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Look out for: Coconut oil, almond oil,
papaya leaf extract, and saffron extract as
these will all contribute towards creating
a harmonious Vata balance for skin. Vata
types should also invest in anti-ageing
actives, as skin ageing can occur earlier with
this skin type.
Pitta dominance is comprised of fire and
needs cooling. These skins tend to f lare up,
both mentally and physically. They require
cooling elements. Their diet should be
based on raw and cold foods and avoiding
Compatible ingredients in cosmeceutical
skincare products to look out for include
aloe vera, gotu kola, sunflower oil, turmeric,
sandalwood and lavender.
Kapha dominance requires less fat in the
diet, lighter food options and more vigorous
exercise. Kapha is prone to oiliness and
congestion and so should place a greater
emphasis on cleansing and exfoliation than
on moisturising, as skin is likely to have
excessive oil already.
Kapha feels the cold and will like the
heat of a shower, however, not too hot!
Due to the oilier nature of their skin
type a lighter oil, such as coconut Oil is
recommended for kapha. Body brushing is
also very beneficial for the more sluggish
nature of kapha.
Ingredients to keep an eye out for
include turmeric, alamaki (Indian
gooseberry) and red sandalwood.
"There have always been many Ayur vedic
ingredients used in skincare, however
they were not attributed to Ayur veda; for
example: licorice, gotu kola, aloe vera,
honey, coconut oil, boswellia serrata
"I believe Ayur veda is gaining popularity
in Australia as a modality, mainly due to
much more being written about it, interest
in ancient traditions such as oil pulling, and
a desire for people to lead a more natural
and healthy lifestyle.
"Ayur veda is very much about the person
as a whole, therefore there is a great deal of
information on daily and seasonal rituals
that help maintain the body's equilibrium."
THE ALL-IMPORTANT DOSHAS
Ayur veda holds an elemental view of the
universe and believes people are made up of
various combinations of these elements.
The five elements are Air, Ether, Fire,
Earth and Water. They form the three
biological humours of Ayur veda called
doshas: Vata, Pitta and Kapha.
• Vata is composed of air and ether
• Pitta is composed of fire
• Kapha is composed of earth and water
The dominance of a particular dosha
determines certain physical, mental and
emotional characteristics, and importantly
may predetermine potential health risks.
All three doshas are present in every
cell of the body. However, each dosha has
an area of dominance, which is their site
Vata primarily resides in the colon;
characterised by qualities such as light
(weight), dry, rough, moving, subtle. [Vata
types] are tall and thin or petite, have dry
skin and nails, are generally thin and break
easily, are adaptable. When unbalanced,
Vatas can be anxious, worried, talk very
fast, tire easily, can have very thin, dry skin,
and suffer from gas, constipation, bone
problems or arthritis.
Vata types need to keep warm, eat
nourishing food and maintain a stress-free
environment. They will feel the cold and
therefore love a hot bath! Just be careful
it is not too hot or this will be detrimental
to Vata's already dry and thin skin. Use
essential oils with sweet aromas such as rose,
yang slang and lavender.
Pitta resides in the small intestine:
slightly oily, hot, light, odorous, liquid.
Warm, clear, penetrating thoughts,
passionate, intelligent, athletic, moderate,
muscular build. When unbalanced, Pittas
can be hot-tempered, impatient, too critical.
Physically they may develop health issues
such as ulcers, infections, rashes, acne, eye
problems or high blood pressure.
Pittas need cooling. They will generally
be the person who feels warm, so need to
listen to this and avoid causing increase in
temperature; have a cool/warm shower and
apply a calming lotion for a sensitive skin type.
Kapha resides in the stomach: oily,
cold, heavy, slow, smooth, slimy, and static.
Characteristics are being loyal, calm,
big-boned, with a strong, deep, clear
voice. When unnbalanced: Lethargic,
sentimental, too attached, over weight,
water retention, bronchitis.
In Ayur veda, like exacerbates like. Therefore:
Vata dominance types will need a heavy,
warm diet, maintain practice of gentle
exercise and ensure they use oils and
unctuous products due to the dry nature
of their skin. Because Vata skin is typically
dry and thin, any skincare cosmeceuticals
used should have a focus on moisture and
making the skin plumper.
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