Ayurveda believes in the literal sense of 'beauty comes from within’, that is to say, your skin conditions and the diet are connected. In Ayurveda, skin type is based on the three doshas - Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. A Vata dominant skin will be dry and round and may wrinkle if not moisturized enough. Pitta dominant skin is oily and prone to acne. Kapha dominant skin is oily and tends to have large pores and greater chances of getting blackheads. An imbalance between the doshas may lead to skin issues that can only be treated with a suitable diet and the appropriate products.
Your Diet Affects Your Skin
According to Ayurveda for healthy and radiant skin, you should eat according to your dosha type, so that the balance among the three doshas is maintained. An imbalance in the doshas is caused by poor diet and toxic build-up, leading to skin issues.
Vata dominant people should consume warming, grounding foods and a lot of healthy fats such as ghee, almonds, and avocados. They should avoid caffeinated products.
People with pitta dominant skin should have hydrating, cooling foods such as coconut water, cucumbers, watermelons, and bananas. They should avoid spicy or oily fried foods and keep themselves hydrated.
Kapha dominant people should stick to light and warm foods and spices such as turmeric. They should stay away from too sweet or salty foods and consume more organic fruits and vegetables to decrease toxins.
How Dosha Imbalance Affects Your Skin?
Tridoshic harmony is the key to healthy glowing skin. Recognizing signs of dosha imbalance will help you get the appropriate remedies for your skin conditions.
Vata dosha is usually high during the late summer months and winters when the air is dry and less humid. This leads the skin to be dry and wrinkly and lose its radiance and plumpness. Ayurveda recommends the practice of regular oiling and steaming of the skin to retain moisture. Regular hydration and consuming fluids such as coconut water also helps. Gokshura and Dashamula herbs also help in ensuring that your vata is balanced.
Excess of pitta dosha results either in excess oiliness or sensitivity. Acne that results in scarring is a common symptom of pitta imbalance. The skin becomes sensitive to sunlight and may develop freckles and moles. Clay masks and consumption of Aloe vera juice helps in balancing pitta dosha and soothes the skin.
A kapha imbalance leads to uneven tone and stagnant lymph which triggers breakouts. Kapha imbalance happens during monsoons when the humidity is high, resulting in excess dampness. Resorting to dry heat and saunas help in balancing this dosha.
Natural Ingredients for Glowing Skin
Amla, also known as Indian Gooseberry is a citrus fruit that is rich in Vitamin C and has 20 times more Vitamin C than an orange, being highly beneficial for your skin. It is a natural blood purifier that helps in preventing acne and pimples and allows the skin to heal. Loaded with antioxidants and Vitamin C, Amla is known for its skin brightening properties and it is bound to leave your skin radiating and glowing. Amla also slows down the ageing process of your skin by preventing wrinkles, fine lines, and dark spots, leaving you with flawless skin.
Aloe Vera is considered a miracle plant having characteristics that are beneficial for the skin. Aloe vera juice is ultra-hydrating as it is a water-dense plant and helps in flushing out toxins from your body, giving supple, radiant skin. It reduces the occurrence of acne and may also help in reducing skin conditions like dermatitis and psoriasis. Aloe vera is rich in antioxidants and vitamins, such as vitamin B, C, E, and folic acid, which are essential for skin nourishment.
Consuming coconut water is one of the best remedies for dehydrated thirsty skin. Rich in vitamin B2, B3 and C, coconut water provides the adequate amount of nourishment your skin needs. It has the ability to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and increase collagen production that prevents signs of early ageing. The presence of a phytohormone called kinetingives coconut water antioxidant and anti-ageing properties. Coconut water is rich in electrolytes such as potassium, calcium, magnesium, and sodium that provide hydration which is necessary to prevent fine lines and itchy skin.
Scientifically known as Centella Asiatica, Gotu Kola is known in Ayurveda for the range of benefits it provides to your skin. Rich in triterpene saponins, it helps in keeping your skin tight and firm and prevents signs of ageing. It is a great source of a phytonutrient called flavonoid, which is a great antioxidant that fights off free radical damage. By boosting collagen formation and improving blood circulation, Gotu Kola will maintain your skin's elasticity, giving you a youthful glow. A potent herb, Gotu Kola has the ability to balance the irregularity in Kapha and Pitta doshas, thereby maintaining harmony between the three doshas. It has significant amounts of B vitamins, vitamin C, and minerals that keep your skin healthy and glowing.
Turmeric is a versatile spice that has been used in Ayurveda for centuries. It is rich in antioxidants that protect your skin from free radicals that cause damage to healthy skin cells. It not only eliminates free radicals but also boosts the production of antioxidant enzymes in your body. Turmeric's antimicrobial and antioxidant properties make it an effective treatment for several skin conditions such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, and photoaging.
Vetiver is known for its antibacterial and antioxidant properties and is one of the best natural products to treat skin conditions. It has the ability to safely treat acne and skin rashes with ease, without causing any irritation. A powerhouse of antioxidants, vetiver has detoxifying abilities that get rid of toxins and free radicals, thereby preventing early signs of ageing. It protects skin against pollution and dust and also controls sebum production, leaving your skin oil-free and clean.
Skin care has become a part of the regime for most of us, and the booming industry has left us spoilt for choices. While there are innumerable skin care products at our disposal, we aren’t made aware of what they are made of. The increase in the usage of chemicals calls for the eruption of Ayurvedic skin care, wherein natural ingredients are used for attaining radiating skin. Auric Radiating Skin is an ayurvedic beverage made for all of you who desires radiating skin by the consumption of natural ingredients like amla, aloe vera, and less readily available ones like vetiver and gotu kola. An Auric beverage a day will keep your skin radiating and doshas balanced. Grab a bottle. It is time!
Authored by: Bhavishya Pahwa
About the Author: Bhavishya Pahwa is a budding writer who has always confided in a pen. He believes that art is a cure-all and that introspection followed by writing can add to the sanity of the world.