Ayurveda cares for the skin according to ‘Dosha’ or constitution. Knowing your Dosha will help you discover your unique Ayurvedic prescription for radiant skin, as well as self care rituals, lifestyle choices & nutrition to cultivate wellness within.
What governs your skin type are the 5 great elements that make up your unique constitution:
Vata | dry skin, highlights a predominance of the elements air & space
Pitta | hot or sensitive skin indicates a predominance of fire & water
Kapha | oily skin reflects a predominance of the elements earth & water.
Ayurveda prescribes that to correct an imbalance in any of the doshas, one need only apply the opposite of that doshas quality. Pitta – fire & water, requires cooling & calming skincare; Vata – space & air becomes cold & dry & therefore needs warming moisture rich skincare; & finally Kapha – earth & water, can become damp and heavy & therefore benefits from light, warm & astringent skincare to maintain balance.
See below for an overview of each dosha: