What is the Vata Dosha and how does it affect my skin?
Ayurvedic medicine teaches that we are ruled by three energies, called doshas. These are:
Each dosha corresponds to a different skin and hair type. In this article we will cover the Vata dosha, and how best to treat our hair and skin when to bring it under control.
Is this my Dosha?
Vata Dosha is associated with wind, meaning it never stays still. The Vata skin type is very thin, dry and usually dehydrated. Winter is often a difficult season for this skin type, due to the dry weather that tends to make the skin very flaky. Since dry skin does not produce much oil, people with Vata skin tend to get wrinkles earlier, thus hastening the onset of general skin aging. The lack of a natural oil barrier means the skin is exposed to cuts and other related damage as well.
How do I care for my Vata skin?
Ayurvedic beauty care follows this three step process:
The Vata skin type especially requires a lot of nourishment and moisturizing. But how to do it?
Ground almonds mixed with milk and a pinch of sugar is a good cleansing option for Vata skin. Very gently massage this paste onto your face and avoid scrubbing it in, to prevent irritating your skin. For very dry skin, an alternative is to mix natural yogurt with a couple drops of lemon juice.
A daily self-massage using warm oils is perfect for dry skin. Regular massaging keeps the skin nourished, hydrated and relaxed. Apply oil on wet skin to boost the absorption of nourishing elements. Choose coconut oil, avocado oil or sesame oil for best results.
Additionally, consider applying a natural face mask twice per week for enhanced nourishment. Masks based on flowers like rose or algae are ideal for dry skin because they moisturize very well and delay the onset of fine lines and wrinkles
Vata skin requires constant moisturizing. Consider investing in natural moisturizers based on aloe vera gel, rose water or chamomile. Hyaluronic acid is also an effective moisturizer that helps to keep the skin moist for an extended period of time.
You could also choose the DIY route by preparing your own face cream at home. Mix cocoa or shea butter with avocado oil and rose oil. As we know, rose is a great moisturizer with excellent anti-aging properties. Apply this cream twice a day or as often as necessary.
Vata Dosha diet
How we look depends on what we eat, and our skin is an external reflection of our daily food intake. Vata skin likes warmer temperatures, so we should choose cooked dishes rather than raw foods. Avoid cold food such as salads and smoothies, instead opting for hot soups and cooked vegetables. Consuming grains, rice and drinking hot tea and milk are also beneficial for the Vata dosha. Incorporating ginger into your diet is a good idea as well, since it speeds up the metabolism and makes our skin look better.
Additional environmental factors such as seasons and climatic conditions must also be taken into consideration. Once you have achieved a balance in your dosha, you can start slowly eating your favorite cold foods again. Remember that pacifying a Vata dosha is not a quick process, but don’t worry: it does not last forever. Simply listen to your body and skin and let them tell you what adjustments should be made.
Do you have any beauty tips or experiences to share about your dry skin? Share your stories in the comments below.