Implementing a Seasonal Routine
The first step to implementation of an effective seasonal routine is to start paying close attention to the daily and seasonal changes in your environment such as the climate you live in.
Most of us naturally do this to some degree, perhaps due to intuition. We tend to eat a lighter, more raw foods diet in the heat intensive summer months such as melon and salads, and as fall approaches our diet tends to change to heartier, more substantial fare.
By tuning in to our bodies’ reaction to the climate, we can also regulate and tweak our skin and hair care regimens. A regimen that is perfect that this time of year may be heavy for summertime and not intensive enough by the time winter approaches. This is a big reason we take a layered approach to skin care.. It allows you change up your routine on a day to day basis as you observe what your skin needs more (or less) of.
The Best Way to Navigate Vata Season
The primary Ayurvedic principal is that opposites create balance, Vata season (cool, light, dry, unpredictable) is properly balanced with moisture, nourishment, warmth, and a stable routine.
It is important to pay attention to any Vata imbalances manifesting in your skin such as dry, parched areas so you are prepared to take immediate action. Here are some recommendations should this be the case. (These apply to most people, but if you already know your current state of balance, you can tweak these to fit your routine appropriately)
Vata Season Diet
Many of our skin care clients are surprised when we make dietary recommendations, but there is certainly something to the old adage “You are what you eat”. Even the best Skin Care products combined with the perfect regimen executed religiously cannot overcome a poor diet and other negative lifestyle choices. Your skin is ultimately a reflection of your overall health after all.
Your diet is also a powerful way to balance Vata this fall. While there are different opinions on what constitutes the ideal diet, there are some commonalities that we can all agree on. Vata Season requires a transition towards foods that are high in protein and essential fatty acids to nourish and support your collagen layer and keep your skin moist and supple.
Ayurveda believes in adding stimulating spices during Vata Season, such as Cinnamon, Allspice, Tumeric and Ginger (Pumpkin Spice Latte anyone?) for additional adrenal and hormonal support. Coming from the West as I do, it never fails to amaze me how each culture in some incorporates the wisdom of Ayurveda!
Stay tuned for more Vata Tips for Fall in our next installment..