Vata, Pitta, Kapha: Skincare Tips for Every Dosha
Ayurveda is not only about how you feel on the inside it’s how you feel on the outside as well. Keeping a balanced skincare regimen is key to keeping your dosha balanced, especially during the changing of seasons. However, you first have to figure out your skin type- whether it is Vatta, Pitta, or Kapha. If you’re unsure, you can find out right here. If you do know your skin type, here are some simple solutions to keep your body and mind feeling right and have glowing skin all year round.
- Vata Skin
Vata Skin is linked to dry, cracked skin that has poor circulation and is easily susceptible to premature aging. You can determine if you have vata skin if your skin is rough, thin, and prone to dark marks and bruising. People with this skin type should eat lots of whole grains, cooked vegetables, warm milk, and loads of ginger, which helps to increase metabolism and speed up digestion. (Avoid raw foods and vegetables because people with vata skin do not have a strong digestive system. Anything heated up will work). Those with vata skin also tend to have high stress levels. Incorporating the herb ashwagandha into your diet twice a day will help to reduce stress and promote digestive health.
- Pitta Skin
People with Pitta skin can be easily spotted, especially during the summer months. This is because they burn easily and are sensitive to sun exposure. They also break out easily in both acne and rashes such as eczema and psoriasis. Lots of foods with a high water content, such as watermelon, cantaloupe, and pears should be eaten because your body needs to find a way to cool down. And say “adios” to mexican food for a while because spices will just irritate your skin. Some herbal supplements that you can take to help balance your skin are turmeric powder, amla berry, and fennel seeds.
- Kapha Skin
Kapha skin is the lucky one from the 3 doshas. Those with this type age slowly and have a natural glow. However, if their skin is out of balance they can have enlarged pores, skin growths, and tons of acne. Eww! But no worries, laying off of oily foods and dairy products can help, and contrary to pitta skin, increasing the spiciness of the foods you eat can actually help improve your skin. Loading up on the garlic and apple cider vinegar is also beneficial because it helps to remove toxins from the body.
Don’t forget to also load up on the water, get tons of sleep, and exercise as much as possible. Plus treat yourself to a massage here and there. It’ll do the body good and keep your mind feeling at ease. Just remember,
“It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver”- Gandhi.