The definitive natural beauty guide for the Vata woman

Do you suffer from body ache, flatulence, joint pain and anxiety? Do you have dry hair and skin, brittle nails and scanty hair? If yes, it is quite likely that you belong to what Ayurveda classifies as the Vata woman. Using this information, it is possible to set up a diet and body care routine to ensure you stay healthy and fit and preserve what nature gave you in the best way possible. Here is a beauty guide that will help you understand the type of care you require, tips on how to provide this nourishment and things you must avoid to take good care of yourself.

Caring for Vata skin

Vata is made up of space and air; skin in Vata women is generally delicate, thin, and dry and has fine pores. If there is an imbalance, it could turn excessively dry, flaky and rough. In order to restore the balance, it is important to take the following steps:

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  • Prepare a moisturizing cleanse by mixing 3 teaspoons of rosewater with 1 teaspoon of honey. Apply and leave it on for about 15 20 minutes and then rinse.
  • Gently massage a few drops of pure castor oil onto your face; this will help to moisturize and provide lubrication to the deeper layers of the facial skin.
  • Two or three days in a week, splash the face with some rosewater.
  • Make a paste by grinding about 3 4 almonds with a little milk and rosewater; apply this gently on your skin, leave this face mask on for 10 minutes and then rinse. This helps to nourish the skin and also remove dead cells and flakes from the facial skin surface.
  • Avoid the use of alcohol-based cleansing agents because this tends to dry out the skin even further.
  • Massage your entire body with warming oils such as sesame or almond oil before your morning shower.
  • Use moisturizers that contain hydrating ingredients such as jojoba oil, sesame oil, almond oil, olive oil and shea butter.

Diet for Vata skin

The most important reason for the dry and lusterless skin of Vata women is a problem with digestion. Realizing this underlying cause and dealing with it is as important as using beauty aids on the skin. Here are a few diet tips for the Vata woman:

  • Include olive oil or ghee in your diet; these help to reduce the tendency for constipation and daily elimination of toxins from the body works wonders on the skin.
  • Make sure you get enough vata-balancing sweet and juicy fruits such as coconut, mangoes, bananas, oranges, papaya, kiwi, berries and grapefruit.
  • Avoid fruits such as pears, apples and pomegranates.
  • Include fresh ginger root in your daily diet or sip ginger tea during the day
  • Include grains such as rice and wheat; avoid the use of millet, rye and corn
  • Eat cooked vegetables instead of raw ones. Avoid the use of sprouts and cabbage as they lead to greater flatulence. (Read: Top beauty tips according to your dosha)

Spices for Vata women

The best spices that help to pacify vitiated Vata include ginger, cumin, fennel, clove, cinnamon, cardamom, black pepper and asafetida. Use these spices in your daily cooking to keep your digestive system functioning well. Since warm milk is also good for the Vata woman, you could make it a practice to add a little of any of these spices into a glass of warm milk and drink before going to bed. (Read: Vata, Pitta or Kapha which dosha type are you? (Video))

Lifestyle tips for the Vata woman

Lifestyle factors play an important role in deciding one's state of health. Vata women must ensure they follow these tips to keep their hair and skin healthy.

  • Drink enough water about 8 glasses in a day. Make sure the water is warm, not cold.
  • Get enough sleep of at least 8 hours from 10 pm to 6 am.
  • Listen to calming music and be in touch with people you love.
  • Take up regular light exercise such as yoga, Tai Chi, light tennis or cycling, dance and golf.
  • Worry and fear make the Vata skin even more lifeless; so ensure you keep stress at bay by using practices such as deep breathing, chanting or meditation.

Along with all these measures, you may require the use of certain herbs such as triphala, ginger and ashwagandha to deal with vata imbalance. However, these herbs must be used only under medical supervision and therefore, it is wise to consult an Ayurvedic physician who can guide you in their use.

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