But what exactly are these Doshas?
In Ayurveda, any changes to the skin or the body are identified as an imbalance of the 5 fundamental elements of nature: Space, Air, Fire, Water and Earth. According to Ayurvedic ideology, these 5 elements are found in a unique combination in each human body that manifests itself in the form of 3 Doshas or causes: Vata (Space + Air), Pitta (Fire + Water) and Kapha (Water + Earth).
Any increase or decrease in this original combination, that is specific to one person, can result in ailments, diseases and other visible symptoms.
It is important to know your Dosha-specific skin type as it regulates how you care for skin!
Ayurvedic philosophy holds that human life in itself holds the energy of these three doshas at various stages. As babies, we move through the stage of Kapha infused with smooth, oily skin and unctuousness, in general. Following this period, as adolescents walking through puberty, we show more Pitta elements such as excitement and vibrance. This fieriness gets reflected on our skin too as acne, pimples and frequent breakouts. As we get older, more Vata elements show up such as dryness, wrinkles and other visible signs of aging. The three phases are like the spring, summer and winter seasons of our lives.
And while most people experience all three stages at different points in their lives, your underlying specific dosha type still remains an important factor when it comes to caring for the skin, to prevent premature aging and to age with grace.
Read on to find out how you should care for your specific skin type for healthy aging no matter what stage you’re in life currently!
Did you know?
Anti-aging medicine is only an evolving branch in most Western medicine systems, but it has always been a part of Ayurvedic study and practice for 5000 years because Ayurveda prioritizes ‘Aayush and Arogyam’ or longevity with good health.
Now comes the best part!
Ayurveda not only explains the process of aging but also gives significant recommendations for each skin type to prevent premature aging, reduce the look of deep wrinkles and maintain a youthful, active and livelier life - everything required for ‘Sukhayu Vriddhavastha’ or healthy aging.