Healthy skin means healthy you but to keep the skin glowing we mostly rely on cosmetics. Ayurveda is a better option when it comes to skincare as it not only heals our skin from inside but outside as well. But, the cosmetic industry has made us believe that merely application of skin-friendly acids is sufficient for glowing skin.
However, natural and herbal ingredients are more effective and gradually they are making their way into the cosmetic market in form of Ayurveda cosmetics. Their unique formulations and plant extracts not only give glowing skin but also treat skin ailments.
But, all products whether it’s ayurvedic or chemical-based work better when used as per skin type. So, here is how different skin types are defined under Ayurveda.
Seeing The Skin From Mirror Of Ayurveda
The common ones we all know are oily, acne-prone, dry, and combo skin types defined by the collagen density, skin’s acidic level, and sensitivity level. But, Ayurveda defines our skin as per the type of dosha our body has.
There are three doshas Vata, pitta, and Kapha which are the names of basic elements of the atmosphere such as wind, fire, water, and earth. Here is how each skin is defined based on doshas.
Those with Vata (wind) dosha have less fat deposits within the skin but they dehydrate quickly hence Vata dosha skin type need more moisturizing agents. In other words, their skin is dry and rough which increases the chances of getting wrinkles before aging.
Pitta means fire and thus people with such dosha needs to use cool ingredients to keep their skin acne-free and less oily. If pitta dosha increases then they can get rosacea which is a skin condition where the skin turns red and get pus-filled bumps. Such people should also limit their intake of spicy foods and alcohol and always protect their skin from sunlight.
Pimples, blackheads, and whiteheads are common for such skin types.
Ayurveda Skincare Routine
To deal with this dosha, one must tailor their skincare routine according to Ayurveda. Here are the steps for facial care.
Use natural cleansers depending upon the nature of the skin. Aloe vera, neem, tulsi, and sandalwood are the best natural cleanser. Those with combination skin type can use jojoba oil, rose, and jasmine oil as a face cleansers.
Pure rose water is good for pitta and Kapha dosha skin type as these are more prone to acne. Lavender water also works best for the pitta dosha skin type. Pure mogra water is effective on dry and sensitive skin.
Coconut milk, kokum butter, and essential oils-based Ayurveda cosmetics are good for moisturizing the skin.
Remove the dead skin cells from the facial skin by using natural ingredients like chickpea flour, oatmeal, and almonds as they are natural scrubbers.
Ayurveda has face masks for every skin type. Turmeric powder rose water and chickpea flour are the best ingredients for Vata dosha skin. Those with pitta should apply a face mask made of aloe vera and rose water. Honey and turmeric are effective on skin type with Kapha dosha.