Ayurvedic Skin Care – The Way It Should Be
Do you know what’s put in your skincare products and why? Are you confused about various beauty traditions and what is “right” for you? Are you curious about the ancient beauty secret of the east? Are you ready to experience a paradigm shift in how you see skin care products? Here you will learn what makes Ayurvedic Skin Care different from conventional skin care. You will understand why and how it works and what this holistic approach can offer you.
Ayurveda is over 5000 years old “science of life” from India addressing beauty, health and wellness practices and treatments.
According to Ayurveda the skin is not an isolated part of the body. The skin is widely connected - intellectually, physically, sensually and spiritually. Our skin naturally reflects changes in every system of the body and affects them as well. It’s our largest organ and is regarded as a second brain for the body.
How is Ayurvedic Skin Care Different?
The Ayurvedic approach to skin care is uniquely different and yet this approach is refreshingly contemporary in its premise and in its promise. Think of your beauty products, not as cosmetics….. but as food.
• Ayurvedic skin care is pure, natural and chemical free. For thousands of years Ayurveda has taught us that the skin absorbs nutrients that affect the body on a cellular level. Although, we get most of our nutrition orally, the skin ingests nutrients as well. In fact, unlike the food we chew and swallow before it is absorbed, creams lotions, and oils, bypass the digestive process and go full strength into the blood stem. Like all ingested substances they either can become raw material for building new body cells and tissues- or potent toxic material unbelievably harmful for your body. Therefore, nothing should be applied to the skin if it cannot be eaten by mouth without causing a problem. Today, university of Pittsburg study provides evidence supporting this.
• Ayurvedic skin care products contain only full spectrum (whole) botanical ingredients. Plants having evolved over millions of years have created a natural balance. When we tear apart a naturally occurring compound, we are stripping it of its inherent balance and natural synergy. Isolated, it may give us one desired benefit, but the price is many, sometimes hidden, undesirable side effects. In addition, synthetic production alters its bio-availability. Also, truly natural Ayurvedic products are neither bleached nor chemically processed to give them white or clear appearance.
• Ayurveda treats the cause and does not just mask the symptoms to give you temporary results. Bio-active ingredients in Ayurvedic skin care stimulate the skin and the body’s inherent self-healing mechanisms promoting an internal synergy between various constituents. Ayurveda reminds us that beauty, health and wellness is the balanced and dynamic integration between our environment, body, mind, and spirit.
Ayurvedic ingredients used in OM Botanical skin care
Aloe Vera: A Primary ingredient in all our products (instead of water), aloe vera Juice/gel is taken from the inner leaves of the plant. It is a water/gel-like substance that is known for its ability to soothe irritated skin, especially sunburned skin. With its ability to penetrate deep in all skin layers, lignin in aloe makes it an excellent carrier agent for all other ingredients. It is also a soothing anti-inflammatory that is used in lotions, creams, cleansers, serum and all other products.
Fuller’s Earth (Multani Mitti): Using Fuller’s earth on the face is an age old tradition in India. It is well known for its oil absorbing property and for detoxing skin. It cools down aggravated and irritated skin instantly. It works wonders for acne prone skin. It soothes it and also reduces the redness and irritation quickly. When used with gram flour, it brightens the skin and gives an instant glow to your face.
Gram Flour: removes the dirt and makeup residues from your face. Removes tan, brightens your skin. When used with fuller’s earth, it helps detoxify your skin. It makes the skin smooth, soft and fights pimples naturally.
Licorice (Mulethi): Its antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and demulcent properties help to heal various skin conditions, such as redness and inflammation. Its hydrating properties prevent the skin from getting dry by trapping its moisture. This keeps the skin fresh and youthful.
Thyme: Thyme has a strong herbaceous, spicy aroma that is energizing, stimulating and toning. It is also effective as an anti-microbial, deodorizing agent that regulates sebum in the skin making it a perfect ingredient for cleansers and acne treatments.
Pineapple: Its antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and demulcent properties help to heal various skin conditions, such as redness and inflammation. Its hydrating properties prevent the skin from getting dry while trapping its moisture. This keeps the skin looking fresh and younger.
Green Papaya: Along with pineapple gently exfoliates skin without harsh abrasives. Its gentle enzymatic action is safe for everyday use.
Jasmine Oil: Jasmine oil has a beautiful, rich, floral aroma that is irresistible. Its aroma is soothing and calming and can bring about a restful state for those who are suffering from depression and nervous tension. It’s often used as an aphrodisiac. Jasmine is beneficial to the treatment of dry, irritated, sensitive skin. It can relieve headaches, ease muscle cramping, invigorates dry or aging skin, and aids in the healing of wounds. Additionally, jasmine oil make the skin glow. It is also a strong anti-septic. It helps fight any microbial infection.
Rose Oil: Rose essential oil, which is created through a simple process of steam distillation, has been used to treat health conditions and used in natural beauty treatments for thousands of years in India. The antimicrobial and aromatherapy benefits alone are good reason to use Rose oil in skin care products. Another reason to use rose essential oil for skin health is because of its uncanny ability to increase your skin’s permeability so other nutrients are readily absorbed to the hypodermal region of your skin.
Lemongrass: Native to India and Shri Lanka, Lemongrass is an anti-microbial and anti-bacterial herb. This means it will help limit bacterial or microbial growth on the skin. It can help ward off skin infections as well as lessen skin issues caused by bacterial infections, such as folliculitis and cellulitis. Lemongrass is also fungicidal, which means it helps cure fungus infections on the skin. The herb also acts as an astringent, which constricts the skin. This helps to minimize pores, limit the secretions of oil and provide a temporary skin-firming treatment.
Holy Basil (Tulsi): Every household in India has a potted Tulsi Plant. The beauty benefits of Tulsi plants are plenty. It helps in maintaining a healthy skin and shiny hair. As one of the most effective antibacterial and antifungal agent, Tulsi helps fight acne pimples, tightens skin pores and promotes quick healing for wounds, cuts and burns.
Gotu Kola: Heath benefits of This miracle herb are numerous. Gotu Kola also acts as a toner for the skin. It tones and tightens the skin when applied topically. This is the reason why Gotu Kola is found in most of the anti-aging and skin firming creams in India. As this herb promotes the collagen production in human body, it can definitely help in improving the condition of an aging skin, wrinkles and fine lines. The fall of collagen production leads to fine lines, aging and wrinkles. Gotu Kola herb is also a classic ingredient to fight cellulite on the skin.
Green Tea Extract: Green tea's most active ingredients are known as flavanols, polyphenols and epigallocatechin gallate (or EGCG for short). EGCG contains between 25 to 100 times the antioxidant power of vitamins C and A.
Mango butter: soothes and softens the skin without leaving it greasy. It offers protective effects against UV radiation and helps with rashes, insect bites, eczema and skin irritations. Mango butter helps heal and protect the skin from damage caused by sunburn and frostbite. Due to it’s high antioxidant content, mango butter is anti-aging. Triterpenes present in mango butter help heal and prevent aging of the skin, reduces the look of lines and wrinkles and helps keep your skin healthy.
Kokum Butter: Originating in India, this exotic skincare butter is rich in essential fatty acids, which aid in cell oxygenation and make nutrient more readily available for use by skin tissues. It supports skin elasticity and general flexibility of the skin wall. It also softens skin and helps prevent wrinkles and dry skin as well as help regenerate skin cells.