Dealing with dry winter skin?
One thing I find very beneficial this time of year is Shea Butter. Shea is a creamy-colored waxy substance made from the nuts of karite trees that grow wild in the savannah regions of Africa. It is similar to compounds formed by the body's own sebaceous glands.While shea butter has a wide variety of applications, it is most well known for its exceptional dermatological and cosmetic healing properties. Shea butter is full of vitamins like A, E and F (fatty acids) These help rough, dry, chapped skin and are important for moisturizing, anti-aging and healing. It has properties of a natural sunscreen. and anti inflammatory benefits as well.
Great on cracked elbows, heels and cuticles, shea softens tough skin and is soothing to irritation. My personal experience is that I have used it on my cuticles for repair, and what I notice is my cuticles heal quickly AND my nails grow stronger and longer! I love this effect.
My friend Sumi makes an amazing product with superior ingredients that is whipped and creamy and really affordable. You can call Sumi to order: (864)399-3570 or order through my store on the website HERE. Try it and let me know what you think :)
In Ayurveda, winter is the time of Kapha dosha - of inertia, hibernation and regeneration. This is the time to rest, reflect, and withdraw some of the outwardly-focused energy and redirect it inward. In addition, the calm, peaceful nature of the winter can also seem a bit dark and heavy. Some people experience depression or lack of motivation during the winter months.
Depending on your overall constitution, winter cold can be wonderfully invigorating, or stressful and difficult. For example, if you already have a lot of heat in your system, or Pitta dosha, winter may be your favorite time of year when you feel your best. The other doshas vata and kapha are more pronounced and aggravated in winter.
Consider foods and activities to balance your constitution.
If you are very vata - naturally cold, dry and easily stressed, then warming soups, teas and lots of oils are best at this time, both internally and topically.
If you are kapha - heavy, cool and easily congested, then this time of year may cause the greatest upset to the system and you might choose, warm & dry crisp foods and plenty of ginger. Exercise and getting enough light are balancing to kapha individuals.
Fiery Pittas do well with cooling and sweet foods as well as moderation. Pick fruits and veggies in season, as they are likely to balance the body at this time.
Be well, and as always, I wish you complete health and balance throughout the season <3