If you are concerned about the health and appearance of your skin, you can trust Ayurveda. Ayurveda gives you the answers to all your skin care problems. Healthy, glowing skin is part of your overall health. The foods you eat, your daily routines, and the kinds of materials you use as cosmetics also play an important role in the health and radiance of your skin. Ayurvedic skin care primarily takes into account one’s prakriti (constitution) to determine the proper skin care procedures and products.
Recognizing your skin type
Here are some basic guidelines to help you determine your skin type.
Vata – Healthy Vata skin is smooth, delicate and with a clear glow. When unbalanced, it is dry, streaky, and flaky. Sometimes the skin seems too thin and transparent. Vata-type skin is also characterized by smaller pores compared to other skin types. Occasionally you may find a grayish or bluish hue to the skin. This can be attributed to the presence of a minimal number of capillaries in the skin. The skin under the eye, forehead, and ear area is particularly vulnerable to skin conditions such as darkening and discoloration, wrinkles, etc. Discoloration under the eye areas is mainly due to the accumulation of hemoglobin in the soft tissues there. The forehead and ears are also considered Vata-dominant areas, as the skin tends to be Vata-like.
Pitta: The skin is primarily a Pitta organ. Pitta’s skin is healthy, radiant and rosy. When exposed to sunlight, it can be injected into the blood. External factors can also cause inflammation and wrinkles. The central areas of the face, including the nose, the back of the neck, and the scalp, are predominantly Pitta areas. People with pitta skin are susceptible to pimples, acne, and lesions.
Kapha – Kapha’s skin is smooth, oily, and mostly free of wrinkles and dryness. Too much Kapha can cause problems like cystic acne, which can leave scars. Excessively oily skin is the most common type of tainted Kapha skin. The Kapha skin areas are the chin and neck. This skin type also has a higher risk of edema than the other two skin types.
Ayurvedic Principles of Healthy Skin Care
Once you know what type of skin you have, you can take the right steps to keep it healthy. Dry Vata-like skin benefits from the application of oils, while dry cleansers will be needed to balance excess oil from Kapha-like skin. The right kind of herbs and minerals help balance the skin and keep it healthy and glowing, while protecting against the effects of excess dosha.
Ayurvedic home remedies for skin problems
Different skin types require different treatments, which are briefly described below.
Vata Remedies – Vata-like skin requires nutrition to keep it warm and hydrated. The fat content of ghee is beneficial for these people and they can include foods prepared with ghee in their diet. They can also use moisturizing products containing olive oil, almond oil, etc., which can nourish the
skin and keep it hydrated.
Take 4 oz. milk, 1 oz. of water, 2 tsp. each of Shatavari roots, hibiscus flowers and Vithari root powder and boil them together for a few minutes. Mix it with 3 parts of plain yogurt. You can use this as a face pack. Leave the pack on your face and neck for 10 minutes in the morning and at night.
Pitta Remedies: Cooling oils and herbs are ideal options for Pitta skin types. It’s easy to restore natural shine and radiance. Neem, turmeric, manjistha, cucumber, ghee, coconut, khus, rose, and sandalwood, etc. are all herbs that can help. Skincare products with these herbs as ingredients are the best option for predominantly Pitta-type skin. Pitta is hot and the diet needs to cool down. Avoid acidic and very spicy foods.
Combine in an 8 oz glass jar. coconut oil, 2 oz. ghee, 2 teaspoons each of neem leaf powder, turmeric root, haritaki fruit, sandalwood and rose petal, and 1 small grated cucumber. Mix well, cover and let stand for 7 days in a cool place. Transfer the jar to the open air under the moonlight at night and put it back in a cool place during the day. Strain and store in another clean glass jar. Apply oil to the skin in the morning and at night for 5 to 10 minutes or more.
Kapha Remedies: Kapha skin is largely oily and supple, the usual problems are usually acne and pimples associated with oily skin. Toners and cleansers take good care of the skin. Aloe vera, sage leaf, lotus petals, rose petals, etc. they are good herbs for Kapha-like skin.