Our skin is our largest and most beautiful organ. When we look at our skin it is almost as if we are looking into a mirror of our spiritual, mindful and bodily health. Often the skin will be the first show the signs of distress and imbalance. Dosha imbalance can show up through our skin in the form of rashes, blemishes, dryness, eczema, pigmentation issues, slow healing of abrasions and premature aging.
Vata doshas tend to have dry skin with small, tight pores. Their skin has less elasticity and is prone to early aging. When Vata is out of balance dry patches, cracked and chapped skin may appear. If you are a Vata and are experiencing problems with your skin, the first thing you must do is stay hydrated inside and out. If you are familiar with the term “sucking the life out of you”, then you can relate to how stress and worry will affect a Vata’s skin.
These negative emotions will deplete the moisture from your skin. Drink adequate amounts of fluids, at least eight full glasses a day, and use meditation as a way to reduce the stress levels in your life. Use a gentle Ayurvedic oil to massage into your skin daily. Using just the pads of your fingertips, apply gentle pressure as you massage the oil into your skin. The oil will not only moisturize, but provide a protective barrier against moisture zapping agents.
Consuming teas specially formulated for Vata doshas will help nourish the skin and keep it replenished with moisture. After steeping your tea to drink, remove the bag or crushed herbs and let them cool. Once they have cooled, you may apply them to troubled areas on your skin for additional relief.
Pitta imbalances will show in the skin as rashes, warm irritations, rosacea and acne. Pittas are also more sensitive to the sun than other doshas, and may burn easily. The ideal for a Pitta is to return a balance that has their skin looking smooth, soft, warm and glowing.
Pitta skin care has more to do with what to avoid. As was already mentioned, avoid excessive exposure to the sun, and always wear an adequate sunscreen when you find yourself outdoors. Avoid tanning beds and other forms of UV light. These will only serve to exaggerate the heat and redness in Pitta skin.
Pitta skin must be treated with the gentlest of care. Avoid any chemicals that are too harsh, and instead opt for cooling natural topical. Rosewater makes for a moisturizing toner, as does a cucumber infused purified water. For skin abrasions and irritations choose a natural remedy such as aloe or chamomile in place of over the counter topical applications.
People with Kapha doshas have a tendency toward oily skin, with large open pores. While prone to break outs like Pittas, a Kapha may suffer more form large, painful cystic type of acne. When in perfect balance, Kapha skin is smooth, thick and perfectly moisturized.
It is best for Kaphas to eliminate toxins from their diet, and detoxify on a regular basis of necessary. Sweet, juicy fruits will have a calming effect on Kapha skin, especially if eaten after sundown. Detoxifying herbs that are especially useful in balancing Kapha are fennel, coriander and turmeric. They are digestive stimulants and will detoxify the skin.
Avoid foods that add to Kapha’s natural tendency toward oiliness, such as foods with high fat and grease contents. When using oils in cooking, make sure you are using a light, easily digested and beneficial oil such as olive oil.