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As a Vata dosha (or Ayurvedic type), you are no stranger to feeling like a leaf blowing in the wind, from one thing to the next. You are creative, introspective, and social, but can be plagued with anxiety, uncertainty, and fear. You are slim and have a pretty light appetite. Your energy comes in bursts and you can tire out easily if you don’t take care of yourself. Your Vata skin is similar to your Vata body — dry, cold, and a bit uneven. When you’re in balance, you look and feel like a million bucks. But when you’re not — when you forget to eat, don’t drink enough water, skimp on sleep, get stressed out and overwhelmed, overdo it with travel — your skin (and your gut) are the first places that show it.
VATA SKIN TYPE
Just like a Vata-type body, Vata skin is characterized by dryness and coldness. Thin, dry, and prone to patchiness and premature aging, Vata skin needs warmth and moisture (particularly from oils) to balance it out and keep it happy. Other Vata skin characteristics are:
- small pores
- dark circles under the eyes
- leathery or uneven texture
- dark spots or uneven skin tone
- cold hands and feet
- dry, cracked lips and hands
The number one best treatment for Vata skin is oil. Oil, oil, oil. Oil keeps Vata skin hydrated, lustrous, and can even help to heal other symptoms of the Vata constitution, like constipation and anxiety.