Ayurda’s 5 Easy Steps to Look After your Skin This Winter

Friday, June 08, 2018

Ah winter! Time for dry skin, itching and let’s not forget the infamous chapped lips. The cold weather and freezing rain almost certainly takes a toll on your skin and to counter that 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. We’ve put together 5 simple steps with some bonus recipes and ingredients to help you take care of your skin this winter! 


Step 1 – Moisturise the dryness away 


Your skin tends to dry out more during colder seasons which can lead to flaking, inflammation and itching. Moving in and out of heated places could further add to the problem. It’s a no-brainer that this would be the time to boost your skin with as much moisture as possible and control the environment you are in 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. Shower in pleasantly warm water, never 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 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 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. Sip lots of warm water through the day to help flush your system. Don't skip meals. Eat pure, fresh foods and 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 in turn, lead to 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. Enjoy quality time with family and friends! Smiles and laughter are the very best when it comes to a glowing, gorgeous you. Don’t stress!  Use indoor time to declutter and minimise time-stress by taking time to be organised. Stress isn’t good for your dosha to align in balance and it isn’t good for your skin!

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