Traditional Hindu medicine offers the key to healthy skin
In the Hindu healing tradition called Ayurveda, there are three guiding principles or doshas: Vata, Pitta and Kapha. These doshas rule your mind, emotions, and body, including your skin. The doshas have different qualities based on varying amounts of the five underlying elements: space, air, water, fire and earth.
Depending on your genetics and lifestyle, one or two doshas will predominate, and their qualities will be reﬂected in your skin. For example, if your airy Vata dosha dominates, your skin might be dry, delicate and cool to touch. Someone with more ﬁery Pitta dosha will have reddish, warm and slightly oily skins. A more earthy Kapha dosha creates skin that is ﬁrm, oily and cool to the touch.
In ayurvedic medicine, healthy skin is achievable by using ingredients opposite or balancing to your dosha.
Choosing the right Sacred Skin products for your skin
Throughout this website, look for the Vata (V), Pitta (P) and Kapha (K) symbols to identify which products are right for your skin type. If you see all three, you’ll know it’s a product suitable for all skin types.
Learn your dosha–take the quiz!
Knowing your ayurvedic skin type can help you determine your skin’s inherent constitution in order to slow aging and heal problems from the inside out.
Take the dosha skin quiz below to help determine your skin and health needs. Then visit the information page for your dosha to learn more.
Normally, my skin tends to be…
|Thin, cold||Slightly oily, hot||Moist, cold|
|Fine pores||Larger pores in the T-zone||Large pores|
|Bluish undertones||Pink undertone||Yellowish undertones|
When problematic, my skin tends to have…
|A problem in the forehead region||A problem around the nose or cheeks||A problem around the mouth, chin and neck|
|Dry, flaky or scaly patches||Inflammation or a rash||Excessive oiliness, blackheads|
|Cracked heels or hands||A burning sensation or sunburn||Itching or hives|
|Discolored spots appearing as dark pigmentation in the cheeks||Discolored appearance, as reddish pigmentation all over||Discolored spots appearing as white or brown pigmentation|
|Premature wrinkles, fine lines||Excessive sweating or odor||Puffiness|
|Dark circles||Moles and freckles||Fluid retention|
|Dandruff||Ruddiness or broken capillaries||Deep scarring or creases|
|Dry eczema||Rosacea||Cystic acne|
|Vata total:||Pitta total:||Kapha total:|
Learn more about your Ayurvedic type