- exfoliate weekly to remove dead skin cells and keep skin smooth
- use a good quality moisturiser which is rich in hydrating ingredients
- start using suitable anti-ageing products from the age of 30 years
- use cuticle oil to help soften the skin around the nails and keep lubricated
- use hair conditioning mask or treatment oil weekly
- for the body, try organic sesame oil to leave skin hydrated after a bath or shower
Air and ether
What are Vata people like?
If your main dosha is Vata you are generally adaptable and cheerful and have natural healing qualities. Vata consists of air and ether, and is characterised by qualities such as light (weight), dry, rough, cold, moving and subtle. These qualities translate into things like, cracking joints, difficult maintaining weight, cold hands and feet, restlessness.
Vata types are often fine framed people who may be tall or short. They usually have dark eye colour and are likely to suffer from dry skin, nails and hair. Vata people are prone to having nervous energy.
Imbalanced or aggrevated Vata
When Vata is imbalanced this can affect different parts of the body and mind. Vata increases by eating inappropriate foods (cold, raw, dry and light), being exposed to cold, dry conditions, excessive physical activity, too much stress and lack of routine.
When Vata is aggravated you may become anxious and worry excessively. You will likely not eat when stressed and in doing so aggravate Vata more! Digestion will be affected and will either slow down or increase, problems with constipation and gas are common.
As Ayurveda believes all disease and imbalance is the result of digestion, it is very important to gain control of foods and lifestyle practices which alleviate Vata. Vata predominates in old age, from around 55 years, hence is prominent is diseases such as arthritis, brittle bones (osteoporosis), dementia and insomnia.
How to balance Vata
Skin, hair and nails
- gentle exercise like yoga, swimming, walking or tai chi
- practise pranayama (therapeutic breathing)
- avoid high impact exercise
- go to bed by 10pm
- aim for 8 hours sleep each night
- eat heavy, nourishing foods, with healthy oils
- stick to cooked foods
- avoid dry foods or excessive amounts of raw foods
- eat small meals regularly
- avoid going long periods without food
- eat foods with predominantly sweet, salty and some sour tastes
- avoid excessive amounts of foods with bitter, astringent and pungent tastes
- meditate regularly
- ground yourself by having routine
Treating your skin if you are Vata
If your dominant dosha is Vata you should use products that hydrate and nourish your skin. Because Vata skin is generally dry and thin, look for antioxidants like Vitamins A, C and E, nourishing plant oils and anti-ageing actives that help combat early signs of ageing.
As we age, our skin turnover slows down and we also have less hydration in the epidermis. Exfoliating once every 2 to 4 weeks can help promote cellular turnover, as well as improve the penetration of other active ingredients.
We recommend the following products specifically for Vata skin types to help you rehydrate and rejuvenate your skin:
indiraa Age Recharge Serum
For a complete guide to treating dry and ageing (Vata) skin please click below: