Pitta Skin Care Guide – Understanding Your Pitta Dosha

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Pitta Skin Care Guide – Understanding Your Pitta Dosha

Although all skin types are in essence the same, each skin type can have its own unique characteristics. 

For example, Pitta-type skin is going to be thick and warm to the touch, and it will have a certain level of sensitivity. 

Pitta skin is generally the most sensitive of the 3 doshas, and can be soft, oily red, and prone to acne & blemishes.

What makes Pitta probably the most unique skin type, is that it can be prone to both oiliness and dryness which makes it quite difficult to get the right regular skin care routine.

People who have a strong Pitta constitution are often very active in their daily lives.

On the other hand, people who have a weak Pitta constitution might find themselves more sedentary as they spend most of their time sitting down indoors due to their lack of energy.

If this sounds like you, we will be covering how to bring about balance to your Pitta dosha and how to care for your Pitta skin.

Characteristics of a Pitta dosha

Pitta skin type is characterized by heat. 

Those with this skin type are easily aggravated and can’t tolerate the sun well. They’re also more prone to inflammations, rashes, and acne. The skin flushes easily and appears red, and is often freckled.

Pitta skin is prone to being quite oily all year round.

This makes pitta skin types more often prone to acne and breakouts, so it’s important to find new ways to keep the oil from clogging your pores.

When pitta skin is in balance, it has a healthy warm rosy glow. However, when out of balance it can be extremely difficult to get a handle on.

Imbalance Pitta Skin – What To Look Out For

Ayurveda suggests that a pitta imbalance could be the result of various lifestyle, emotional, or physical factors.

Including: a poor diet, spending too much time in the sun or heat, working excessively (whether physically or mentally), or experiencing a great deal of anger or frustration.

When out of balance, this skin type can suffer from:

  • Excess heat, 
  • Inflammation, 
  • Broken capillaries, 
  • Acne breakouts,
  • Redness.

Tips for balanced and healthy Pitta skin

We all want to look young and beautiful, right? The thing is, this doesn’t start with what you put on your skin, it comes with your diet. Perhaps not what you wanted to read in a skin care guide, but it’s a very important place to start.

Often times we don’t really care about the ingredients we are consuming and this leads to an imbalance of pitta dosha, which is the main reason behind most pitta skin problems.

Before starting your skincare regime it’s important to take of yourself physically and mentally first. 

In Ayurveda, mental well-being is linked to physical well-being, and taking care of your body is a holistic approach.

It’s important to first understand how to balance your Pitta dosha this way so you can make the most from your skin care regime.

The main function of Pitta-dosha is to promote digestion and metabolism. This dosha controls the movement of food through our systems, and also helps us maintain a healthy digestive system.

In order for this dosha to function properly, it needs proper nourishment from both Prana (life force) and Apana (digestive energy). When we are well fed with foods that are good for this dosha, our body works optimally while retaining strength and vigor. 

Our skin tends to be more radiant as well because it is healthy when in balance.

Ayurvedic Pitta Diet

Ayurvedic experts recommend an ideal diet plan that includes plenty fruits such as bananas, kiwi fruit, grapes etc., along with vegetables like broccoli or cauliflower which are rich in vitamins A & C. 

Nuts such as cashew nuts or almonds which have essential fatty acids that help reduce inflammation. 

Whole grains like brown rice & oats which contain fiber; dairy products like milk & yogurt made from cows milk – all these foods can balance out your Pitta Diet.

The following tips will help you choose the right foods for your Pitta Diet:  

Start by eating smaller portions at each meal.

Eating less sweetened desserts.

Avoiding too many spicy or salty dishes. 

Eat cooked foods instead of raw ones Cooked food has more nutrients than raw ones.

Try not eating after 7 pm because your stomach produces acid.

Avoid spicy food, hot drinks, raw foods like salads and tomatoes, caffeine (espresso), saturated fats (butter), and dairy products like milk, yogurt and cheese.

Once you have started on the right path with your diet, you can start looking at cosmetics to help balance and treat your skin.

Our 6 top tips for a Pitta skin care routine

1)  Wash your face twice a day with tepid water and mild natural soap.

You should wash your face at least twice a day with lukewarm water and mild natural soap (like coconut oil). 

This will help remove dirt and makeup without stripping your skin of its natural oils.

2)  Exfoliate once a week.

Exfoliate using an exfoliating wash or scrub.

If you use a scrub, make sure it contains glycolic acid, as this helps stimulate cell turnover and improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

3)  Apply a thin layer of moisturizer.

Apply a thin layer of moisturizer on the areas of your face that are dry and acne-prone, like your cheeks, forehead, and chin (avoiding the eyes).

You should also apply a light layer of moisturizer after cleansing your face. This will help prevent your skin from drying out too much, which can lead to breakouts.

If you suffer from oily skin, then you should use a moisturiser that contains aloe vera. Aloe vera has anti-inflammatory properties that soothe irritated skin. You can also apply a few drops of aloe vera juice directly onto your skin to reduce inflammation.

4)  Avoid harsh soaps that can dry out your skin.

If you use soap with a high pH level (which means it has a lot of alkalinity), you might end up stripping away some of the natural oils from your skin. 

Instead, opt for milder cleansers that contain ingredients such as aloe vera, coconut oil, and shea butter. 

These ingredients will leave your skin feeling soft and hydrated.

5) Drink plenty of water. 

It’s time to add that water bottle alongside your cosmetics. Keeping your body hydrated is just as important as what you are putting on your skin!

Water will help flush toxins out of your body, keep your skin hydrated, and help regulate your metabolism.

And most importantly, prevent dehydration, which can lead to dry skin.

6) Apply a face mask once a week.

You should apply a face mask at least once a week to help maintain your skin’s moisture levels. This helps prevent dryness and flakiness. 

Choose a face mask that contains ingredients like honey, avocado, cucumber, and lemon juice.

Best ingredients for Pitta skin

It can often be difficult to choose the right ingredients to sooth and moisturise pitta skin as it  can be oily, dry, sensitive, or a combination of all. 

So, if a product doesn’t offer the right ingredients, it could cause irritation or breakouts. And just because a product works for one, it doesn’t mean it automatically works for all. 

To help soothe, nourish and regulate pitta skin, it is best to use ingredients that are high in moisture. 

Some of the best ingredients for pitta skin are: 

Coconut oil

Avocado oil

Shea butter. 

These ingredients work together to help moisturize and protect the skin while providing essential fatty acids and antioxidants.

We also recommend lavender, chamomile, and calendula as these ingredients are known to be gentle and help to reduce inflammation.

And of course, even better if you find these ingredients cold-pressed.

What to look for when buying products for Pitta Skin

Pitta skin is delicate and can be easily irritated. 

So, when buying products for Pitta skin, it is important to choose products that are gentle and will not aggravate the skin. 

It is also important to read the ingredients list and make sure that the product does not contain any harsh chemicals.

We recommend always look for cold-pressed ingredients in your products, as these come with added benefits such as moisturising and vitamin properties. But most importantly they don’t have any additional chemicals, parabens, or fragrances which can irritate your skin.

When you shop with us here at Mytri Wellness, you can guarantee all of our products are made with natural ingredients and take a cold-pressed ingredient first approach.

If you have any questions about your pitta dosha, or want some help choosing the right products for you, feel free to get in touch any time.

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