Ayurveda which means knowledge of life and longevity, is a gift to the world. In Ayurveda, each body type is defined on the basis of three doshas — Kapha, Vata and Pitta.
The doshas are the biological energies found throughout the human body (and mind) and they derive from the five elements of nature and their related properties. Vata is composed of space and air, Pitta of fire and water, and Kapha of earth and water.
So the physical and mental qualities that an individual will have with regards to skin, hair, digestive pattern or temperament, will be decided by the predominance of the doshas in his or her body.
When we consider the skin, there are three types — dry, oily and sensitive. Some may have a combination of two of these. Skin treatment works best when you know your skin type. One size does not fit all.
Alphavedic, a cosmetics and skincare company that specialises in Ayurvedic preparations for its products, shares with us a list of remedies for each skin type...
- Dry skin is caused usually because of increased Vata in your body. The accumulation of Vata causes the drying of the skin.
- To keep your skin from drying up, reduce your bathing time. The less you are in contact with water, the less dry your skin will be.
- Stay away from hot water. Switch to warm water instead. High temperature leaches out the natural oil from your skin.
- Oils are best to get rid of the rough dull skin. While sesame oil works best, you can choose any oil (almond, coconut, olive, jojoba or argon). Message gently for a couple of minutes and let it stay.
- Mash half a banana and mix a teaspoon of honey. Apply this mask and leave it for half an hour and rinse with warm water and use a moisturiser.
- People with Kapha imbalance have such skin type. Oily skin is prone to acne, pimples, whitehead, and blackheads. The major reason is the excessive production of sebum.
- Do not rub off the oil using microfiber cloths. Splash cold water twice a day and pat dry with a cotton towel instead.
- Treat your skin with raw milk. Dab a cotton ball in raw milk and apply gently all over your face. Gently massage for a couple of minutes and leave it overnight. Wash it with cold water in the morning.
- Slice a tomato into two, gently rub it on your skin. Let it sit for around 15-20 minutes. Wash with cold water followed by a moisturiser suited for your skin.
- Mix equal portions of lemon juice and water. Apply it using a cotton ball and leave it for 10-15 minutes. Rinse and apply an oil-free moisturiser.
- Sensitive skin can be due to an imbalance of Pitta dosha. Such skin type would require proper nurturing and cooling.
- Oatmeal acts as one of the best exfoliants for the skin. Make a paste of finely ground oatmeal and water. You can even mix honey and yoghurt. Scrub gently in a circular motion for 10-15 minutes and wash it off with warm water and use a gentle moisturiser.
- Sensitive skin calls for soothing ingredients. Aloe Vera works best for it. Split the leaf into two, squeeze out the gel and apply thoroughly all over your face and neck and leave it for 30 minutes. Rinse with warm water and moisturise as usual.
- Massage with warm coconut oil half an hour before taking a shower. Coconut oil nourishes the skin and adds moisture thus preventing from drying up in the cold weather.
- Such skin type is sensitive to the sun. Try to stay away from direct contact with sun rays and avoid using products containing harsh chemicals.