We all want to look more beautiful right? For that, some people experiment with random cosmetics available in the market, and some focus on balancing the internal system of the body. The ancient Indian medical system, Ayurveda is a holistic approach towards our health and well-being that always finds out the root cause of any disorder and helps rectify it. Ayurvedic Beauty Therapy doesn’t only unveil the natural wonders of herbs and minerals but also helps to understand the imbalances in Doshas to follow the correct preventive measures.
Understanding Skin Types:
According to Ayurveda, an individual’s skin type depends on the three doshas – Vata, Pitta, and Kapha and it is believed that each body constitution is unique.
Vata Skin Type:
A Vata-dominant person tends to have dry and rough skin that needs to be kept well-hydrated always otherwise it may lead to wrinkles and other skin disorders.
- Generally, the Vata skin type requires more moisturizing because the skin has less fat accumulation. One should use a mild, hydrating cleanser to wash the face so that it prevents washing away natural oils.
- Besides, one can consume Ayurvedic herbs like Ashwagandha, Turmeric, Mulethi, and Brahmi to pacify aggravated vata.
- Use an oil-based moisturizer to make your skin well-hydrated and nourished.
- To pacify the imbalance of doshas, Ayurveda recommends different massage therapies like Abhyanga. This process involves warm herbal oil and different massage techniques that help improve blood circulation, give relief from pain and stiffness sensation, and most importantly correct the doshas.
Pitta Skin Type:
People with aggravated pitta are likely to develop acne, pimples, and blemishes. Generally, the Pitta skin type is the most sensitive one among the three doshas and warm to the touch as well. The skin type is extremely prone to getting oily and tanned.
- It is recommended to wash your face twice a day with a mild face wash. You may exfoliate the skin once a week with a natural scrubber.
- Apply a thin layer of moisturizer on the skin. One can choose neem gel or aloe vera gel as these herbs soothe irritated skin and reduce inflammation.
- You may drink coconut water in the summer and consume ayurvedic herbs like Amla, Haritaki, Guduchi, Triphala, and Gokshura to reduce excess pitta.
- To reduce acne, pimples, and inflammation in the skin, one may apply an Ayurvedic face pack or do an Ayurvedic facial or mukh lepana once a week. It prevents discoloration or hyperpigmentation, and skin disorders to rejuvenate the skin.
Kapha Skin Type:
Kapha skin types in Ayurveda are characterized by being naturally well-hydrated and smooth, with a tendency toward oiliness. They are prone to congestion and may require regular cleansing to maintain balance.
- Start your day drinking detox water like warm lemon water or ginger water.
- Wash your skin with a gentle cleanser twice a day.
- Exfoliate your skin with a mild scrubber twice a week.
- Apply a light gel moisturizer like aloe vera gel, or neem gel after washing your face.
- You may use an Ayurvedic Facial or Mukh Lepana once a week as it helps remove toxins from the body, reduce skin wrinkles, combat pigmentation, and rejuvenate your complexion. Ayurvedic Lepana is a process where herbal pastes are applied over various parts of the body.
- The best herbs to consume for Kapha Skin types are Triphala, Tulsi, Ginger, Punarnava, Cinnamon, etc.
Besides knowing your skin type and following a personalized skincare routine, one needs to practice stress management techniques, and also focus on a healthy diet and nutrition. As Ayurvedic beauty therapy is a holistic approach to our overall well-being, it focuses on nourishing the skin inside and out.