Regular readers of this blog will know that I’ve been trying to claw back a little bit of “me” time, slow down the constant rushing around and spend quality time in everything I’m doing. From trying to practice TM whenever I can to meditating using a crystal, I’m attempting to incorporate a more holistic approach to living my life, creating the space and aura around me that I need, rather than just reacting with knee-jerk speed to all things that happen to happen around me. Taking control, I guess, but that would make me sound like a control freak (who, me?!), which is exactly the opposite of what I’m trying to achieve.
In the past, I’ve dabbled with introducing some Ayurvedic principles into my daily life, mostly in the realm of what I eat, how I cook it and and at what time of day. But without my whole family joining me on this path, it was just too difficult to keep up. Back in the day, I used Ayurvedic skincare range Sundari (co-founded by Christie Turlington) but as is normally the way with these things, with new skincare launches being thrown at me on a weekly basis, I slowly but surely moved onto other products as newness landed on my desk.
Fast forward to today and I’ve recently been trying out Samaya, a new Ayurvedic skincare range. Founded on the ancient Ayurvedic principles of working with each bodies’ individual dosha, the range takes the concepts of Ayurveda and marries them with clinically proven active ingredients, resulting in a cleanser, facial oil and face cream for each of the Vata, Kapha and Pitta types.
The ancient practice of Ayurveda has been around for over 300 years; a holistic approach to health and living, encompassing everything from what we eat to what we do. It all stems from the traditional Hindu system of medicine, and is based in the idea that it is vital to keep the body’s systems in balance so that it can heal itself, using diet, yoga, yogic breathing and herbal treatments. Traditionally, each and every one of us can be divided into one of three “doshas” that can determine which foods are best for us, how our bodies react to illness, what our strengths and weaknesses are and by doing so, can treat those aliments accordingly.
A quick questionnaire on the Samaya website told me my dosha is Vata, which I have to say is a pretty good match for what I already know about me and my skin: “Energetic and creative in balance, but worried, tired and indecisive when out of balance. Often of slender build and suffers from cold hands and feet. Tends to have delicate dry skin and hair, which may need extra moisturising and nourishment to keep it glowing and healthy”… yup, that’s pretty much me.
So I’ve been using the Vata Hydrating Cleanser and Vata Anti-Ageing Treatment Oil and I have to say, I’m loving it. The Cleanser is a lovely creamy balm that really is a pleasure to apply and massage into the skin. It emulsifies on contact with water and washes off easily, with or without a hot cloth. I still use a separate eye makeup remover, but this does a great job of cleansing the skin, and it leaves my face feeling soft and moisturised.
The Vata Anti-Ageing Treatment Oil is a silky smooth blend of Ayurvedic infusions including Rose (the predominant scent), Tumeric (known for its healing properties), Tulsi, Gotu Kola and Ashwagandha. The oil sinks in beautifully – I massage it in at night over my serum – and I’ve even been known to wear it on off-duty days. The
These are premium products (the Facial Oil is priced at £79, the Cleanser £69) but this is reflected in the quality of the ingredients, including crucially, what is left out – there are no parabens, sulphates, phthalates, petrochemicals, mineral oils, silicones, synthetic fragrances or synthetic colours. The packaging is luxurious too – beautiful misty glass bottles that look beautiful in my bathroom.
Even if you’re not into the whole Ayurvedic thing, these products perform on a luxurious, natural anti-ageing skincare level, but aren’t you just a little intrigued to find out if matching your skincare to your dosha type could be the difference you need to see your skin radiant, smooth and youthful looking?
You can find out more about Ayurveda, the products, (including full ingredient listings), and take the dosha questionnaire on the Samaya website here.