At Indie Beauty Expo Dallas 2017 I met Shilpi Jain, a holistic skincare specialist with a line formulated under the principles of Ayurveda. Her line Skinveda is formulated with something for every dosha. Don’t know what your dosha is? You’re about to find out.
Q&A with Shilpi Jain, MS, Founder & President Skinveda LLC
What is a dosha?
Just like we have a unique DNA, according to Ayurveda, every person has a unique constitution and there is no such thing as one size fits all. Everything in nature, including our bodies, is made from the five elements of space, air, fire, water, and earth. These five elements combine to form the three basic body-mind profiles, called doshas, that govern our entire physical composition and how each of us is uniquely inclined to react and interact with the world around us. We are all born with a unique dosha or a combination of doshas. As we move around, this body-mind profile changes and is influenced by our diet, changes in temperature and our emotions. An imbalance in doshas leads to disease. Since Ayurveda is about prevention of disease through lifestyle changes, eating natural, whole foods, by knowing our inherent doshas, we can try to maintain it or balance it by eating foods that are for our dosha and using the right Ayurvedic herbs for our skin.
How does one find out what their dosha is?
In order to determine your dosha, typically, you will be asked a bunch of questions geared towards your lifestyle, your thoughts, your physical activity, and traits, eating habits, etc. This can take up to 3 -4 hours at an Ayurvedic practitioner’s clinic. For simplicity and in order to target skincare needs that arise as a result of an imbalance in our dosha, we at Skinveda have created a short 60-second quiz that will determine your dosha imbalances (aka “vikriti”).
What are the different doshas and what are their personality traits, issues, strengths?
There are three inherent doshas or mind-body types: Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Vata is dry-sensitive skin, Pitta is oily-combination skin, and Kapha is oily congested skin. Your dosha is affected by external environment and can constantly change as a result and get out of balance. This change is called Vikriti. We are all a combination of one or two or rarely all three doshas. To understand their key personality traits, here is an example of three people named Annie, George and Kate. Imagine these three people work in the same office. One day they get to work to find out that they have all been laid off due to financial losses in the company and asked to leave. Annie is very stressed and comes home nervous, and loses appetite. She is unable to focus on anything and cannot sleep all night. George, on the other hand, goes home depressed and decides to not confront this issue with anyone. He wants to stay alone and resort to high sugar and high carb foods and TV while just bottling it up. Lastly, Kate is very angry with the situation. She takes it up with her boss and is very mad at everyone who interacts with her that day. She is just not the person you want to be with. She is fuming with anger, and her face gets all flushed out. So, this is typical of the three dosha personalities where Annie is Vata, George is Kapha and Kate is Pitta Dosha.