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Sunday, 1 November 2009

Tips to pamper your skin this winter

As winter draws nearer, it’s time for us to pay attention to our skin. Though we no longer have to fear problems such as acne, sweat rashes, prickly heat or sunburn, winter brings other problems. And since different people have different skin types, it is important to work with your specific skin type to achieve a fabulous complexion.

Kapha skin type
People who have a kapha constitution typically have soft smooth skin that is naturally blemish free. Such people only need to watch out for puffiness and water retention. For this, they can opt for sauna (with a wet towel for the head). Taking sauna opens up the sweat glands and helps to remove extra water and toxins.

Kapha people are also prone to sinusitis, so they should opt for steam inhalation, preferably with some Ayurvedic herbs to clear the nasal passages. This skin type can get body massages with powder or herbs, followed by steam and ending with a moisturiser. As their skins have adequate oils,they only need to boost their circulation through exercises like brisk walking, yoga etc.

Pitta skin type
Individuals with this skin type will find that their skin looks best in winter. To rev up their blood circulation and bring a glow to their face, people with pitta constitutions can run or jog in order to sweat, followed by a body temperature shower and then a spray of cool room temperature water.

Pitta people also benefit from cool face packs that contain natural antibiotics like neem, cinnamon, turmeric and clove. These can be added to a base like Fullers earth, papaya or sandalwood. Gentle exfoliation and application of moisturisers is advised. They can also drink water with herbs like jasmine, chamomile etc., to flush toxins from the liver.

Amla in any form greatly benefits people with pitta constitutions, as does a body massage with olive oil. Avoid too much tea or coffee.

Vata skin type
People with vata constitutions are the ones who find winter a problem, as they suffer from dry skin and body pain in this season. They also benefit hugely from body massages with heavy oils like sesame etc. People with vata constitutions should go for sessions in the steam room, as it is moisturising and warming. They must use heavy moisturisers and exfoliate their skin gently with mung dal paste followed by a moisturiser.

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