Ayurveda – Vata
Vata Skin: Air, Ether Energy
Well dear Vata friends, we have some good news, and we have some…well… not-so-good news.
Good news: Vata skin has a tendency to be delicate and thin with smaller pores. What’s known as Porcelain skin.
Not-so-good news: If you have Vata skin and want to continue to keep it naturally healthy in your autumnal years, you’ll have to start protecting it from a young age due to your natural tendency to be dry and dehydrated.
As a Vata, you’ll tend to have a slightly darker complexion than your Pitta and/or Kapha siblings. This is because the dehydration in your skin will continue to hold less moisture and the skin itself will begin to darken. When Vata energy is imbalanced, your skin may appear dry and dull with fine and/or deep lines. These imbalances can also show up as tiny milia on the forehead, which is the Vata zone on our faces. Internally, Vata governs the nervous system, so if nervous disorders or physical shaking appear it is indicative of an imbalance, whether Vata is your dominant Doshas or not.
There are some simple ways to balance your dosha, nourish your body and mind, and hydrate your skin without doing a complete overhaul on your daily life!
Drink warm fluids such as water, herbal teas, or soup broth. Our Zen Aging Tea is perfect!
Eat foods that are naturally sweet like squash, yams, dairy, grains, melons, and maple syrup
Eat nourishing and lubricating foods like red meat and healthy oils
Oil your head, hand and feet in the cold seasons – our Vata Body Oil is ideal
Gently use a daily exfoliant to encourage blood circulation and to slough off dry, dead skin cells – the Sensitive Skin Exfoliant & Mask is perfect for its hydrating and exfoliating effects!
After cleansing, apply a nourishing serum with collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid to hydrate skin – Collagen Elasten Plus will be your saviour!
Slow down dehydration and nourish skin with a rich moisturizer – Cellular Repair Cream
Mediate or chant to calm Vata energy
If you start with just one or two of these recommendations, you’ll start to see a change. In time you may start to consider adding more and before you know it, you’ll be prettier and more wholesome than Dorothy Gale!