Ayurveda categorizes people according to three basic “types,” called doshas. These are based on the five elements (air, space, fire, earth, and water), and have to do with certain physical and mental characteristics.

When you discover your type, you gain insight into how you react to the world. 


You also discover where your body may be vulnerable to weakness and disease, what your mental strengths are, and even the unique ways your skin behaves.

Thus, knowing your dosha can help you take care of your skin and deal with your skin problems from within with the help of simple dietary modifications and optionally supplements too.

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You are active and energetic, sometimes restless. Your body type is thin or slender with little muscle development and prominent joints. Skin is dry with visible veins. You tend to do things fast—fast talker, fast learner, multi-tasker, get things done! But your energy comes in bursts and you may tire quickly. Sleep is irregular and you may suffer from insomnia. You tend to forget things quickly, and experience racing, disjointed thoughts. You are adaptable to change, but are likely to feel anxious or worried in unfamiliar environments. You can find yourself out of balance easily, so it’s important that you not overdo things and get the rest you need.

Vata skin is dry, thin, cool to the touch, easily dehydrated, vulnerable to the influence of dry, windy weather. When in balance, vata type skin is olive tone & has fine pores. When out of balance, this skin type is prone to excess dryness, blackheads, fine lines, premature aging & wrinkles. Wrinkles tend to be most predominant in the forehead region & around the eyes.



You are of medium build, with soft, warm skin that flushes easily and may be dotted with freckles and moles. You may also struggle with rashes and oily skin. You like challenges and have a sharp intellect. Your energy tends to be consistent and you are good at concentrating and focusing in on something. You don’t do well when you skip meals, as you have a sharp hunger and thirst. You express yourself well, and may be an articulate conversationalist. When stressed out, you tend to become angry and irritable. You need time to wind down at the end of the day to slow your active mind so you can rest.

Pitta skin is generally red and is warm to the touch. This type of skin is prone to freckles and moles. Pitta skin is delicate & can have freckles, beauty marks & moles. When out of balance, this skin type is prone to excess heat, inflammation, excess oil, rosacea, broken capillaries, acne, blemishes & redness. Wrinkles tend to be most predominant in between the eyes.




You have a solid or powerful, large build. You tend to gain weight easily. Your skin is smooth and moist with few wrinkles, and you have thick or wavy hair. You tend to move slowly, but you have a lot of endurance. Easy-going and relaxed, you are affectionate and loving and don’t often get angry. You like to sleep and often sleep in too long. You have an excellent memory and are often the calm one in the room. You are tolerant and forgiving, and devoted to your family. You are not easily upset, but under stress, can become stubborn, lazy, and depressed. Others tend to lean on you.

Kapha skin is usually greasy, thick and more tolerant of the sun. When in balance, kapha skin is pale, soft, supple, cool and slightly moist. Kapha skin has a generous amount of collagen that wards off premature wrinkles and signs of aging. Imbalanced kapha skin manifests with excess oiliness, congestion, cystic acne, blackheads & large pores

Remember that you may have dominant traits of two types, in which you experience a combination of attributes. You may display qualities of both, or alternate between them.

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Skin types in ayurveda

Ayurveda differentiates an individual’s skin to seven different layers based on form and function.

Let us take a look at each one:


This is the outermost layer or the epidermis. It is considered the primary indicator of an individual’s physiology and used to determine any inner health or disorder. The avabhasini layer doesn’t have a colour of its own and reflects the inner aura.

Re-hydration and regular massage supports the health and appearance of the avabhasini layer of the skin.


This is the layer that supports the outermost layer and indicates the quality of blood. In case of any impurities in the blood, it impacts the aura of the outer layer and accentuates sensitivity to the sun. The color of Liklohita resembles molten iron.


Shweta is a white layer that is responsible for providing the balance to skin color by lightening the darker colors of the inner layers.


The copper-coloured Tamra layer nurtures the upper layers of the skin and supports the immune system.
It is the shield that protects the skin and any infections of the skin would reflect an imbalance in this layer.


The fifth layer is responsible for sensation. The message of Pain, touch, heat or cold is transmitted to the brain through this layer.


Rohini is essential in healing and regeneration of skin cells. Imbalance in this layer slows down healing and thus leads to the prevalence of scars.


The innermost layer is the base that is responsible for the skin’s stability and firmness. When Mamsadhara is in balance, the skin looks young and supple.


How can you use your dosha type to care for your skin? In Ayurveda, it’s all about balance, so if your skin is dry, you balance it with moisture.

Try the following tips. If you are a combination of two doshas, use the tips from both and tailor them to your skin’s unique makeup.

