Skincare Tips For Your Dosha And Skin TypeSoumya Nair
Find The Right Ayurvedic Skin Care Routine, Treatments and Products for Your Skin Type.
What is Ayurveda?
While Ayurveda, is still largely based on traditional Indian medicine, it has also evolved in recent years to include a much more scientifically-based approach to nutrition, health, beauty, and natural skincare. This has lead to a huge increase in research focused on the various benefits of Ayurveda for our body, hair, and skincare.
Understanding Ayurveda Skin Types and Doshas.
When looking at Ayurvedic skincare routines and treatments it is important to understand and consider different skin types. While all-natural ingredients are generally beneficial for all types of skin, different Ayurvedic treatments work best on the right skin. Making it important to focus on a regular skincare routine based on the skin type and dosha type a person has.
In Ayurveda, Doshas are the forces that make up the body and mind.
Doshas are the unique physical, emotional and mental constitutions that influence the body, mind, and even skin. Each person has their own dominant dosha type or a combination of doshas.
The 3 Dosha types that make up a persons skin are:
KAPHA (earth & water)
A vata dominant person has thin, dry, and rough skin that can be wrinkle-prone especially if not moisturized regularly.
People with Vata type skin are prone to earlier signs of ageing and are likely to have thin flakier skin with finer pores. This skin type is likely to need more moisturizing daily.
We recommend using oil-based moisturizers such as Sesame oil, Almond oil, and Sunflower oil which work well with their warming effects and can penetrate deep into dry skin, bringing balance to Vata dosha type skin.
People that are Pitta dominant tend to have oily skin that is susceptible to rashes and that is prone to acne, rosacea, and inflammation.
This skin type needs more cooling elements like aloe vera creams, as well as anti-inflammatory elements such as Turmeric, and Rosemary. Coconut oil and Sunflower oil and important oils for Pitta dosha types as they can help control sensitive and reactive skin and help moisturise and smooth the skin throughout the day.
Kapha skin tends to be cold, oily, and prone to enlarged pores making skin susceptible to pimples, whiteheads, and water retention. Kapha skin needs more regular exfoliation.
For Kapha dosha types we would suggest using less oil-based creams and applying face masks regularly as it is important to balance the skin rather than increase the oil levels.
When using oil-based creams and moisturizers it is important to focus on herbal oils for their purifying properties but very important not to overuse them in a Kapha skincare routine.
You Can Have More Than One Dosha Type.
We don’t all fit into just one skin type, and many can have a combination of doshas. It is important to identify this not just by how your skin reacts throughout the seasons, but how you feel physically and emotionally too.
For example, If your skin is particularly oily you may want to take a Kapha approach, or if you have come out in a sudden rash or redness you may need to adopt a Pitta approach in your routine.
When you are taking into account natural skincare routine, you might also need to adopt some diet and lifestyle changes based around these doshas also.
Your Dosha Can Change Between Seasons.
In addition to changes and flare-ups throughout the year, dosha types can also just as easily change with each season.
It can be beneficial to identify these changes and alter your skincare routine to adopt these changes. Perhaps a cooling routine based on Pitta for the summer and a warm comforting routine based around Vata for the winter months. And for others, a Pitta routine in winter may be what they need if they suffer from rosacea or redness flare-ups in the colder months.
You can get a better understanding of your dosha through this simple Dosha Quiz , giving you a better insight of where to start when understanding which daily skincare routine is right for you.
What is Ayurvedic Skincare?
In Ayurveda, your emotions, physical well-being, health, and skin are all related.
Looking good and feeling good in your own body means a healthy lifestyle, a well-balanced diet, and then comes healthy and well-nourished skin and hair.
Cosmetic products are only a short-term skincare solution, but in most common cosmetics people are now taking into consideration the harmful chemicals, the testing processes, the additives, and the fragrances of their products. In your typical store-bought cosmetic product, many of these additives are not natural and these harmful chemicals can have a long-term negative effect not just on your skin but on your health and wellbeing too.
Many cosmetics in recent studies have been found to contain ‘forever chemicals’ meaning there are chemicals the body cannot break down and accumulate over time that can even be linked to certain health issues.
Effects of Chemicals In Cosmetics.
There are a number of chemicals in cosmetics that can have harmful and negative effects on your body. Here are a list of just 16 chemicals to avoid in your daily skincare routine.
Now that people are becoming more aware of the effects of chemicals in everyday products, many have started looking for more natural skincare products and chemical-free remedies as well as cruelty-free tested products.
