Ayurveda: The Secret to Amazing Skin
According to Ayurveda, a system of healing that has been practiced in India for thousands of years, beauty comes from living your life in harmony. “It’s the radiance you get when you see yourself living healthfully,” says Vishnu Dass, director of Blue Lotus Ayurveda in Asheville, N.C. The cornerstone of Ayurvedic healing is the concept of the dosha, a Sanskrit word that refers to your mind-body constitution. Everyone is a unique blend of three doshas—vata, pitta and kapha— with one more dominant from birth, and all three in a balance specific to you. Doshas describe your basic nature as well as your skin type (though these two doshas can be different). Vatas generally have dry skin; pittas, sensitive skin; and kaphas, oily skin. When your dosha is in balance, these conditions may be mild and even add to your attractiveness; out of balance, they do the opposite. Balancing your dosha—which may include diet, exercise and lifestyle changes—is a surefire way to keep your skin looking its best. But the right products can also help. So identify your skin dosha using our quiz on the next page, then learn about the best natural products to target the corresponding skin problems. Because even when you’re feeling out of balance, you shouldn’t have to look it.