Ayurveda, also known as the science of herbal medicine, originated in India thousands of years ago. Like any other form of art and science, Ayurveda was studied in great detail, improved and mastered by scholars down the generations. The ancient Indians believed that real beauty comes from overall wellness of the body. With this belief, they developed skincare products and techniques that were healthy, natural, and deeply nourishing.
True to its essence, Ayurvedic beauty and skincare places pivotal emphasis on purely herbal ingredients. Ayurvedic regimes are not limited to topical application of products. The process starts with the identification of an individual’s skin type and then progresses on to treating it holistically.
Skin type is determined by the combination of three Ayurvedic factors. These are known as Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Just like the Chinese concept of Yin and Yang, the three Ayurvedic factors combine in different ways to give your skin its unique nature. The dominant factor decides the kind of Ayurvedic skincare you should use. Here is a brief description of the three broad categories:
- Vata – The Vata skin type is characterized by dryness. The skin feels thin and cool to touch. It is highly sensitive to weather changes and can quickly get dehydrated in hot and dry conditions. This makes it prone to dark circles and roughness. People with a dominant Vata are also more likely to have dandruff. It is advisable to use products that contain nutritive essential oils and thoroughly moisturize the skin. This is important in order to prevent premature appearance of wrinkles.
- Pitta – Those with a dominant Pitta have warmer and thicker skin, often accompanied by moles and freckles. Their complexion is usually fairer, making them more prone to sunburns. They are also more likely to suffer from acne. Therefore, the skincare routine for this skin type should include cooling and cleansing products.
- Kapha – The Kapha skin type is thick and oily. This leads to several skin problems such as blackheads, large oily pores, and pimples. Luckily, it is more tolerant of the sun and ages slowly. The skincare advised for Kapha dominated skin includes thorough cleansing, exfoliation, and scrubbing.
It is interesting to note that all three of these factors are present in every human, and the dominant factor may change from time to time. Therefore, it is important to ascertain how your skin is reacting to a particular Ayurvedic beauty treatment and alter the treatment accordingly.
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