Treating Dry Skin Condition Applying Ayurvedic Principles Naturally

Dry skin looks dull and less lasting due to lack of moisture. Well-hydrated skin shines and displays a healthy appearance. Wrinkles develop at an early age due to prolonged dryness of the skin. Dry, rough and wrinkled skin gives an aged appearance. Dry and cracked skin harbors germs and causes fungal infections. Excessive dryness of the skin leads to dry eczema.

Therefore, proper care must be taken to increase the moisture level of the skin and prevent drying. Soft, smooth and wrinkle-free skin provides a youthful and healthy appearance.

Dry skin causes:

Thanks to the oil glands under our skin, our skin is soft and smooth. When these glands fail to provide enough lubrication to keep the skin soft and smooth, the skin becomes dry.

1. The cold and dry air of winter does its own harm on the skin. The cold and dry air of winter causes the skin to become dry and flaky. Insufficient moisture in the doors also causes the skin to dry out. Indoor heating further removes traces of moisture and exacerbates skin dryness. Thus, the skin becomes extremely dry in winter.

2. Dry skin condition may occur due to genetic factors.

3. Dry skin condition can be caused by nutritional deficiencies due to malnutrition.

4. Unhealthy practices such as exposure to extreme weather conditions, prolonged bathing in very hot water, using harsh soaps, swimming in chlorinated water, chemicals and harsh cosmetics.

5. As we age, the skin loses its capacity to hold moisture. The extreme climatic conditions we are exposed to make the condition worse as we age and the skin becomes drier.

6. Several underlying diseases such as hypothyroidism, diabetes, eczema, psoriasis or seborrhea can also cause dry skin.

7. Dry skin can occur as an effect of drugs such as diuretics, antihistamines and antispasmodics.

What does Ayurveda say about dry skin?

According to Ayurvedic texts, vata dosha causes dry skin. When vata dosha increases in the body, it reduces kapha and makes the skin dry and wrinkled. (Kapha keeps the skin soft and smooth, while vata makes the skin dry and rough. The qualities of vata dosha are the opposite of those of kaphadosha).

Causes that increase vata dosha in the body

1. Exposure to cold and dry climate

2. To control natural urges such as urination, defecation, hunger, thirst.

3. Staying awake at unusual hours (late night).

4. Irregular eating habits.

5. Excessive physical and mental exertion.

6. Consumption of spicy, dry, bitter food.

Here are natural tips for dry skin care

1. Do not use hot water to clean dry skin.

2. Use a soft cotton cloth and gently pat dry your skin. Do not rub the skin with rough, rough-textured towels.

3. Use a clean sprayer to moisturize your skin instead of washing it with water. Use mineral water for spray instead of tap water.

4. Gently pat dry the skin.

5. Avoid using harsh soaps and face washes as they strip the natural oil that protects your skin.

6. Pamper your skin by massaging it with a moisturizer. A moisturizer increases the moisture of the top layer of the skin, making it soft and smooth.

7. Massage your body regularly with herbal oil. The vegetable oil softens and soothes dry skin and helps to trap moisture between skin pores.

8. Before finishing the bath, apply a thin layer of coconut oil and pat the skin dry.

9. Avoid alcohol-based cleaners.

10. Eat a balanced diet that includes foods from all groups, such as vegetables, fruits, carbohydrates, grains, milk and dairy products.

11. Include yellow and orange vegetables that are rich in antioxidants, such as carrots.

12. Avoid junk foods like chips, deep-fried foods

Ayurvedic tips for dry skin condition.

1. Keep yourself warm in dry cold climates.

2. Massage the whole body with body massage oil infused with vata balancing herbs.

3. Do not sit near the fireplace.

4. Avoid stale, over-fried, dry foods.

5. Always consume fresh and hot foods with low fat, such as ghee or olive oil.

6. Include sour and salty foods in the diet.

7. Sweet juicy fruits are recommended.

8. Drink 7-9 glasses of warm water every day. (Do not drink cold water as it increases vata)

home remedies for dry skin

1. Mix well the egg yolk, rose water, lemon juice, olive oil and orange juice (1 teaspoon each). Apply a smooth mixture of this ingredient on your face in the morning and wash off after 20 minutes.

2. A face mask made of honey, egg, olive oil and rose water works great for dry skin.

3. Apply a gentle herbal moisturizer all over your body.

4. Massage your body twice a week with herbal oil containing vata balancing herbs.

5. Increase the moisture level of the skin by applying a natural herbal gel rich in aloevera and essential oils.

6. Consume herbal teas containing vata stabilizing herbs regularly.

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