Winter doesn't have to be hard on skin. Winter is actually the best time of year to nourish the skin, because the skin is dryer and more receptive in winter. In warmer times of the year, the skin is busy detoxifying, and therefore less absorbent.
Skin appears to age in winter because it is Vata season. The symptoms in this beautiful time of year are dryness, cracking, dullness and roughness of the skin. Winter increases the dry, cold, rough, and coarse qualities of Vata dosha. If you are by nature of Vata constitution, or eating a Vata-aggravating diet and living a Vata-aggravating lifestyle or are in the Vata time of life (50+), the effect is more amplified.
Some winter conditions actually cause heat to build up in the skin. If the temperature is below freezing, but not windy, internal heat builds up and Pitta dosha becomes imbalanced. This results in increased sensitivity, acne, rashes, or redness.
A third winter skin condition occurs when the weather is cold and wet, causing Kapha dosha to increase and resulting in oily, heavy skin. This usually occurs in late winter, although in some climates, it can be cold and damp all winter long. Toxins tend to accumulate, which may make the skin dull and the pores clogged, and may also cause breakouts.
Here are some helpful hints for nourishing your dosha/skin type in all three winter weather conditions:
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For Vata Skin
- Daily oil massage; try our body oils
- Use natural fabrics such as silk or wool
- Walking or other light enjoyable exercise
- Floral or herbal baths using essences of rose and lavender
- Cook with cumin, coriander and turmeric
- Eat plenty of cooked, leafy green vegetables
For Pitta Skin
- Daily oil massage with a cooling oil - try an oil with a coconut
- Brisk exercise
- Avoid excessive exposure to the sun
- Eat lots of sweet, juicy fruits
- Cook with cumin, coriander, fennel and licorice
- Avoid hot spicy foods
For Kapha Skin
- Drink warm water through the day
- Daily warm oil full-body massage
- Exfoliate non-facial skin periodically - try our body exfoliators
- Cook with ginger, blackpepper, turmeric, cumin and coriander
- Avoid skipping meals
Take advantage of the winter season to make your skin healthier and more vibrant.
Stay well, stay warm!