The skin is regarded as the mirror of an individual's inner health. It is the seat of sense organs and the senses of touch, pain, temperature, pressure are felt by it. Skin should be given due care and attention lest, it shall suffer from
premature aging, become dull and blemished.
Some of the common skin disorders and problems include acne, pimples, pigmentation, premature aging etc.
Some characteristics of ideal skin
- Soft, smooth and supple skin.
- Evenly toned, properly hydrated and lustrous.
- Little or no break outs.
- Moist mouth, lips and tongue
- Quick healing ability
Ayurvedic Skin Care - Herbal Skin Treatment and Remedies
The first step in the ayurvedic approach to skin care is identification of ayurvedic skin type. You should also know the ayurvedic diet for all seasons.
Vata Skin Type
If vata is predominant, the skin of a person is basically dry, rough, cold, wrinkled and thin with fine pores. Vata skin may age faster, and tends to be dry, rough and flaky when out of balance.
Vata Skin Care and treatment
Vata skin is typically dry and delicate and tends to lose tone and plumpness prematurely unless nourished on a regular basis. For Vata skin to stay youthful, skin care products used should be very nurturing and should include some essential oils or herbs in combination, which can nourish the skin and rehydrate it. One of the major reasons why Vata gets aggravated is high levels of emotional and mental stress . It literally sucks out all the vital juices from your skin making it dehydrated. Meditation and breathing exercises can be very effective stress busters that you might want to consider. Keep your skin moisturized from the inside by drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day. Include juicy fruits in your daily diet. Eat warm, nourishing food. Be sure to keep a regular routine and healthy eating habits. Get to bed early, and include a daily abhyanga or oil massage to moisturize your entire body. Use Vata Churna and Vata Tea to nourish and balance Vata skin.
Pitta Skin Type
If pitta is predominant, the skin is fair, sensitive, soft, warm, and of medium thickness, less tolerant to hot food and burns easily. When out of balance, Pitta skin can flare up in rashes, rosacea, acne, or sunspots.
Pitta Skin Care and treatment
Pitta skin is generally sensitive, especially to the sun, and needs protection to stay in balance.The Pitta skin type needs both cooling and nurturing. Tanning treatments and therapies that expose skin to steam for extended periods of time should be avoided. Avoid hot, spicy food and rigorous exercise in the sun. Pitta Churna and Pitta Tea will have a cooling, balancing effect. Do not use synthetic chemicals, preservatives and harsh ingredients on your skin. Eating organic food and drinking plenty of pure water will help calm your skin and prevent breakouts.
Kapha Skin Type
If the constitution is of kapha dosha the skin of a person is oily, cold, heavy, soft, slow, dense, dull, lubricating and thick with a tendency towards large pores and proneness to cystic acne.
Kapha Skin Care and treatment
Toxins are the bane of people with Kapha skin. This is because of its oily nature which attracts impurities. The skin should be cleansed from the inside and the outside, or else the skin breaks out because of toxin build-up. Kapha skin needs to get both internal detoxification and external detoxification on a regular basis. Avoid the consumption of heavy, oily food. Eat cooked vegetables prepared with Kapha-pacifying spices such as those found in Kapha Churna and sip Kapha Tea. Olive oil in small quantities is a good cooking oil for Kapha types. Make sure you exercise every day to keep your body's detoxification and digestive system in good order.