Lifestyle tips to manage winter skin and hair dryness
Winter means Cold air, less humidity, and windy outdoors strip your skin of much-needed moisture .To escape from the cold weather our indoors are heated up and we take hot showers and survive on hot water .Hot beverages like tea and coffee etc. are consumed in excess which adds to more dehydration .These harsh conditions cause your skin to lose its natural oils. This allows moisture to escape, leading to dry skin and potentially a winter rash.
Here are some of the ayurvedic options to fight skin issues in winter.
- Drink lots of water and liquid foods like soups and juices .Sugar cane is a winter delicacy and excellent for your liver detoxification.
Staying hydrated all year long is important, especially in the winter. During these colder months, the air lacks moisture, leading to cracked knuckles and chapped lips.
- Oil massage
Before spas became popular, the art of massaging self with oil, also known as Abhyanga, was practiced extensively by people.
Oil massaging your scalp facilitates blood circulation, which soothes nerves and capillaries. Even today, body massage is considered a powerful healing technique in Ayurveda. A good oil massage releases the accumulated stress and toxins from the body, leaving you feeling energized and rejuvenated.
Nalpamaradi Tailam is a powerful skin brightening and de-tanning treatment that can be used on both the face and body. It not only lightens the complexion but also softens and repairs the skin.
Coconut oil – It is also full of saturated fats that prevent drying and keep your skin moisturized. It is a stable oil that doesn’t let moisture escape from your skin.
- Use of Snana Churnas
Snana churna is a completely natural herbal bathing powder. It does not contain any foaming agents, preservatives or fillers. The natural ingredients gently cleanse, exfoliate and keeps the skin healthy.
Pranayama practices that are recommended in the winters are: – Ujjayi Pranayama – as it increases the temperature of the body and gets your heart pumping. – Kapalbhati – this is another great practice to generate heat within
- Freshly cooked food
The most warming vegetables that are good for your body are root vegetables like carrot, potatoes and onions and hearty winter greens like spinach and fenugreek leaves.