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Ayurveda Share This Page
Treating Dry Skin Condition Naturally:
by Dr.Savitha Suri Bookmark and Share
Applying Ayurveda Principles

Dry skin looks dull and life less due to lack of moisture. Well hydrated skin glows and exhibits a healthy look. Wrinkles develop at an early age due to prolonged dryness of skin. Dry, rough and wrinkled skin gives an aged appearance. Dry and cracked skin harbor microbes and cause fungal infections. Excess drying of skin leads to dry eczema.

Hence a proper care should be taken to increase the moisture level of skin and prevent drying. Soft, smooth and wrinkle free skin gives young and healthy look.


Causes of Dry Skin

Our skin is soft and smooth because of oil glands found under our skin. The skin becomes dry when these glands fail to supply sufficient lubrication to keep the skin soft and smooth.

  1. The cold and dry weather of winter takes its own toll on the skin. The cold, dry weather of winter brings about drying of skin making it scaly. Lack of sufficient humidity out doors also leads to dry skin. Indoor heating further removes the traces of moisture and aggravates dryness of skin. Thus in winter the skin becomes extremely dry.
  2. Dry skin condition may occur due to genetic factors.
  3. Dry skin condition may arise from nutritional deficiencies due to poor diet.
  4. Unhealthy practices like exposure to extreme weather conditions, bathing for long time in very hot water, using harsh soaps, swimming in chlorinated water, chemicals and harsh cosmetics.
  5. The skin loses its capacity to retain moisture, as we grow old. The extreme climatic conditions to which we get exposed, as we grow old worsen the condition and skin becomes more dry.
  6. Few underlying diseases like hypothyroidism, diabetes, eczema, psoriasis or seborrhea may also lead to dry skin.
  7. Dry skin may arise as an effect of medications like diuretics, antihistamines and anti spasmodics.

What Ayurveda says about Dry Skin?

According to texts of Ayurveda dry skin is caused by vata dosha. When vata dosha increases in body it reduces kapha and makes skin dry and wrinkled. (Kapha keeps skin soft and smooth where as vata makes the skin dry and rough. Vata dosha's qualities are opposite to kapha dosha qualities). 

The causes which increase vata dosha in body

  • Exposure to cold and dry climate
  • Controlling natural urges like urination, defecation, hunger, thirst, etc.
  • Staying awake at unearthly hours (late night). Irregular food habits.
  • Excess physical and mental exertion.
  • Consumption of spicy, dry, bitter food.

Here are the natural tips to take care of dry skin

  • Do not use hot water to cleanse dry skin.
  • Use a soft cotton cloth and pat dry your skin. Do not rub the skin with harsh, rough textured towels.
  • Instead of washing with water use a clean sprayer to moisten your skin. Use mineral water instead of tap water for spray.
  • Lightly pat dry the skin.
  • Avoid using harsh soaps and face washes as they remove natural oil that protects your skin.
  • Pamper your skin by massaging with moisturizer. Moisturizer increases the moisture of upper layer of skin and makes it soft and smooth.
  • Regularly massage your body with herbal oil. Herbal oil softens and sooth the dry skin and help to trap the moisture between skin pores.
  • Apply a thin layer of coconut oil before finishing the bath and pat dry the skin
    Avoid alcohol-based cleansers.
  • Consume a balanced diet which includes foods from all groups like vegetables, fruits, carbohydrates, cereals, milk and milk products.
  • Include yellow and orange vegetables like carrot which have rich anti oxidants.
    Avoid junk food like chips, deep fried food etc

Ayurveda Tips for dry skin condition.

  • Keep yourself warm in dry cold climates.
  • Massage whole body with body massage oil which is infused with vata balancing herbs.
  • Do not sit near fire place.
  • Avoid stale, over fried, dry food.
  • Always consume fresh warm food with little fat like ghee or olive oil.
  • Include sour and salty food in diet.
  • Sweet juicy fruits are recommended.
  • Drink 7-9 glasses of warm water everyday. (Do not drink cold water as it increases vata)

Home Remedies for dry skin

  • Mix egg yolk, rose water lime juice, olive oil and orange juice (1 tea spoon each) thoroughly. Apply a smooth mixture of this ingredient on your face in morning and wash it off after 20 minutes
  • A face mask of honey, egg, olive oil and rose water works very well for dry skin.
  • Liberally apply gentle herbal moisturizer all over your body.
  • Massage your body with herbal oil infused with vata balancing herbs, twice in a week.
  • Increase the moisture level of skin by applying natural herbal gel which is rich in aloevera and essential oils.
  • Consume herbal tea which contains vata balancing herbs regularly.  
Dr. Savitha Suri B.A.M.S is Chief Consultant physician at Chaitanya Integrated Medical Center, Udayagiri, Mysore, Karnataka, India. She is practicing Indian Systems of Medicines since 12 years. By arrangement with http://www.ayurhelp.com

Disclaimer: 
Information provided in this article is for the sole purpose of imparting education on Ayurveda and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you have a medical condition, please consult your physician.   

