If this sounds like you, not to fret: While vata can fall out of balance rather quickly, it’s also one of the easiest doshas to rein in. According to Rose, you’ll want to quite literally bring the airy dosha back down to Earth: To start, eat grounding foods—think root vegetables, potatoes, any food that grows under the ground. “Warm stews, curries, all things that would warm your body,” Rose adds.
And on the skin care front, Rose suggests massaging an oil on your skin. (If you’ve ever thought about dipping your toes into oil cleansing, consider this your friendly shove). Specifically, she’s partial to sesame oil: “Sesame oil is called the mother oil because it’s so warm and grounding.” Regardless, face oils and cleansers are great for dry, cracked skin, as they feed the skin barrier and eliminate excess sebum without ever stripping it down. For vatas with characteristically dry skin, it’s a healthy investment—just make sure the oil you choose is noncomedogenic and works for your skin.