Our skin is our largest and most beautiful organ. When we look at our skin, it is almost as if we are looking into a mirror of our spiritual, mindful and bodily health. Often the skin will be the first show the signs of distress and imbalance. Dosha imbalance can show up through our skin in the form of rashes, blemishes, dryness, eczema, pigmentation issues, slow healing of abrasions and premature aging.
Vata doshas tend to have dry skin with small, tight pores. Their skin has less elasticity and is prone to early aging. When Vata is out of balance dry patches, cracked and chapped skin may appear.
Pitta skin care has more to do with what to avoid. As was already mentioned, avoid excessive exposure to the sun, and always wear an adequate sunscreen when you find yourself outdoors. Avoid tanning beds and other forms of UV light. These will only serve to exaggerate the heat and redness in Pitta skin.
Pitta skin must be treated with the gentlest of care. Avoid any chemicals that are too harsh, and instead, opt for cooling natural topical. Rosewater makes for a moisturizing toner, as does a cucumber infused purified water.
For skin abrasions and irritations choose a natural remedy such as aloe or chamomile instead of over the counter topical applications.
People with Kapha doshas have a tendency toward oily skin, with large open pores. While prone to breakouts like Pittas, a Kapha may suffer more from large, painful cystic type of acne. When in perfect balance, Kapha skin is smooth, thick and perfectly moisturized.
It is best for Kaphas to eliminate toxins from their diet, and detoxify on a regular basis. Sweet, juicy fruits will have a calming effect on Kapha skin, especially if eaten after sundown. Detoxifying herbs that are especially useful in balancing Kapha are fennel, coriander, and turmeric. They are digestive stimulants and will detoxify the skin.
Avoid foods that add to Kapha’s natural tendency toward oiliness, such as foods with high fat and grease contents. When using oils in cooking, make sure you are using a light, easily digested and beneficial oil such as olive oil.
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