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 Vata?
As the combination of air and ether, Vatas are spontaneous, full of energy, and always on-the-go. Their creativity and imaginative spirit make vata-dominant individuals more friendly, talkative, and welcoming to new experiences. Vatas know how to go with the flow and make the most out of any situation. Overall, they’re a great group to have around!
How to balance Vata
By nature, vatas are active and spontaneous, so things like insufficient sleep or nutrition, too much caffeine, excessive physical or mental activity, and an irregular daily routine, can cause vata to go out of balance. With its link to air and ether, vata represents movement, and when in excess, can make your mind and body feel out of control. You might notice your mind start to race, have trouble sleeping, or experience anxiety. When unattended, this may lead to dryness, loss of appetite, unexpected weight loss, and digestive issues like constipation.
When vata takes over, try adding some stability into your life and maintaining a regular routine. Go to bed early, stay hydrated, practice meditation, and limit technology use. In terms of diet, vata-dominant individuals may benefit from root vegetables and warm foods that are high in protein and fats, and are advised to limit alcohol, caffeinated beverages, and chocolate.
Vata Recommended Skincare Routine
Vata skin is typically characterized by dryness and dehydration, and is prone to fine lines and wrinkles. To treat consistent dryness, Vata skincare routines are centred around moisturizing with hydrating and nourishing products that lock in moisture and protect the skin from further dehydration. Look for ingredients like almonds, oats, sandalwood, jojoba oil, or shea butter.
Our Bombay Vata collection is specially designed with our Bombay Sandalwood pure essential oil blend to hydrate normal to dry skin types.
Step 1: Gently cleanse with a natural cleanser
Start with a natural cleanser, like our No. 01 - Purify - Almond & Rosa Milk Cleanser, to gently lift impurities, replenish dry skin, and maintain moisture levels. Almond is known to help nourish the skin, improve complexion and skin tone, and help prevent wrinkles.
Step 2: Exfoliate with an Ayurvedic scrub
To encourage healthy skin turnover, use an exfoliator to gently remove dead skin cells at least two to three times per week. Ayurvedic scrubs, like our No. 02 - Exfoliate - Oats & Rosa Oil Microfoliant, contain natural ingredients like oatmeal, which are gentle on the skin, and can be used regularly.
Step 3: Refresh skin with a toner
Next, toning is an essential step to refresh the skin, seal your pores, and keep your skin hydrated. Try our gentle No. 04 - Refresh - Rosa & Oats Facial Tonic, made with pure rosewater and sandalwood essential oils to balance the skin, gently lift impurities, and relieve any itchiness that may come with dry skin.
Step 4: Lightly spritz with an essential oil serum
Ayurvedic skincare routines emphasize using herbal oils to keep pores in check, and lock in moisture for a healthy glow. Designed to nourish dry skin, our No. 06 - Glow - Sandalwood Oil Facial Elixir is a unique blend of sandalwood oil and seven other essential oils, and is carefully curated for an anti-aging effect, brighter appearance, and a visibly even skin texture.
Step 5: Protect skin with a nourishing moisturizer
Lastly, moisturizing is the cornerstone of a Vata skincare routine, to lock in moisture, heal, and protect the skin from further dryness. Our No. 07 - Nourish - Kokum Butter Face Balm is light and airy, and specially formulated with essential oils, oats, kokum and shea butter for maximum hydration, without leaving a greasy film.
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