Ayurveda classifies all of us as per our dominant dosha. All of us are made up of a unique combination of doshas which is determined at conception, and is further bolstered by the food we eat, the lifestyle we maintain and the place we live in.
Vata dominant prakriti (constitution) is characterised by skin that is normal - dry. The skin tends to flake easily and peel, especially in cold, dry weather, and during periods of high stress. The skin regeneration is also slower as the nourishing factors in the skin are much less. This skin tends to be flaky around laugh lines and the eyes. It feels stretched or taut in the cold season or soon after washing it. It feels dry and rough and can feel worse in cold, dry climates of with frequent ac exposure. This is the kind of skin that requires frequent moisturisation and seems to "drink" in moisturisers or oils when applied.
Vata skin wrinkles quicker than other types of skin. There is also visible and prominent dry and flaking skin around the knees, legs and the arms.
Why a synthetic facewash or a soap dries out Vata Prakriti (Normal - Dry) Skin:
The primary constituent of a synthetic facewash is the surfactant SLS, or SLeS. SLS and SLES dissolve your skin's sebum layer and strip skin of all its natural oils leaving you with dry skin and hair. “The lathering power of liquid soaps is actually an enemy. It can bubble the oil out of your skin” says Dr. Marianne O’Donoghue, associate professor of dermatology at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center and spokeswoman for the American Academy of Dermatology.
Vata prakriti skin and hair (normal - dry hair) which is already low on protective skin oils, tends to react very quickly to this systematic stripping of sebum. The excessive harshness of this product usually makes both skin and scalp feel very stretched, taut, itchy and uncomfortable. You may also develop visible whitish flaking around thinner areas like around the mouth and eyes. The skin feels very uncomfortable and stretched unless it is copiously moisturised.
In time, you will find that your skin ages much more rapidly especially in areas where sebum production is generally low , like your laugh lines and around the eyes.
Why soaps and deodorants do not work very well on Vata type skin?
The Ayurvedic texts list out the large and small orifices in the body in great detail and also enumerate the mala (impurities) that accumulate as a part of normal wear and tear from the dhatus in these orifices. Moisture of the tongue, eyes, mouth, excretions of the eyes, ears tongue, teeth, axilla, genitals, pimples, greasiness of facial skin, sweda (sweat) , sebum secretions of kesha (hair) are all mala from the dhatus (tissues).
If this mala is not removed periodically, especially in seasons where the mala can increase, the body loses its health and appearance of well being. It is only by thorough cleaning these minute pores, and removing debris and dead cells that could clog these channels, can the body be truly clean. The Mala or toxins from many organ systems find their way to our Skin. From the skin, they are released outside through the outpouring of Sweda or sweat. Sweda contains Mala from the body in the form of oil, debris, dead cells, vapour or gases and debris of micro flora or the small organisms that live on us. This is generated everyday as we sleep through the normal process of cell and organ system repair and regeneration.
To cleanse this Mala from the Skin, the Ayurvedic texts recommend using a specific combination of lentils, grains and specific herbs that suit each kind of prakriti. The action of this cleansing product is extremely subtle – unlike a synthetic soap, the Ayurvedic Snana product opens up the pores of the skin, encouraging the removal of Mala through the srotas of the skin. The most minute pores of the skin are gently encouraged to open up and this opening action helps suck out Mala which adheres to the Ayurvedic ubtan as it cleanses the skin. Finally when the skin is rinsed with water, the entire body is left feeling refreshed, lighter, deep cleansed and ready for the new day.
For vata prone skin, it is extremely important that this cleansing be done only with herbs that nourish and boost skin healing and regeneration. Ayurveda lists many such herbs that are very suitable to vata type skin. Some of these herbs (which we use in Krya formulations meant for dry skin) like Gotu Kola, Ashwagandha and Kushta are extremely powerful, and strongly promote skin repair and healing. We in fact use these herbs even in our skin care range meant for chronically dry skin like those prone to eczema, contact dermatitis, etc.
The Krya Moisture Plus skin range: ideal companion for Normal - Dry , Vata prakriti skin The Krya Classic skin range is an ideal set of products for Vata Prakriti skin. we formulate this range with several detoxifying, deep cleansing and pitta balancing herbs. For example, we use nourishing, cleansing and skin repair and restoring herbs.
The Krya Moisture Plus Bodywash makes an ideal body cleansing product for Vata prone skin and is far better for this kind skin compared to any gentle synthetic soap. Besides cleansing thoroughly so that all minor srotas are free from Mala, this product is extremely good at leaving the moisture in skin intact. This is done by the special set of astringent and healing herbs we use in the formulation.
Unlike synthetic skin care products that are designed for normal to dry skin, the Krya range of Moisture Plus skin care products do not load skin with unnatural humectants, or petrochemical based moisturisers. These ingredients only mask the skin’s dryness and do not work with the skin to heal or nourish it. They coat the skin, clog the pores, and leave it prone to minor infections and unbalanced sebum levels.
The Krya Moisture Plus skin oil on the other hand, works intimately with the skin and help nourish it naturally. So with frequent use, skin has a natural radiance and health that si visibly noticeable.
The Krya Moisture Plus Skin Oil is an excellent substitute to your synthetic moisturiser. It contains moisture replenishing and skin nourishing oils, herbs and fruits like the Pomegranate and is a great way to nourish skin without loading it with toxic chemicals.
We have lots of product options and systems available for Normal to Dry skin listed in this page. To understand how you can use each product effectively, what herbs it contains and the provenance of these herbs, please read the individual product page.
Great skin is strongly linked to what you eat and how you live:
Good skin that functions well is linked very strongly to what we eat and how we live. Skin and hair are sensitive systems that usually show our stresses and our junky eating very fast.
Please read the Krya blog for suggestions on a good diet to follow for Vata prakriti and good health giving practices that can help balance your doshas.
For vata prone skin, we STRONGLY recommend doing a weekly or bi-weekly abhyanga. We have found through experience that this strongly restores balance to the body and balances Vata dosha and leaves the entire body in better health.