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    WINTER SKIN Keeping the skin healthy in winter is a skill which everybody would love to learn. Skin is the largest organ and its care is not just from outside but more from inside out. The skin becomes dry due to external causes but it is also being affected due to the internal environment. An individual must improve his immunity to decrease body's sensitivity to cold. Among the internal organs which can look after the skin specifically are the lungs and the large intestine. Hence exercise during the winter months is very important. Breathing exercise, playing in the sun if possible, jogging, running and physical exercise would move the Qi or Chi or Energy of the lungs. Blood stagnation will also clear and along with the Qi blood flow will improve and make the skin shiny and clear. Large intestine is another organ which has a see-saw balance between the lungs. Hence in cold attacks the constipation is inevitable. This has to be tackled by Sujok Acupuncture, seed or magnets or colour therapy. Drinking enough water consciously is very important as thirst condition is not there in winter months. **Oil could be added to bath water and applied to skin directly.**The toxins are removed from the skin by keeping our lungs and large intestine in good condition which relieves us of itchy and red skin. Cleaning skin with mild soap is very important two to three times a day including before sleeping. Clearing skin, scrubbing with mild scrubbing agents is important to remove dead skin and opening pores. This also improves the circulation of blood and Qi to that area, the meridian in that area gets activated and body is sparkling and shiny. Olive oil, coconut oil, mustard oil etc massage also improves the blood flow. As an acupuncturist we can help you and identify the areas to be massaged for the particular skin issue. Herbs and Foods for the Skin Chandan or haldi mixed with lemon can be applied for itchy skin for about 20 minutes. Application of aloe vera pulp is good for the skin. Eating aloe vera improves the health of the large intestine. Drinking tulsi or basil tea is therapeutic in winter months. Equal quantities of glycerin, rose water, and lemon juice can be applied for about 20 minutes. Kesar mixed with olive oil or almond oil can be put on the skin, also kesar mixed with food preparation will help in clearing blemishes of the skin. Carrot juice can be directly apply to the skin. Intake of carrot every day which is readily available is great practice in winter. Fish, avocados, walnuts, sweet potatoes, red and yellow bell peppers, sunflower seeds, broccoli, tomatoes are some of the skin friendly foods to survive the winter months. Please live in harmony with the nature, relax a little more in the hustle and bustle of life, keep yourself warm and well rested. This would rejuvenate you for the new year and give it a springy start. Meditation is a great way to take time of and a profound opportunity for internal insight and deep introspection, unfold and step away and calm your mind. This holistic approach of mind and heart medicine will make your skin glow.
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