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How to Eat for Beautiful Skin, According to Your Dosha


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Skin Care Dosha

Ayurveda is an ancient Hindu system of medicine based on the idea that we can achieve balance in our lives through the breath, diet, and the use of certain herbal solutions. Today, it’s still used by the majority of those living in India, and is considered a form of alternative medicine in the western world.

What’s unique about Ayurveda is that it categorizes people according to three basic “types,” called doshas. These are based on the five elements (air, space, fire, earth, and water), and have to do with certain physical and mental characteristics.

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When you discover your type, you gain insight into how you react to the world. You also discover where your body may be vulnerable to weakness and disease, what your mental strengths are, and even the unique ways your skin behaves.

And, it turns out, knowing your dosha can help you take care of your skin and deal with problems.

What is My Dosha?

Do you already know what you dosha is? If not, don’t worry. It’s easy to find out.

Below are several online tests you can take in under five minutes that will help you find which of

the three types best describes you:

Some of the questions may stump you. You may find it tough sometimes to choose between two doshas. Just do your best and you’ll get the basic idea. It may be best to take more than one test, and then compare the results.

Once you think you know your dosha, read the following descriptions and see if it still sounds right. Keep in mind that all of us have some characteristics from each dosha, but one is usually dominate. Many people, however, may find that they are a fairly equal combination of two.

  • Vata (air and space): You are active and energetic, sometimes restless. Your body type is thin or slender with little muscle development and prominent joints. Skin is dry with visible veins. You tend to do things fast—fast talker, fast learner, multi-tasker, get things done! But your energy comes in bursts and you may tire quickly. Sleep is irregular and you may suffer from insomnia. You tend to forget things quickly, and experience racing, disjointed thoughts. You are adaptable to change, but are likely to feel anxious or worried in unfamiliar environments. You can find yourself out of balance easily, so it’s important that you not overdo things and get your rest.
  • Pitta (fire and water): You are of medium build, with soft, warm skin that flushes easily and may be dotted with freckles and moles. You may also struggle with rashes and oily skin. You like challenges and have a sharp intellect. Your energy tends to be consistent and you are good at concentrating and focusing in on something. You don’t do well when you skip meals, as you have a sharp hunger and thirst. You express yourself well, and may be an articulate conversationalist. When stressed out, you tend to become angry and irritable. You need time to wind down at the end of the day to slow your active mind so you can rest.
  • Kapha (water and earth): You have a solid or powerful, large build. You tend to gain weight easily. Your skin is smooth and moist with few wrinkles, and you have thick or wavy hair. You tend to move slowly, but you have a lot of endurance. Easy-going and relaxed, you are affectionate and loving and don’t often get angry. You like to sleep and often sleep in too long. You have an excellent memory and are often the calm one in the room. You are tolerant and forgiving, and devoted to your family. You are not easily upset, but under stress, can become stubborn, lazy, and depressed. Others tend to lean on you.

Remember that you may have dominant traits of two types, in which you experience a combination of attributes. You may display qualities of both, or alternate between them.

Using Your Dosha to Get Beautiful Skin

How can you use your dosha type to care for your skin? In Ayurvedic medicine, it’s all about balance, so if your skin is dry, you balance it with moisture.

Try the following tips. If you are a combination of two doshas, use the tips from both, and tailor them to your skin’s unique makeup.

Skin Care for Vata

Characteristics: Thin, delicate, and almost transparent. Prone to dryness, flakiness, dark spots, and premature fine lines and wrinkles. Usually does not have clogged pores. You may also have dark under eye circles.

Overall: You are normal to dry.

Tips for Vatas:

  • Use gentle cleansers so you don’t over dry or strip your skin.
  • Moisturize immediately after cleansing to keep skin hydrated.
  • Look for warming, deeply moisturizing products that will provide your skin with essential fatty acids. Think coconut, almond, sesame, and olive oils along with shea butter and honey.
  • Make sure you’re getting enough healthy fats in your diet—they help keep skin hydrated. Try nuts, avocados, and fatty fish.
  • Eat more warm, moist foods like soups, fruits, sautéed veggies, rice, and caffeine-free teas.
  • Lightly cook your veggies to make them moister. Avoid too many raw veggies as they contribute to dryness and slow down digestion. (Vatas already have slow digestion, so you want to speed it up).
  • Don’t over-exercise—choose grounding activities like yoga, walking, Pilates, swimming, dance, short hikes, and similar activity levels for balance.
  • Protect your skin from the environment—wear scarves, hats, and gloves.
  • Try to get regular sleep. Go to bed at the same time each night, and try a before-bed routine that helps you relax.

Annmarie products for Vatas to improve the appearance of your skin:

Pitta Skin Care

Characteristics: Clear and radiant, but can occasionally be irritated and red. Easily sunburned. May have freckles and moles. At risk for sensitive skin and oily skin. May have congested pores in the T-zone.

Overall: You have combination, sensitive skin.

Tips for Pittas:

  • Stay away from chemical-filled products that can irritate and inflame your skin. Choose natural and pure products made with plant-based extracts.
  • You want ingredients in your skin care that calm and balance hydration. Look for coconut, sunflower, grape seed, licorice root, lavender, rose, and tea tree. You can also use soothing herbs like neem, sandalwood, and thyme.
  • Always choose fragrance-free.
  • This applies to everyone, but especially to you—protect from the sun!
  • Look for fruits that are a combination of sweet and tart, like pineapple, cherries, kiwi, and grapes.
  • Eat more cooling foods, like cucumber and zucchini, as well as cooling fruits like watermelon, cantaloupe and pears.
  • Keep your liver calm and cool by passing on alcohol, soda, and junk food.
  • Avoid acidic foods like tomatoes and vinegar—they create too much heat. Same goes for spicy foods as they can lead to flushing.
  • Enjoy your exercise, but watch out for burnout. You tend to go at it hard, and may suffer from injuries. Think moderate!

