent Ayurvedic tips to get a healthy, glowing, and smooth skin during winters:
- Eat a good amount of oils and fats: During the dry and cold season of winters, try and increase the intake of oils and fats in your diet as they are warm, heavy, moistening, and nourishing. The winter season makes your body capable of handling these. Consume more of Vata-pacifying foods such as raw milk, butter, eggs, nuts, almonds, walnuts, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, omega-3 rich oils, etc.
- Stay Hydrated: During winters, it is advisable to keep drinking water throughout the day. However, the water should be lukewarm and not icy as it will aggravate the already present Vata dosha in the body. Carry boiled water in a thermos and keep sipping from it throughout the day to keep your skin warm and hydrated.
- Do some Meditation: Meditation and deep breathing exercises help to get a glowing and healthy skin. One of the factors contributing to the aggravation of Vata is a high level of emotional or mental stress. It sucks up all the vital juices from the skin and keeps it hydrated. Meditation exercises calm down the buzzing mind and provide instant relief from stress and anxiety. As soon as you wake up, do a couple of minutes of meditation. Breathe in the fresh air, listen to the enchanting sound of the surroundings, feel the sunlight, and stay focused. Shifting slowly from the ‘sleep’ mode to ‘awake’ mode helps the body to adjust.
- Massage yourself with Oils: During the shivering season of winters, a massage with a nutritious, organic oil is the best way to warm up your body and muscles and get rid of skin dryness and roughness. Various Ayurvedic oils are available in the market for massage. One can prepare Ayurvedic oil for a massage at home also using Neem and Brahmi as its ingredients.Massage on a nutritious, organic oil to warm up your body and muscles. Massage your skin daily to retain its beauty and glow. Use heavier strokes to get the blood flowing within the body.
- Eat Healthy and Sleep Well: Good diet and sound sleep are essential elements for a healthy, glowing, and problem-free skin. Include a variety of herbs, fruits, vegetables, and spices in your diet. Ayurvedic herbs like Amla, Triphala, Ashwagandha, etc. absorb toxins from the body and flush them out through the natural process. Eating a spoon Chyawanprash on a regular basis in winters is very good for skin and body health. The modern day lifestyle is full of stress. To cope up with the fast-paced lifestyle of today, people often work late hours, sacrificing their sleep. Unsound sleep not only deteriorates your health but affects the skin’s beauty as well. With too much stress and less sleep, skin becomes shattered and chapped. So, it is essential to take a minimum of 6-8 hours sleep every day to keep the skin fresh and rejuvenated.
This winter, follow these tips and gift yourself a healthy, beautiful and glowing skin. If you aspire to dig deeper into this wonderful healing science of Ayurveda then opt for some of the most exclusive Ayurveda Training in Kerala.
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