Having a clear and naturally glowing skin is like a dream these days, due to so much stress we experience in our day to day life, our bad eating habits, our lifestyle, and pollution. It affects our self-confidence. We try everything we find on the internet to solve our problem, but end up worsening it. Am I right?
So what is it that can help you to get a clear and glowing skin from the inside out?
Your external beauty depends on your internal health. Our skin is the largest organ of our body. To get a glowing skin you need to understand the problem first. Find out the reason for your problem. Every individual will have a different solution based on his unique problem. And the solution will also differ based on your unique body constitution.
Do you suffer from acne, pimples, acne marks, blackhead, or whiteheads? - Are you allergic to any food or do you suffer from hormonal issues like PCOD, thyroid, etc., or do you have a sensitive skin, or have a lot of body heat?
Usually, acne or pimples are caused due to lot of body heat and hormonal imbalance which increases the oil production, which eventually ends up clogging the pores and ultimately forms a pimple.
To prevent it, we need to take care of what we are putting in our body and eat according to our body type.
We have at least one friend who has a glowing skin no matter what they do, no matter how many glasses of wine they drink, and no matter how long they party throughout the night. You must be wondering what are they doing to their skin to keep it forever radiant and glowing - Is it a weekly facial? Expensive creams and serums? peels? medicines?
But the real answer is- Eating according to your body and skin type.
Let's explore what does that mean..
According to Ayurveda, your skin problems are due to an imbalance in your dosha. It could be due to pitta, vata, or kapha imbalance. So what are these doshas and how can you balance them by eating according to your unique body constitution?
Individuals who have vata imbalance tend to have dry skin. The one's who have pitta imbalance tend to have oily, and acne prone skin. And individuals with congested skin tend to have kapha imbalance.
What is a dosha?
In Ayurveda, Dosha means energy which is the mixture of air + space= vata, fire+ water= pitta, and earth+ water= kapha. We all have all three doshas in us, but the ratio of each one of them is different in every individual. Each dosha needs different foods to find balance.
Vata dominant individuals have dry skin:
Does your skin lack moisture? Do you rarely see a pimple or a blemish on your face? Do you have wrinkles and early signs of ageing on your face? If yes, then you have a vata skin type. Vata is compromised of air and space, so their skin is naturally dry. But the plus point is, they normally do not break out.
Diet: Have warm foods like soups, warm water. Avoid raw vegetables and dry foods. Include coconut oil, nuts, and seeds, avocado and avoid cold beverages.
Pitta dominant individuals have oily skin:
Are you one of those who is not able to get rid of those blemishes/ acne marks or get acne frequently? Then you have pitta skin type. Pitta is a mixture of fire and water. The fire element makes your skin prone to acne, inflammation,and sensitive to sun. You can have combination to oily skin (mostly oily).
Avoid using products with harsh chemicals, and fragrance. You will have a strong digestive fire leading to high body heat. But, you will maintain your weight, which is a plus point.
Diet: Have naturally sweet Avoid spicy, sour, salty and pungent foods. Include sweet fruits like banana, chikoo, figs, pears, melons, apricot, cherries, etc. Avoid buckwheat. Include ghee/ clarified butter in your meals.
Kapha dominant individuals have congested and a combination skin (oily T-zone):
You might have soft and supple skin if kapha is in balance. Kapha is a mixture of earth and water, so their skin is naturally moisturised and rarely need one. They won't see any wrinkles or any signs of ageing (until much later in life). But, when kapha goes out of balance, their body may buildup toxins and they can experience blackheads or whiteheads or pimples or oily T-zone.
Diet: Have light and warm foods. Have spinach, lemon, lentils, chickpeas, apples, millets, buckwheat, broken-wheat, oats, raw vegetables as they will help to control the oil production in kapha individuals. Avoid oily food and prefer dry foods. Avoid salty, sour, sweet foods and favor pungent (spicy foods, raw onions, chillies, radish, cinnamon, cumin, ginger, garlic, turmeric ), astringent (chickpeas, kidney beans, soybeans, apples, pomegranate, broccoli, cauliflower,rice flakes, lettuce, coriander, fennel, parsely, basil, etc.) , and bitter tastes (bitter gourd, neem leaves, cumin, saffron, turmeric, etc.). Avoid wheat.
Let us know what is your skin type and what else would you like to know about this topic in the comment section. I would be coming up with more information on this topic.
Hope to see you in the comments.