(Last Updated on : 22/11/2008)
Skin is the seat of all the sense organs. Skin feels the touch, pain, temperature and pressure. It is the `Matruj Avyava`which means derived from mother or having maternal origin. It gives external covering to the body. The skin has seven layers which gets nutrition from Mansa
Dhatu(muscle tissue). This is known as UpaDhatu (secondary tissue product) of the Raktadhatu (blood). It does not give `Poshan karma`i.e. do not provide nutrition to other dhatus
As skin is the Upadhatu of the Raktadhatu, skin acts as the mirror that reflects the qualities of the Raktadhatu(blood) and the Rasadhatu (body`s plasma tissue). So it is said that glowing skin is the result of good quality rasa and rakta
Make up cannot hide the shallow look of the skin. A healthy skin always glows and looks attractive. The health of skin does not depend on the external care only but mostly depends on the inner health of body. So Ayurveda
emphasizes on proper diet habit to maintain a healthy and glowing skin. Every individual have different types of skin that depends on the predominant dhatu and element of the skin. So diet should be special according to the quality of the skin.
Different Types of Skin According to Ayurveda:
Space, air, fire, water and earth are the predominant elements present in the skin that determines the skin types. The space predominant skin is dry and thinner in texture and has small pores. The air predominant skin is excessive dry and very prone to cold or hot weather. The fire predominant skin has pinkish tone and warm to touch. Water predominant skin type is thick and feels cold to touch and the pores are semi dilated. Earth predominant skin is firm, thick and greasy.
Ayurvedic Care for Oily skin
: Oily skin generally occurs when Kapha dosha is aggravated according to Ayurveda. It increases the secretion from the oil glands of the skin and the skin pores become enlarged. There are many reasons that stimulate the oil glands to produce excessive oils. Acne and pimples are the general problems of oily skin. Ayurvedic treatment for oily skin provides a specific diet chart and advices to avoid certain types of food. There are also certain home remedies that can be applied in case of oily skin.
Ayurvedic Care for Dry Skin
: When Vata dosha is predominant in the skin the type of the skin is dry. Dry skin is easily injured and looks dull and lifeless in appearance. It has also the threat of early aging. Ayurveda also recommends specific food for the dry skin. It suggests drinking a lot of water and sleeping properly to get rid of the problems of dry skin.
General Recommendations for Healthy Skin :
According to Ayurveda every different types of skin needs different health care routine and different diet chart to maintain the health and glow of the skin.