Ayurvedic Winter Skin Care Tips

Dry hands, chapped lips, irritated skin — winter is undoubtedly the harshest time of the year for your skin, stripping it of its suppleness and leaving it dull and dehydrated. “During the winter, the drop in humidity and the fluctuations in temperature can compromise your skin’s protective barrier. This results in cracks in the outer layer, causing dehydration and inflammation which impacts the overall health of the skin. Our skin likes consistency so when the temperature drops, the skin has to work harder to adapt to its new environment. This is when inflammation and irritation occur and when skin can get dry, ” Shadoh Punnapuzha, the founder of Ayurvedic skincare line Taila explained to us.

But according to Ayurveda, winter is also the optimal time of year to care for your skin since the skin is much more receptive to nourishment. This is because the skin is naturally detoxifying during the warmer months and is, therefore, less absorbent. Ayurvedic formulations, like the ones made by Taila, are derived from plants, herbs and oils and are especially potent due to its slow nutrient extraction process that helps to deeply heal, nourish and revitalize the skin. We asked Shadoh to share a few tips to make the most of the season to keep your skin healthy and glowing all winter long.

1. Oils are your best friend

Unlike soap based cleansers, oil cleansers do not strip the skin and help to balance sebum production. It is a common misconception that soap based cleansers work better to remove impurities. In fact, oil cleansers can go deep into the pores and cleanse thoroughly and gently.  Our MUHKA Botanical Cleanser is an oil based cleanser that rinses off with soothing ingredients like turmeric and lavender while papaya lightly exfoliates dead skin cells. 

2. Add a good toner to your regimen

Toners have received a bad rap over the years because of those that have had drying alcohol bases. Now, under the aliases of elixirs, essences, and mists, well-formulated toners are fast-penetrating liquids that deliver a quick hit of hydration, balance the skin’s pH and help remove dead skin cells. Our VAYU Illuminating Toning Mist is packed with antioxidants to protect and prep the skin and help treatments absorb better. It also gives it a quick boost of hydration and replenishes the skin with ingredients like amla, rose and cucumber. I recommend using it twice a day after cleansing to really reap the rewards. I personally spritz generously and then pat it into my skin.

3. Moisturize wisely

Make sure to implement a hydrating serum into your regimen, especially plant oil based moisturizers. Plant oils have been traditionally used to heal for thousands of years and for good reason. They have the ability to penetrate into the deeper layers of the dermis to strengthen the barrier function, prevent moisture loss, deliver cellular nutrition and impart reparative properties.  Plant constituents have healing, rejuvenating and revitalizing powers which are the focus of the PRANA Face Oil and contain hydrating and skin boosting ingredients like brahmi, amla and rosehip seed oil. Don’t skip out on this step, as it is crucial during the colder months. 

4. Mask at least once a week

With the skin at its most vulnerable in the winter, finding a mask that can gently exfoliate and help rev up collagen production can be extremely beneficial to the skin. Exfoliation is key because it helps to remove dull skin cells, refine pores and stimulate cell turnover to revitalize the complexion. When formulating our NAVA JUNGOL Detoxifying Jungle Mask, I wanted to create a unique product that provided immediate visible results but was gentle and nourishing to the skin. Our mask uses plant based AHA’s and has soothing ingredients like honey and pomegranate while also deeply detoxifying pores. While it may not be possible to incorporate this special treatment into your daily routine, if done two to three times a week, your complexion will look brighter and smoother.    

Images courtesy of Taila

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