The Ayurvedic approach to spirituality and wellness focuses on balance, and this traditional Indian philosophy dates back more than 5,000 years. With a focus on natural yet powerful ingredients that work in tandem to address the entire spectrum of body concerns both inside and out, the skin is no exception. Here, five Ayurvedic-based brands that should be on your beauty radar.
Relatively new to the skincare scene, Aavrani derives its name from the Hindi word for “queen,” and this all-natural Ayurvedic ritual features four simple steps to reveal radiant skin. Including the Glow Activating Exfoliator (which doubles as a cleanser and mask), Balance Restoring Serum, Softening Hydra-Whip and Eye Rejuvenating Elixir, you’ll find turmeric, neem, tea tree oil, chamomile flowers and a slew of other good-for-your-skin Ayurvedic ingredients—and the charity-minded brand has partnered with the Shanti Bhavan School to support the education of young women in India.
Blending the principles of Ayurvedic medicine with the science of botany and chemistry, the Pratima range has grown to include 100% natural face, body and haircare products designed to restore balance, health and a youthful appearance. Founded by Dr. Pratima Raichur, a world-renowned Ayurvedic physician, you can also get the full traditional beauty experience at Pratima’s spa in New York City.
For organic Ayurvedic skincare that’s literally good enough to eat (yes, it’s edible), look no further than Rasasara Skinfood. This Australian range includes skincare, haircare and baby products designed for each of the three specific doshas, which are determined by the balance of energies within the body (and the skin). In addition to its wide array of handmade preparations, Rasasara also offers a collection designed to soothe and support the skin during cancer treatment, as well as “Staples,” which are single-ingredient preparations (including black sesame oil and rose water) that can used alone or mixed into other products.
With a unique approach to skincare and wellness that combines Ayurvedic tradition and Shamanism, this Brooklyn-born line includes handcrafted fragrance and skincare oil blends that replenish, rejuvenate and balance the skin as well as the soul and mind. Founder (and Shamanic healer) Angela Shore blesses each and every bottle before it leaves her studio, so you can rest assured you’re getting positive energy along with positive changes in your skin and well-being.
Combining ancient Ayurvedic wisdom and utmost luxury, Arya Essentials line of all-natural skincare features sustainably-sourced ingredients that are hand-selected to achieve specific goals. Created with a team of Ayurvedic doctors in India—and modern yet “clean” skincare technology—this streamlined range includes indulgent oils for the face, body and hair along with a cleanser, toner, eye balm, body scrub and bath salts.