How to balance Ayurvedic doshas for healthy and radiant skin

Ayurveda is the science of life, comprising a vast body of information about healthy living and treatment of ailments. In fact, when it comes to skincare, a lot of people swear by Ayurvedic treatment and remedies. These treatments are based on doshas and offer a holistic approach to manage skin problems. 

What are doshas?

Dosha is a combination of three elements, which are known as:

  • Vata (air and space)
  • Kapha (water and earth)
  • Pitta (fire and earth)

These elements are present in your body and are considered to be responsible for a person’s physiological, mental and emotional health. According to Ayurveda, in order to maintain and restore healthy skin, the doshas need to be balanced. Each individual is said to have a unique ratio of each dosha and they define their Ayurvedic constitution.

Linkage between Ayurvedic dosha and skincare
1. Vata dosha

Vata is made up of two elements:

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Researchers develop injection to treat skin cancer

Yale researchers develop injection to treat skin cancer
Bioadhesive nanoparticles (white) after being taken up by skin cancer tumor cells during in virtro culture. Credit: Julia Lewis

Yale researchers are developing a skin cancer treatment that involves injecting nanoparticles into the tumor, killing cancer cells with a two-pronged approach, as a potential alternative to surgery.

The results are published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

“For a lot of patients, treating skin cancer is much more involved than it would be if there was a way to effectively treat them with a simple procedure like an injection,” said Dr. Michael Girardi, professor and vice chair of dermatology at Yale Medical School and senior author of the study. “That’s always been a holy grail in dermatology—to find a simpler way to treat skin cancers such as basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma.”

For the treatment, tumors are injected with polymer-based nanoparticles carrying a chemotherapy

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Five tips for glowing, healthy skin this winter




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Basic skin care habits during the winter can neutralize aging and dryness.

Plummeting temperatures and whipping winds are here for much of the country, and no matter where you live, cooler and drier winter air can really wreak havoc on your skin. When humidity is lower and indoor heat is on full blast, your skin gets stripped of the moisture it needs, causing dryness and dullness.

All these factors can exacerbate the visible signs of aging, from loss of elasticity to lines and wrinkles. There are natural oils already in healthy skin that help create a protective barrier, but this time of year, extra TLC is essential to combatting both aging and the changing elements – and you don’t need to spend a fortune to make that happen.

Your lightweight moisturizers and oil-free cleansers work well in summer, but winter months call for a

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