Wednesday, October 23, 2013

6 Natural Skin Care Tips For Winter

Silky smooth and naturally glowing skin is a sign of good health and every woman dreams of achieving this flawless glow effortlessly. According to Ayurveda, our body undergoes the Vata dosha during winter. Vata dosha affects your nervous system and it results in stagnation of circulation of blood. The result? Dry, rough and irritated skin, frizzy hair, chapped lips and dryness of eyes too. So what can you do to keep your skin healthy? Here are a few tips from the nature’s basket which will make you radiate with health and beauty.

1. Take an oil bath Ayurveda prescribes something known as the Abhyanga Massage. Basically, you must rub oil on your body and leave it for at least 30 minutes so that it can be absorbed by the skin. This full body massage helps to improve blood circulation, makes your skin supple and calms and relaxes your mind. Coconut oil and apricot oil are considered to be best for the Abhyanga Massage, but you can use any other oil too.

2. Avoid use of hot water Hot water bath, though irresistible during winter, is best avoided. It strips your skin of natural oils and can cause itchiness and redness of the skin. That is why; you must go for lukewarm water while taking a bath.

3. Stay away from soap Soap has a drying effect on the skin and tends to disturb the PH balance in the skin. So replace your carbolic soaps with gentle moisturizing ones. Choose your soap according to your skin type, and if possible replace it with a nourishing Ayurvedic body wash. After bathing, you should also rub aloe vera gel on your body to keep it moist and soft.

4. Gorge on the Greens Vegetables which have high water content are essential during winter. They help you digest food soon and cleanse your system too. So include green vegetables as well as carrots, lettuce, cucumber and lemon in your diet.

5. Healthy Fats The most significant factor of Vata dosha is that it dries up your skin. But you can fight the dryness by supplementing your diet with healthy fats. Healthy fats include Omega 3 fatty acids, mono saturated fats and poly saturated fats which are plentiful in nuts, soya bean, tofu, olives, and olive oil and so on. Include these foods in your lunch, as the Vata dosha can be prominently seen during afternoon.

6. Take in Liquids As explained earlier, your body needs to be hydrated during winter to prevent the vata dosha from prevailing. You can do this by taking in warm liquids at regular intervals. Green tea and masala chai with a dash of lemon and ginger are recommended for winter. They will make you skin radiate and glow from winter and also provide your body with the necessary moisture. Avoid caffeine during winter as it has drying effects on your skin

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