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03-Feb-2007
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Comments on this Article

Comment plz recommend me good cream to remove dryness from my face during winters.....
nd also best sunscreen to be used in winters

anita
11/14/2016 02:54 AM

Comment Respected mam ,i 25 years old .my skin is dry from born.when season change my skin is also change.and in winter season it will be more.please give some suggestions .

RALVULAPATI NAGUL MEERA
10/13/2016 06:01 AM

Comment hello doctor,

i am 23 year old girl my skin is too dry even in summer season. its clearly shown wrinkle line on my forhead hand & foot. i used moisturizer cream regularly.my skin looks like old people skin.plz help me.i dont know what to do.i am so tensed.Please give me some medicines remove wrinkles.

jeena john
08/12/2016 01:20 AM

Comment Dear Madam,

I am 20 years old female.I am facing the problem of dry skin.many dark spots lies in my hands. I never used any skin care products.I am not satisfied chemical creams because the side effect.So please suggest the best aayurvedic products.
I am waiting for your reply
Thank you.

Deepa
06/07/2016 07:38 AM

Comment hello maam,
i am 19 years old . i have very dry , rough and cracked skin like fish skin ..this starts happening during the winters but the cracked skin is also seen during summers... i m suffering from this problem since 3 years .. it is a genetic problem because my mother also suffers from the same .. kindly help me with a permanent treatment ..

SHIKHA YADAV
03/19/2016 15:01 PM

Comment
Very useful guidance to people suffering from dry skin etc. including me, I am aged 66 yrs. With thanks. God Bless you & long LIVE.

s.rajadurai
01/31/2016 03:51 AM

Comment My son is 5 and 9 months old, his skin is very dry and as per doctor comments it is due to inheritate problem and will be solved around his age of 8 yeas.
presently we use various creame as per doctor advise.

kindly suggest any remediese which help.

Regards,
Yogesh Valera

Yogesh Valera
12/08/2015 02:56 AM

Comment Dear mam
i am 46 age male
my leg are very very dry skin, like fish skin.
please guide me medicine for treatment

RAM SINGH
11/30/2015 04:50 AM

Comment hello mam

i have a male friend he his having cuts on his foot and he dont no the exact reason for this he cunsulted with many doctors and use many moisturizes and medicine but there is no relief.

can u suggest me what can i do for him and also suggest the reasons and medicine.

shalu
11/05/2015 08:54 AM

Comment Hello dr.
I am 25 year old girl my skin is too dry even in summer season. its clearly shown wrinkle line on my forhead hand & foot. i used moisturizer cream regularly.my skin looks like old people skin.plz help me

Please give me some Ayurvedic medicines remove wrinkles.

Please give me reply as quickly as possible.
thanks

seema gupta
10/27/2015 02:55 AM

Comment hello madam,
i am 23 year old girl my skin is too dry even in sumer season. its clearly shown wrinkle line on my faces. i used mosturiser regularly in all season sumer winter nd monson.

please give me some home ramidies tips to renove wrinkles and dryness from all parts of my body.

please reply as quickly as possible

thank you.

rajyashree nanda
09/24/2015 01:31 AM

Comment Problem of dry skin is by birth with me because my mom also have wrinkles when i born.

I am 23 year old girl my skin is too dry even in summer season. its clearly shown wrinkle line on my hand & foot. i used moisturizer cream regularly and also apply olive oil daily ni8 in all season summer winter and monsoon.


Please give me some Ayurvedic medicines remove wrinkles.

Please give me reply as quickly as possible.

