Winter tends to naturally increase Vata dosha in the body. This results in dry skin and cracked lips. There are other health repercussions of increased Vata dosha, but the cosmetic effects are most visible, making them a priority. Ayurveda recommends that we take care of the body by changing lifestyle and diet to match the seasonal changes in doshas.
The correct steps are explained in what is collectively known as Ritucharya. The word Ritucharya is made of two words – Ritu (season) and Charya (regimen). The regimen described for winter is known as Shishira Ritucharya. Dr Partap Chauhan, Director of Jiva Ayurveda, suggests a few face masks prepared according to Shishira Ritucharya that will pamper and nourish the skin from within!
Papaya and lemon moisturizer:
Papaya has Ushna (warm) potency which can regulate Vata. Lemon is sour and has Pitta properties which will counter the increased Vata dosha. Lemon is also a natural astringent, which removes dark spots and tanning on the skin. Mash ripe papaya and squeeze the juice of half a lemon in it and mix well. Apply this to the face and arms for 15 minutes and wash off with lukewarm water to get glowing and moisturized skin.
Hibiscus, honey and coconut oil anti-ageing mask:
Hibiscus flower (gudhal) contains natural Alpha-hydroxy Acids (AHA), which makes the skin fresh and improves flexibility, which is why it is sometimes referred to as the botox plant. Boil a hibiscus flower in 2 cups of water until about half a cup remains. Now add honey and coconut oil to the mixture and apply on face and neck. Wash off with lukewarm water after 10-15 minutes. This mixture is a great moisturizer and exfoliator, which leaves the skin supple, fresh and bright.