SAVE YOUR SKIN WITH AYURVEDA
The holistic practice is making its way into mainstream beauty regimens, writes b+ s beauty editor Kelsey Ferencak
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.