Ayurveda medicine is a 5000-year-old therapy proving very popular in the 21st century. It aims to restore wellbeing by addressing the root causes of illness, that is, constitutional imbalances. Healing can be achieved through a combination of dietary advice, herbal remedies and massage treatments.
The skin is a vital organ in Ayurveda because, next to the digestive system, it’s believed to be the ultimate ‘carrier’ of Ayurvedic medicine. Maintaining a healthy skin is also considered the true path to ‘absolute beauty’. Now there’s a more convenient, accessible way to enjoy the benefits of Ayurveda – a skincare range developed by a new Australian company.
Building on their natural talent for healing skin problems, Sonia Lloyd and Tracy Anthony have developed Rasasara Skinfoods. It’s an easy-to-use skin regime that will not only restore the skin’s radiance but also support you in bringing your body’s constitution into balance.
Rasasara formulations go more than skin deep. A Sanskrit word, Rasasara is all about supplying nutrients via the seven layers of the skin to support the healthy development of the seven body tissues (plasma, blood, muscle, fat, bone, nerves and reproductive tissue). The pure plant essences are 75 per cent more absorbent than herbs taken whole so Rasasara Skinfoods are able to provide cellular nourishment and regeneration throughout the whole body.
Just as Ayurvedic medicine works on identifying a person’s individual dosha, or constitution, so too are Rasasara products matched with the three Vata, Pitta and Kapha skin types.
When Vata skin types are imbalanced they need extra moisture, and warming and grounding properties to combat dryness and poor circulation. The ages of 45 to 60 are what are known as the Vata stage of life. This is when a tendency towards roughness can override your dosha of previous years.
The Rasasara skin routine begins with a powdered herbal face cleanser made up of biodynamically grown ingredients, such as crushed rice grains, warming Ayurvedic spices, and essential oils formulated along the lines of Ayurvedic remedies.
The Rasasara face nourishing oils are made of pure plant essences that can assist in healing infections, inhibiting blackheads and protecting the skin from pollutants. Designed to be used in combination with the aromatic hydrating mists, you simply add a little to your palm and rub them together to begin the emulsifying process. The fine molecular density of the essential oils means they penetrate directly to the skin cells.
Pitta skin types have sensitive complexions and are prone to aggravations and breakouts. On an emotional level, Pitta people can experience ‘hot and bothered’ states of discomfort. What they need most is cooling and soothing which is exactly what the rose petals, jasmine and burdock in the Pitta herbal face cleansers will do.
Kapha skin types, on the other hand, need stimulating ingredients to combat sluggish, oily complexions and enliven the senses. The herbal cleanser, nourishing oil and hydrating mist contain essential oils and ingredients such as holy basil, cinnamon leaf, sage, lemon peel and lavender – all working synergistically to create a lightness of being.
Sonia and Tracy work on the principle: “If you can’t eat it, don’t put it on your face.” Helping, not harming – it’s what lies at the heart and soul of the Rasasara Skinfood range.