This is where the idea of Ayurvedic-inspired skincare comes in. Ayurveda is based on a holistic and natural approach and everything is handmade from fresh and sustainably sourced ingredients, often in small batches which is what we do here at Mytri Wellness.
Many commercial soaps can be very drying on the skin. While the main aim of using soap is to help remove dirt and germs, soap can also remove the protective layer of oil – sebum, and this essentially leaves your skin unable to retain water leaving your skin feel dry and sometimes itchy. This is caused by ‘surfactant’
On top of this, commercial soaps contain chemicals and added fragrances that can make your already sensitive and dried skin feel even more irritated. For many people the added fragrances inside skincare products can be quite strong causing migraines and headaches with prolonged use.
This is where Ayurvedic skincare steps in.
We offer a growing collection of wellness products based on the principles of Ayurveda ensuring each product is chemical and additive-free so that your skin and hair remain healthy with long-term and regular use.
Ayurvedic Skin Care Products.
Many Ayurvedic soaps and creams are made using cold process. Cold cold process soap made with all-natural ingredients such as plant oils and butters creates a lather for deep moisturization. Unlike other soap types, cold process soaps penetrate deep into the skin to help minimize dry itchy skin.
At Mytri Wellness, our handmade soaps have no artificial additives, ingredients and no added chemicals added to produce color, fragrances, and texture.
We use fresh and natural ingredients such as essential oils, dried herbs and flowers. Along with a range of natural oils such as Coconut oil, Mahua Oil, Sesame Oil & Olive Oil.
Ayurvedic skincare products are gentle on the skin and contain no side effects with regular use because of the all-natural approach to production. They are considered the best and most harmless wellness options and many people notice visible changes and improvements to their skin in just a few days.
One of our customers shared a recent experience after adding our luxury soap collection to her daily skincare routine.
“I have had bad skin for about 20 years. It is so dry it itches, cracks and bleeds specifically on my legs and hands the only thing that has ever helped is baby oil in a bath, but only works if I have one every other day. However my husband bought me this gift set for Christmas and I started out using the Turmeric soap, after three days, things had started to improve. After that ran out I moved onto the coconut soap, and my life has changed! I no longer wake myself up scratching I don’t have cracks and bleeding, this is a like a little box of miracles!“
You might wonder, what makes natural herbs in hair wash beneficial for your hair?
When it comes to haircare there are a number of natural ayurvedic herbs that contain properties for strength, texture, and health for your hair. Many of which are quite commonly found but really shine with the right mix of ingredients.
One such ingredient is Aloe Vera. While we think of Aloe Vera as an ingredient popular for skincare it has many benefits for hair too. Keratin found in aloe vera is also a natural protein for hair growth that keeps hair and scalp hydrated. We use Aloe Vera in our anti-dandruff shampoo bar because it contributes to shiny hair and also repairs damaged hair over time.
Much like in soaps, most commercial shampoo bars can be very drying on the scalp and hair.
But cold process shampoo bars made with all-natural ingredients like plant oils and butters create a creamy lather for deep moisturization. Unlike your regular soap bar and shampoos, these natural shampoos penetrate deep into the hair and scalp to help minimize dry itchy scalps and helps to combat dandruff and redness.
Our handmade vegan shampoo bars are made using the traditional cold process method which retains all the goodness of the herbs used in the making of the bar.
For The Perfect Ayurvedic Skincare Routine.
- Know Your Dosha
- Identify your dosha type to guide your ayurvedic skincare routine
- Understand if your dosha type can change based on your physical wellbeing and emotions
- Let your lifestyle and diet lead your skincare routine
- Let the season dictate your skincare routine
- Dosha types can commonly change with the seasons.
- Find your seasonal needs and adapt your diet and lifestyle along with your natural skincare routine for the best results long term.
- Cut out the chemicals.
- Make Skincare Simple Again
Ayurvedic Skincare Products and Values.
Ayurveda goes back to the basics with skincare and haircare and follows traditional ancient formulas.
Our values are rooted in the principles of Ayurveda – Living well and in close harmony with nature.
For us at Mytri Wellness, the idea that people are starting to reject chemical-laden, artificial products and move to natural more organic-based products has provided the inspiration for natural skincare in cosmetic and wellness products.
By following Ayurvedic skincare principles, all of our products are 100% environmentally friendly, vegan-friendly, cruelty-free, and eco-friendly.