In short, yes. Ayurveda is an ancient (5000 years old) holistic healing system, that has been the inspiration for this new range of skincare products from Samaya. It’s a plant-based ayurvedic skincare range (which happens to be good enough to eat), that combines clinically proven active ingredients with Ayurvedic wisdom and herbs, selected to balance your particular dosha.
What is your dosha? That’s your constitution, your mind-body type. In Ayurveda, health is defined as the ‘dynamic state of balance between mind, body, and environment’. By understanding your mind-body type, and creating a lifestyle that supports your unique physical, emotional, and mental nature, you can create the balance needed to maintain a positive state of health and wellbeing.
There is a quiz on the Samaya website which helps you work out your dosha – this is indicative only to help you select the right skincare range for you. Mine is pitta, described as having a ‘well-proportioned and compact build, with a focused mind and a love of order. Confident and passionate, enjoying challenges. Prone to anger and impatience when out of balance. Benefits from gentle skincare as skin can be sensitive and irritable, susceptible to wrinkles, sunburn and inflammation.’ That sums me up to a T 🙂
There is a wealth of information on the website, so please do take a look. But I know that no matter what the theory is around a particular skincare range, or the philosophy that has inspired it, what I am looking for is something effective, and that leaves my skin in a better state than it was before I used it. And I can honestly say that after a week of using the anti-ageing cream and treatment oil, my skin is feeling relaxed, calm, hydrated and more radiant.
I’m a sucker for a face oil, and the treatment oil is just divine. The smell is enticing (I think it’s the jasmine), it smoothes on to skin like velvet, and combines well with the anti-ageing cream to give it a boost. I’ve found it has helped my skin to recover from a week in the sun and a week back in the smog of London.
Active ingredients in the pitta range include jasmine, neem oil, lotus, turmeric, saffron, shatavari, and gotu kola. The smell of jasmine is soothing every time I use it, the neem oil promotes skin healing, and saffron helps to tone skin and impart a natural radiance. I can’t wait to try out the cleanser now!
I met Abida, the founder of Samaya, a few weeks ago. She spent years researching and developing this range, because she didn’t want to use anything on her skin that she wouldn’t be prepared to eat. She tapped into her family’s heritage, and drew on the Ayurvedic principles she had been brought up on, to create a range that suits the 3 dosha types – Vata, Pitta and Kapha. She’s been using the products herself for some time and has beautiful skin! She’s her own best advert.
The products look and feel luxurious, with glass bottles designed with a pump that dispenses just the right amount of cream or oil; the glass keeps the contents stable, and they look fab in my bathroom. It’s a luxury range, so expect to pay premium prices, which seems fair because they contain clinically proven anti-ageing ingredients. You can buy it online here, and watch out for this range making it’s way on to the high street soon.
It has spurred me on to learn more about Ayurveda, and how the mind-body connection can be used to create a more healthy body. 5000 years of wisdom can’t be wrong can it!