Top 6 Ayurvedic tips to take care of your skin this winter

Top 6 Ayurvedic tips to take care of your skin this winter

Ayurveda, the traditional system of medicine from India, emphasizes a holistic approach to health and well-being, including skincare. Here are five Ayurvedic tips for maintaining glowing skin during the winter:

1. Stay Hydrated

 

 

Ayurveda places great importance on maintaining internal balance, and proper hydration is crucial for overall health and radiant skin. During winter, the air tends to be drier, leading to dehydration. Sip warm water throughout the day to stay hydrated and support digestion. You can also include herbal teas like ginger or tulsi tea.

tea with Christmas tree

2. Nourish Your Skin with Oils

Massaging your body with warm oils, known as Abhyanga, is a traditional Ayurvedic practice that helps to keep the skin moisturized and supple. Choose oils like sesame or almond and warm them slightly before applying. Focus on areas prone to dryness, such as elbows and knees. This practice not only nourishes the skin but also promotes relaxation and improves circulation.

Abhyanga massage oil

3. Apply a Protective Layer of Oil

 

 

Before heading out into the cold, consider applying a thin layer of warm sesame oil or a nourishing Ayurvedic oil blend to your exposed skin. This creates a protective barrier, preventing moisture loss and shielding your skin from the drying effects of the cold wind.  Pay special attention to areas prone to dryness, such as your face, hands, and feet. Avoid products with harsh chemicals, as they can strip the skin of its natural oils.

Kerala Rituals Ayurvedic Vitamin C Face Oil

4. Adopt a Seasonal Diet

 

Adjust your diet according to the season to maintain balance within the body. In winter, favor warm, nourishing foods like soups, stews, and cooked vegetables. Include foods rich in healthy fats, such as ghee and nuts, to support skin health from the inside out. Ayurveda also recommends incorporating spices like turmeric and ginger, which have anti-inflammatory properties.

Ayurvedic meal with tea and ginger

5. Cover Your Body Adequately

Dress in layers to trap warmth close to your body. Choose natural, breathable fabrics like wool or cotton. For your face, use a scarf to shield it from the cold winds. Ensure that your clothing covers your extremities to protect your hands, feet, and ears. If you have eczema on your hands, make sure to put on the gloves inside the house, before stepping out to the cold air. This not only guards against external elements but also helps maintain the natural moisture of your skin.

Protect your skin during winter

6. Practice Mindful Relaxation in the Cold

As you step into the cold, it's natural for your body to respond with shivering and contraction of blood vessels. After a few minutes, consciously relax your body. Loosen your shoulders, unclench your jaw, and allow your body to adapt to the cold without unnecessary tension. This helps improve blood circulation and ensures that warmth reaches all parts of your body.

snow in New York

Incorporating these Ayurvedic-inspired tips into your winter skincare routine can help protect your skin from the harsh winter conditions and maintain a healthy, radiant glow.

Stay warm & cozy!

Ditti

Founder of Kerala Rituals

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