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The Beginner’s Guide to Ayurvedic Skin Care

In India, ancient healers perfected the art and science of natural beauty millennia ago. Ayurveda is the oldest continually practiced form of medicine – holistic or otherwise – in the world, originating over 5,000 years ago. As we are exposed to seemingly endless stress, toxins and chemicals in our contemporary lives, many of us are looking to ancient beauty therapies and Ayurvedic remedies to cope.

Ayurveda sets the highest standards for the concept of “natural” skin care. In classical Ayurveda, only food-grade ingredients are used in Ayurvedic skin care. This is because the skin “eats” anything applied to it, absorbing it directly into the bloodstream in a matter of seconds.

As holistic knowledge spreads, conscious consumers are increasingly seeking out natural beauty and body care products. This is what inspired me to create Sundara Holistic, a 100 percent plant-based, non-toxic, Ayurvedic skin care line – a mission to spread this ancient wisdom in our contemporary age.

Mind, Body, and Skin Types

According to Ayurveda, the human body is a microcosm of the whole universe. The five elements – Space, Air, Fire, Water, and Earth – are the building blocks of you, me, and everything else in the universe.

These five elements combine to form the three doshas in Ayurveda:

The three doshas (and five elements) are present in all of us – but we all have a unique combination or proportion of elements, known as our constitution, or Prakruti. This delicate balance can become disturbed because of a number of external influences: stress, diet, climate, seasons, pollution, energy vibrations. This imbalance is known at the Vikruti.

How do these doshas, or mind-body types, translate to skin care?

 

Using plant extracts, herbs, flowers, essential oils, and minerals, the goal of Ayurvedic skin care is to bring the skin back into harmony with nature and the Prakruti.

 

How to Balance Vata Skin:

 

Vata skin is dry, thin, rough, prone to aging. This skin type needs to be nurtured, and needs warming and grounding. For Vata skin to stay youthful, it must stay hydrated.

 

Lifestyle Tips for Vata Skin:

 

How to Balance Pitta Skin:

Pitta skin is sensitive and prone to inflammation, redness, acne, rosacea, eczema, psoriasis. To balance Pitta skin, use cooling and soothing products.

 

Lifestyle Tips for Pitta Skin:

How to Balance Kapha Skin:

 

Kapha skin tends to be thick, oily, prone to cystic acne. Kapha skin needs regular detoxification, as it is the most prone to accumulating ama, or toxins, under the skin. Kapha needs skincare products that are light and stimulating.

 

Lifestyle Tips for Kapha Skin:

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Want to practice other elements of Ayurveda? The Ayurvedic Diet is a great place to start. Check out this post for some tips to help you experience an Ayurvedic approach to food!