Nourish Vata from the InsideGood skin starts on the inside. Nourishing Vata with the right diet and herbal formulations will increase moisture and alleviate dryness.
Drink lots of waterDrink sufficient water, especially as warm Vata teas, like CCF (cumin, coriander, and fennel), chamomile, ginger, and tulsi.
Eat a Vata dietEat, warming, nutrient-dense foods (e.g. daal, steamed vegetables, kitchari, etc.) with plenty of health fats (e.g. ghruta, olive oil, avocado, etc.). The amino acids, proteins, vitamins, and minerals that are in these dishes help to nourish the organ systems and assist in your absorption of nutrients and fluids.
Take ChyawanprashConsuming 1 tsp of Chyawanprash every morning will help with nourishing all 7 tissues so that you can build healthy skin, hair and nails. To read more tips for balancing Vata, read A Comprehensive Guide to the Vata Dosha.
Vata Beauty CareIn addition to nourishing our bodies, we can also use these effective and time-tested Ayurvedic dry skin care treatments:
CleansingBecause Vata skin is dry, excessive cleansing is not required. Cleanse your skin only once - before bed, and rinse your face in the morning. Also, be sure to opt for lukewarm water (instead of hot) and choose nourishing cleansers. You can make this at home cleanser with the following formula:
- 1 teaspoon almond flour
- 1/2 tsp coconut or almond milk
- 1 drop of chamomile, rose, or lavender essential oil