Yoga, meditation, and herbs revitalize your body, but they may also hold the key to glowing skin. This idea of lifestyle balance lies at the heart of Ayurveda and Ayurvedic skin care. In recent years, Ayurvedic skin care has gained popularity in the West as more Westerners witness the results of their Ayurvedic beauty regimens.
Shankara, Spa Ceylon, and Forest Essentials are three luxury Ayurvedic beauty brands whose time-honored approach has won worldwide acclaim. True to tradition, all three brands stress clean living and balance as the keys to healthy skin.
But you can learn from their teachings no matter where you live. So, see below to learn more about Ayurvedic skin care. Then, take the quiz to find your dosha (more on that next), and see Ayurvedic skincare products for your dosha and skin type.
Ayurvedic Skin Care and Your Dosha
Ayurveda is complex, so you’ll learn just the basics here. However, Ayurveda dates back more than 3,000 years to India and suggests that the mind, body, and spirit are interconnected.
That means an imbalance in one area disrupts your overall balance and quality of life.
In addition, Ayurveda suggests disease stems from imbalances caused by diet, pollution, and other stressors. So, restoring balance is the key to healing and disease prevention.
According to the Johns Hopkins Center for Integrative Medicine, Ayurveda uses natural remedies to restore harmony. These treatments include:
Likewise, Ayurvedic skin care addresses the body, mind, and spirit and suggests skin troubles, such as acne, stem from imbalance.
In addition, according to WebMD and Healthline, Ayurvedic skin care focuses on three doshas, or life forces, which determine your physical makeup and personality. Each dosha corresponds with earth, air, ether, fire, or water elements:
- Vata (Air/Ether): Has dry skin and is prone to premature aging
- Pitta (Fire/Water): Has sensitive, acne-prone skin, often with dark spots
- Kapha (Earth/Water): Has normal to oily skin, sometimes with enlarged pores or cystic acne
Most people have qualities of all three doshas, but one is primary.
Now, take the dosha quiz, and then see Ayurvedic skincare products for your dosha and skin type.
Choose the responses that apply the most often. Your answers might not reflect how you feel right now, but focus on your usual patterns as you answer.
Then, record your responses, and follow the steps below to score your quiz.
Next, score your dosha quiz as follows:
- Mostly A = Vata
- Mostly B = Pitta
- Mostly C = Kapha
Now, see below for dosha-specific Ayurvedic skincare products. Also, visit the Joyful Belly for a more detailed dosha quiz.
Ayurvedic Skincare Products for Your Dosha
Each dosha has unique qualities and beauty needs.
Explore Ayurvedic skincare products for your dosha below. All items come from Forest Essentials, Spa Ceylon, and Shankara.
Personality: As a Vata, you’re creative, open, and enjoy meeting new people. However, when stressed, you may worry, go on spending sprees, self-blame, and skip meals. As a result, you may lose weight without trying.
Skin and hair: You have a thin build, dry hair and skin, and are prone to fine lines and dehydration.
Skincare routine: Use anti-aging creams and cold-pressed oils to nourish skin and replenish moisture.
First, try this Forest Essentials Advanced Eternal Youth cream, a Harper Bazaar beauty award winner.
Litchi juice, date extract, and sweet almond oil calm, balance, and hydrate the skin.
Next, try Spa Ceylon’s True Turmeric Vitamin C Glow cream. This Ayurvedic beauty remedy is the perfect pick-me-up for dull skin.
Turmeric, marigold, and rice bran soothe, calm, and brighten the skin, creating a summery after-spa glow.
Personality: As a Pitta, you’re sharp, clever, cunning, and quick. You’re assertive, goal-oriented, and decisive. However, you may explode and blame others when stressed. Calming down, although difficult, is vital for your health.
Skin and hair: You have thin, sun-sensitive skin, often with acne or dark spots.
Skincare routine: Use sunscreen, gentle cleansers, non-drying toners, and light scrubs. But avoid over-scrubbing.
First, try Spa Ceylon’s Tamarind Skin-Soothe cleanser. This gentle scrub sloughs off debris, revealing smoother skin. Plus, grape seed, Indian ginseng, and walnut deep clean pores and fade dark spots, leaving skin silky and fresh.
Next, blast blemishes with Shankara Blemish Support Serum.
The silky serum contains lavender, meadowsweet, and lemongrass to calm, tone, and soothe the skin. The result? Your skin glows and feels refreshed.
Personality: As a Kapha, you’re calm, loyal, and nurturing. You stay cool under pressure when everyone else is freaking out. You’re also a creature of habit, preferring routine, and may stay in relationships after they’ve run their course.
Skin and hair: You have normal to oily skin, sometimes with enlarged pores and cystic acne. Your hair is thick and oily.
Skincare routine: Use deep cleansers to control oil and acne. Try rosewater toners and light moisturizers that won’t clog pores.
Ayurvedic skincare products: Try Spa Ceylon Moringa and Neem Clarifying Clay Facial Exfoliator ($30) and Forest Essentials Light Day Lotion Lavender and Neroli Moisturizer ($28).
First, try Spa Ceylon’s Moringa and Neem Clarifying treatment. Indian gooseberry, moringa, margosa, coconut, and olive oils deliver one potent skin-soothing treat.
These nutrients remove debris, control oil, and reduce the appearance of pores. As a result, skin looks smoother, younger, and brighter.
Next, try Forest Essentials Lavender and Neroli Cream. The Ayurvedic beauty potion contains pure lavender water, oat kernel, and neroli oil to soothe, calm, and hydrate your skin.
Better yet, this paraben-free cream won’t clog pores. (Also, see DIY lavender beauty recipes for your skin and hair.)
Although most Ayurvedic skin creams are gentle, WebMD warns that herbal supplements contain heavy metals and could interact with medications.
So, talk to your doctor before starting a health or beauty routine to ensure it’s right for you.
Ayurvedic skin care stresses clean living and balance, but you can learn from these teachings no matter where you live.
Glowing skin begins with a healthy lifestyle. But skin problems, such as acne, could mean your life is out of balance.
So, try to pinpoint those problem areas, and make the necessary changes.
In fact, balance just might be the key to glowing skin.
Now, enjoy your Ayurvedic skincare products—and your new skin—and check back for more beauty reviews and skincare tips.
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