In most areas of the United States, early winter is the time when the dryness of fall meets the cold of winter. Many of us begin ‘winding up' for the holidays, bringing stress levels to an all time high for the year. Others will be outdoors skiing, snowboarding, and snow shoeing. Whatever your winter activity is, dry, chapped skin seems to be the norm for almost everyone. On a doshic level, this means we must be careful to keep vata in balance, while trying not to aggravate kapha.