Annmarie products for you:

Kapha Skin Care

Characteristics: Few to no wrinkles for you! You have smooth, moist skin, but that means you may also have large pores and oiliness. Prone to oily skin, blocked pores, and dull or pale skin. You may also have puffy eyes, and suffer from rashes. Overall: You are normal to oily.

Tips for you:

  • Make sure you thoroughly clean your skin, especially at night before bed. Never go to bed with your makeup on. Think about your pores!
  • Resist the temptation to overly dry your skin, as that will cause a rebound oily effect. Instead, choose gentle cleansers and alternate for deep cleaning and exfoliation.
  • Choose moisturizers that are light but nourishing. Look for invigorating herbs like rosemary, yarrow, peppermint, geranium, citrus (lemon and orange), and sesame.
  • Avoid fried foods and rich desserts, and limit red meat and other fatty foods. Your skin may look better if you cut back on dairy foods.
  • Enjoy spicy foods! Energize yourself and your skin with more garlic, turmeric, ginger, chili, apple cider vinegar, and fenugreek.
  • You would benefit from juicing—combing veggies and fruits in a blender and have with or instead of a meal once a day. Herbal teas also work as great pick-me-ups.
  • Make sure you’re getting enough exercise every day—at least 30 minutes. Look for energetic activities like running, swimming, or competitive sports. Use upbeat music to motivate yourself. Realize that you can get stuck in a rut, so maybe try something new?

Annmarie products for you:

Have you tried tailoring your skin care to your dosha? Did it help you enjoy more flawless skin? Please share your story.

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COMMENTS ( 12 and counting )
  1. Marsha Jarvis says:

    I am equally all three at this point in my life any recommendations for combination?

    • admin says:

      Hi Marsha,

      That’s great! You are balanced. 🙂

      This might be a sign that your diet, skin care, and exercise regimen are working for you!

  2. julie says:

    Hi, it seems my type is combination Vata-Pitta…what would I do then?

  3. Cat says:

    I am mostly Pitta and totally agree with your recommendations. I have all your skincare listed and find they do help my sensitivity and redness. I just need to avoid some of my favorite spicy foods and have ditched wine and alcohol as it always made me flush. You mentioned avoiding fermented foods like “tomatoes”, was that a misprint? Also, is Braggs organic Apple Cider Vinegar ok or not?
    You and your team are amazing, beautiful beings! Thank you for caring enough about us and the environment to create such a fantastic line of natural products. I really enjoy these types of informative blogs, keep up the great work!

    • admin says:

      Hi Cat,

      Thank you for your kind words! Yep, that should read “acidic” rather than “fermented.”

      Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar, while healthier than plain ol’ white vinegar, is still acidic. So you might consider reducing the amount in your diet. You know your body best, though!

  4. Claudia says:

    Everyone is a combo of all three doshas, and if they are perfectly balanced (i.e. you don’t feel you are more of one dosha than the other, to state it simply), than your body is in harmony.

    If one dosha (or two are pre-domiant, than one needs to work on balancing it (them) out. Thus if you are Vata dominant use the instructions for Vata (i.e. don’t do a lot of cardio as an exercise, don’t eat to spicy, avoid anything that gives you too much energy, as you have to much already. Do something that calms you and your anxious mind…..).
    Hope this helps.
    Best, Claudia

  5. Claudia says:

    Vaidya Mishra has a fantastic newsletter about Ayurveda and its practices.
    He has wonderful Ayurvedic products in his online store ( Such as spices & spice mixes, tinctures, body & tooth care products, All of which are organic and effective. A good place to find some additional products, esp. the ones that you can’t find at the Annmarie Gianni online store.
    I can’t follow the Ayurvedic diet to a T, since I can’t eat dairy and grains.
    But I do follow the general approach to preparing foods (eat a lot of very fresh foods, esp. veggies, as well as a LOT of herbs). I add meat & fish to the equation, since my body does really well, when I do….
    Best, Claudia

  6. laura says:

    i am wondering re braggs apple cider vinegar. i seem to be a Pitta type.

    • admin says:

      Hi Laura,

      While Braggs apple cider vinegar may be healthier than, say, plain white vinegar, they are both acidic.

      This doesn’t mean you necessarily need to cut out all acidic foods from your diet, but consider reducing them if you eat them a lot.

  7. Jenny says:

    Some acidic foods, like lemon, have an alkaline effect in the body. I’m not sure what other acidic items have similar effect. For all I know apple cider vinegar could be the same as lemon. If anyone has a reliable cite, I’m interested.

  8. Angie Anderson says:

    I seem to be the Vatta type & I have encountered eczema recently ( I am 37yo). Why eczema? And what to do about it? I would love to see one of your posts directed solely at this issue. My son seems to be having some issues as well (he’s 10yo) & I’ve been wondering how to help him.

    I’ve been under the impression that it could be food related, & I do not eat dairy or gluten, so I know it’s not those two culprits. However, this post made me think maybe it isn’t something I am eating, but just something I am prone to. More info please!