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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

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