In Ayurveda, there are three doshas: Vata, Pitta and Kapha. These doshas rule your mind, emotions, and body (including your skin). The doshas have different qualities based on varying amounts of the five underlying elements: space, air, water, fire and earth. Depending on your genetics and lifestyle, one or two doshas will predominate, and their qualities will be reﬂected in your skin.
Air and Ether
Have a a small body frame, nervous, concerned or cautious. Hair is usually dark and coarse or rough in texture tending to curls, kinks and tangles. They tan easily and love the sun, and hate the cold. Vata nature is cold and dry. Vata complexion is caused by poor circulation, which makes the skin cold to touch. Skin is generally dry, prone to early wrinkling and has a tendency to chap and crack. Vata needs warmth and nourishment.
Fire and water
Strong, sharp memory, goal orientated, good organisers, strong sharp appetite, dislike the heat, sunburns easily, impatient, irritable, generally aggravated by heat – hot food, hot weather, alcohol. Skin: Very sensitive fine skin and scalp, prone towards inflammations, rashes, itching. Premature wrinkling and balding, discolouration of natural pigmentation, oily T-zone, blackheads, whiteheads, general excessive oiliness. Pitta needs to be cooled.
Earth and Water
Calm and relaxed. In an imbalanced state they can be sluggish and prone to congestion and slow metabolism. Their skin is characterised by being smooth and unctuous, cool to touch. Seldom get rashes or infections, and when out of balance will suffer from acne, blackheads, general oiliness of the skin and scalp, and gain weight easily. Their hair is usually thick and glossy. Kapha needs stimulating herbs.
In ayurvedic medicine, healthy skin is achievable by using ingredients opposite or balancing to your dosha.
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