An ayurvedic perspective of Skin types

Skin is the biggest organ in the body and is made of seven layers. These layers get their nutrition from the muscle tissue (also called Mansa Dhattu in Ayurveda). Skin reflects the general health condition of a person. No amount of external care and make-up can hide an unhealthy skin. On the other hand the skin will have a naturally beautiful glow even without make-up if the skin is healthy from within.

From an Ayurvedic perspective, the skin is classified into three main types; Vata skin, Pitta skin and kapha skin. People with vata skin type have dry, tender skin which gets easily dehydrated and is prone to ageing, and gets out of blalance during dry weather.

Pitta skin type is sensitive, warm and soft and is a medium thick skin. The pitta skin is less tolerant to changes in temperature, and is more vulnerable to moles, acne and freckles when compared to other skin types.

Kapha skin type is oily, pale, thick and more sun tolerant. It doesnt age easily and forms less wrinkles. But kapha skin types are more prone to excessive oiliness of skin, pimples, water retention and eczema.

Combination skin types are considered to be a combination of vatta-pitta skin types or vata-kapha skin types. They show tendencies of both oily and dry skins. The holistic approach for combination skin care, is to take into account both seasonal and environmental factors. For instance the vata-pitta skin types can follow the skin care routine for vata skin during winter and pitta skin during summer. Similarly the Kapha-Pitta types can follow Kapha skin care routine during winter and pitta skin routine during summer. The vata-kapha skin types can follow the general recommendations for vata skin types.