Ayurveda means the science of life. A holistic system that focuses on health and wellbeing, we can use its ideas and beliefs to change every aspect of our lives for the better. Everything we eat, apply to our skin, or even the type of lifestyle we lead, affects the way we feel and look. When used alongside your beauty routine, the benefits from its core ingredients can help you become healthier and more balanced. As a result you’ll look and feel radiant.
Practiced in India as a branch of medicine, Ayurveda might be 5000 years old, but fits in seamlessly into a modern 21st century lifestyle. But unlike so many things in the modern world, Ayurveda doesn’t believe just in the quick fix. It decrees that we can use natural ingredients – plants, herbs, roots and barks – to heal and repair the body. When blended with the right products, this includes combating the effects of pollution to de-stressing after work, from creating tranquillity to dealing with dietary issues.
If you use a beauty system that bases its ingredients and beliefs on Ayurveda, you can rejuvenate your body from head to toe.
How does it work?
According to Ayurveda, your body and mind have characteristics, and these decide what dosha you are. In Ayurveda there are five elements – air, water, fire, earth and space – that influence this. There are three doshas, and you will have your own unique combination of characteristics that will decide which group you fall into. If anything goes wrong with your body, mind or wellbeing, Ayurveda believes that it is because your dosha is out of balance. But through the right blend of plants and herbs, it can show you how to re-balance yourself.
Doshas: There are three doshas, and while most people are predominantly one, it is possible to be a mixture of two.
Vata: A dosha of air and space, Vata is about movement and energy. Vata people tend to be slim, creative and flighty, and the dosha concentrates heavily on the digestive system and circulation. It is usually the dosha most likely to fall out of balance, and when it does, the skin tends to go on the dry side and indigestion sets in.
Pitta: A dosha of fire and water, Pittas are usually medium-build, quick-tempered, with a tendency to be ambitious, intelligent and quick-witted. Focussed on emotions, hormones and enzymes, when Pittas are unbalanced, they can become aggressive, quick-tempered and demanding.
Kapha: With a natural resilience to disease and tending towards leading long lives, Kaphas belong to the earth and water dosha. Kapha is stable, sturdy, calm and peaceful, but when out of balance, they can be sluggish and slow, tending towards being overweight.