If you are concerned about the health and appearance of your skin, you can very much be dependent on Ayurveda. Ayurveda gives you the answers to all your skin care problems. Healthy glowing skin is part of your overall health. The food you eat, your daily routine and the type of ingredients you use as cosmetics play an important role in skin health and radiance. Skin care in Ayurveda mainly takes into account the parakriti (constitution) of the person in determining the appropriate procedures and products for skin care.
Identify your skin type
Here are the basic guidelines that will help you determine the type of skin you have.
Vata – Healthy Vata skin is soft, delicate and has a clear glow. When unbalanced, it is dry, padded and peeling. Sometimes the skin looks too thin and transparent. Vata skin is also characterized by smaller pores compared to other skin types. Occasionally you may find a grayish or bluish tinge to the skin. This can be attributed to the presence of a minimal number of capillaries in the skin. Skin under the area of the eyes, forehead and ears is especially vulnerable to skin conditions such as dark and discoloration, wrinkles, etc. The change under the eye areas is mainly due to the accumulation of hemoglobin in the soft tissues there. The forehead and ears are also considered to be dominant areas of Vata, as the skin there tends to be of the Vata type.
Pita – The skin is mainly a pita organ. Healthy pink pita skin. When exposed to sunlight, it may be bleeding. External factors can also cause inflammation and wrinkles. The main areas on the face including the nose, back of the neck and scalp and mainly are the pitta areas. Pita skin people are sensitive to pimples, acne and lesions.
Kappa – Kappa skin is smooth, oily and mostly free of wrinkles and dryness. Excess capa can cause problems like cystic acne, which can leave scars. Excessive oily skin is the most common type of capa skin. The skin areas of the capa are the chin and neck. This skin type is also at higher risk for edema than the other two skin types.
Ayurvedic principles of healthy skin care
Once you know the type of skin you have, you can take appropriate measures to maintain its health. Dry Vata skin benefits from applying oils, while dry cleansing will be needed to balance the excessive oil of Kapha skin. A suitable type of herbs and minerals help maintain skin balance and maintain its health and radiance, while protecting against the effects of excess dosha.
Ayurvedic home remedies for skin problems
Different skin types require different treatments, which are briefly described below.
Vata medication – Vata type skin requires nourishment to maintain its moisture and hydration. The fat content of ghee is beneficial to such people and they can include in their menu food products prepared with ghee. They can also use moisturizing products that contain olive oil, almond oil, etc., which can nourish the
Skin and maintain moisture.
Take 4 oz. Milk, 1 g. Of water, 2 tsp. Each from stavari root, hibiscus flowers and vitari root powder and boil them together for a few minutes. Mix it with 3 parts of plain yogurt. You can use it as a face pack. Leave the pack on your face and neck for 10 minutes in the morning and evening.
Pita Medicines – Cooling oils and herbs are ideal choices for pita skin types. The natural shine and radiance is easy to restore. Neem, turmeric, mangista, cucumber, ghee, coconut, cup, rose and red etc. are all herbs that can help. Skin care products with these herbs as ingredients are the best choice for mostly pita skin. Hot pita and the diet should cool down. Avoid heavy acidic and spicy foods.
Combine in an 8 oz glass jar. Coconut oil, 2oz. Ghee, 2 tsp. Each of the powders of neem leaf, turmeric root, aritaki fruit, sandalwood and rose petals, and a small grated cucumber. Mix well, cover and allow it to stay 7 days in a cool place. Pass the jar outside under the moonlight in the evening and change in a cool area during the day. Filter and store in another clean glass jar. Apply oil on the skin in the morning and evening for 5-10 minutes or more.
Kappa Remedies – Kappa skin is largely oily and supple, the permanent problems are usually of acne and pimples related to oily skin. Toners and cleansers provide good skin care. Aloe vera, sage leaf, lotus petals, rose petals, etc. are good herbs for kapa skin.