Monday, 02. March 2015

The Skin Mirrors The Soul - What is Your Skin Type?

The skin is our largest "organ" and is considered to mirror the soul - dry, limp and greasy? Or smooth and pure? Oftentimes, a simple care routine and bad eating habits or lifestyle are not conducive to health. Matching your skin type according to Ayurveda results in taking proper care of the skin, which will radiate from the inside out, mirroring the soul. 

Hundred-percent-types are hardly the norm in Ayurveda, even regarding the skin type. Almost all individuals are mixed types with an inclination to one specific type of the three doshas vata, pitta or kapha, i.e. one dosha is deemed dominant. This is also relevant when speaking about skin types in Ayurveda. The three types are as follows - given they are in their purest form and undisturbed.

Vata skin type feels rather cool, usually fine-pored, pale, delicate, dry and sensitive to environmental influences, particularly to the cold and dryness: Vata skin types are very sensitive and will quickly chap. If unbalanced, the skin becomes flaky and ages rapidly. Even blemishes and scarring are then blown out of proportion.
Therefore, proper care includes relaxing facial oil massages, nourishing masks, revitalizing treatments and nourishing creams.

Pitta skin types are oily, well supplied with blood and warm. They prone to blemishes, acne, birthmarks, freckles and wrinkles, perspires a lot - also in the facial area. Pitta skin is prone to slight wrinkling and redness. When pitta is unbalanced it often accompanied by restlessness, nervousness, bloating, constipation and insomnia. There is also an increase in perspiration, heartburn, impatience, anger, and the feeling of being mentally pressurized. 
Pitta skin would be like to be cooled and soothed, e.g. using relaxing oil massages. And: pay attention to the acid-base balance in respect to nutrition!

Kapha skin types are cool, well moisturized and feel rather "thick". The skin is shiny, oily, but soft and smooth. Kapha skin perspires little and the complexion is light and pale. Kapha skin types are able to handle the effects of the sun and cold better, due to their fat content. When kapha is unbalanced, increasingly large pores, sebum, itchiness and eczema become more evident. These effects are also reflected in the bodily functions such as a sluggish metabolism, water and toxins accumulate - the feeling of heaviness, sluggishness and pain may spread and may lead to depression.
It is advised to treat these symptoms by increasing the lymphatic flow, activating the skin's metabolism and releasing embedded waste. This can be achieved through enjoying steam baths with essential supplements - hot compresses help cleanse, providing new energy and refining the complexion.