Our Top 5 Recommendations for a Grounding Winter Wellness Routine
In Ayurveda, the belief that our mind, body, spirit and external environment are deeply interconnected means that we must pay close attention to maintaining a holistic balance between many different aspects of our way of living: our physical health and diet, our skincare and wellness practices, our mental health and more. One important factor that can be challenging to know how to address is that of our external environment. In one sense, we can alter our immediate surroundings to imbue them with positive energy and to create a space in which we feel like we can thrive (one way to do this is by lighting wellness candles or burning incense). However, other larger factors of our external environment are out of our control, such as the weather, the toxins and pollutants in the air, and news events that may be upsetting or upending to our everyday lives.
Especially during the winter months, it’s easy to feel lonely, depressed or hopeless against the conditions of the external world as the colder months bring on shorter days and chillier weather. However, according to Ayurvedic tradition, we are not completely powerless against these conditions. An important concept in maintaining balance and a positive physical and mental state against changing external conditions is that of Ritucharya, or living seasonally. Ritu refers to season, while charya refers to regimens and practices. If we adjust our diet and lifestyle practices with each new season, we can become adequately equipped to maintain our bodily homeostasis amidst the changes going on around us.
At UMA, we formulate our products with centuries-old Ayurvedic expertise in order to target specific skincare and wellness conditions and to promote overall balance within the body. Our time-tested formulas offer a potent, luxurious way to target various imbalances in the body while indulging in self-care at the same time. Here, we’ve rounded up 5 of our favorite products that may be especially effective in the winter months. From combating dryness to imbuing the mind and environment with positive energy, these recommendations will carry you through the winter with luxury and ease.
Many of us know firsthand that the colder winter months lead to skin that is more dry and cracked than usual. Our Deep Nourish Extreme Dryness Treatment is an extremely versatile and powerful tool for combating dryness and irritation. Formulated with therapeutic and soothing chamomile, avocado and jojoba oils, this indulgent formula minimizes irritation, delivers deep hydration and promotes rapid skin recovery for a newly-moisturized, radiant complexion. Extremely potent yet also lightweight, it absorbs seamlessly into the skin without leaving any oily or shiny residue. It’s so versatile that it can be applied anywhere on the skin to immediate results—you’ll notice that your skin becomes instantly glowy, soft and hydrated.
The skin around our neck, chest & décolletage areas are thinner and more delicate than other parts of our skin, making it crucial to give them special attention and care during the winter. Designed specifically to deliver powerful nutrients and hydration to these areas, this potent blend of jasmine, neroli and sandalwood deeply moisturizes the skin while also engulfing it in lovely earthy and floral aromas. As the neck, chest and décolletage areas are often the first to show signs of stress and aging, we packed this formula with targeted, efficacious Ayurvedic botanicals: frankincense and tamanu target age spots and unevenness, jasmine and sandalwood promote deep hydration and moringa and pomegranate oils preventatively combat other signs of aging.
Self-love is a vital element of any beauty or wellness routine—so much of our physical and mental health is deeply connected to the way that we care for and appreciate ourselves. Especially during the winter, when we are more susceptible to feelings of stagnation or emotional disconnect, practicing self-love is a crucial part of maintaining overall balance. For this reason, our Pure Love Body Balm is the perfect body balm for winter: formulated with deeply hydrating and nourishing botanicals of moringa, pomegranate and avocado, this body balm nourishes and moisturizes the skin while also engulfing it in romantic, indulgent aromas of neroli, bela and geranium. As a result, the skin becomes soft and glowy while the mind enters a state of contented relaxation and tranquility. You’ll feel truly indulgent when surrounded by the resplendent aromas of this body balm, designed specifically to evoke feelings of love and pleasure while also providing deep nutrition to the skin.
Incense has been used in Ayurvedic tradition for centuries due to its versatile and potent benefits on both health and wellness—it serves a variety of medicinal purposes while also having a soothing effect on the mind, body and spirit. Our Pure Calm Wellness Incense, formulated with soothing and aromatic notes of lavender, chamomile and neroli, immediately infuses the environment with feelings of tranquility and calm. It imbues one’s environment with positive, relaxing energy while alleviating anxiety and stress and promoting internal tranquility at the end of a long day.
Formulated with grounding and energizing essential oils like jasmine, chamomile, peppermint and rosemary, our Gorgeous for Good Wellness Oil is designed specifically to promote feelings of motivation, inspiration and positivity. This energizing blend is packed with Vitamins A, D, K and E, thus bringing long-lasting hydration and nutrition to the skin while also uplifting the mood, boosting self-confidence and promoting greater resolve. Perfect for those days when you wake up feeling stagnant or tired, this wellness oil is truly a healing salve, not only for the skin, but also for the mind and spirit.