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. It is a "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. Our skin reflects changes in every system of the body and in turn 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 refreshingly contemporary in its premise and in its promise. Think of your beauty products, not as cosmetics...but as food.
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
directly into the bloodstream. Like all ingested substances they either can
become raw material for building new body cells and tissues - or potent toxic
material that are harmful. Therefore, nothing should be applied to the skin
if it cannot be eaten by mouth without causing a problem.
- Ayurvedic skin care products contain only full
spectrum (whole) botanical ingredients. Plants have evolved over
millions of years to create a natural balance of elements. When we tear
apart a naturally occurring compound, we are stripping it of its inherent
balance and natural synergy. Isolated elements may give us one desired
benefit, but they can sometimes cause hidden, undesirable side effects. Synthetic production further alters botanical bio-availability through
the use of bleaches and chemical processes in order to give products a white or
clear appearance. Our Ayurvedic products are truly natural
and the natural healing properties of our ingredients are optimized.
- Ayurveda treats the cause and does not simply 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 into the layers of the skin, the lignin in aloe makes aloe an excellent carrier agent for all other ingredients. It is also a soothing, anti-inflammatory substance in our lotions, creams, cleansers, serums 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 properties and for detoxing skin. It cools and soothes aggravated and irritated skin instantly. It also works wonders for acne prone skin and when used with gram flour, it brightens the skin and gives an instant glow to your face.
Gram Flour: Removes the dirt and the makeup residues from your face. When used with Fuller's Earth, it helps detoxify your skin, leaving it clear and bright. It makes the skin smooth, soft and fights pimples naturally.
Licorice (Mulethi): The antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and demulcent properties of licorice help to heal various skin problems, such as redness and inflammation. Its hydrating properties help maintain the skin's natural moisture, thereby preventing dryness, while keeping the skin looking fresh and youthful.
Thyme: Thyme has a strong herbaceous, spicy aroma that is energizing, stimulating and toning. It is 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 and soothe the skin. It helps maintain the natural moisture of the skin, preventing dryness so the the skin retains a fresh, youthful appearance.
Green Papaya gently exfoliates the 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 is a strong antiseptic and has antimicrobial properties that enhance the skin's natural glow. Jasmine oil is also beneficial for treating dry, irritated, sensitive skin and can reinvigorate aging skin. It can also relieve headaches, ease muscle cramping, and aid in the healing of wounds.
Rose Oil: Rose essential oil is produced through a simple process of steam distillation, and has been used in natural beauty treatments in India for thousands of years. The antimicrobial and aromatherapy benefits alone are good reasons to use rose oil in skin care products. Rose oil also enhances the ability of the skin to absorb other nutrients that easily utilized by the hypo dermal region of the skin. In Ayruveda, rose oil is also used to treat other health conditions.
Lemongrass: Native to India and Sri Lanka, lemongrass is an anti-microbial and anti-bacterial herb. Used topically on the skin it can limit bacterial and microbial growth, and help ward off skin infections. It can also lesson skin problems such as folliculitis and cellulitis. Lemongrass is also fungicidal and acts as an astringent, helping minimize pores and limit the secretions of oil, providing a temporary skin firming treatment.
Holy Basil (Tulsi): Every household in India has a potted Tulsi Plant. The plant helps maintain healthy skin and shiny hair. As one of the most effective antibacterial and anti-fungal agents, Tulsi helps fight acne pimples, tightens skin pores and promotes quick healing for wounds, cuts and burns.
Gotu Kola: This miracle herb has many benefits. Gotu Kola acts as a toner for the skin. It is found in most of the anti-aging and skin firming creams in India. It promotes the production of collagen in the human body. It also helps to minimize wrinkles and fine lines, while improving the resilience of aging skin. Gotu Kola is also a classic ingredient in herbal formulas.
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 an oily residue. It protects against UV radiation and helps with rashes, insect bites, eczema and skin irritations. Mango butter also helps heal and protect the skin from damage caused by sunburn and frostbite. Triterpenes, present in mango butter, help prevent skin aging, reducing appearance of lines and wrinkles, while keeping the skin healthy.
Kokum Butter: The exotic skincare butter comes from India and is rich in essential fatty acids, which aid in cell oxygenation and make nutrients more readily available for use by skin tissues. Kokum butter supports skin elasticity and general flexibility of the skin wall. It also softens skin and helps prevent wrinkles and dry skin, while helping regenerate skin cells.