Winter with its holidays and bundled up days in front of the fire with a good book and a hot cup of tea are soul soothing but also bring along cold and dry weather which is a common cause of dry skin.
White, scaly, rough skin is not comfortable, good looking, nor is it healthy. Once the skin gets so dry that minuscule cracks show up, it’s an invitation for the germs to enter our beloved bodies. Nothing either of us wants, so what can we do?
Yoga-Eat-Play to the rescue!
Yoga and her sister Ayurveda
tiny note: Yoga and Ayurveda work hand in hand and thousands of years ago were not separated like they are these days.
Archana Rao, an Ayurvedic doctor at Safronya Ayurvedic Retreat in San Rafael, California explains the dry skin issue: ” When vata is aggravated, arteries, capillaries, and nerves become dry and won’t work properly, affecting your circulation. Your hands and feet become cold. Skin becomes rough and dry. Your heels may crack or your lips peel. Inside and out, we’ve got to calm that vata down.”
Dry skin irritates the heck out of me, personally. According to Ayurveda, dry skin is a vata imbalance, but irritability and anxiety are vata imbalances as well. They usually come all hand in hand, like a “happy” vata party.
Authentic Therapeutic Yoga
- Dry brushing & body scrubs – Ayurvedic yoga practice
- Sun Salutations – Surya Namaskar
- Inversions (be aware of contraindications and cautions – like high blood pressure and neck injuries), cobra pose & spinal twist pose
Eat – Intentional Nutrition to support healthy skin
- Drink WATER – around 2 quarts a day
- Omega-3 fats – bring nutrients to your skin to keep it supple by keeping it hydrated and maintain skin cells strong and full of moisture (wrinkles away!) I’m talking walnuts, fish, flaxseeds, sunflower seeds, chia, high quality Omega 3 supplements.
- Fresh, organic, locally grown vegetables. Juicing is great as well for the skin. Carotenoids (in red, orange, yellow fruits and veggies) are amazing for your skin.
Play – Fun, Relaxing activities to Reset you Mind, Body & Soul
- Oil massage – ask your massage therapist to use your oil (cold press coconut or sesame) It hydrates your skin, feeds it highly healthy medium chain fatty acids which gives you energy, smooth full skin and boosts the immune system. Not to mention that helps in vata imbalances (Ayurveda).
- Bring your best friends together and ferment veggies. Being social helps with the wrinkles and anxiety and fermented veggies dramatically improve your gut health with in turn will reflect on your beautiful skin.
- Keep the showers short and warm (hot water dries your skin by removing the natural skin oils) and right after slather coconut oil all over your skin to lock in the moisture.
Your skin is precious, so keep it hidden from the elements as much as possible during this trying season. Go shopping and buy yourself a scarf or two that you love so much, you wear it every time you go outside … maybe indoors too 🙂 Gloves and a hat should be on that list as well! Have fun and let the inner child play!