I know. I know. It's been quite some time since we last had a heart-to-heart chat. But you know me better than anyone on this planet. I just keep getting busier and busier till I reach the burnt-out point and then I spoil myself silly with overindulgence - till my skin scrrrreeams. My eyes, hair, nails and skin are all grouchy. Why do I do this?
I can overcome self-neglect...But then again, how about giving myself tiny goals and patting myself every time I achieve them? How about squeezing in 5 minutes for myself? Yes, I can! OK, so what's on my checklist?
1. I'm not buying any under-eye cream or skin cream just because my best friend bought it.
2. If I can't make sense of the fancy-shmancy ingredients (read chemicals) in the creams, then I'm not buying them.
3. I'm indulging in only those beauty products that suit me.
4. I need to understand my skin, personality, preferences.
5. Ummm... act on the above.
What am I?
So, after I checked myself from succumbing to the pressure of buying 'just because' (eyes rolling) plus, those bizarre chemicals (I'd have to be an Einstein to understand those terms); I feel good. Isn't that so, my dear me?
Now to the next point. What am I? What suits me and my skin?
Ayurveda has the answers...
After frantic online search I stop at age-old Ayurveda - the knowledge of life. At least, I'd be nurturing myself then. No side-effects. So here's what I find:
1. My long-term and stable energy-field or basic constitution is my prakriti.
2. My prakriti is basically made up of 3 main doshas: Vata, Pitta and Kapha.
3. I could be either one or a combination of the three - Vata-Pitta, Pitta-Kapha, Vata-Kapha and Vata-Pitta-Kapha.
4. I need to consult an Ayurveda practitioner for finding out my most dominant or leading prakriti type.
But how will I use my dosha as a part of my skincare regime...
All right, I have all this knowledge now. How do I apply it on me? Easy.
Balance your Dosha.
Wait, what? Yes, balance your dosha. That's what Ayurveda is all about. Harmony. So, if I'm a Vata (which means I'm thin, energetic, have irregular sleep patterns, dry skin) then I need something hydrating, soothing and protect my skin from harsh climate.
- If I'm a Pitta (I have oily skin that is prone to turning red and I get irritable when I'm tired) then I need something that is chemicals-free, no strong fragrances and protect me from the sun.
- If I'm a Kapha (I'm heavy build, tend to gain weight easily, have dull skin, can get stubborn) then I need a good but gentle cleansing products and light moisturizers.
One size doesn't fit all. I am unique. So are my skincare needs.
I'll spare myself the why-didn't-I-think-of-this-before guilt trip. All that matters is that I feel safe and cared for. Goodbye neglect and chemicals. Hello healing touch and Ayurveda.
A beginner's guide including a checklist to Ayurvedic Doshas and how to decode them to suit your skin type
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