Top Ayurvedic Tips for Balancing Skin Types

by Geena Marie Volpe

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The ancient Hindu practice of Ayurveda promotes not only healthy skin, but healthy mind, body and spirit. We put together these Ayurvedic tips for balancing, restoring and maintaining skin types based on Ayurvedic practice.

Vata Skin. If a person has Vata skin, it means that air and space predominate in the skin compared to other people of the same age and ethnicity. Vata skin will be thinner, feel cool to the touch, and have a tendency toward dryness.

When out of balance, Vata skin can be dry and feel rough and flaky or look dull from dead skin build up. Vata skin will show signs of aging more quickly because it is already thin and dry.

TIP: To bring into balance the cold, light and dry nature of Vata, products need to be warming, rich, highly hydrating and moisturizing.

Pitta Skin. If a person has Pitta skin it means that fire and water predominate in the skin compared to other people of the same age and ethnicity. When out of balance, this skin type can feel very sensitive, have a tendency towards redness, inflammation, and in extreme cases rosacea.

Pitta skin is the most vulnerable to sun damage and will show more signs of sun damage then the other skin types as it gets older. Fire and water can also bring contradiction in the skin and what is known as combination skin (either dry with a normal T-Zone or normal with an Oily T-Zone).

TIP: Products will need to be hydrating, cooling and soothing. Moisturizing and slightly sebum-balancing ingredients will adapt perfectly to the conditions of the skin and bring balance whether the skin feels perfectly normal or partially dry or oily (combination skin).

Kapha Skin. For a Kapha person, because earth and water predominates in the skin, compared to other people of the same age and ethnicity, Kapha skin will be naturally oily and thick, feel cool to the touch, and have a tendency towards congestion.

When out of balance Kapha skin can be excessively oily or feel congested, sluggish, show signs of water retention, etc., but Kapha skin will only show signs of aging much later in life than the other two types.

TIP: An excessively oily skin is actually dehydrated at a deep level and tries to compensate by overproducing sebum. Kapha products should hydrate the skin deeply while balancing sebum production.

TRY: Shankara Skin Care

 

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