In Australia, winter season (June-Aug) is dry, cold, and windy. This kind of season is associated with the Vata Dosha, which increases the Vata qualities of dry, cold, rough, and coarse. This means we must be careful to keep Vata in balance and not to aggravate Kapha. Skin appears to age in the winter season due to Vata dosha. The symptoms of dryness, cracking, dullness, and roughness of the skin occurs in winter.
Ayurveda states that your skin needs extra care in winter and Ayurvedic skincare methods can be helpful. Ayurveda offers some simple and effective solutions for this season.
Ayurvedic oil massage (Abhyanga)
There is no better way to keep your skin happy other than warm oil massage. During the winter, use cold-pressed black sesame oil or Vata massage oil before a daily shower or bath. The warm oil massage helps to improve circulation and support to reduce bodily stress. Try to keep the oil for 15-30 minutes before washing up. When you are taking the shower, be careful not to use too hot water or overuse common soaps, which expel the moisture from the skin and turn your skin too dry.
The Ayurvedic massage keeps your skin silky, smooth, and moist, tones the muscles, calms your nervous system, and eventually balance the Vata dosha.
If you cannot manage a regular oil massage at home, visit an Ayurvedic centre for a regular Ayurvedic oil massage and herbal steam bath. Herbal steam bath after the oil massage helps to get the oil absorbed into the deeper tissues and relax the muscle further.
Enjoy Vata-pacifying diet
Vata is balanced by cooked, warm, moist, and naturally sweet food. Winter is also called as the season of more teas and soups. Ayurveda recommends enjoying more root vegetables and whole grains to balance Vata dosha and keep grounded. Milk and milk product is also recommended in moderation. Enjoy the seasonal vegetables and fruits rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Vitamin D to balance Vata and take care of your skin.
Enjoy Spiced Golden milk
Golden milk recipe is as old as Ayurveda. This is also called a life-changing drink or nectar drink. This is the time-tested recipe for skincare and whole healthcare during the winter.
Follow this recipe to get the golden milk
- Heat a pan with a cup of milk of your choice.
- Add 2-3 cardamom pods, 1-inch cinnamon stick, 1-2 whole peppercorns, a pinch of nutmeg, and ¼ turmeric powder.
- Bring the mixture to a boil and turn the heat low.
- Strain into a cup and serve it warm.
Visit for an Ayurvedic Consultation
Ayurvedic advice may differ according to your unique mind-body constitution. If you know your constitution, you need to choose the right techniques to take care of your health. Your skin types may be Vata, Pitta, or Kapha dominant. Visiting an Ayurvedic doctor will not only discover your dosha but also provide you a personalized plan to take care of your skin and general wellbeing.
Ayurvedic Herbs and Oils
Ayurvedic herbs like Amalaki, Shatavari, Ashwagandha are good Vata balancing herbs. Also, Chyawanprash, which is a special blend of 48 herbs, can be taken on a regular basis to rejuvenate the body during winter. Your Ayurvedic doctor might help you to choose the right herbs according to your mind-body type.
Kumkumadi Tailam is an ancient, classical ayurvedic skin oil formulation for uplifting skin health and treating various skin issues. Pure saffron is the main ingredient of this oil and it is blended with several other skin purifying herbs.
Kumkumadi oil is renowned for its use in rejuvenating and renewing the skin cells, illuminating the skin, and bestowing a young and healthy appearance. Kumkumadi oil is saving your facial skin to suffer during the cold and dry winter.