Established 5000 years ago, by the great sages of India, Ayurveda is the oldest and most organized system of herbal healing in the world. Literally, Ayurveda means, “The Science of Life.” Indeed, it is not merely a system of healing, but an entire way of life, which aims at helping man live in harmony with nature and also in harmony with himself.
Ayurveda has never been more relevant than it is now, in terms of counteracting the degenerative processes, environmental pollution, toxic build-up and mental stress, all of which have become undesirable features of modern life. Ayurveda provides both curative and preventive measures towards optimal physical, mental and spiritual well-being.
More than simply medical care, Ayurveda offers a philosophy whereby one may prevent unnecessary suffering and live a long, healthy life. Known as the mother of all medical systems, Ayurveda has undergone continuous research, development and refinement over past 5,000 years. Originally from India, Ayurveda is currently experiencing world-wide popularity as a revival sweeps in all continents.Ayurveda employs the judicious application of nutritional guidance, herbal medicines, exercise therapy, transcendental meditation, special rejuvenation and purification therapies.
Preferring to focus on the type of person who has the disease, rather than just understanding the type of disease the person has, Ayurveda is a patient-orientated system of healing.
Today, Ayurveda has found a prominent place in modern cosmetic care. Treatments that were lost in the mists of time have been revived and viewed in the light of modern scientific techniques. Today, along with the Indian philosophies of Yoga and Meditation, the world is looking at the holistic system of Ayurveda for health and beauty solutions. In fact, the interest in Ayurveda has prompted scientific research in many countries, to assess it in scientific terms.
Ayurvedic treatments, therefore, are not only for those who are ill, but for all those who wish to come closer to a state of perfect health. Similarly, Ayurvedic formulations for the skin and hair help both: general care and maintenance, as well as the treatment of specific problems. Although mentioned in ancient texts, the ingredients are still popular in India.
Apart from its long history of practical usage and the element of safety, Ayurveda has several benefits in skin, hair and body care. Plant extracts and natural substances have been formulated into cosmetic products, according to the Ayurvedic system, not only for the daily care of the skin and hair, but also for the treatment of many problems. One of the major benefits is that biologically active ingredients are easily absorbed into the deeper layers of the skin and influence it at the cellular level. These organic ingredients are based on the same biological principles as the human body. This is the reason why the human body responds extremely well to natural substances, while it has an in-built resistance to synthetic ones.
According to Ayurveda, each individual along with nature in its entirety is comprised of the five fundamental elements: Space, Air, Fire, Water and Earth. These elements uniquely combine within each one of us, creating a distinct and unique blueprint also known as our Dosha.
Knowing your Dosha will help you determine the best lifestyle choices, nutrition and skincare products that will offer optimal wellness for your mind, body and spirit.
THERE ARE 3 MAIN DOSHAS: VATA, PITTA AND KAPHA
SPACE / AIR
FORCE OF MOBILITY
Vata is known for a lively personality and a restless, dreamy demeanor. Quick in thought and action, constant motion defines this creative soul. Usually slim with a fine-boned build, Vata skin tends to be dry and thin with small or invisible pores. Common skin imbalances are: premature aging, dehydration, fine lines and wrinkles.
FIRE / WATER
FORCE OF TRANSFORMATION
Pitta is known for a passionate personality and determined soul. With sharp intellect, Pitta makes a good leader and facilitator of change. Usually a medium weight and build, Pitta skin tends to be sensitive or combination with congestion in the t-zone. Common skin imbalances are: breakouts, redness, inflammation and rosacea.
WATER / EARTH
FORCE OF COHESION
Kapha is known for a loyal personality and a strong, steady demeanor. With a calm and grounded presence, Kapha makes a great friend and nurturing companion. Usually a medium to larger build, Kapha skin tends to be smooth, oily and cool with larger pores. Common skin imbalances are: cystic acne around the mouth, excessive oiliness and blackheads.