Supplement recommendations for regulating

1.Vata Dosha – SONA (females) , ISHI (females), HANU (males), SMART PiLL (males), PINAKA (unisex)

2.Pitta Dosha – VAJRA (unisex)

3.Kapha Dosha – SONA (females/males) , ISHI (females), HANU (males), SMART PiLL (females/males), PINAKA (unisex)

4.Tridosha Balance (To maintain balance once anomalies are regulated) – VAJRA (unisex)


Supplement recommendations for regulating

1.Vata Dosha – SONA (females) , ISHI (females), HANU (males), SMART PiLL (males), PINAKA (unisex)

2.Pitta Dosha – VAJRA (unisex)

3.Kapha Dosha – SONA (females/males) , ISHI (females), HANU (males), SMART PiLL (females/males), PINAKA (unisex)

4.Tridosha Balance (To maintain balance once anomalies are regulated) – VAJRA (unisex)



Thin, delicate, and almost transparent. Prone to dryness, flakiness, dark spots, and premature fine lines and wrinkles. Usually does not have clogged pores. You may also have dark under eye circles.



You are normal to dry.



Use gentle cleansers so you don’t over dry or strip your skin.
Moisturize immediately after cleansing to keep skin hydrated.
Look for warming, deeply moisturizing products that will provide your skin with essential fatty acids. Think coconut, almond, sesame, and olive oils along with shea butter and honey.
Make sure you’re getting enough healthy fats in your diet—they help keep skin hydrated. Try nuts, avocados, and fatty fish.
Eat more warm, moist foods like soups, fruits, sautéed veggies, rice, and caffeine-free teas.
Lightly cook your veggies to make them moister. Avoid too many raw veggies as they contribute to dryness and slow down digestion. (Vatas already have slow digestion, so you want to speed it up).
Don’t over-exercise—choose grounding activities like yoga, walking, pilates, swimming, dance, short hikes, and similar activity levels for balance.
Protect your skin from the environment—wear scarves, hats, and gloves.
Try to get regular sleep. Go to bed at the same time each night, and try a before-bed routine that helps you relax.


Clear and radiant, but can occasionally be irritated and red. Easily sunburned. May have freckles and moles. At risk for sensitive skin and oily skin. May have congested pores in the T-zone.



You have combination, sensitive skin.



Stay away from chemical-filled products that can irritate and inflame your skin. Choose natural and pure products made with plant-based extracts.
You want ingredients in your skin care that calm and balance hydration. Look for coconut, sunflower, grape seed, licorice root, lavender, rose, and tea tree. You can also use soothing herbs like neem, sandalwood, and thyme.
Always choose fragrance-free.
This applies to everyone, but especially to you—protect from the sun!
Look for fruits that are a combination of sweet and tart, like pineapple, cherries, kiwi, and grapes.
Eat more cooling foods, like cucumber and zucchini, as well as cooling fruits like watermelon, cantaloupe and pears.
Keep your liver calm and cool by passing on alcohol, soda, and junk food.
Avoid acidic foods like tomatoes and vinegar—they create too much heat. Same goes for spicy foods as they can lead to flushing.
Enjoy your exercise, but watch out for burnout. You tend to go at it hard, and may suffer from injuries. Think moderate!


Few to no wrinkles for you! You have smooth, moist skin, but that means you may also have large pores and oiliness. Prone to oily skin, blocked pores, and dull or pale skin. You may also have puffy eyes, and suffer from rashes.



You are normal to oily.



Make sure you thoroughly clean your skin, especially at night before bed. Never go to bed with your makeup on. Think about your pores!
Resist the temptation to overly dry your skin, as that will cause a rebound oily effect. Instead, choose gentle cleansers and alternate for deep cleaning and exfoliation.
Choose moisturizers that are light but nourishing. Look for invigorating herbs like rosemary, yarrow, peppermint, geranium, citrus (lemon and orange), and sesame.
Avoid fried foods and rich desserts, and limit red meat and other fatty foods. Your skin may look better if you cut back on dairy foods.
Enjoy spicy foods! Energize yourself and your skin with more garlic, turmeric, ginger, chili, apple cider vinegar, and fenugreek.
You would benefit from juicing—combing veggies and fruits in a blender and have with or instead of a meal once a day. Herbal teas also work as great pick-me-ups.
Make sure you’re getting enough exercise every day—at least 30 minutes. Look for energetic activities like running, swimming, or competitive sports. Use upbeat music to motivate yourself. Realize that you can get stuck in a rut, so maybe try something new?

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