Like most wellness trends, this one starts in India. I am Indian and too be honest, I don’t know much about Ayurveda, but from the basic research I have been doing, it seems to be ingrained into my everyday life, growing up as an Indian Kid.
Ayurveda dates back 5,000 years and is believed to be the oldest-surviving complete medical system in the world. It embraces medical science, philosophy, psychology, alchemy and spiritual understanding, and is based on the belief that wellness depends on balance between the mind, body and spirit. As a child, our parents would always find obscure herbal remedies for our ailments and we always hated them for it! Now it’s cool to be into Tumeric and natural ingredients. In the modern Western world today, we know that wellness and these principles are so important to our health.
Ayurveda states there are three main body types, known as doshas – Vata, Pitta and Kapha. These doshas express everything about us from our skin type and physical characteristics, to our health and personality traits.
As this blog is about Skincare, I can tell you how it has helped my dermatitis. I recently discovered a new skincare brand called Urban Veda who’s ranges are designed to be suited to different skin care types according to your doshas. You can go on their website and answer questions to find out What’s your Dosha.
For all of their products, they use a bespoke selection of natural ingredients using the principles of Ayurveda using Ayurvedic herbs, flowers and fruits, combined with multi-vitamins and clinically proven actives to maintain the skin’s natural balance. This is then infused with Omega-rich bio-oils, free radical-fighting antioxidants and vitality-boosting essential fatty acids. If you’re wondering what Ayurvedic herbs are, they are things like- Turmeric, Ashwagandha, Bitter Melon.
I have been using this Radiance Facial Oil for a couple of months now and it has really helped me with my dermatitis. I use a few drops on my face after applying my moisturiser and before my makeup. It’s not a dry oil so it doesn’t absorb, but at the same time, it doesn’t feel oily. It really helps with my dry/rough patches. This oil contains brightening Liquorice combined with anti-inflammatory organic turmeric and antioxidant-rich papaya. It helps with elasticity, restores suppleness and gives skin a natural glow. If you’re not used to pungent and natural smelling aromas, this will definitely be a bit weird for you. This one smells really woody, but believe me, you will get used to it and it will do wonders for your skin!
£29.99 available from Urban Veda