Why Ayurveda Uses Facial Oils

Our faces go through a lot. Every day, they tackle the tests of the weather, regular touches like rubbing our eyes or scratching our nose and are constantly fighting the simple test of time. Maintaining a youthful, healthy glow can feel impossible at the best of times, but facial oils may be the solution. By paying attention to your Ayurvedic skin type when choosing oils, you can better balance your dosha, detox your skin and provide it with the youthful nourished glow you’ve been searching for.

Your Ayurvedic Skin Type

Your dosha constitution will help you to determine the right oils, frequencies and routines to use not only in regard to facial massage but across your entire body. These three constitutions enable you to tackle any imbalances in your body with the relevant natural ingredients, in order to detoxify your skin, improve circulation and help you balance the state of your skin regardless of whether it’s dry, oily or somewhere in-between.

While the weather can also affect the state of your skin at any one time, you should pay attention to your dosha first. While you can take our full quiz to find out yours, the doshas are typically split into the following characteristics which relate to personality types and emotional tendencies:

  • Vata – Those with Vata constitutions typically have dry, delicate and cool skin, which can be rough and flaky, particularly when things are unbalanced. Exposure to wind or other extreme weather conditions can be particularly damaging to Vata types, and so the skin should be cared for with skincare that give a bigger boost in hydration.
  • Kapha – People with Kapha constitutions typically have oily skin with larger pores and while they are tolerant to the sun, it can lead to excess blackheads. Detoxifying is an important part of the skincare routine for those of the Kapha dosha, with stimulating, cleansing and uplifting beauty products.
  • Pitta – The Pitta dosha typically manifests in sensitive, fair skin that can be greatly affected by the sun, emotion and general inflammation. Moles, rosacea, acne and rashes are common, and so the skin needs to be cooled, nurtured and soothed as a result.

The Benefits

Utilising facial oils within your routine will give you access to a host of benefits, including rejuvenated, protected and balanced skin, as well as offering a calming effect to reduce inflammation and other concerns:

  • Replenishing & Rejuvenating – Wrinkles and dry or oily skin are typically a part of ageing, but regular use of facial oils can help to balance out the oil production in your pores and rejuvenate your appearance. With the right oils for your skin type, you can get a far more glowing complexion.
  • Protection – By penetrating deep into your skin, facial oils keep the moisture in, and toxins and debris out. They add an additional barrier while adding to the strength of our skin’s natural existing barriers to keep our skin safe from the likes of pollution, smog and more.
  • Balancing – Even if you have oily skin, facial oils can balance out the state of your skin regardless. Those with oily skin typically think they cannot use a facial oil, however using one tricks the skin into thinking it has already produced its natural oil (which is does to hydrate itself) therefore producing less.
  • Calming – An increasing number of facial oils are designed to calm down inflamed skin, whether from rashes, rosacea or irritation. Additionally, the actual ritual of performing self massage has considerable mental benefits that help the mind to unwind as well as increase self love and self appreciation.

Facial oils offer a natural solution to unbalanced skin and within Ayurveda, help to combat all types of skin ailments: dehydration, inflammation, congested and tired skin. Ayurvedic oils promote bodily and mental strength, offering balance and care for our skin and our general wellbeing. For more information about the products that could help your skin, feel free to get in touch, or browse our collection of facial oils.