Ayurvedic Skin Care

What is Ayurveda?

By definitions it means “Science of Life” or “Wisdom of Life”. I believe it is a complete system of healing that focus on the person rather than the condition. Along with Chinese Medicine it is one of the oldest healing systems around. The philosophy that the small imbalances in our lifestyle can create problems with our emotional, physical well-being over time just made sense to me. It has intriguing and appealing features. It treats you as a unique whole being with an individual constitution and genetic inheritance. I believe that anything that affects the body, effects the mind and anything that affects the mind, affects the body. In skin care we generally concentrate on what we can put on our skin to make a difference, but really we must consider both internal and external factors. Hence the value of balance, the more balanced we are the more healthy we will be and we enter into the world of prevention. Remember it has been said, prevention is better than the cure.

What is a Dosha?

According to Ayurvedic Medicine, doshas are made up of 5 elements: Space, Air, Fire, Water and Earth. Each element in combination creates a dosha.For example (Space and Air = Vata). The characteristics of the doshas are what make up our mind-body connection. There are three doshas: Vata, Pitta and Kapha and once we understand what our dominant dosha is (and we usually have more than one), this information will assist us in new ways to care for our skin, both internally and topically. We will stop looking for the latest magic in a bottle that ends up in a drawer. These principles and techniques are unique. We will be addressing the issues that are creating the imbalances in our skin, thus treating the source of most of our skin care issues. Balance is what is needed to create beautiful skin and look our very best. We all want to age well, and have our skin care routine be effective, affordable and simple.

So what “Dosha” best describes you?

vata

VATA:

Whirlwind — always moving, quick and lively, learns fast. Learn more.

Pitta

PITTA:

Fiery attitude, intellectual, passionate and very visual. Learn more.

Kapha

KAPHA:

Both feet on the ground, calm and slow to anger, good provider. Learn more.