Ayurveda itself is a 5,000 year-old tradition of medicine, originating in India. It is growing in popularity in the west as an alternative medicine or complementary to existing western treatments. The history of Ayurveda is long and covers many diverse fields, but we’re interested in the best part: cosmetics. Why Ayurveda is so tightly intertwined with cosmetics? Not only do these cosmetics use some of the same natural and exotic ingredients used for other treatments, but cosmetics may even have come first. The haldi wedding mask which is still regularly prepared today is one of the first cosmetics ever documented in human history. How’s that for some beauty trivia? Ayurveda teaches that our bodies are ruled by three energies, or doshas. These are Kapha, Pitta and Vata. Your skin type as well as any associated skincare issues are determined by which of these dosha are out of balance and having too much influence.
Ayurvedic beauty care is rooted in three core goals: cleansing, nourishing and moisturizing. Whether you buy ready-made cosmetics or try DIY skincare recipes, these are the three tenets which should be upheld throughout. Ayurveda allows us to customize our skincare routines and mix and match natural ingredients to reach our desired results. If you have thin, dry and dehydrated skin, it’s likely that the Vata dosha is dominant with you, and there are specific suggestions on what you can do to cleanse, nourish and moisturize your skin safely and effectively. Do you get breakouts, inflammation and freckles? Take a look at our Pitta dosha guide. Is your skin dull and oily? Do you have large, visible pores? See what options are available for the Kapha dosha.