In Ayurveda there are three types of doshas which are in all of us. The doshas ( Vatta, Pitta, Kapha) needs to be in balance and is key to our health and wellness. Knowing your dosha will help you understand your skin and ultimately your body. Ayurveda takes a holistic approach to skin care, it teaches that the skin is not separate from the rest of the body. It treats the body as a whole and does not treat the skin singularly. We are all happy when we have radiant skin, it’s an outer indication of what is going on inside. More times than not, beautiful glowing skin means that our diet and lifestyle are in perfect harmony. If you’re having skin irritation or ailment, it’s more likely that something is happening on the inside.
Ayurveda believes we are all born with skin that is a unique combination of five elements (Space, Air, Fire, Water, Kapha). Some of us are more dominant is one element more than the other.
Space (vata) goes with environmental interaction
-Air(vata) contributes to circulation
-Fire(pitta) give the skin its glow, luster, metabolism and warmth
-Water(kapha) is responsible for moisture balance
-Earth(kapha) forms the basis of skin structure.
We all aim for radiant beautiful skin, but knowing your skin type you’re better able to find products that will help you take care of ‘YOU’. Pitta/Fire, skin that is delicate sensitive and soft always burns, prone to irritation, itches and breakout in rashes. Pitta products are cooling, nurturing and protects you from the sun. Vata/ Space, is skin that is normal to dry occasionally dull, thin, small pores and several fine lines. The best products to use are ones that will nurture and re-hydrate. Kapha/Water, is oily skin with blackhead, whiteheads and acne. Your skin rarely burns has very few lines, large pores and is soft overall. Kapha/Earth, is normal to oily (combination skin) with oil production in the T-Zone and blemishes. Its thick skin that is occasionally skiny, medium pores with few wrinkles.Because of the oiliness, people with Kapha skin need to detoxify both internally and externally. A gentle exfoliating treatment is good to incorporate to get rid of oil build up.
What’s your skin type and what products work for you? Reply below.