In the practice of Ayurveda, every person belongs to one of three doshas, and these doshas form the blueprint for your health in both body and mind. For those people who belong to the Vata dosha, their skin will have certain unique properties and Ayurvedic skin care routines can be created accordingly.
People with Vata skin are prone to having thin and dry skin that cracks and bruises easily. When Vata skin is not kept in balance it can lead to premature ageing. The good news is that with an appropriate skincare routine, Vata skin will be kept in balance and can feel soft and supple and be perfectly healthy.
But in order for Vata skin to be kept in perfect balance, there are a few rules that need to be followed. First of all, it is important to recognise that our skin’s health is a product of what we put inside our bodies. Vatas should consume warming and nourishing foods to give their skin a natural glow and suppleness. Warm milk and whole grains are recommended, as is ginger (which can be added to tea or used in savoury dishes), which can improve digestion and the colour and moisture of the skin. Alcohol and very cold or frozen foods should be avoided for the most part.
Essential fats and oils are also encouraged in the diets of the Vata skin type as these can help to increase moisture levels in their naturally dry skin. Preparing food with coconut oil is recommended, as is using coconut oil directly on the skin.
Because Vata skin is typically dry and thin, any skincare cosmeceuticals used should have a focus on moisture and making the skin plumper. Look out for ingredients such as coconut oil, almond oil, papaya leaf extract, and saffron extract as these will all contribute towards creating a harmonious Vata balance for your skin.