5 Surprisingly Easy Skincare Tips to Manage Adamantly Dry Skin
Do you sometimes think that your skin looks and feels like a lizard? Most of us have dealt with dry skin issues and know the feeling. It’s important to know that dry skin is more than just an external problem of the skin. It’s actually an indication of an imbalance of Vata dosha which is a common imbalance that can be managed with the right diet and lifestyle.
Consult an Ayurvedic practitioner or Ayurvedic Health Counselor to learn the right diet for you. In the meantime, get some relief from the itchiness and scratching with these simple tips. Start today for beautiful, smooth, soft to the touch skin.
1. Read your labels as closely as you would read any good article or book
Did we say read? Yes, we did indeed. Is alcohol listed anywhere on the ingredient list? If so, then this product is not helping your dry skin problem. Alcohol has a drying effect on the skin. So, using an alcohol-based product to help with dry skin is sort of an oxymoron. The bottom line is that it is probably not helping the situation and may be contributing to the problem. Change over to a non-alcohol-based product right away. If you are having trouble finding non-alcohol-based products, natural handmade products are a great way to go. You can also search the beauty aisle of your local natural foods store.
Exfoliation is the removal of dry, dead skin. Your body usually does this naturally, but as we age this process may get slower, resulting in buildup. Any exfoliation should be gentle on the face, and slightly more aggressive on the body. For the face use a facial scrub. Exfoliate the face once to three times a week. For the body use a natural bristle brush with a natural soap. Exfoliate the body daily in the shower or bath. Now about your feet - it is best to use a pumice stone, or an exfoliation tool right after your shower or bath. Then apply an oil or moisturizer.
3. Oil Your Skin
If you want to use the best product for your dry skin, generally it will be an organic, plant based natural oil. Ayurvedic choices to balance the dry or Vata element would be sesame, olive or almond. Oil nourishes the skin and lubricates it in a way that lotion does not. However, many people do not like the feel of oil on their skin. Lotion is still beneficial, just not the gold standard, so to speak. If you are using oil for the face, apply only a few drops to your fingers and rub into damp skin. If you are using a facial moisturizer, also apply after cleansing over damp skin. For the body, apply your moisturizer of choice after your bath or shower on damp skin also.
4. Try Abhyanga
Simply defined abhyanga is the oiling of the body. Abhyanga not only relaxes the body, but also lubricates the skin and can contribute to your overall health. By massaging the oil into your body, you are increasing circulation and blood flow to the skin. This greatly improves the appearance of the skin. How often should you do an abhyanga routine? Every day is suggested, but if this is not possible then once a week is still beneficial.
For an upgraded abhyanga experience, perform your massage with a Kansa Wand, an all-natural, non-electronic (no batteries, no wires) massage wan for a calm, relaxing and spa-like experience, that works wonders to give you a youthful appearance and thoroughly moisturized skin.
Crafted in a light, small size, suitable for massaging face and neck with firm support. It’s very easy to work with even if you’re using it for the first time and even more convenient to pack when you’re travelling. Kansa works like magic to give your face a toned look and it helps reduce the look of puffiness, redness and the appearance of signs of aging like wrinkles and fine lines – all with just less than 10 minutes of massage a day!
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5. Timing is everything
Timing is key to addressing dry skin. Make sure to start your dry skin routine sooner rather than later. The best time to start a routine is late summer before you have a problem, or before Vata season (fall and early winter). Timing of when to apply your moisturizer of choice is also important. It is best after you wash your face and body and best applied when the skin is damp not dry. This is so your moisturizer traps the water on the skin which aids in keeping the skin moisturized. Lastly timing is key for addressing any symptom that may result in an imbalance in your body. Dry skin can be an indication of a health problem. Especially if you have never had an issue with dry skin before. It is advisable to get an Ayurvedic consultation to rule out an imbalance.
So, there you have it, five steps to amazing skin. Dry skin can be improved with this simple routine. Remember if your dry skin is a result of an imbalance in your body, then it might take a bit longer for your body to correct this. But, by using these steps you should see amazing results and the only lizard skin you might see is where it belongs – on a lizard in the wild!
Looking for a full skincare routine? Check out Ajara’s 5-Step Daily Face Care Kit for Dry, Mature, Vata Skin. Or build your own routine with our pick of our best and finest:
Coconut Rose Softening Cleanser, an uplifting, creamy facial cleanser custom-made for dry mature skin, that leaves your skin feeling clean, refreshed and moisturized.
Chandaluna Moon-Like Glow Face Lepa, a sparkling herb-loaded fine powder-based face mask with Indian Water Lily, Nutgrass and Plum to enriches your skin with its youthifying, moisturizing and cooling superpowers.
Geranium Rose Hydrating Toner, a cooling, soothing formulation perfect for both dry and sensitive type skin, as it’s enriched with the calming properties of rose geranium to help with redness and leave skin looking dewy, youthful and moisturized.
Prinourish Skin-Enriching superfood Serum, a face oil so light in texture that it feels just like a serum but with the powerful effects of exotic ingredients like Mango, Black Plum and Turmeric. This intense vegan, clear formula is perfect to give you lasting moisturization and a glossy effect to round up your skincare routine!
Or, if you were on the lookout for something that would help manage dry skin but for your body, try iYURA Balaayah Black-Gram Body Booster, the ultimate ultra-rich moisturizing body oil enriched with black gram, known as the ‘utter-nourisher’ for its immensely unctuous nature.
This pure, traditional vegan body oil also contains the goodness of other Ayurvedic ingredients like velvet bean and nutsedge in a smooth formulation that helps manage even rough skin that appears scaly, ‘crepey’ or coarse. Balaayah provides you with a rich, balm-like experience that makes your everyday skin routine something you can’t wait for!
Learn More about Balaayah Black Gram Body Booster, here!