Ayurveda’s doshas are energetic forces of nature that help us understand ourselves and the world around us and are mostly associated with personality and eating habits. But did you know that the 5,000-year-old Indian health system’s name literally translates to ‘life+science’? That means it covers way more than just recommendations on whether or not you should include milk in your diet but also, by understanding your doshas, you’ll learn how to take better care of your skin.
But first of all, let’s drill down into what doshas are and how to identify your type.
There are three doshas – vata, pitta, and kapha – identifying your unique blend of physical, emotional, and mental traits and what your ideal state of balance is. Each person is thought to be a combination of all three, with one dominating over the others.
Kapha types are innately stable, compassionate, and loyal. At work they prefer to take things step-by-step and stick to a regular routine. Kaphas benefit from exposure to new environments and people. They are usually naturally athletic, but might have a tendency to gain weight due to a slower metabolism. At the same time they have a lower appetite for both food and stimulation than those of the vata and pitta types.
Pitta types are strong, intense, and irritable. Natural leaders, if they believe that whatever they’re doing is right, nothing can stop them. They work and relax with the same intensity and competitiveness. They have a strong digestion, normally tend towards a medium build with powerful musculature, and easily become grumpy when they’ve skipped a meal.
Vata types tend to be thin and lanky. They are mentally and physically active, enjoy creating, meeting new people, and traveling to new places. When they are balanced, vatas are flexible, have lively imaginations, and are original thinkers. Vata types often fail to eat and sleep regularly, swinging from eating heavy foods to ingesting stimulants like coffee and sugar to sustain intense physical or mental activity.
If you’re not sure what Ayurvedic type you fall into, try online tests like this one.
How are Ayurvedic doshas connected with the skincare routine?
Being kapha means, you most probably have smooth, lustrous skin, however, when it’s out of balance, can be prone to oiliness, cystic acne and deep wrinkles. So toners, light moisturisers and dry brushing are the best choice for your daily routine. Kapha types tend to have heavy, sluggish energy which can be countered by energizing essential oil fragrances such as peppermint and ginger. By the way, here’re the five essential oils every woman should have at home no matter the dosha type.
Pittas often have very sensitive, freckled skin that easily reddens in the sun, during exercise and massage and they’re also the ones who easily blush. This skin types is often referred to as a ‘combination skin’. If that’s you, look for soothing, cooling, and non-irritating products. You’ll love facial serums containing coconut or avocado oil! We recommend Hzp+Co brand, produced locally in the Bay from avocado and kiwi oils.
It’s common for vata types to experience cold hands and feet, constipation, dry skin, cracking joints and even eczema. Your skincare routine should be focused on restoring moisture (like Ahu Aromas skincare products). Body oil with essential oils are good for those cold and dry days – choose angelica root, cedar, frankincense, or myrrh, that also help to calm the frantic vata mind. Smoking is the main no-no for vata – it’ no good for anyone, of course, but as it adds more vata to the body, wrinkles form even faster.
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