For example, in late fall and early winter, we should nurture ourselves and our skin with foods and sensations that are warm, stable, heavy, smooth, and grounding.Â
Ayurveda recognizes three basic energies of life: The first is known as vata; the second,Â pitta; and the third, kapha. Vata also means wind in Sanskrit, and vata's sensory qualities dryness, coolness, mobility, lightness, unsteadiness, and roughness are much like those of the wind.
When vata is aggravated, arteries, capillaries, and nerves become dry and won't work properly, affecting your circulation, says Archana Rao, an Ayurvedic doctor in San Rafael, California, explaining the theory behind dry skin.
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.
Here are some Ayurvedic home remedy recipes to calm the vata and soothe that dry skin.
Instant oatmeal is excellent for exfoliating the skin. Oats counter daily sun damage and replenish the skin with vitamins B & E. Orange peel balances the pH level of the skin and softens it. Almond powder is a protein-packed exfoliant. Yogurt contains friendly lactobacilli that pacify an aggravated Pitta. And the healing aroma of lavender powder makes this a soothing, pleasant mask.