- exfoliate weekly (at most) to remove dead skin cells and keep skin smooth
- use gentle calming and cooling products
- avoid harsh chemicals and additives which may irritate
- try using Ayurvedic hair oils containing Amla to reduce early greying & thinning
- for the body, try light oil or moisturiser, such as coconut oil
Fire and water
What are Pitta people like?
If your main dosha is Pitta you are likely to be warm, have clear penetrating thoughts and be passionate.
Pitta consists of the element fire and is characterised by qualities such as slightly oily, hot, light and liquid. These qualities translate into things like, abundant sweet, prone to diarrhoea, sun sensitivity and anger.
Pitta types generally have a medium build, with good muscle mass. They often have fair skin and blue or grey eyes. Pitta tend to be motivated people and are quite determined.
Imbalanced or aggrevated Pitta
When pitta is imbalanced this can affect different parts of the body and mind. Pitta increases by eating inappropriate foods (too much spicy, oily foods), being exposed to hot, wet conditions and excessive sun exposure.
When Pitta is aggravated you may become critical, hot tempered and impatient. Digestion will be increased due to the fire element. As Ayurveda believes all disease is the result of digestion, it is very important to gain control of foods and lifestyle practices which alleviate Pitta.
Pitta dominates during middle age (20-55 years), and is prevalent in disease such as blood disorders, digestive upsets, metabolic disorders, poor vision and skin disorders.
How to balance Pitta
Skin, hair and nails
- exercise in moderation
- avoid being too competitive
- go to bed between 10 - 11pm
- eat heavy, nourishing foods, with healthy oils
- eat plenty of raw foods and salads
- avoid excessively hot/spicy foods
- keep alcohol and caffeine consumption to a minimum
- eat foods with predominantly sweet, bitter and astringent tastes
- avoid foods with salty, sour and pungent tastes
- meditate regularly
- try being more patient
Treating your skin if you are Pitta
If your dominant dosha is Pitta you should use products that calm and soothe your skin. Because Pitta skin is generally slightly oily, prone to sensitivity and redness, look for cooling and anti-inflammatory ingredients. Antioxidants and building up the skin's resilience are important.
Pitta skin may show signs of acne as well as being sensitive, due to the oily element that can be present. In such cases combining some elements of Pitta and Kapha skincare may be beneficial.
We recommend the following products specifically for Pitta skin types to help you reduce inflammation and irritation caused by sensitive skin:
nirvaata Calming Serum
saman Sandalwood Pitta Tonic
For a complete guide to treating sensitive (Pitta) skin please click below: