Skin and Beauty

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Our outer appearance reveals the depth of the whole person. When we are happy, healthy, eating well and exercising, our skin, hair and eyes are more vibrant and clear. If we are stressed, not eating well or taking stimulants our hair and skin can appear dull and lifeless.

The Maharishi Ayurvedic approach to skin care takes into account that our skin is not Find-a-Practitionerseparate to our body. The skin is one of the largest organs in the body and closely connected to the liver. When the liver is unable to digest and fully transform our food and clear out toxins, the skin takes over. Applying creams with chemicals and excessive make up only contributes to the problem.

When you apply a product to your skin, it is absorbed by the pores and then into your bloodstream via the vessels in the second layer of the skin. It is important to use natural products that are free of synthetic ingredients. Otherwise you are introducing toxic substances into your blood which can aggravate your liver, immune system and ultimately your skin.

Our skin is as unique as our personality. People with a predominance of Vata will have dry, thin, cool, delicate skin with the tendency towards dry, flaky skin, eczema or premature wrinkles. When balanced a Pitta natured person will have a healthy rosy complexion and soft, slightly warm skin however when out of balance Pitta can cause acne, skin rashes, pigment disorders and an overly red complexion. People with a predominance of Kapha generally have soft, unctuous, olive skin which tends to develop fewer wrinkles however Kaphic qualities in excess can create oily skin with large pores.

By understanding the doshas and their influences, balance can be can be created and maintained by changes in diet, exercise and daily routines.

Ayurveda recognizes three pillars of true beauty—outer beauty, inner beauty and lasting beauty, the kind that doesn’t fade with age. Everything we’ve talked about so far helps create inner beauty, and that is reflected in the skin that you show the world. Besides eating the right foods, getting enough rest, one other way to boost your skin’s beauty from the inside is to meditating regularly.Stress shows on our faces, research on the  Transcendental Meditation technique documented a significant reversal in the ageing process  and releases  positive chemicals and hormones that give us a healthy glow on our skin. What’s inside radiates out, meditating may be the best secret for lasting beauty yet.

Do the Dosha questionaire to work out what skin type you have:

-Vata, Pitta or Kapha

Vata Skin care

If you have Vata skin- your skin doesn’t retain as much moisture as other skin types. For that reason, adding moisture is your priority. Apply products tailored to vata skintype generously on your face before you go to bed at night and in the morning after cleansing. The Youthful skin Maharishi Ayurveda range is especially designed for dry Vata skin, because it restores moisture balance at the same time as it cleanses and removes make-up. Avoid skin care products with chemical preservatives or ingredients because these will only dry and damage your skin.


  • Keep your skin moisturized from the inside by drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day and eating plenty of sweet, juicy fruits.
  • Eat warm, nourishing foods and avoid drying foods, such as crackers.
  • Be sure to keep a regular routine and regular eating habits.
  • Get to bed early, and include a daily abhyanga or oil massage to moisturize your entire body.

Pitta Skincare

If you have Pitta skin, your treatment program should focus on calming your sensitive skin. You’ll want to stay away from excessive heat and too much direct sunlight. Tanning salons, steam facials and long hours in the sun can damage your skin. One of the best ways to calm your skin is by calming the tactile nerves. The Youthful Skin cream mentioned above contains Sensitive Plant and other natural essences of herbs that not only deeply moisturize but deeply nourish the tactile nerves as well. Because Pitta skin types have more oil in their skin, you probably want to apply Facial Skin Oil’s every other day instead of every day. Use cool temperature water for cleansing and bathing, but not ice-cold, as that can freeze the pores in the skin.

  • Avoid hot, spicy foods and too much exercise in the sun.
  • Make sure you fall asleep before the Pitta time of night, which starts at 10:00 p.m.
  • Avoid synthetic chemicals, preservatives and harsh ingredients on your skin and also in your food.
  • Eating organic foods of the sweet, bitter and astringent tastes and drinking pure water will help calm your skin and stop breakouts.

Kapha skinscare

The most important thing you can do for Kapha skin is proper cleansing. Frequent deep cleansing should be the basis of your beauty regimen. To do this ayurvedically, first loosen the impurities by lubricating the skin. Pat your face with warm milk for five minutes before you go to bed. Then in the morning, use Youthful skin clay to exfoliate. Because you’ve loosened the impurities first, your skin won’t be damaged when the impurities are released. Repeat this routine twice a week.

  • On a daily basis, cleanse with a cleanser that doesnt strip the skin of it’s natural oils and apply toner or pure rose water. Choose your moisturizer wisely to avoid oily build-up on your skin. Ayurvedic texts recommend herbs that detoxify as you moisturize, and these herbs are found in the Youthful skin cream. This formula prevents oiliness from building up on the surface.
  • Avoid eating foods that are excessively oily and heavy. Eat more light, astringent and bitter foods, such as cooked vegetables prepared with Kapha-pacifying spices such as fresh ginger, cumin, peppercorns and fennel and sip ginger tea.
  • Olive oil in small quantities is a good cooking oil for Kapha types, as it is light and easy to digest.
  • Make sure you exercise every day to keep your body’s detoxification and digestion systems in good order.

Combination Skin

For combination skin, look to seasonal recommendations. For instance, you’ll probably find the dryness increasing in Vata season, when the weather is cold and dry. During that season favor the recommendations assigned to Vata skin. In the cool, moist spring, when digestion is more sluggish, you’ll probably find that your skin is more moist and that excessive oiliness becomes more of a problem. During that time of year, follow the beauty regimen for Kapha skin.

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Please note:This ayurvedic information is education. It does not replace medical advice or treatments.
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