Ayurvedic Dry Skin Care – Dry Skin Treatment and Remedies
Applying Ayurveda Principles
Dry skin looks dull and life less due to lack of moisture. Well hydrated skin glows and exhibits a healthy look. Wrinkles develop at an early age due to prolonged dryness of skin. Dry, rough and wrinkled skin gives an aged appearance. Dry and cracked skin harbor microbes and cause fungal infections. Excess drying of skin leads to dry eczema.
Hence a proper care should be taken to increase the moisture level of skin and prevent drying. Soft, smooth and wrinkle free skin gives young and healthy look.
Causes of Dry Skin
Our skin is soft and smooth because of oil glands found under our skin. The skin becomes dry when these glands fail to supply sufficient lubrication to keep the skin soft and smooth.
The cold and dry weather of winter takes its own toll on the skin. The cold, dry weather of winter brings about drying of skin making it scaly. Lack of sufficient humidity out doors also leads to dry skin. Indoor heating further removes the traces of moisture and aggravates dryness of skin. Thus in winter the skin becomes extremely dry.
Dry skin condition may occur due to genetic factors.
Dry skin condition may arise from nutritional deficiencies due to poor diet.
Unhealthy practices like exposure to extreme weather conditions, bathing for long time in very hot water, using harsh soaps, swimming in chlorinated water, chemicals and harsh cosmetics.
The skin loses its capacity to retain moisture, as we grow old. The extreme climatic conditions to which we get exposed, as we grow old worsen the condition and skin becomes more dry.
Few underlying diseases like hypothyroidism, diabetes, eczema, psoriasis or seborrhea may also lead to dry skin.
Dry skin may arise as an effect of medications like diuretics, antihistamines and anti spasmodics.
Ayurvedic Dry Skin Concept
According to Ayurveda, dry skin is the result of Vata Dosha or Vata vitiation. When vata dosha rises in a body, it leads to reduced kapha and makes body and facial skin dry and wrinkled. Kapha is the element responsible for keeping skin soft and smooth. Dry skin problem aggravates due environment and weather conditions also. Most of the people experience excessively dry skin in winters when the dry and cold weather does not let the skin remain moist enough. However, dry skin problems are not absolutely absent in summers when it is too hot and dry. Skin getting dry in summers is due to pitta vitiation and not due to vata vitiation. Thus, Ayurvedic dry skin concept lists some of the main causes of dry skin as under.
Exposure to cold and dry climate (sometimes hot and dry climate too)
Suppressing natural urges such as urination, defecation, hunger, thirst, etc.
Sleep disorders, staying awake till late night.
Irregular and unhealthy food habits
Excessive physical and mental exertion.
Excessive intake of spicy, dry, and bitter food.
Understanding the causes of dry skin makes one able to avoid them so that the natural dry skin treatments in the form of home remedies and herbs for dry skin can prove most beneficial to them.
Home Remedies for Dry Skin
Natural dry skin treatments need some lifestyle changes related to the use of beauty cosmetics, drink and food habits, as well as certain home remedies with the help of day to day ingredients found at home and certain specific herbs for dry skin treatment.
Lifestyle Changes for Dry Skin Treatment
Drink enough water each day. You should drink at least 8-10 glasses of water daily.
Eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. Better if they have more water content like cucumber, tomatoes, watermelon, orange. Have plenty of nuts, especially almonds and walnuts.
Get enough sleep. Six to eight hours sleep at night help restore oxygen level of blood responsible for renewal of body cells essential for keeping the young looks of skin rejuvenated.
Avoid hot showers. Hot water robs the skin of its natural oils that keep skin moist. In winters, make the bathing water only mildly warm if you can’t have bath with cold water.
Protect your facial and body skin from UV rays of sun. Always carry some cloth like scarves or umbrella to protect yourself from sun.
Do not take stress. This is one of the causes of many skin problems including dry skin.
Quit smoking and limit intake of alcohol. The harmful elements in them cause dry skin.
Never go to bed with make up on. Wash all the applied cosmetics with clean water and if necessary with mild soap having moisturizer. Then apply some moisturizing cream. Natural, home made or herbal dry skin creams without chemicals are best for skin.
Home Made Dry Skin Lotions, Creams, Facials, Masks
Mix equal quantities of glycerin and rose water. Store this excellent dry skin lotion in a clean bottle and apply it on dry facial skin or skin of hands and feet whenever required. It is best to be applied after having bath for those who suffer from excessive dry skin. Always shake the bottle before use as glycerin settles down at the bottom of bottle (Mix lemon juice to this mixture if you have a mixed type of skin having combination of oily and dry skin).
Mix equal quantities of petroleum jelly and glycerin and apply it on your dry skin of face and body and keep it overnight.
Mix equal quantities of petroleum jelly, vitamin E oil and glycerin. Apply for half an hour over face and body before taking shower.
Take plain water and glycerin in the ratio of 10:1 and apply it on your dry skin of hand and feet before going to the bed. This will give you soft skin in a few days.
For having a special hand wash soap, mix glycerin with your liquid soap and fill it in a bottle. Wash your hands with this soap to avoid dry skin on hand.
Take 1 tsp each of egg yolk, rose water, lime juice, olive oil and orange juice and mix them thoroughly. Apply this smooth home made dry skin lotion to your face in the morning and wash it off after 20 minutes.
Make a face mask by mixing honey, egg, olive oil and rose water and use it as dry skin facial mask.
Get ayurvedic massage with herbal oil (made with vata balancing herbs). It is good to have daily body massage for people with dry skin but if that is not possible, take such massages at least once a week.
Lavender oil and sandalwood oil are also good for dry skin for their soothing and cool effects. A few drops of these oils can be used in bathing water.
Mix glycerin, castor oil and rose water with 1 tbsp of ‘malai’ or milk cream. Apply this mixture on face, neck and on hands before going to bed. Wash it off with water in morning. This keeps dry skin hydrated during the day.
Mix ground almonds, honey and malai (milk cream) and apply the mixture at least twice a week and keep it for half an hour.
Mix 1/4th cup yogurt, 1tsp honey and 1tbsp milk powder. Apply on face for 10 minutes and wash it off with cold water.