DIY Ayurvedic Skincare for Every Dosha
There are the new, hot, all-the-supermodels-use-it trends that pop up each year promising to get you glowing skin...and then there are the practices that women have used for thousands and thousands of years to keep themselves strong, healthy, and, yes, glowing. Over here at Sakara, we are much more prone to trust something that has been around for centuries than something that will soon be considered last season.
One of my favorite ways to put ancient wisdom to practice is through Ayurvedic skincare. I mean, if that radiant yogi skin isn't proof enough for you that these natural beauty secrets work, not sure what is.
The science behind Ayurvedic skin-care is based off your dosha. A dosha is the type of energy that’s believed to circulate the body and drive physiological activity. The three doshas are Vata, Pitta and Kapha and they can tell you A LOT about your skin. Which of these sounds familiar?
Vata: Thin, dry and delicate. When imbalanced, skin can appear as chapped with pre-mature wrinkles and dark circles under the eyes.
Pitta: Soft, warm and slightly oily. When imbalanced, skin can appear discolored or break out in rashes.
Kapha: Plump, oily and cool. When imbalanced, skin can appear as clammy or excessively oily.
In order to avoid these imbalances, Ayurvedic practitioners advise sticking to these three steps:
To cleanse and exfoliate, Ayurvedic tradition uses ubtans, which are pastes made from herbs, flour, and legumes. To nourish and moisturize, they suggest using organic unrefined oils.
One of the biggest takeaways from Ayurvedic beauty is keep it simple. No need for long ingredients lists and chemicals here...or ever. Most ingredients can, and should, come from your very own pantry. We're sharing our super simple DIY Ayurvedic skincare recipes below to get you started.
1. Cleanse + Exfoliate: Ubtan
Mix equal parts chickpea flour and dry milk powder (goat’s or cow's milk works) in a jar. Dust 2 teaspoons of the mixture into the palm of your hand. Add water to make a thin paste and then scrub lightly over wet skin in the shower. Rinse off and pat dry.
2. Nourish + Moisturize: Oils
Mix 1 ounce of almond oil with 10 drops of essential oil. We suggest the following oils for each dosha:
Sweet Orange or Geranium. Add Brahmi for extra moisture.
Jasmine or Sandalwood. Try experimenting with amalaki, a natural free radical scavenger needed to cool the skin and support the appearance of skin elasticity.
Lavender or Bergamot. Ingest turmeric, a natural lymph mover for the skin-associated lymphatic tissue, which supports healthy cellular micro-circulation and the optimal function.
How to Make It:
Wash your face thoroughly with warm water, making the dead skin cells easier to remove. Mix an ubtan with 2 tablespoons of oat flour and 1 tablespoon of water. Dip your fingertips into the ubtan and gently press the paste onto your face. This removes the dead skin cells without stripping the skin of natural oils. Spritz the face with plain or infused water to moisten the skin. Sakara Beauty Water is our choice. While the face is still wet, apply a thin coating of of choice oil to seal in the moisture.
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