The holis­tic prac­tice is mak­ing its way into main­stream beauty reg­i­mens, writes b+ s beauty ed­i­tor Kelsey Feren­cak

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Body and Soul - - BEAUTY -

Ayurveda isn’t just an­other well­ness gim­mick in­fil­trat­ing the beauty in­dus­try. On the con­trary, the an­cient In­dian sys­tem of medicine has been around for 5000 years. But what’s it all about and how can it help your skin look its best?

Ayurveda lit­er­ally trans­lates as ‘the science of life’, and that’s a pretty good way to de­scribe it, says Eran­thi Bon­ney, founder and direc­tor of Aus­tralian Ayurvedic skin­care brand Aika Well­ness. “It’s a sys­tem of nat­u­ral medicine that uses science and phi­los­o­phy to dic­tate your health and life­style choices,” she ex­plains. “There’s the core be­lief that ev­ery­thing found in the uni­verse is also found in the body and comes down to five el­e­ments: earth, wa­ter, fire, air and space. Think of these as en­er­getic prin­ci­ples over phys­i­cal en­ti­ties – for ex­am­ple, earth trans­lates to sta­bil­ity and fire is what gives us our drive.”

These el­e­ments com­bine to form your ‘dosha’, a type of en­ergy or con­sti­tu­tion linked to ev­ery­thing from your skin type to your sleep pat­terns.

“There are three doshas: ‘vata’ is a com­bi­na­tion of space and air, ‘pitta’ is a com­bi­na­tion of fire and wa­ter and ‘kapha’ is earth and wa­ter,” ex­plains Bon­ney, adding that your dosha “is like a blue­print for life – it tells us what we need to reach equi­lib­rium and con­sti­tutes per­fect health.”

So why are we only talk­ing about it now? Well, it’s gained pop­u­lar­ity in re­cent years thanks to its celebrity fol­low­ing, with ev­ery­one from Jen­nifer Anis­ton to well­ness junkie Gwyneth Pal­trow jump­ing on board, not to men­tion the in­flux of beauty brands for­mu­lat­ing prod­ucts with Ayurvedic in­gre­di­ents.

And it wouldn’t be pop­u­lar if it didn’t work, ar­gues Shrankhla Hole­cek, founder of beauty brand Uma Oils. “Ayurveda prom­ises re­sults – tan­gi­bly, sus­tain­ably and backed by thou­sands of years of science and ex­pe­ri­ence,” she ex­plains. “A lot of tenets of Ayurveda such as yoga and breath­ing med­i­ta­tion are al­ready quite main­stream and prac­tised widely, of­ten with­out peo­ple re­al­is­ing that they’re, in fact, very deeply Ayurvedic.

“The in­cor­po­ra­tion of Ayurvedic skin­care and herbal reme­dies – from face oils to foods such as turmeric and ghee – is the nat­u­ral next fron­tier in a heal­ing phi­los­o­phy that deeply res­onates with peo­ple.”

Read on to dis­cover your dosha, and what that means for your skin’s health.

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