Skin Treatment


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Skin Treatment

Skin is the seat of a sense organ. The senses of touch, temperature, pain, and pressure are felt by it. A healthy skin always looks attractive even when devoid of makeup. The first step in the holistic Ayurvedic approach to skincare is finding out your Ayurvedic skin type.

Vata skin is generally dry, thin, delicate, and cool to the touch. It easily gets dehydrated and is very vulnerable to the influence of dry, windy weather. Vata skin may age faster and tends to be dry, rough, and flaky when out of balance.

Pitta skin type tends to be fair, sensitive, soft, warm, and of medium thickness. It has less tolerance to hot food and fieriness in temperament. Pitta skin types tend to be more prone to freckles and moles than the other skin types. When out of balance, Pitta skin can flare up in rashes, rosacea, acne, or sunspots.

Kapha skin tends to have all the qualities of water and earth. It can be oily, thick, pale, soft, cool, and more tolerant of the sun. Kapha skin tends to age slower and form fewer wrinkles than the other two types. Kapha skin types may struggle with a dull complexion, enlarged pores, excessive oil, blackheads, and pimples, moist types of eczema, and water retention.

Combination skin can be Vata-Pitta, skin that is both dry and sensitive, Kapha-Pitta-skin that is oily and sensitive, and Vata-Kapha-skin that is generally dry with some oily zones.

Skin Care tips for your ayurvedic skin type

Vata Skin Care: For Vata skin to stay youthful, skin care products used should be very nurturing. They must include some essential oils or herbs in combination, which can nourish the skin and rehydrate it; otherwise, it may be susceptible to wrinkles and premature aging. Going to bed on time, eating regular meals, and following a regular daily routine are essential components of a holistic approach to Vata skin care, as are eating foods that help balance Vata and nourish the Vata skin.

Pitta Skin Care: The Pitta skin type needs both cooling and nurturing. Use skin care products that help enhance resistance to the sun. Avoid tanning treatments and therapies that expose your delicate, sensitive skin to steam for extended periods of time. The ayurvedic herb Flame of Forest can help protect Pitta skin from photosensitivity. But like other ayurvedic herbs, it needs to be used in combination with other herbs for a balanced effect on the skin.

Kapha Skin Care: Kapha skin, because of its thickness and oiliness, is more prone to accumulate ama — toxins under the skin. People with Kapha skin need to do detoxification on a regular basis, both internal detoxification and external detoxification to flush toxins from the skin. Scrubbing the skin with gentle exfoliating clay can help external cleansing. Kapha skin types may also need to take herbal formulations to cleanse the skin from within.