Support your skin type with Ayurveda. Part 2: Pitta
The skin is the largest organ of the body. It is the barrier between the body and the outside world. The health of the skin is important for overall health, immunity, and everyday comfort. Use Ayurveda to heal imbalances in our skin as well as support skin’s natural radiance and vitality.
Pitta skin is moist and warm to the touch. It is prone to redness and sweating. Pitta skin is sensitive to allergens, bites, and stings.
To care for Pitta skin, focus on cooling and detoxifying. Foods like cucumber, arugula, and fresh berries cool and soothe Pitta. Avoid salt, refined sugar, and sour foods like pickles or vinegar. These will create more heat in the body.
To use the Oil Cleansing Method on Pitta skin, choose a light, cool oil like raspberry seed, daikon seed, or coconut. Let oil sit on your face uncovered for a couple minutes before rinsing with warm then cool water. This makes for a great summertime facial cleaning routine.
Pitta skin loves a soothing clay mask. Powder one tablespoon dry rose buds and one teaspoon green tea in a blender. Mix with one tablespoon French green clay. Add cool filtered water to a slightly runny consistency. Apply to a damp face and let sit for 5-10 minutes before rinsing with cool water.
Rose water is a wonderfully soothing treat for pitta skin, especially on hot days. Add 5 drops of Rose Otto essential oil and one cap-full of witch hazel to a spray bottle of purified water. This mist is cooling and relaxing.
Pitts skin is the only type of skin that benefits from a toner. A toner will tighten and dry skin, balance skin’s PH and cool skin slightly. Mix one tablespoon apple cider vinegar with three tablespoons water and a couple drops of patchouli oil. Apply to face after cleansing and before moisturizing or applying make-up.
Allergies often contribute to skin rashes. Hives and eczema are both Pitta-type reactions. Staying hydrated is the key to healthy histamine function. Avoid caffeine (as it is a diuretic) and opt for extra water or coconut water throughout the day. Drinking nettle tea or taking freeze-dried stinging nettle capsules can also be highly beneficial for soothing allergies. Also try EczemaWay.