The skin is the largest body organ and it has a tough job of protecting us from elements of nature, pathogens, regulating body temperature, preventing excessive loss of water, production of vitamin D etc. Skin is what allows us the sensation of heat and cold.
Same as our skin protects us; we need to protect it in different seasons to ensure that it keeps functioning at optimum levels. Our skin reacts differently to different seasons and weather conditions. So along with each turn in season, it’s also important to change our skincare routines and it's always wise to choose ayurvedic skincare products. Ayurvedic skincare products are completely natural and hence safe to use on skin. They have no adverse effects on skin.
Summers leads to excessive oil generation producing a greasy look and blocked pores. Sunburn, rash, prickly heat, tanned skin, dehydration are some of the common issues of the hot season. Summer calls for hydration, sunscreens with minimum SPF30, light moisturizers such as kumkumadi cream or vitamin c face serum, face cleansers like ayurvedic face wash to remove oil and for good exfoliation.
Rainy season brings the much-needed relief from the sultry heat. However, it does not spell a respite for the skin. It brings high humidity levels which can wreak havoc for the skin, especially for those with oily skin. Cleanse, tone and moisturize are the basic rules for the monsoon. A neem face wash which is a natural pimple face wash works well in monsoon.
Come the winter months, and the skin starts getting dehydrated, dry, itchy and scaly with the drop in humidity and temperature. The most joyful activities of winter, of sitting around a fire and long hot baths can have an adverse effect on the skin. Let’s have a detailed look at how we can follow some simple tips to ensure that we feel and look great in the winters and prevent skin damage.
How does ayurvedic skincare products help with winter skin problems
Winter is the time of year when everyone should pay particular attention to their skincare needs because the body is dehydrated. Due to the dominance of vata dosha during the winter, that causes the body to become dry, one should take great care to keep their dosha in balance. Here are some winter skincare tips to keep your skin healthy by using ayurvedic skincare products.
Use only gentle and natural ayurvedic skincare products
What products worked for you in summer, may make your skin look sad in winter, and so it’s essential to change your skincare products and switch to ayurvedic skincare products. For a healthy and glowing winter skin, use gentle and natural skin care use mild, natural ayurvedic skincare products from Blue Nectar, which contain natural ingredients. Some of the bestsellers are kumkumadi face glowing oil, vitamin C face serum, ayurvedic body oil for massage, and ayurvedic oils for hair. All these ayurvedic skincare products are made with natural ingredients and are safe to use. Avoid products that contain alcohol or harsh chemicals as they can dry your skin. Whether you choose an oil based product or product with ceramides and Hyaluronic Acid will depend on whether your skin is dry or acne prone. But for sure, choose ayurvedic skincare products with plant extracts.
Regular massage with ayurvedic body oil moisturises the skin in winters
Abhyanga is an effective remedy for a variety of common illnesses, including dry skin, aged skin, a scattered mind, sluggishness, trouble sleeping, and low mood. Use an ayurvedic body massage oil that calms and relaxes your body and quickly absorbs into the skin, such as Blue Nectar Balalakshadi oil. A gentle massage with this body massage oil , for 3-5 minutes, will help a great deal in winters.. Applying firm strokes can help you relax your body and clear your mind. Apply body oil to the areas which are more dry There are many benefits of oil massage on body, such as balancing doshas within us and providing nourishment to the skin.
Exfoliate using ayurvedic skincare products - kumkumadi scrub to get rid of dry, dead & flaky skin
In the winter, a lot of us begin to worry about the fact that our skin becomes dry, dull, itchy, and flaky. This is a result of poor hydration (drinking less water) and not applying enough moisturizer. Many of us thinks that adding CTM (Cleansing, Toning, and Moisturizing) is the only method of skincare and is enough to make skin flawless. But that's not the case, using a face scrub to exfoliate will help remove dry and dead skin. It's always preferable to use natural exfoliants that are gentle on the skin. kumkumadi scrub works to repair damaged skin while fostering the growth of new skin cells for supple, smooth, and radiant skin. Kumkumadi scrub contains natiral kumkumadi face glowing oil and therefore it is the only non-drying face scrub available.
