The Skinny on Your Skin

Moisturize to Replenish Your Skin
Moisturizing your skin is essential for providing nourishment.  Natural Ayurvedic moisturizers do wonders to replenish your skin, they alleviate the dryness of the Vata dosha and enhance  skin elasticity without exposing the body to chemical pollutants. You can moisturize in the morning or in the evening, but it’s a must for your everyday routine. Vata types with drier skin would do well to moisturize their face and neck twice a day after cleansing. Pitta and Kapha types can get away with moisturizing just once.

Here are some moisturizer recipes for each dosha. Remember if your skin is generally healthy, then use the recipe for your natural dosha. If however you are experiencing any imbalances then use the recipe for the dosha that best pacifies your skin imbalances.

Because Ayurvedic moisturizers are made from natural ingredients they do not keep long. Prepare enough to last for one week at a time, about 1/2 to 1 cup, and store in cool, dry place. Avoid refrigerating the moisturizers as this will disrupt the natural chemistry of your skin with the outside temperature.

Vata Moisturizer Recipe
Vata skin needs plenty of natural moisture and oil to keep it supple and maintain elasticity. Ghee is one of the best moisturizer bases for Vata skin. In a bowl, mix together equal parts ghee and rose water. Add a teaspoon of honey and a few drops of your favorite essential oil to add fragrance. Transfer to a jar with a tight-fitting lid. Rub the small amount of the solution onto your face and neck at least once a day. Sesame oil may be substituted for ghee.

Pitta Moisturizer Recipe
Pitta skin needs a light moisturizer that is also cooling. Aloe is an ideal ingredient as it moisturizes while cooling the skin. For a daytime moisturizer, in a bowl, combine 1 part brewed licorice tea,1 part aloe vera gel, and 2 parts coconut or sunflower oil. Use the moisturizer on your face and neck at least once a day. At night, moisturize with equal parts aloe and ghee, or just plain ghee.

Kapha Moisturizer Recipe
Kapha skin is generally well toned and needs only a mild balancing moisturizer. In a bowl, mix together equal parts mustard oil and almond oil. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to help dissipate the strong smell of mustard. This moisturizer is ideal for head-to-toe use, both day and night, but if the faint smell of mustard during day bothers you, almond or sunflower oils are good alternatives for Kapha skin.

Moisturize to Replenish Your Skin

If you want to nourish your skin, moisturizing is essential. Natural Ayurvedic moisturizers can do wonders to replenish your skin because they alleviate the dryness of the Vata dosha and enhance  skin elasticity without exposing the body to chemical pollutants. You can moisturize in the morning or in the evening, but it’s a must for your everyday routine. Vata types with drier skin would do well to moisturize their face and neck twice a day, whereas Pitta and Kapha types can get away with moisturizing just once a day.

Here are some moisturizer recipes for each dosha. Remember if your skin is generally healthy, then use the recipe for your natural dosha. If however you are experiencing any imbalances then use the recipe for the dosha that best pacifies your skin imbalances.

Because Ayurvedic moisturizers are made from natural ingredients they do not keep long. Prepare enough to last for one week at a time, about 1/2 to 1 cup, and store in cool, dry place. Avoid refrigerating the moisturizers as this will disrupt the natural chemistry of your skin with the outside temperature.

Vata Moisturizer Recipe

Vata skin needs plenty of natural moisture and oil to keep it supple and maintain elasticity. Ghee is one of the best moisturizer bases for Vata skin. In a bowl, mix together equal parts ghee and rose water. Add a teaspoon of honey and a few drops of your favorite essential oil to add fragrance. Transfer to a jar with a tight-fitting lid. Rub the small amount of the solution onto your face and neck at least once a day. Sesame oil may be substituted for ghee.

Pitta Moisturizer Recipe

Pitta skin needs a light moisturizer that is also cooling. Aloe is an ideal ingredient as it moisturizes while cooling the skin. For a daytime moisturizer, in a bowl, combine 1 part brewed licorice tea,1 part aloe vera gel, and 2 parts coconut or sunflower oil. Use the moisturizer on your face and neck at least once a day. At night, moisturize with equal parts aloe and ghee, or just plain ghee.

Kapha Moisturizer Recipe

Kapha skin is generally well toned and needs only a mild balancing moisturizer. In a bowl, mix together equal parts mustard oil and almond oil. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to help dissipate the strong smell of mustard. This moisturizer is ideal for head-to-toe use, both day and night, but if the faint smell of mustard during day bothers you, almond or sunflower oils are good alternatives for Kapha skin.

From the book: Inner Beauty by Reenita Malhotra Hora

 

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5 Responses to The Skinny on Your Skin

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  2. nandy says:

    hi, I am looking for a natural moisturizer for my dog -the vet has recommended cetaphil moisturizing cream but I am sure there must be something in ayurveda which is natural that I can use.
    Since I cannot figure my dog’s dosha could you recommend something that may be tridoshic?
    p.s: my dog is very itchy and this is part of a treatment plan provided by an Australian vet.

    rgds,
    nandy

  3. henna says:

    What dosha is acne skin ??? I need a day and night moisturizer for it. I’ve been wanting to try natural Indian remedies cuz my dad suggested it would be more effective for my Indian skin.but I am new to this n I can’t decide though….

    • admin says:

      Acne is not defined by a specific dosha. i’d want to ask you more about the nature of your acne. If hot, itchy, rash then this indicates more of a Pitta imbalance. If thick, whitish big pustular acne, especially around the chin, jaw and cheeks, this is more of a kapha issue. If lots of little spots..say on the forehead, especially as an adult, this could indicate vata issues. If you want to talk further about this, you can reach me on periscope – @reenymal.

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