Ayurvedic & Beauty


Rather than using the topical agents alone such as creams, lotions and oils, Ayurveda uses a different approach to skin care and treats the underlying problem at its core.  The cause of skin conditions is thought to be due to an imbalance in the body (dosha).  Once you know your dosha’s imbalance, you can begin to fix the problem at the source.  Before reading any further, make sure you’ve taken the Ayurvedic quiz to determine what your dosha is.

Vata Skin

This dosha’s skin needs to be nourished and hydrated.  It is at risk for premature aging due to a deficiency of properly nourished tissues in the body.  Vata skin tends to be dry, cracked and thin and because of its thinness, you can see the blood vessels really easily.  Due to poor circulation the lips and fingernails tend to be somewhat pale.

Foods to Eat

Vata skin types should eat more whole grains, warm milk and cooked vegetables to look younger.  These are nourishing foods that are packed with nutrients and easy to digest.  Also, ginger is a great food to replenish Vata skin because it helps increase metabolism and improve digestion, which impacts the colour, thickness and moisture of the skin.  Refer to the Vata meal plan

What to Avoid

Vata skin types should avoid raw vegetables because their digestion is not strong enough to break them down in order to get the nutrients.

Pitta Skin

Pitta skin types need to stay cool.  Their skin tends to burn easily and they are more sensitive to sun exposure.  Rashes, acne and other inflammatory skin conditions such as psoriasis are a result of the Pitta imbalance.

Foods to Eat

Pitta skin types should eat sweet, watery fruits like melons, mangos and pears.  Pitta skin is often compared to a pot of water on high eat – it evaporates the heat from your skin so you need to add foods with a high water content to keep Pitta in balance.  Pitta and Vata are the exact opposite in regards to temperature so eating foods that are cooling such as coconut oil and rose petal jam helps to reduce the skin inflammation.  Don’t forget to read about the Pitta meal plan.

What to Avoid

Pitta skin gets aggravated by eating spicy foods so the should avoid foods like chilies, black pepper and jalapenos.  The heat in spicy foods further increases Pitta people’s own natural internal heat.

Kapha Skin

Naturally beautiful skin that ages slowly is what describes a Kapha skin type.  Their skin tends to be plump and full of moisture.  When it’s out of balance, Kapha skin tends to accumulate more toxins that predispose them to large pores, skin growths, skin eruptions and a greyish film.  Removing toxins should be the main focus for a Kapha skin type.

Foods to Eat

Kapha skin type should favour spicy foods which is the exact opposite of Pitta skin types.  The spicy foods help to stimulate their digestion and since Kapha individuals have the slowest metabolism, they need all the extra heat their food has to offer.  Get the Kapha meal plan.

What to Avoid

Kapha skin types should avoid all heavy, oil foods because their skin already tends to be oily and their digestion slow.


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