Thanking you,
Ramya

Ramya
07/24/2015 14:12 PM

Comment I am santhosh(19).i have a more bimbels in face.How to remóve the bimbels and improving colour.also i have a hard and dry face.pls sugges any best soap and anything else for me.thank you mam.

santhosh
05/22/2015 13:32 PM

Comment i have black heads and white heads on my nose and chin. and also iam very dry skin. please give me suggition for removing blackheads and whiteheads with natural home made items.

d.vanajjakkshe
03/20/2015 01:40 AM

Comment Dear mam,
I am 30year old Ihaving this dry skin problem from my childhood in most of the parts(hands,legs and shoulders) my skin is looking like old people skin plz give me some remedies as soon as possible
Aneesh


Aneesh Mathew
01/16/2015 08:34 AM

Comment hi, sir,madam,

apply everyday glycerin and lemon juice mix, you get better result.

i am also suffering by birth.

nagesh
12/25/2014 02:20 AM

Comment Iam having very dry skin problem from my childhood in most of the parts in my body,my skin is looking like old people skin plz give me some remedies or any body lotion.

sunil
12/20/2014 09:40 AM

Comment Dear mam,
Iam having this dry skin problem from my childhood in most of the parts(hands,legs and shoulders) my skin is looking like old people skin plz give me some remedies as soon as possible

Thank you

Ind
10/24/2014 06:02 AM

Comment Hi,

I am suffering from eczema codition from several year, and taking medicine. the major problem is when ever i have periods my condition becomes worse. Pls advise me some medicine.

Thank you

MAHROO
10/20/2014 18:34 PM

Comment hello madam,

Problem of dry skin is by birth with me and my elder sister also.

I am 25 year old girl my skin is too dry even in summer season. its clearly shown wrinkle line on my hand & foot. i used moisturizer regularly in all season summer winter and monsoon.


Please give me some Ayurvedic medicines remove wrinkles and dryness from all parts of my body.

Please give me reply as quickly as possible.

Thanking you,
Prathana

prathana
10/10/2014 06:34 AM

Comment Dear Mam,

I am facing problem of Dry skin from last 2 years, I am 37yrs old.
My hand and foot finger tip become very dry and rough and going cracks and blood comes .
I am using moisture but it is working only 2 to 3 hrs after that no use.

Last year my skin Dr told me to check the Vit B12 and D3 level and detected the deficiency problem and I have done 10 injection course of vit. But this year from August month I am facing problem of Dry skin. Due to Hypo thyroid i am getting this type of problem

Please suggest me permanent solution on it.

Rupali Borawake
09/19/2014 07:42 AM

Comment hello madam,
the problem of dry skin is by birth with me and my elder sister also.

i am 21 year old girl my skin is too dry even in sumer season. its clearly shown wrinkle line on my faces. i used mosturiser regularly in all season sumer winter nd monson.


please give me some home ramidies tips to renove wrinkles and dryness from all parts of my body.

please reply as quickly as possible.

Thanking you,
n.keerthisha

n keerthisha
08/23/2014 06:25 AM

Comment Treating skin naturally is a wonderful idea for healthy and beautiful skin. And it becomes best when I found wonderful piece to read. Thanks, I'm gonna try these ideas for sure.

Terrie@dermology.us
06/13/2014 08:01 AM

Comment Hello Mam,

I am 23 year old girl. My skin is very dry with white dry patches over my cheeks which led to wrinkles underneath my eyes and face. The area near my eyes and lips is dark too. Please suggest me some natural home remedy to get rid of dryness and wrinkles without using eggs.


AJ
04/14/2014 14:11 PM

Comment hello madam,
i am 21 year old girl my skin is too dry even in sumer season. its clearly shown wrinkle line on my faces. i used mosturiser regularly in all season sumer winter nd monson.

please give me some home ramidies tips to renove wrinkles and dryness from all parts of my body.

please reply as quickly as possible.

thank you.

hem
11/23/2013 14:39 PM

Comment Dear madam,
I have afffected from palm skin ckracks n races.

mannulal Chaurasiya
09/11/2013 04:25 AM

Comment Mam meri skin bhut jyada dry h summer season m to bhut achi rhti h lakin winter season m nov ke first week se meri skin dry and dull or black type ki hone lagti h mene bhut se cream and oil use kiya lakin koi bhi kam nhi karta lakin baris hone se meri skin phir thik ho jati h but do din bad phir whi plz mam koi solution btaye m bhut jyada presan hu apni skin ko laker plz mam age 23 men

kamalsingh
09/09/2013 20:55 PM

Comment Dear mam, i m 29 yrs old girl and i hav extreme dry skin . meri body se burada sa jhadta hai mai iske liye ek parmanent tretment chahti hun pls help me. with all regards thank u mam

