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How Your Dosha Affects Your Skin

How Your Dosha Affects Your Skin

Read on to learn how to best treat skin with the properties of the three doshas: Vata, Pitta and Kapha.

How Your Dosha Affects Your Skin

Ayurveda is a philosophy of preventative, holistic health for mind and body. Each person is thought to have a predominant dosha which determines the practices a person should live by to maintain good health. One aspect of health these practices can significantly improve is the skin. Read on to learn how to best treat skin with the properties of the three doshas: Vata, Pitta and Kapha.


Vata is characterised by the elements air and ether. This translates into skin being thin, dry, and vulnerable to aging. Eating very cold, raw, or dry foods increases Vata, as does excessive exercise and cold, dry weather.

An increase in Vata can result in dry, flaking skin and premature wrinkles. Hydration of the skin is therefore of primary importance. Oil serums are ideal skincare products for assisting with hydration. Try indiraa Age Recharge Serum which promotes cellular repair and nourishes the skin with coconut fruit extract. To pacify Vata and combat premature aging overnight, use rasadana Hydrating Maskwhich hydrates and restores compromised skin with shea oil and aloe vera.


Pitta is characterised by the element fire. This translates into skin being sensitive and slightly oily, usually indicative of combination skin. Eating spicy, sour, and oily foods increases Pitta, as does excessive sun exposure and tropical weather. An increase in Pitta can result in uneven skin which has both dry areas and areas of excessive oiliness. Combat the oiliness using samskrta Skin Polish which gently exfoliates congested areas and refreshes skin.

Increased Pitta also leaves the skin more sensitive to the sun and at risk of skin inflammation from acne and rosacea. Pacify Pitta by using nirvaata Calming Serum which has natural anti-inflammatory ingredients to reduce skin irritation. Cooling and calming the skin is the ideal approach for improving Pitta skin. This is achieved by using products with anti-inflammatory properties, like shaanta Intensive Moisture which hydrates with Indian gooseberry and gingko biloba.


Kapha is characterised by the elements earth and water. This translates into skin being plump and oily. It tends to handle aging well. Eating heavy, spicy, and salty foods increases Kapha, as does cold, wet weather, and being too sedentary.

An increase in Kapha can result in the skin becoming excessively oily and harbouring toxins, resulting in blackheads and cystic acne. Both vimala Gentle Cleanser and samskrta Skin Polish are ideal for gently exfoliating congested areas and refreshing the skin with antioxidants like green tea and gotu kola. Cleaning pores with detoxifying ingredients is the focus of improving Kapha skin. To energise skin cells with peppermint oil and witch hazel, use zaakti Purifying Tonic. Cleansing and exfoliating are more crucial skincare steps than moisturising Kapha skin.

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