Ayurveda Guide to Healthy Winter Skin

The cold of the winter season is setting in fast.

This is the time of the year when Vata peaks. The elements of this dosha – Space and Air – influence our surroundings. It is getting dry and windy outside. Ayurveda teaches us that this dosha also gets aggravated within our bodies and mind. Our skin starts to show elevated levels of dryness, cracking tendencies, loss of suppleness and an undesirable leathery texture.

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While Ayurveda explains the root cause of these skin symptoms accurately, this vast body of traditional knowledge also lays out a path towards healthy skin in the winter season. Simply put, the goal should be to keep Vata in balance in our daily lives. Winter is also a great time to nourish the skin.


Incorporate Vata countering dietary choices. These include hot soups and increased intake of spices. Winter is the time to increase the fat intake from nuts, dry fruits, potatoes and similar foods. The body responds best to nutritive and wholesome dietary choices.


A self-massage with warm oil is a great way to keep the skin both nourished and hydrated. The soothing comfort of a warm herbal bath is also very beneficial to the skin. Winter can cause aggravation of the skin blemishes like acne. Skin calming remedies and practice of yoga and meditation are helpful in pacifying these blemishes.


Nourish and Rejuvenate during this great time of the year. Happy Holidays!

"One kind word can warm three winter months."
- Japanese Proverb

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