Ayurveda is an ancient Indian philosophy, a holistic system which can be used as a guideline to help us achieve maximum health, well-being and inner harmony.
Know Your Skin Dosha
In Ayurvedic Skin Care, the first step is to know your “dosha” type which is your ayurvedic skin type. According to Ayurvedic principles, there are three dosha types: Vata, Pitta and Kapha or a mixture of two skin types. To know your dosha is to know yourself, what works for you, what doesn’t and why your skin reacts the way it does.
Vata skin types are generally dry, thin and delicate. Extremely sensitive to weather conditions, especially dry windy weather and is easily dehydrated. Vata skin is prone to pre-aging and tends to be dry, rough and flaky when out of balance.
Pitta skin is usually fair, sensitive, soft, warm, medium thickness. It is prone to freckles, moles and broken capillaries. When out of balance, Pitta skin can erupt in rashes, acne rosacea and allergic reactions.
Kapha skin is usually thick, pale, soft, cool and more tolerant to the sun. It tends to age slower and forms less wrinkles than the other two skin types. Prone to dull complexion, enlarged pores, oily T-Zone, blackheads and pimples, water retention or cystic acne when out of balance.
Nourish Your Skin Through Nutrition
Nourishment for your skin: eating healthy, fresh foods is directly linked to skin regeneration and a glowing skin. In Ayurveda it is believed that if you eat foods which contain synthetic preservatives and additives, it will lead to a build-up of toxins, called “ama or amavisha”, which can clog the internal channels that carry moisture and nutrients to the deeper layers of the skin. This can result in pre-aged, dull skin; breakouts and rashes; acne, eczema, psoriasis or any other skin problem.
According to these guidelines, if you have an existing skin problem, it is essential to detoxify and cleanse the body internally first, then follow a skin diet according to your dosha keeping in mind your skin imbalance.
There is a skin diet to nourish each dosha: Vata needs nourishing, grounding foods and should stay away from raw, cold foods or foods high in Vata. Pitta skin type benefits from cooling foods, cool oils and would be better off reducing hot and spicy foods. Kapha need warmer, lighter, less oily, less dairy and free of heavy, hard to digest foods.
If it’s not good enough to eat, don’t put it on your face…
The skin is the body’s largest organ of absorption – it eats whatever you put on it. Focus more on the ingredients in your product, rather than on the packaging. Pure Ayurvedic products are free from chemical additives, parabens, synthetic fragrances, colours and chemical sunscreens and its strength lies in its natural cures and herbal remedies.
Ayurvedic Beauty Recipes are easy to do, effective and delicious for your skin… and you probably have the ingredients in your kitchen.