Type face

Ayurveda is an ancient medical tradition native to India that’s thought to be more than 5000 years old. Ayurveda, which translates from Sanskrit to “the science of life”, is a system of natural medicine that promotes a healthy mind and body through achieving balance in life using diet, herbs, meditation, yoga and breathing exercises. By bringing balance to the mind and body, Ayurveda also brings balance and good health to the skin.

What is dosha?

In Ayurveda, people are categorised into three basic types called doshas, which comprise vata, pitta and kapha. These types are based on the five elements that make up the universe: air, space, fire, earth and water. Vata is mostly air and space, while pitta is fire and water, and kapha is mainly earth and water.

Each dosha has different physical and mental characteristics. The three doshas are believed to affect the mind and body and can determine a person’s physical characteristics, their emotional tendencies and even how their skin behaves. You are born with one dominant dosha but, over time, with age, your dosha can change due to diet, lifestyle, pollution and other environmental and external factors.

Identifying your predominant dosha is the first step in getting to know how you and your skin

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from WellBeing

WellBeing2 min read
From The Editor-in-chief
They say that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. “They” usually mean that genetics dictate that children don’t differ too greatly from their parents. It might well be true that apples don’t generally fall too far from the parent tree but it’s
WellBeing2 min read
Your Say
I read about seven magazines every month, but WellBeing is where I get the most value for money. I read the magazine over many days, sometimes weeks, as it’s like a thick book just with a beautiful cover and inner page layouts. I love all of the colu
WellBeing4 min readFood & Wine
Gardens of Life
I am writing this from hospital, which is somewhere no WellBeing reader wants to be. Hospitals lack the necessities for getting truly well, plus you risk getting yet another problem that will mean yet another stay in hospital, which is why I am here