Natural Skincare in Winters, Ayurvedic Skin Care Tips, Winter Skin Care

Winter is a wonderful time of the year - holidays, warm fires, crisp air, and for many, fresh fallen snow. But, the colder temperature and lower humidity affect the condition of your skin and hair. One of the most important things to do is to keep your skin gently stimulated and maintain a healthy circulation.

Keeping your skin in prime condition can be a challenge, especially in winter when not only are conditions more extreme, but your skin will be facing sudden changes in temperature. While most of us are aware that we should cleanse, tone and moisturise, Here are few additional tips that will give extra benefits to the skin. Natural skincare is the best way to take care of yourself this winter and there is nothing more natural than herbs and other home remedies prescribed by Ayurveda, we will talk about Ayurvedic skin care in winter only.

General Tips for Ayurvedic Skin Care in Winter
Ayurveda says, in winter season people suffer from increased “Vata” and therefore they experience dry flaky skin, chapped lips and dry, brittle hair. The foremost tip for natural skin care in winter is thus to keep Vata dosha balanced in order to prevent Vata-associated skin problems.
  • Never use hot water for bathing in winters. Always use warm water that feels gentle to skin. Too hot water can rob the skin off its natural oils leaving your skin dry and itchy.
  • Ayurveda prescribes a pre-bath oil massage known as Abhyanga Massage everyday in winter season. As it is to be done each day, you must do it yourself before having bath. For this ayurvedic massage, use such nourishing oils as coconut, almond, sesame, or some 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 so that the same is absorbed completely by the skin.
  • Do not use harsh soaps in winters. If possible, use some non-soap herbal cleanser recipes suitable to your type of skin. These can be anything ranging from milk mixed with flour or gramflour mixed with cream or clarified butter (ghee) etc.
  • Pay special attention to your diet in winters because your body needs sufficient energy to fight off the cold and your skin needs natural moisturizing agents from within which is supplied by the food you eat. Include more soaked and blanched almonds, soaked walnuts, whole milk, fresh cheese such as paneer (cottage cheese), and ghee (clarified butter) in your daily diet. Also, drink a cup of warm milk without removing its cream before going to bed.
  • Although you do not feel the need to drink much water in winters but there is a constant loss of water from your body due to cold and dry air. So drink plenty of water in winters to keep your skin hydrated from within. Eat fruits and vegetables high in water content with your meals.
  • Brahmi, Shatavari, Amla and Ashwagandha are some of the Vata-pacifying herbs for skin care. They help in maintaining skin elasticity, moisture balance, texture and radiance. 
  • Triphala is another herbal formulation which is good for Vata skin as it combines nourishment with a gentle detoxifying effect that enhances skin clarity. 
  • Amla (Emblica Officinalis), Bhringaraj, Grit Kumari (Aloe vera), White Sandalwood, Red Sandalwood and Lajawanti (Mimosa) are some of the Pitta-pacifying herbs for skin. They work by drawing out excess heat and by supporting the skin's natural ability to withstand the the environmental harshness. They also keep skin clear and healthy by nourishing sensitive skin tissues without irritating them. Triphala, Manjistha and Neem (Azadirachta Indica ) are also helpful for Pitta skin as they purify and clarify the skin without depleting it of moisture.
  • Kapha skin is water or earth predominant and thus is oily and tends to attract dust and grime. Natural skin care for such skin type therefore are purifiers that detoxify and clarify, along with properties of being nourishing and rejuvenating to the skin. Neem, Manjistha (Indian Madder), Triphala, Tulsi (Basil herb) and Turmeric are some of the Kapha-balancing herbs for skin. 
  • The skin on your hands is thinner than in other areas of your body, and it needs extra protection and care. Make sure that after washing your hands you dry thoroughly and use a good hand cream. Wearing gloves outdoors will also protect them and keep your skin soft.
  • Sun protection is very important in the winter months, just as it is year-round. Many people forget to use sunscreen, but sun reflects off snow and ice, and you can actually get double the sun exposure.
  • Protect your lips with a good lip balm, and avoid licking your lips as much as possible, since that will cause your lips to crack and chap. If you get a bad case of chapped or cracked lips, use some Vaseline Intensive care before bed, and you should be good to go in the morning.
  • Shea butter is another excellent moisturizer. You can mix in a little jojoba or other oil that’s good for your skin plus some essential oils to make a very nice moisturizer. Many sources recommend unrefined shea butter as the most effective. Some find shea butter to be on the greasy side, but that’s true for many oils. Give homemade moisturizers a little leeway while you wait for your skin to absorb them.
  • Mash one avocado until smooth. Add in one teaspoon of olive oil. Mix, then spread over your face. Relax for 20 or so minutes before cleaning off, then moisturize as usual.