Is there anything to protect against dry skin?

by Melissa West on November 18, 2014

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Dry Skin?

Dry-Skin-HelpIs there anything to protect against dry skin?

Thank you for a great question Luis. Ayurvedic medicine has much to say about this.

First of all if you are interested in learning more about yoga and the Ayurvedic Doshas, then you can check out my yoga classes about this:

Also here is a quiz to determine your dosha, so you know which doshas is predominant in your mind, body and spirit when you come to your yoga mat.

This one is simpler:

This one is a little more involved:

If you are looking for a good introductory book on the topic, I highly recommend Deepak Chopra’s book, Perfect Health.

Ayurvedic Medicine sees humans as a reflection of the larger macrocosm of nature of which they are a part. As a result the five elements are within each one of us. Ether, air, fire, water and earth work in balance in our body. Dry skin could be a sign that your water element is out of balance and you may be dehydrated.

People of a vata constitution in particular often have skin that is cold, rough, dry and cracked. People of vata constitution don’t tend to perspire too much and yet “perspiration helps to keep your skin soft, maintains the flora of your pores of the skin and also maintains your skin’s elasticity and tone.” (Dr. Vasant Lad)

For an aggravated vata condition such as dry skin, not only is it important to stay hydrated, but massaging with sesame oil can balance your skin, and calm your body. It is recommended that you stroke upwards against the grain of your body hairs to facilitate the penetration of the oil into the hair follicles. This technique is favoured because vata predominant constitutions have dry skin and closed follicles.

Make sure your food is moist and well lubricated – of all the dosha’s you can afford to eat good quality butters and oils liberally! Soups are a great choice for vatas.

Finally, vatas are most affected by emotional and mental stress out of all the doshas. The vata dosha is the most easily aggravated. Vatas are always on the go mentally, the positive side of this is that they are incredibly creative, the negative side is anxiety. This inability to slow down and get grounded is a common imbalance for vata predominant doshas and often shows up in your skin, literally sucking the vital juices from your skin, hence dry skin. Therefor, your yoga and meditation practice is incredibly important to balance the high levels of emotional and mental stress common to the vata doshas.

Here are three classes that I recommend most for vata doshas.

Yoga for Grounding

and

Yoga for Anxiety

(Yoga for Grounding and Yoga for Anxiety are available on our membership site: )

Namaste Yoga 192 for Stress Relief and Relaxation was also a great class for vata dosha: 

Source: Ayurveda: The Science of Self-Healing by Dr. Vasant Lad

 

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