Cool to touch and often thin, this type of skin is especially likely to be worse for wear in times of stress, breaking out in rashes that disrupt the skin's texture like excessive dryness, flakiness, even eczema.
How to take care of vata skin.
This skin type needs most nurturing and protection on account of its delicate nature. Cleanse carefully and be mindful of over-drying or over-exfoliating. Rice or nut powders mixed with hydrating rose water, or even milk, can provide great natural alternatives to chemical-based exfoliants that can particularly aggravate vata skin.
The best ingredients for vata skin.
Essential oils of geranium can help battle dryness, and frankincense can help gently turn over skin cells to battle fine lines and signs of aging—both are particularly beneficial for vata skin. Citrus essential oils such as neroli and orange can help with better absorption of vitamin C into the skin to reverse signs of damage and pigmentation. Vata skin tends to be more vulnerable to both than other skin types. For a carrier oil, pomegranate is best on account of its vitamin- and antioxidant-rich profile, as well as potent doses of punicic acid that help collagen production for plumper-looking skin.
How to care for excessively dry vata skin.
When aggravated, vata skin is quick to become excessively dry and flaky, even develop conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. In these times, essential oils of helichrysum and chamomile can be deeply healing and restorative. A thicker carrier oil such as avocado, rosehip, or hemp can be used on affected areas to heal the skin's aggravated barrier.