According to Ayurveda, our dominant doshas inform many areas of our lives, from skincare to diet, and even our personality. Doshas are the three life energies that define every person’s makeup, and are unique combinations of the five Ayurvedic elements – air, ether, fire, water, and earth. While all three doshas are present in everyone, one or two tend to dominate and determine the state of our mind, body, and soul.
Ayurveda states that when one or more doshas fall out of balance, we must follow specific protocols to return our dosha composition to equilibrium.
What is a Pitta?
With a strong link to fire and water, Pittas are – you guessed it! – fiery, passionate, and strong leaders. They are intense, assertive, sharp thinkers who are determined, hardworking and deeply admired for their unparalleled drive.
How to balance Pitta
As the fiery dosha, Pittas are known to be assertive, determined and driven. But sometimes, their “all work, no play” demeanor can also be their own worst enemy. What Pitta needs most is moderation. Overexertion, excess hot, spicy, and foods, feelings of anger and hatred, excess alcohol, tobacco, and caffeine, and exposure to heat can cause pitta to fall out of balance.
Pitta represents metabolism and transformation, and when unbalanced, affects your body temperature, digestive system, and metabolism. You may experience skin irritation, heartburn, ulcers, hypertension, and even uncharacteristic irritability and anger.
To tame Pitta, take time for yourself and get to bed early. Take cold showers, protect yourself from the sun, and enjoy non-competitive exercise like swimming, cycling or yoga. A pitta-pacifying diet favours cold beverages, like coconut water, and includes cooling spices like fennel, coriander, cardamom and turmeric. Avoid chili peppers, vinegar, salt, alcohol, tobacco, caffeinated beverages, and chocolate.
Pitta Recommended Skincare Routine
Pitta skin is described as soft, warm, and sensitive. As a result, Pitta-dominant individuals are more prone to tanning, acne, and sunspots, making cooling herbs like aloe vera and sun protection a crucial part of a Pitta skincare routine.
Step 1: Start with a gentle, non-foaming cleanser
Start with a gentle, non-foaming cleanser with natural ingredients, like aloe, rose, or green tea, to lift impurities and maintain moisture levels. A unique blend of green tea, rose, oats, and lavender, our pure No. 01 - Clarify - Green Tea & Oats Cleanser is full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties to help treat acne and soothe skin irritations.
Step 2: Detox with an Ayurvedic face mask
Next, apply an Ayurvedic face mask once or twice a week to gently slough away dull dead skin and absorb impurities for softer, brighter looking skin! A relaxing blend of white kaolin clay, rose petals, and oats, our No. 03 - Detoxify - White Clay Face Mask was specially designed for oily and sensitive skin to absorb excess oil, fight acne, and soothe skin irritations.
Step 3: Refresh skin with a toner
An essential step in any skincare routine, toning helps to refresh the skin, seal your pores, and keep your skin hydrated. Try our alcohol-free tridoshic No. 04 - Refresh - Rosa & Oats Toner, made with pure rosewater and rose essential oils to balance the skin, gently lift impurities, and reduce excess oil.
Step 4: Soothe with a cooling aloe vera gel
Aloe-based facial gels, like our No. 05 - Soothe - Aloe & Lavender Facial Gel, are perfect for sensitive, acne-prone skin, as they lock in natural moisture while helping the top layer of skin bond together. Known for its soothing properties, both aloe vera and lavender have cooling properties, which help control and reduce acne-causing bacteria.
Step 5: Lightly spritz with an essential oil serum
Lastly, Ayurvedic skincare routines emphasize herbal oils to keep skin pores in check, and lock in moisture for a healthy glow. Designed for all doshas, our bestselling No. 06 - Glow - Rosa Facial Oil Serum is a unique blend of damascus rose oil and seven other essential oils is carefully curated for an anti-aging effect, brighter appearance, and a visibly even skin texture.
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