Winter is the season for dry skin, chapped lips, itching and skin inflammations.
Winter brings with it low temperatures, freezing rain and snow, a significant drop in humidity and dry cold winds that generally takes toll on our skin, the organ that acts as a barrier between our bodies and the external environment. It's true that winter weather can impact skin adversely. So it pays to follow a good basic skincare regimen to replenish moisture levels and protect against winter sun damage.
According to Ayurveda, winter is the ideal time to feed your skin the potent nutrients it needs to stay youthful and healthy. Beauty begins with common sense. It can be as simple as eating right, getting your beauty sleep, managing stress and following a simple, natural skincare regime.
Step 1 - Moisture replenishment is crucial
The outer layers of the skin tend to dry out more during colder seasons leading to flaking, inflammation and itching. The problem is further aggravated because of heating such as indoor fires and electric heaters as well as exposure to rapid fluctuations in temperatures as one moves from indoors to outdoors or vice versa. As humidity levels drop in winter so does our skin's natural moisture levels.
Keep the thermostat as low as you can handle comfortably to reduce dehydration from heating. Hot water may feel tempting in cold weather, but it can damage your skin overall. Shower in pleasantly warm water, not hot! Use creamy cleansers that will not deplete moisture from already depleted skin.
Another great way to help with moisture replenishment is to apply a body oil or a moisturiser after showering in the morning. We recommend Ayurda's Oliana oil as it is perfect for delivering deep-layer lipid support. The Ayurvedic herbs, rich oils and antioxidants in this oil combat free radical damage and offer sustained nourishment to your skin, leaving it less vulnerable to the ravages of winter weather.
Step 2 - Protect your skin
Winter winds can be very harsh and drying on some types of skin. Choose natural fibres, such as wool or silk, as protection-natural fabrics allow the skin to breathe better. If you are not comfortable with wool, try thick cotton. Always dress in layers, so you can add or remove layers for comfort.
Sun protection is just as important in winter as it is in summer; wear a wide-brimmed hat and avoid direct exposure to the sun as much as possible. Remember your sun protection on that skiing holiday- as the sun at high altitudes is even more damaging, especially when it reflects off snow!
Step 3 - Feed your skin
Winter skin is very receptive to deep nourishment. This is the season to pamper your skin with rich nourishment routines, morning and evening. Eat almonds regularly to offer skin lipid support. Ayurda's Skin Rejuvenator for example, is a collagen enhancer and can help your skin look and feel younger by supplying the skin with essential nutrients.
Step 4 - Nutrition from within
Diet is essential to good health and great skin!. Include lots of leafy green vegetables like kale and sweet, juicy fruits in your diet. Drink lots of warm water through the day to help flush your system. Don't skip meals. Eat pure, fresh foods--stay away from canned or processed foods that contain additives and chemical preservatives. Cook with spices as they not only great flavour enhancers, but they can help you stay healthy and beautiful. Cumin, for example, helps flush your body of toxins which will and this, in turn, can mean a glowing, radiant complexion.
Step 5 - Follow a skin-friendly lifestyle
Get your beauty sleep. Lack of sleep does not only leave you with dark circles under your eyes but robs the lustre from your skin. Sleep deprivation has been linked in recent research to long-term health problems including obesity. Manage your time, plan ahead and make sure you get your sleep. A soothing cup of our Ayurda Relax Tea will help promote relaxation and sleep.
Enjoy quality time with family and friends!
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