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Benefits of Essential Oil for Winter Skin

Winter is a season where humidity is less in nature so in our skin as our skin has a natural tendency to take moisture from the environment. Dry the climate, drier the skin which causes rough, dry, and itchy skin, cracking. Forget about the dry skin people even normal and oil skin gets dried due to an increase in vaat factor due to seasonal influence.

To maintain skin moisture level and to protect it from dryness, there are various remedies recommended in Ayurveda texts. Also, a basic change in routine, eating habits, exercise, sleep can also be helpful to serve our purpose. As we know “what we eat that we look” connection between gut and skin. So increasing intake of healthy fat, vitamins like E, A, and C may help with dry skin. Fruits like Gooseberry, Banana, Papaya, etc are rich in vitamins and antioxidants. The high content of natural oil in nuts and seeds helps to improve dry skin as well as fiber in the body. Ayurveda has mentioned many therapies like Panchakarma, Nasyam, Vaman, Abhyangam, etc which can be useful for benefits in dry skin.

Essential oils are helpful for dry skin which is used broadly nowadays. Essential oils have been used in folk medicine throughout history. Interest has revived in recent decades as aromatherapy, a branch of alternative medicine.

What is essential oil

It is a concentrated volatile plant extract, through different extraction methods like distillation, expression, solvent extraction. It can be extracted from leaves {basil, lemongrass, bay leaf}, bark {cinnamon, cassia, clove} or resins {ginger root, cumin, sandal wood} of plants. The word essential means the essence of that particular plant. The essential oil can be used in many ways like inhalation, topical application, used as a pesticide, used in food.

How to use

Oil should be diluted in a carrier oil like coconut oil, almond, or sesame oil. Some oils can be irritating and recommend always using proper dilution and doing a skin patch test.

For skin, we can use lavender, carrot seed, rose, rosehip, tea tree, etc essential oil.

Lavender oil: Lavender is a natural sedative and used in insomnia, anxiety, stress-like conditions. Lavender has vaat controlling property. Being antiseptic helps in acne, cuts. When it is mixed with coconut oil improves wrinkles on the skin thus acting as anti-aging.

Tea tree oil: It is anti-inflammatory, antifungal properties. Antibacterial so used in acne, dandruff-like conditions. The tea tree oil effectively balances all the Tridoshas i.e. Vata, Pitta, and Kapha Dosha, and promotes skin health. It seeps deep into the scalp and prevents dry scalp and itching.

Eucalyptus oil: It inhibits the activity of acne-causing bacteria due to its antibacterial property. Eucalyptus oil can be mix (2-3 drops) in bath water to prevent skin infection.

Orange oil: It has got anti-microbial properties. So can be used in acne and inflammatory conditions.

Sandalwood oil: This oil is very gently active, heals the soft tissue of the skin, antiseptic. It tightened the wrinkled area. And even out skin tone.

Lemon oil: It has got astringent and antimicrobial properties. It can be used as a face cleanser.

Essential oils are particularly powerful and can cause skin irritations. It can cause burning in your eyes. It’s important to avoid this area if possible. It can increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun. This can cause redness, rash, or in some cases blistering, followed by pigmentation changes. So the use of essential oil should be done carefully.

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