There are countless drugstore products for winter Skin & Hair , but how many actually stave off dryness and promote healthy skin and hair revitalization? The dry air of this holiday season zaps moisture, making your skin and hair appear lifeless and parched. Renewing moisture and boosting antioxidant levels is the key to keeping Winter Skin and Hair healthy, and for preventing serious, sometimes irreversible damage done by extremes of temperature and dry indoor air.
Instead of leaving it to fate, tweak your beauty routine with Ayurvedic Vata Skin and Hair Care to combat the specific challenges of the season. Here’s how you can deal with Dry Skin, Hair and Body in Winter – all in a natural, eco-friendly and sustainable way:
Dry Facial Skin
Depending on your skin type, some seasons may work better for you. However, nearly all skin types struggle during the winter season. If you are Vata skin type, then in addition to increasingly dry facial skin, you also run the highest risk of forming permanent wrinkles, fine lines and crow’s feet. Pitta (Sensitive, Blemished and Rosacea) skin may also experience increased episodes of flushing and itchy/inflamed skin associated with rosacea flares.
If you’re already using our products, we recommend fine tuning your existing routine to become even more effective in winters. If you are using both BioScience Peptide Complex and your choice of serum, Rejuv Serum/ Collagen Boost Serum/ SBR Serum (depending on your dosha type) only 1X a day, switch to 2X times a day to strengthen skin barrier and lock-moisture for the entire day/night. (We recommend 2X a day to everyone but realize life gets in the way sometimes).
The Presence of Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin E, Gotu Kola, Peptides and other skin fortifying ingredients ensure an adequate stimulation of collagen synthesis that slows down the formation of wrinkles, fine lines, dark spots and other signs of aging skin. Anti-inflammatory phytoactives further help in calming and healing the skin.
Editors’s Pro Tip: In the cold season, cut back on using harsh-exfoliators and alcohol-based toners, which can create more dryness and get your skin irritated. Replace drugstore products with our Papaya & Honey Exfoliation Mask & Scrub (sensitive skin should use the SBR version) and use it up to 2-3X times a week to get rid of dead skin cells and eliminate deep-seated debris. Hydrators are applied after cleansing and before serum treatments. Both hydrators and exfoliators/masks assist in surging-up the levels of antioxidants, essential for healthy skin appearance.
Dry Skin Around Eyes
Whether or not you are prone to dark circles, puffy eyes or generally tired looking eyes, we recommend that you follow PVO’s Targeted Eye Treatments during the winter. Under-eye skin being very delicate, dehydration and/or stress can accelerate the process of aging faster here than any other area of the skin.
The appearance of crow’s lines, frown lines and bunny lines around the eyes may mark the onset of aging. To prevent and slow down this process, use both Aloe Eye Serum for Day and Eyeline Prevention Oil for Night (that comes with a soothing roll on applicator) – with dramatic improvement to the entire eye area.
Dry Hands, Legs and Body
In 2020 and beyond, sanitizing hands has become the norm. On the downside, frequent application of alcohol-based sanitizers, combined with the use of soaps and dry weather can cause hands to become dry, rough, and even cracking. Using a dime-sized amount of a rich cream/butter each time after sanitization, keeps your hand soft and hydrated.
Did you know? Strong fragrance, soap and alcohol can sap out moisture from the skin and cause skin irritation. Read labels carefully and always look for botanical oils and natural ingredients in your products.
When it comes to the body, no lotion or crème, matches the performance of a rich body butter (learn the difference, here). Our Vanilla Silk Body Butter can be used for hands, legs and for the entire body. It’s highly concentrated formula in even a single application provides amazing long-lasting moisture that fights signs of aging. The formula contains a blend of sustainable and organic Shea Butter, Aloe Vera, Coconut Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Extracts of Calendula, Bilberry, Alfalfa, Vitamins, Antioxidants, Essential of Vanilla, etc. It’s Fast absorbing, with a satiny finish, our Body Butter firms skin and leaves behind a subtle, pleasant natural vanilla scent that you’ll enjoy applying the entire season.
Editors Pro Tip: No matter whatever the season, always wear Broad Spectrum, Zinc-oxide based SunProtect SPF 30+ Mineral Sunscreen to protect both facial and body skin from sun damage.
Winters can wreak havoc on your hair and cause it to become dry and frizzy. In Vata season, you need to protect your hair from the cold whipping winds, indoor heat and even static electricity. This is easily done by restoring moisture and providing your hair with adequate nourishment through organic leave-in formulas. Organic Coconut Oil, Olive Oil and Hemp seed Oil are effective plant-based hair conditioners that instantly lock hydration and provide complete nourishment for limp and damaged hair.
After shampooing, rinse hair with an Organic Hair Conditioner, followed with a leave-in hair treatment serum which replenishes moisture, removes frizz and helps repair split ends. Our leave-in conditioners are also effective in protecting and battling the effects of indoor heating and hot styling tools. If you have oily hair, cleansing on alternative days and following up with an oil-based conditioner helps combat brittleness and breakage.
Dry Scalp & Dandruff
The dry weather of winter coupled with colder temperatures causes your scalp to become dry and itchy, which can lead to the formation of white flakes or dandruff. If you have excessively dry scalp, or a pre-existing condition such as psoriasis, dandruff, atopic dermatitis, or eczema, avoid washing hair too frequently in winters as it can strip natural oils. An undernourished scalp is literally the root of all hair problems, such as increased hair breakage, split ends and hair fall.
Feeding the scalp with PVO’s ‘Vitamins, Minerals, Omega fatty acids and Antioxidants-rich’ hair care products will treat nearly every hair concern. Our SLS-free Natural Shampoos gently cleanse the scalp, remove dandruff and restore natural oils, without weighing hair down. Organic Essential Oils of Lavender and Rosemary blended with other wild-gathered botanical extracts stimulate blood circulation to reinvigorate the scalp and support healthy hair growth.