Head massage is important - use ayurvedic oils for hair to get rid of dandruff
Winters can create dry, dull, itchy, and flaky scalp, which can lead to dandruff. The easiest way to tackle this is with a good head massage with ayurvedic hair oils, which will keep the hair moisturised and reduce the dandruff. Blue Nectar Tea Tree Anti Dandruff Hair Oil, is suitable for all hair types and contains the goodness of bhringraj oil, rosemary oil, and amla.
Skincare routine at night with Ayurvedic skincare products -Kumkumadi Serum
Every season calls for different skin hydration needs, and so does a winter night time skincare routine . And what ayurvedic skincare product could be better than a face serum for glowing skin – Kumkumadi Serum. Kumkumadi serum is a classical ayurvedic formulation, also known as kumkumadi tailam, and contains an extraordinarily high concentration of active ingredients that help to improve skin hydration levels from the inside out. It penetrates the skin more effectively than an average face cream for women or men face cream or moisturiser. Kumkumadi tailam or kumkumadi serum, brightens the face and reduces skin pigmentation. It contains only pure sandalwood and saffron and is the best face serum for glowing skin. This Kumkumadi face glowing oil can also be used at night to help your skin rejuvenate. If you'd like, you can seal it with a light night cream like kumkumadi cream.
Avoid harsh cleansers
Many face cleansers contain alcohol, harsh chemicals and added fragrances that can strip away the natural oils. It’s important to choose a natural herbs based cleanser – an ayurvedic face wash - such as Blue Nectar Ayurvedic Neem face wash which will lock in the moisture while gently cleaning the skin of any signs of makeup and dirt.
Use warm water instead of hot water
While it’s tempting to have the long hot shower to warm your core and relax those muscles, they are a big no-no. The hot shower will not only dehydrate you but also strip away the necessary oils from the body. Instead have a quick shower with lukewarm water.
Drink a lot of water and keep yourself hydrated
Our water intake dips in winters as we don’t sweat as much and don’t feel thirsty. However, the water evaporates easily from our body as the air inside and outside our home is drier. Drinking enough water to keep yourself hydrated is as essential in winters as in any other season. It will certainly keep the skin glowing. Water is natural face serum for glowing skin.
Sunscreen is not only for summer
We tend to forget the sunscreen lotion in winter assuming that the sun is weak and cannot do as much damage as in summers. While you bask in the warm sun rays in winter, the UV rays continue to do their damage. In fact, sunscreens are required all year round. Do remember to apply sunscreen with SPF30 on the back of your neck, ears and chin, spots which are easily missed. Use a lip balm with SPF for protection of lips. Remember, lip skin is very thin and is prone to tanning easily. Using ghee on lips and covering it with a sunscreen will keep the lips pink and moist. .
Apply moisturizer immediately after bathing
Moisturizing the skin, immediately after bathing, while the skin is still damp, ensures to lock in as much moisture as possible. Special attention does need to be paid to hands and feet as they lack oil producing glands. In winters, choose an oil based moisturizer or a Body lotion with the goodness of Vitamin E to keep the hydrating oils locked in your skin. If you are running out of lotion, dip into your pantry for some coconut oil which is extremely versatile in its use.
Apply coconut oil before you go to bed
Coconut oil can be incorporated in your everyday beauty regime as it is a wonderfully versatile natural product. Rich in fatty acids, it’s an excellent body moisturizer and increases skins elasticity and is anti-ageing. It contains antioxidants which protects skin from external damage and Lauric acid which is antimicrobial and can prevent acne. Using coconut oil before bed increases skin hydration, reduces skin inflammation, increases collagen production and lightens dark patches and dark spots on face. It may feel like there is a layer on your skin but it will get absorbed shortly.
So let’s not fear the winter season. Embrace winters with these subtle changes in our skincare and enjoy it to the fullest!
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