The first step in maintaining healthy, youthful skin is to identify your Ayurvedic skin type.
Vata skin can be dry, rough and flaky when out of balance. This type of skin wrinkles more easily as it tends to be thin with fine pores.
To pamper Vata skin, bathe in water at body temperature. Go to bed before 10:00, as fatigue aggravates Vata.
Pitta skin tends to be rosy, sensitive, and of a medium thickness. This type of skin burns easily. When out of balance, Pitta skin can develop rashes, acne, or rosacea.
To pamper Pitta skin, bathe with water a little cooler than body temperature. Avoid spending time in the sun, especially from noon to 2 p.m. Pitta types are more prone to skin cancer than other skin types. Avoid spicy food.
Kapha skin tends to be lustrous, cold and thick, with a tendency towards large pores. When out of balance, Kapha skin can become oily.
To pamper Kapha skin, bathe in water a little warmer than body temperature. A once-a-week massage with raw-silk gloves can enliven the circulation and help reduce excess Kapha.
For most skin types, sweet almond oil is a good lubricant to use after washing. Avoid soaps with chemical additives. Always be gentle when washing the faces, as it is easy to aggravate Vata, which makes the skin dry and promotes wrinkles.
The Raj Ayurveda Health Spa in Fairfield, IA offers facials that are individually tailored to help balance your skin needs. Developed by the greatest skin experts in India, this gentle approach, once used by the maharanis of ancient India, helps both balance the doshas and eliminate impurities.