Ayurvedic remedies have been used for thousands of years to heal our bodies from within by balancing and maintaining dosha, making it vital to understand the importance of these three elements.
According to Ayurveda, we are made up of five elements: Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Space.
Dosha is the combination of these five elements: Vata (Air/Space), Pitta (fire/water) and Kapha (Earth/Water).
Knowing how to balance and maintain these three Doshas will help us with our overall health and well-being
The best way to balance Vata, Pitta and Kapha is to approach life in a holistic manner that will help calm your mind, body and soul. Simple changes or inclusions into your lifestyle such as engaging in regular physical activity, consuming a wholesome diet, maintaining a sleep routine, practicing yoga and meditation etc. can help you balance the three Doshas.
Your skin care routine obviously can do without harsh ingredients, chemicals, unnatural substances. Natural and ayurvedic remedies and treatments can make your skin healthy and beautiful, giving it the desired complexion, moisture and nourishment in a flawless way.
Making sure your body movements take place without obstructions, Vata includes absorption, cell ion exchange, nervous system conduction, excretions, muscle function and breathing.
The physical characteristics of Vata include a thin body structure that is quick and agile. They also love new experiences, excitement and are creative. Physical characteristics of Vata include dry hair, brittle nails and a sensitive digestive system. A Vata Dosha imbalance can be visibly noticed through symptoms such as anxiety, insomnia, arthritis, digestive issues, weight loss and restlessness. Vata skin types are prone to early signs of ageing, uneven skin tone and dry and flaky skin.
How to treat Vata skin
Keeping together two opposite elements, Fire and Water, Pitta helps with food digestion and imparts warmth, vision and colour to the body.
Controlling and taking charge of metabolism and energy production, those who have more Pitta dosha have fiery personalities, focused, smart, outspoken and full of energy.
Imbalanced Pitta can be shown through symptoms such as ulcers, heartburn, excessive body heat and skin rashes. Pitta skin types have problems such as easy sun burns, sun spots, dry skin and acne.
How to treat Pitta skin
Similar to Pitta, Kapha holds opposing elements earth and water together. This Dosha makes the body stable and well held with muscles, ligaments, fats and tendons. Personality characteristics include being calm, relaxed, affectionate, mindful and rational while physical characteristics could include large eyes, radiant skin, thick hair and a strong body.
When the Kapha Dosha gets imbalanced, it shows symptoms such as depression, oversleeping, diabetes and weight gain.
A Kapha Dosha imbalance can make your skin prone to excess oil retention, larger pores, acne and congestion.
How to treat Kapha Skin: