How to know your dosha to start healing from skin problems

Have you ever thought of your bodily balance and how to know your skin dosha?

Whenever we have clients coming to us with persistent skincare issues that just won’t go away, we say, let’s first discover your dosha.

Your dosha encompasses your being- the entire physical, mental and emotional state is steered by your individual dosha.

Let’s get to know this mysterious Ayurvedic entity, shall we? We promise, it’s the doorway to great skin health!

What is Ayurvedic dosha? Understanding vata, pitta and kapha

Ayurveda doshas

Ayurveda is fascinating.

One only has to leaf through ancient Vedas to find out that your body is a shining being, driven by the five elements of the world. It is written that the elements, fire, water, earth, space and air manifest in each person in unique combinations. These combinations are called your doshas or “energies”. They are grouped into vata, pitta and kapha dosha.

Unlike popular belief, it’s interesting to know that everybody has the tridoshas, yet it is the dominant dosha which affects the body and mind intensely.

While the doshas define your body constitution, one shouldn’t mistake that a certain dosha is responsible for your health concern. An imbalance of your predominant dosha is the cause of disease or the state of feeling ”unwell”.

When you doshas are balanced, your mind and body are in blissful equilibrium. This reflect on your skin as well. Your skin may have its individual characteristics(because of yoru dosha) but it will be healthy and vibrant.

When dosha is affected by external factors, environmental trigger, diet, nutrition or mental stress, it goes out of balance harboring diseases.

How to know your dosha?

Let us explore your doshas closely to understand it’s impact on the body. This journey will help you better understand your body and therefore skin, and pinpoint why you may be experiencing certain skin issues.

Vata dosha or dry skin type

If you have vata dosha, you tend to be light and flexible in physical nature. As for skin, vata dosha typically means you are a thin and porous skinned person. They also popularly have an olive tone.

Skin issues that you may face include dryness and rough skin texture. Vata or dry skin is also more prone to showing signs of aging like fine lines, wrinkles and sagging prematurely. This is mainly due to reduced hydration.

Pitta dosha known as Combination/Sensitive skin type

This dosha is predominantly fire and water elements. A person with pitta dosha is usually muscular and agile. As for skin type, their complexion tend to be the red/rosy tone which is warm to touch. They tend to have sensitive skin reacting aggressively to heat and the elements.

When out of balance, pitta skin may be acne prone and have irritation nd rashes. Breakouts are common and so are sunburns and sun damage.

Kapha dosha also known as oily skin type

This dosha is said to be a balance of water and earth elements. A person with kapha as the dominant dosha is said to have a bulkier body physique but great stamina. As for skin, it can be considered one of the best types of skin to have with respect to ageing.

Kapha skin type tend to be a shiny and oily texture. It also results in the person having large pores due to excess hydration. The heavy natural moisturisaton may be cause for pimples, clogged pores, blackheads and textured facial features when kapha is not in balance.

If you want to know your dosha, you can take a quick skin type quiz here Discovering your body dosha & treating your skin right.

Is your dosha imbalanced?

Dosha imbalance manifests as diseases in our body. If you’re feeling tired, lethargic and stressed out, your dosha may be out of balance.

If you feel your body is weak and showing symptoms of illness, you may have dosha imbalance. One of the best indicators of dosha imbalance is your skin. It is said that skin is a reflection of the overall health of the body, if you observe very closely.

For each skin type, the imbalance manifests in different forms like pimples, dry skin, rashes, itching and wrinkles.

Understanding Vata dosha and how it affects my skin

Vata dosha skin requires constant care and nourishing to bring forth beautiful skin everyday. Vata skin needs extra care and love in the winter when dryness is at its extreme.

Vata dosha skin type

Indicators of vata skin type are dry and thin skin. It tend to be flaky and cracked patches appear at the onset of the slightest humidity dip. Sometimes just being in an air conditioned room is enough to erupt dry patches on your face.

Vata dosha skincare

Your skincare should be aimed at the following things:

Hydrating your face. Moisture is essential for your skin, and frequent top up with moisturiser helps keep skin plump and healthy for longer.

Combating dry patches: You can use natural oils like virgin coconut oil or pure almond oil, or products with natural oil bases to nourish and hydrate your patchy areas.

Wash your face less: Do not wash your face unless you’re coming home from a day out or feel you really have to. Constant washing strips face of essential oils.

Vata dosha everyday care

  • Have a vata dosha friendly skincare routine.
  • Fight wrinkles and ageing by always wearing sunscreen
  • Use organic products like Brahmi’s range for dry/vata skin type for perfect nourishment and anti-aging.
  • Invest in a good face oil that is non-greasy and hydrating.

Vata dosha hydrating masks

  • Your dosha says skin can’t get enough moisture. Applying organic masks 2-3 times a week helps restore moisture balance. You can try a simple DIY mask for the same.

Do you have a Vata dosha skincare ritual ?

If you’re looking for curated skincare for your vata skin type, Brahmi skincare has a special range of Vata skin ritual boxes for your dosha.

The Dry skin ritual box contains

  • Rose and Tulsi face cleanser
  • Gentle exfoliant for dry skin
  • Nourishing Moisturiser for dry skin
  • Ultimate hydrating face oil for dry skin
  • Morning skincare ritual for dry skin contains
  • Rose and Tulsi face cleanser for dry skin
  • Nourishing Moisturiser – dry skin

Night skincare ritual for dry skin contains

  • Gentle exfoliant for dry skin
  • Ultimate hydrating face oil for dry skin

What you may be doing wrong for your vata skin type?

If you have dry skin has to be dealt with carefully and with a lot of love and care. Here are some points you may be doing wrong

  • Not using moisturiser:  Winter or summer, your skin must have a source of hydration. Don’t skip on moisturiser.
  • Cleansing too much: Is there such a thing? Yes. Washing your face with harsh cleansers can leave your skin dry and high. Let your natural oils stay.
  • Exfoliating too much: As you got the drift, for vata skin less is more. Except in the case of moisturisation.

Understanding Pitta dosha and how it affects my skin

Sensitive is the best definition of your dosha. If you have pitta dosha, your skin have a sensitivity to the sun, the elements and even new products. So care and discretion is a must when dealing with pitta skin type. We found the perfect way to deal with pitta dosha or combination skin about Combination skincare? Ayurveda leads the way

Knowing if you have a Pitta dosha skin type

If you are a pitta dosha, your skin is warm to touch. You may get sunburnt quickly, you’re sensitive to a lot of skincare products and probably had bad reactions to some. At it’s worse, you have acne, greasy skin and sunspots.

Pitta dosha skincare

  • Use a non-oil based cleanser: You have a greasy skin in areas and have clogged pores. A water based cleanser will do a better job without further clogging your pores.
  • Use products consistently: Avoid irritation and try to use your product for a longer period to see results. If you like experimenting, take it easy and don’t switch products frequently which can agitate your skin.
  • Apply masks on T-zone only: You have a greasy forehead and nose area. Target this area when applying your clay or multani mitti masks.
  • Use products specifically for your skintype: This is very important for pitta skin. Use only Ayurvedic products with organic ingredients that fully capture the essence of pitta skin type and have remedies for the same.

Pitta dosha everyday care

  • Have a gentle morning skincare routine: You can do something as simple as a gentle cleanser followed by a light moisturiser and you’re good to go.
  • Exfoliate gently: Skincare has to be gentle. For pitta dosha specially, you have a sensitive skin. Thus always exfoliate with a gentle scrub with organic ingredients to soothe your skin.
  • Remove makeup religiously: Sleeping with makeup is a definite No for pitta skin. Remove them before esleep.

Pitta dosha hydrating masks

Multani mitti and sandalwood are two ingredients you can pack on your face to absorb excess oil and bring forth even skin texture.

  • You can use a multani mitti, aloe vera and rose water mask for your oily T-zone. Once in a while for glowing skin, swap it with sandalwood and rose water mask for extra hydration and nourishment.

Pitta dosha skincare ritual by Brahmi

For your very exclusive skin type, we have curated a scientific and luxurious skincare experience in our Ritual boxes.

Sensitive/Combination Ritual Box


  • Neem and Green Tea cleanser for sensitive/combination skin
  • Gentle exfoliant for sensitive/combination skin
  • Nourishing moisturiser for sensitive/combination skin
  • Soothing face oil for sensitive/combination skin

Morning Skincare Routine Box For Sensitive/Combination Skin contains

  • Neem and Green Tea cleanser for sensitive/combination skinl
  • Nourishing moisturiser for sensitive/combination skin

Night Skincare Ritual box For Sensitive/Combination Skin contains

Gentle exfoliant for sensitive/combination skin

Soothing face oil for sensitive/combination skin

What you may be doing wrong for your pitta skin type?

Your combination skin calls for care when using skincare products and makeup. Here’s a checklist of things you shouldn’t be doing.

  • Mask it right – Applying a drying mask like a clay mask or multani mitti all over the face may seem like a great idea but no. Only apply on the oily T-zone to dry out the excess oils.
  • Never irritate your pimples and acne. Let them heal on their own. Do not apply products like lemon and garlic directly in your face packs as they aggravate skin.

Understanding Kapha dosha and how it affects my skin

The kapha/oily skin type has abundant oils, incredibly hydrated(also greasy) and one of the best skin types to have.

Kapha dosha skin type

Marked by warm complexion, are plump and supple in texture, skin of your dosha have a gleaming radiance when balanced.

It does come with its own problems, when your dosha goes out of balance – pimples, large pores, constantly grimy skin, and the dreaded acne.

Kapha dosha skincare

  • Double cleanse as required: The oily skin may call for a good cleanse at the end of the day. You can use a purifying cleanser and follow it up with a natural cleanser as well.
  • Use minimal makeup: Your pores may be oily as such. It is recommend not to use heavy makeup which further blocks skin pores.
  • Exfoliate frequently: A gentle exfoliating scrub can help your skin rebalance it’s oils.

Kapha dosha purifying masks

On your off days, we recommend you indulge in some easy and fun skincare masks that can do wonders for your oily skin rebalance.

Oatmeal and Honey pack

One of our favourite face packs is the oatmeal-honey which is fun to make. Oatmeal absorb excess facial oils and honey has been long used as anti bacterial and anti inflammatory ingredient.

Egg white and lemon for enlarged pores

Kapha dosha type has large pores. A quick fix for this is an egg white and lemon mask which tightens pores and reduces it’s size for even skin texture.

Kapha dosha skincare ritual by Brahmi

Oily Skin Ritual Box contains

  • Vetiver and Apricot Cleanser for oily skin
  • Gentle exfoliant for oily skin
  • Nourishing moisturiser for oily skin
  • Purifying face oil for oily skin

Morning Skincare Ritual Box For Oily Skin contains

  • Vetiver and Apricot Cleanser for oily skin
  • Nourishing moisturiser for oily skin

Night Skincare Ritual For Oily Skin box contains

  • Gentle exfoliant for oily skin
  • Purifying face oil for oily skin

For an extensive read on how to get rid of pimples for kapha dosha, click here.How to deal with skin pimples the Ayurvedic way. This works!

What you may be doing wrong for your kapha skin type?

Kapha skin is easy to take care but there are certain things that can change your skin from glowy beauty to a greasy and pimple prone mess. Here are some tips to take care of:

  • Don’t over cleanse: You may feel like you need to clean your skin over and over again. Double cleansing is fine but never leave your skin parched and too dry.
  • Always remove makeup: You don’t want to clog your pores. As oily skin tends to harbor more oil and products, it increases the chances of clogging.

Now you can discover your dosha type easily, right? You can shop our amazing range of Ritual boxes for vata, pitta and kapha doshas for your morning and night skincare routines on our website today!