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In one of my previous articles I wrote about home-made beauty recipes and skin-friendly foods. But sometimes we are too busy to cook masks and creams and still need to look pretty. While the skin is an outer reflection of what’s happening on the inside and likewise, everything you put onto the skin becomes a part of who you are. Until very recently most of us were choosing skin-care based on the promised results without paying close attention to 20-letter words on the package. Now more and more research points out that whatever we put on our skin eventually ends our in our body and that harmful chemicals hurt us a lot more on the inside than they do good on the outside.

Fortunately, there are more companies appearing who’s mission is to make natural, organic and healthy skin-care. Some even claim that you can eat it! As a true ayurveda girl, my creams come ayurvedic as well! Time honored recipes of natural beauty were passed down in texts written in Sanskrit, over 5,000 years ago — ayurveda philosophy — a system of rejuvenation, beauty and health care. In India, it is believed that exactly blended formulations of ayurvedic herbs and essential oils can assist the skin in cell rejuvenation, restoring balance and helping to slow the aging process. Here are my favorite brands that provide unique dosha-specific skin-care:

Pratima Skincare – The ayurvedic PRATIMA line brings together the wisdom of nature and the intelligence intrinsically embedded in every ingredient to deliver organic formulas that profoundly restore and visibly transform. Dr. Pratima Raichur, an expert chemist, botanist and Ayurvedic physician, combines her traditional ayurvedic formulations and harvests them into modern day prescriptions that target the real reasons behind our skincare issues. Synergistically and conscientiously blended to promote the balance of your individual dosha and unique skin type, each bottle contains the purest and most effective ingredients to genuinely feed your skin, provide optimal skin immunity, rebalance troubled complexions and address the signs of aging where they begin. Dr. Pratima Raichur personally hand-makes her products and performs ancient healing mantras during the creation of each formula to further promote health, wellbeing and purity of intention. All Pratima cosmetics consist of  100% Herbs, Roots, Flowers, Fruits, Plants and Minerals from the earth. They are also cruelty free and Sattvic—non-harming to any living being. Dr Raichur says that each of her products contains a wisdom passed down generation after generation that has stood the test of time.

Sundari – Created by a former model Christy Turlington, Sundari is translated as a “Beautiful Woman” from Sanskrit. In Vedic tradition, sundãri is often defined as the goddess within. The goddess sundãri is the personification of beauty. She is honored in Indian culture for her symmetry, strength and grace. This reverence for sundãri is a regard for the light in each of us. By honoring her, we honor ourselves. A distinctive collection of anti-aging skincare products created from the purest ingredients and rarest essences distilled from nature, SUNDÃRI blends modern science for immediate results with botanicals known through ancient wisdom. SUNDÃRI products are formulated with organic ingredients where ever possible, essential oils and never test on animals. SUNDÃRI combines adherence to Ayurvedic principles based on an ancient eastern philosophy with the finest quality ingredients from nature, delivering a holistic approach to wellness that results in outer radiance and inner serenity.
Sarada Ayurvedic Remedies came into existence through in intent and desire to bring traditional Ayurvedic formulas to North America. A Mother and Daughter partnership with the daughter leading the way with her knowledge and experience as an Ayurvedic Practitioner for the past 17 years, along with many years spent in India, studying with Ayurvedic doctors, working in clinics and seeing first hand the curative effects of Ayurveda. Sarada creates products that are traditionally prepared, 100% natural, and those that demonstrate the ability to heal through simple, daily use. All products are formulated from ancient texts and contain only native medicinal plants, minerally-rich purified clays and naturally processed oils. Due to the strict adherence to Ayurvedic principles and methods for processing, Sarada is able to offer products free of chemical, artificial or preservative additives with the assurance they will remain potent and long lasting. For some products such as Pimple Remover and Face Wash, the ingredients are hand pounded individually and sieved to the required mesh before blending. Final mixing of the clays and medicinal herbs is done manually.

Solavedi Organics is an ayurveda inspired formulary of massage oils and skincare. Every product relies on ayurvedic wisdom that tells us that every constitutional skin personality is unique and has its own recommended beauty rituals. Solavedi offers everything that a pretty girl might want from face serums and creams to parfums and essential oils. Solavedi uses organic food grade ingredients that are 100% raw, live, enzyme active, and oil free. One of their best products FACE FOOD creates a protective barrier against free radicals and moisture loss (one of the main causes of wrinkles). It ingredients make it sound like a smoothie: really raw honey and honey cappings (unheated, enzyme rich, a food source of over 80 essential fast, transdermally assimilated nutrients) , propolis (has antibiotic, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory properties), pure water + royal jelly, bee pollen (a food that contains over 96 unprocessed natural vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids, and hormones to restore integrity to tired skin immediately) and natural essential oil  (a rich source of vitamin C and flavanoids). Is your skin hungry for a treat like this?

Bindi – The key to BINDI’s products are the all-herbal and all-natural ingredients especially targeted to your specific skin type. Because these ingredients are all-natural, they do not have any side effects and work naturally to balance your skin and heal it. Bindi uses fresh herbs, flowers, roots, and essential oils penetrate deeply into your skin tissues to nourish, repair, and restore equilibrium to damaged skin by accelerating cell rejuvenation. The Bindi skin care regimen consists of 3 synergistically balanced herbal products applied in a specific sequence: The Herbal Cleanser, The Essential Oil, and the Moisturizing cream. My favorite Bindi product is their Hair Oil that serves as a powerful hair and scalp conditioner. It provides excellent nourishment to hair and scalp and helps alleviate eczema. It is a balancing product that reduces dehydation in the scalp. Ingredients include Sweet Almond Oil as the base, Brahmi, Jasmine, Lavender.

Himalaya – Over 77 years ago, Himalaya started using ancient skincare recipes and scientifically refining them to meet contemporary standards and needs. Starting in 1930, Himalaya succeeded in combining the rich value of an old system of natural health (Ayurveda) with all the processes of modern pharmaceutical technology. Since then, the result of this gigantic effort has been widely sold throughout the world and Himalaya has established a position of uncontested leadership in pharmaceutical-grade Natural Health Products. Himalaya offers a full range of head to heel natural personal care made with organic raw ingredients. Himalaya products contain only the highest grade of cold-pressed oils The benefits from this process are preservation of potent anti-aging compounds, rich nutrients and moisturizing factors.

What are your favorite skincare brands?

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