How To Prevent Dry Skin And Dry Scalp In Cold Season

How To Prevent Dry Skin And Dry Scalp In Cold Season

Cold season is here and the major problem faced during this period is dry skin and dry scalp. Here are few simple Ayurvedic tips to tackle this concern.

Dry skin and dry scalp is due to predominance of Vata dosha. When Vata dosha increases in the body it reduces Kapha dosha and makes the skin dry and wrinkled. Dry scalp can lead to dandruff as well. Other clinical features of dry skin and scalp include itching, cracking of the skin and burning sensation.

Home Remedies To Prevent Dry Skin And Dry Scalp

1. Include ghee in your diet daily.

Other wholesome diet habits include the intake of food predominant in the bitter and astringent taste, red rice, green gram, warm water and other easily digestible food.

Food rich in vitamin E and omega 3 fatty acids help to keep the scalp in good health. This includes drumstick, mango, pomegranates, sunflower seed, almonds, pine nuts, peanuts, spinach, taro root, flaxseed oil, soybean and pistachios.

Broccoli, carrots, chard, mustard and turnip greens, nuts, papaya, pumpkin, red peppers, flaxseeds, walnut, sardines, salmon, soybeans, tofu, shrimp, Brussel’s sprouts, cauliflower, winter squash, fish oil, egg oil, krill oil, chia seeds, canola oil, camelia and coconut.

2. Apply oil externally.

Abhyanga is highly recommended to prevent dry skin. In case of dry scalp, head massage or shiro abhyanga is advised.

3. Moisturize with yogurt.

Mix fenugreek powder and besan flour with yogurt and apply to the skin before a bath to prevent dryness. Fenugreek powder and yogurt alone can be applied to the scalp as well.

4. Stay hydrated.

Keep your skin moisturized from the inside by drinking at least eight glasses of water a day and eating plenty of sweet, juicy fruits.

5. Try a homemade face mask.

A face mask of honey, egg, olive oil and rose water works very well for dry skin.

Arya Krishna is an Ayurvedic Practitioner, educator, and speaker. She completed her Bachelors in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) from Amrita School of Ayurveda, Kerala, India. She is registered as an Ayurveda doctor (Reg No: 14664) under the Indian Medical Council. She received a Fellowship in Orthopedic Rehabilitation from Apollo group of Institutions, Hyderabad. An editor with the International Ayurvedic Medical Journal, she previously served as the associate editor of the American Ayurvedic Journal of Health. Before moving to the US in 2015, she was Resident Medical Officer (Ayurveda) in AyurVAID hospital, Bangalore and has knowledge and experience in precision and evidence-based Ayurveda. She was an Ayurveda Domain expert with Health Connect 24 – a unique platform to bring together Ayurveda, Yoga and swadeshi. She is efficient in performing all Panchakarma procedures (purification therapies) and has knowledge of Marma Therapy. Other areas of expertise include Ayurveda diet and lifestyle, women’s health, and rasayana (rejuvenation). She works for the promotion and propagation of Ayurveda by offering lectures, webinars and contributing to various journals. She is a resource person for the Council of Ayurveda Research (CAR) and is an Ayurvedic blogger with Mother Earth Living. Currently, she is residing in Danville, Pennsylvania and is listed as a BAMS doctor with AAPNA (Association of Ayurveda Practitioners of North America). She is an Ayurveda Consultant and Educational coordinator with Be Mind Body Skin, New Jersey and Subject Matter Expert at At Home with Ayurveda, UK.

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