soniya
04/29/2013 07:05 AM

Comment meri skin pahele bohat oily thi. aur muze pimples bhi bohat ane lage.maine clean and clear face wash use kiya. tabase mera face bohat dry hua hai aur usaper wrinkes jaise dikh raha hai. 6 mahine hue lekin kuch bhi farak nahi pada. mai 25 years ki hu. abhi bhi mere chehreper pimples ate hai aur skin bhi dry hui hai. please mam muze jaladi mera chehara pehale jaisa hojaye muze kuz ayurvedic cream bataeye. meri shadi bhi tair nahi ho pa rahi hai sirf isi karan. please mam muze jaladi koi treatment batao.

priya kamat
04/03/2013 05:17 AM

Comment i have big skin problems , doctors says that this happen due to stress so please suggest what i do to clear this problem
Priya Jain

priya jain
11/28/2012 01:50 AM

Comment Dear Ma'am

i live in UK. Just wanted your advise on how to use sunscreen. I recently got a Nivea spf 50+ and just wanted to know that if i can use it on my face too (age 22) and whether to use on cloudy days or just during summer time.

Melissa Pais
11/27/2012 13:52 PM

Comment Hello madam,

I am facing since from past 6 yrs red spots on skin, non itchy get flaky and disappears and reappears again in different places in body i reffered a Doctors,what they say it is an harmless but it stay for long period and it will go off. i see get more in winter season now its becoming more .....Could you please help in it .

Please Advice me .Waiting for you replay....

Regards,
Apoorva

Apoorva
10/16/2012 09:33 AM

Comment Dear Dr Suri,

I am 28 yrs old and my skin has started getting dry, due to which m getting cuts on my palms and nuckles. and these cuts bleed. its very painful. the skin also peels off. I have visited many doctors but all the treatment has proved to be temporary.

Please help me with a permanent treatment.

regards,
Janavi

JANAVI
09/26/2012 00:30 AM

Comment I will follow the directions to keep my skin soft and healthy.

harsimran
09/13/2012 21:56 PM

Comment I live in KSA,I am suffering also from dermetitis dry,rough,scaly,reddis,itching skin symptoms since 12 years continously.i am 40 yrs old,i have consulted many doctors but it no permanat cure of this dieses.what should i do? Plz give me some good tips

Aji R Pillai
06/23/2012 05:49 AM

Comment I am suffering also from dermetitis dry,rough,scaly,reddis,itching skin symptoms since 3 years continously.i am 23 yrs old,i have consulted many doctors but it worked only for few days and no permanat cure of this dieses.i m just surprised because naturly my skin was oily.what should i do? Plz give me some good tips.

Kalpana Pabari
04/01/2012 02:58 AM

Comment DR. SAVITHA SURI , madam meri umra 36 saal hai, mujhe psoriasis 13 years se hai , koi upay batayen

santosh
10/30/2011 10:42 AM

Comment Davita Garu,

I am 42 years old female. I am a sacoidosis patient. right my childhood, my skin is dry. I have pigmentation marks (black colored) on my nose, cheeks and chin. I have used many creams and medicines but in vain.

skin under my eyes got wrinkles. Please suggest me ayurvedic medicines or creams /home remedies for pigmentation, dry skin and wrinkles. also how to improve the collagen in skin.

thanks

sravya

sravya
10/05/2011 22:45 PM

Comment Savitha garu,
I live in USA, my skin started becoming dryness, itchiness, redness since the day 1 in the USA, I met atleast 3 different dermotologiest, they say that there is no perminent solution for this, they gave me the prescriped ointments and I was asked to move to hot places not in the cold places. these ointments just provide me temporarly solution.

it would be great help if you help in providing the permient solution which might be available in Ayurvedic.

Thanks in Advance
Prasad

Prasad
07/06/2011 21:40 PM

Comment Dear Pavitra

You can use vata balancing oil to massage her body and use besan (gram flour to scrub her body instead of soap)


savithasuri
06/06/2011 00:52 AM

Comment Hello DR. Savitha Suri,

I have 3yr old baby girl. She is having dry skin right from the birth. So we approached doctors, they said it is Genetic, since we married in relation.

Can u suggest me one thing, "Can I use vata balancing oil for my baby" for massaging the body.

Daily I will massage her body with Baby oil.

Pavithra
06/04/2011 12:22 PM




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