Using the right products can make a world of difference to your skin condition. Using the wrong products can aggravate dryness, acne, oily skin, skin redness and result in older looking skin. Your skin type (in Ayurveda Known as ‘Dosha’) is encoded into your genes. However, certain conditions can develop over time which can be controlled and managed, using the right categories of products.
Individuals with Dry Skin may have a minimal natural skin barrier vs. those with Oily skin who have hyperactive sebaceous glands leading to oil, and sudden breakouts. It’s equally important for those with Normal Skin to learn how to tune-up heir already balanced skin, or they may risk their skin condition transitioning to either of the extremes due to internal or external factors.
Take the Quiz and find out whether your skin is the ‘Vata’, ‘Pitta’, or ‘Kapha’ type. Once you know your Dosha, select suitable products to get started.
WHAT IS YOUR DOSHA??
Take the short quiz below to find out!
My skin is:
2. Slightly Oily
My skin usually feels:
My Pores are:
1. Small or nearly invisible
My Skin’s Texture is:
1. Thin, delicate, fine wrinkles, matte
2. Medium, easily irritated, soft lustre
3. thick, enlarged pores, shiny
My skin problems get worse during:
1. Cold, windy weather
2. Hot weather
3. Cool, humid weather
My skin problems:
1. Easily bruised or scratched, fine lines and dry patches
2. Redness, breakouts, freckles, allergy, rosacea
3. Oiliness, eruptions
If you’ve answered #1 the majority of the time, you a Vata Dosha
#2 then you are Pitta Dosha
#3 then you are Kapha Dosha
One important thing to remember is that inside out care can make a significant difference to your skin. Skin condition can be improved drastically by healing the internal environment of your boy. The skin is the largest organ in the body and IS reflective of your internal environment. Click this link to learn more.
Pitta energy, the fire and water elements governing summer, relates to metabolism and transformation in the body. if you’re seeking to calm pitta energy, some practitioners of ayurveda suggest massage therapy with neem, lavender and rose oil. It’s said that pitta types tend to take on too much stress, so stress management techniques such as muscle relaxation, certain yoga poses and tai chi may also help. Excess pitta is said to contribute to such health issues as acne, skin rashes, inflammation, heartburn, indigestion, arthritis, loose stools, and anxiety.
Other possible pitta energy experiences are: being critically demanding, competitive, frustrated, angry, intense, irritable, impatient, premature graying, waking up early and can’t get back to sleep, discomfort with hot weather, perfectionism and hot flashes.
SOOTHING is the pitta work. Coriander, cumin, fennel, mint and rose petals can help soothe the pitta fire in the belly. Avoiding spicy foods is ideal. Pear, bitter vegetables, coconut and mango are lovely for the Pitta body.
Some Do’s and Don’ts for skin redness
Follow this checklist for the things you should/shouldn’t do if you suffer from Facial (or Chest/Neck) Skin Redness:
Don’t use foaming cleanser that contains chemicals such as SLES or SLS as surfactants as they can strip the natural oils (sebum) from your face and make it dry and irritated.
Don’t use too many Exfoliating products as vigorous exfoliation can traumatize the blood vessels under your skin, making the capillaries more exposed, dilated and prominent.
Don’t try to cover flare ups with pore clogging cosmetics as they can further aggravate the condition.
Make sure you use only pH balance products containing no harsh chemicals on your skin.