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Vata skin is thin and has small pores with a tendency to a grey complexion. Vata skin is cool to touch and suffer from cold hands and feet. Vata skin is dry, rough and will experience flaky patches. When Vata is out of balance these qualities will be excessive, with cracked, chapped skin and dry rashes. They will likely suffer from dry eczema with a dull grey complexion.
Kapha skin is thick, pale and moist, it's cold and soft to touch and it keeps its youthful appearance longer than other types. Kapha is often called the dosha with the moon like face. When Kapha is out of balance skin becomes dull, sluggish and congested with even larger pores that attract dirt and oil creating blackheads and other pus related spots and cysts.
The beauty of steaming for Pitta is if you do suffer from acne breakouts or have whiteheads or blackheads then steaming will be really good for this. Steaming basically opens up your pores and unclogs them so all the oil and dirt are washed away from the pore giving you clear looking skin.
Svedhana is best for balancing Vata and Kapha in the body, as a Pitta type it is less helpful. Although I love to do it yet I am careful not to overdo it. Vata and Kapha can do it every day for a week and it will encourage the removal of toxins, expelling them through the tiny pores of the skin along with released sweat
The warm steam causes your face to sweat, which opens the pores and helps soften the surface layer of dead skin cells, releasing dirt and debris that could be the cause of breakouts and would otherwise stay trapped. With all of the dirt, pollution, and toxins we’re exposed to on a daily basis, steam really helps to purify the skin
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