I feel very lucky to say that I really enjoy my job as a Holistic Skin Care Therapist.
I love it because I work so closely with people and because the skin is a very fascinating and revealing organ. We never stop learning about the skin, its interaction with the environment, its relationship with plants and human touch and its place in the whole of the individual.
Our skin and its appearance is a big concern in today’s society and the quest for that perfect glow is a very serious quest. All you need to do is watch any TV channel for a few minutes and you will see several advertisements for skin and skin care products.
However, when I see new clients in my practice, I can’t help but notice that while so much energy is put into achieving “perfect skin” most of us don’t really understand. our own skin. And we don’t really know what our individual skin needs are.
So how do we begin to understand our own skin?
I have to say that there is a bit of confusion in the skin care industry which doesn’t help. Some even think that there is no such thing as a skin type. Rather, they suggest that there are only skin imbalances. Although this is a compelling concept, my professional experience has shown me that skin types exist, just like imbalances.
Rather than looking at skin types from the perspective of the somewhat limited old school aesthetic skin type (only surface focus: dry, combination, oily, sensitive) in my professional skin care practice, I choose to ‘adopt the Ayurvedic plan to understand how we understand each individual, including their skin. The Ayurvedic perspective adds a depth of understanding that goes far beyond the basic aesthetic classification of skin types.
Ayurveda classifies individuals into basic constitutional types (Vata, Pita and Kapha). And this takes into account the fact that although we are all human, we are all a little different in our physical and emotional makeup; This unique composition also predisposes us to specific imbalances and at the same time speaks of our inherent strengths.
Even though we all have the same layers of fabric, the fact is that their qualities can vary a bit between people. For example, we all have a bone structure, but some are born with a small and light frame while others are built with a bigger and more sturdy frame. Some people are born with thick, thick hair, others with thin, soft hair.
When we look at human skin, we can observe that there is a wide range of colors, thickness, texture, temperature, etc. Some people have thin, delicate skin and some have thicker, more resilient skin; Some show signs of vigorous circulation in their skin, but some are rather pale; You don’t see pores on some faces, but on others they are quite pronounced; Some become easily dry and dehydrated and others tend to have an oily shine.
So let’s take a look at the basic skin types while keeping in mind that even within these types we are all unique. No one in a specific skin category looks completely alike. And ultimately each of us is a very rare mix of nature.
Dry skin or Vata skin according to Ayurveda
Vata’s beautiful skin is:
- thin, with very fine pores
- cool to the touch
- tends to feel dry and tight
- with a darker tone to her skin tone, often with whitish or blue-gray undertones
In case of stress, Vata Skin is prone to:
- premature wrinkles
- dark circles under eyes
- pale skin
- lack of sparkle
- excessive dryness, peeling, dry patches
- chapped and chapped lips
Sensitive skin or Pitta Skin according to Ayurveda
Pitta’s beautiful skin is:
- soft and glowing
- warm to the touch
- has larger pores in the T zone
- fair and possibly with freckles
- more oily in the T zone than the rest of the face
- burns easily
When under stress, Pitta Skin is prone to:
- allergic reactions and rushes
- redness and inflammation, spots
- large pores in the T-zone
- excessive fat in the T zone with blackheads, whiteheads and pimples
- acne rosacea
Oily skin or Kapha skin according to Ayurveda
The beautiful skin of Kapha is:
- thick and soft
- cool to the touch
- wet and oily
- has large pores
- tans easily
- slow to show signs of aging
When under stress, Kapha Skin is prone to:
- Water retention
- excessive fat, enlarged pores, blackheads, shiny
- cystic acne
- dull appearance
- deep wrinkles
It’s important to note that every skin type, when balanced and functioning well, looks healthy (I guess that’s why some say there are no skin types.) But even in its In its healthiest state, the skin will always present its individual qualities in the form of thickness, color, texture, temperature, etc. These will always inform us of the direction the skin may take when the individual is faced with physical or emotional stress.
To sum up, in my opinion, skin types exist and, due to their intrinsic qualities, each is prone to specific imbalances.
Due to our personal emotional attachments, we can often lack objectivity when it comes to our own body and skin. We often see ourselves through a distorted perspective of self-judgment. It is always best to have your skin evaluated by a professional you trust and help you determine what type of skin adorns your unique face and body. Professional support will ensure that you take care of your skin in the most nourishing, effective and healthy way possible using foods, herbs, essential oils, touch therapies and a lifestyle.
* If this has sparked your interest in Ayurvedic perspectives on skin care, I highly recommend “The Absolute Beauty,” a very informative book by Dr. Pratima Raichur.