Ailments, from stress to acne to stomach aches, originate when the system gets imbalanced. All the Ayurvedic treatments work by bringing these principles back into balance. Before getting into the details, it’s important to determine the Ayurvedic skin type.
Pitta skin is soft, oily, fair to pale and has a warm complexion. Medium thick, this type of skin is more prone to acne, rashes and sores when you experience an imbalance.
Kapha skin type that is thick, oily, typically very light and cool to the touch. Kapha skin shows enlarged pores, blackheads and water retention in the process of imbalance.
Here are three areas of life where listening to your dosha and taking action to correct any imbalances is crucial to the quality of your skin.
Food and water forms the core of nourishment for your skin, so you need to eat well and eat for your type. It’s obvious, but Ayurveda recommends that you should eat by acknowledging the body’s natural triggers of thirst and hunger.
The quantity of your consumption at a time is also important. Ayurveda suggests that your stomach should be filled with food, water and air at mealtime, with an emphasis on fresh foods. The basic thought in Ayurveda is that incompatible food creates toxins in your body, which in turn creates imbalance in your basic doshas.
Some of the best foods to correct imbalances in your dosha:
- Vata: Avoid dried fruits, apples, melons, potatoes, tomatoes, eggplants, beef and peas. Eat avocados, sweet fruits, cherries and oranges.
- Pitta: Avoid tomatoes, garlic, sour fruits, bananas, peanuts and spicy foods. Eat sprouts, green salads, sunflower seeds, mangos, pears, plums and mushrooms.
- Kapha: Avoid coconut, dates, pineapples and dairy products. Eat dried fruits, pomegranate, cranberries and basmati rice
Lifestyle & Exercise
Your daily lifestyle habits and exercise have a great impact on the health and vitality of your skin. Overarching lifestyle guidance in Ayurveda includes waking up early before sunrise and going to sleep before 10PM during night; eating breakfast before 8AM in the morning, lunch before noon and dinner before the sunsets.
Some of the best yoga asanas to correct imbalances in your dosha:
- Vata: Head stands, backward bends, plows, cobra, locust and lotus poses
- Pitta: Shoulder stands, half wheel, hidden lotus and fish poses
- Kapha: Boat, lion, palm tree, half wheel and spinal twist poses
- Vata: This skin type tends to dry out quickly and is especially vulnerable to shifts in weather. Vata skin must be protected from harsh cold and heat, and pampered to retain its moisture and natural oil. You need to avoid hot water baths and showers, as it dries your skin and one needs to be sure to use pH-balanced soaps as well as drink lots of water for hydration. You should also steam your skin with mint leaves and water to open your pores and increase circulation. Try to gently massage aloe vera onto your skin when you need extra moisture. Avocado, which is rich in antioxidants, is also great for vata skin as it is full of vitamins and fatty acids.
- Pitta: This skin is prone to rashes, so it needs to be treated with gentle care. Cleansing with rose water, exfoliating with a sugar scrub and moisturizing with coconut oil are some excellent options one can improvise.
Kapha: This skin type is oily in nature and is prone to acne as well. It is very important to avoid milk or dairy products in your diet and for skin care, exfoliating with sea salt and honey scrub is a good option, along with adding turmeric to your regimen.