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Frequently Asked Questions

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What does “anokha” mean?

Anokha is an Urdu word that means “unique”.  The word “anokha” was chosen to describe the unique beauty and needs of all types of skin.

What is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda is a 5000 year-old practice of medicine which originated in India.  It uses herbs and traditional remedies for treatment of common ailments.

Is Anokha an Ayurvedic skin care line?

The initial line is not technically Ayurvedic, although the formulations were heavily influenced by the ingredients and beliefs of Ayurveda. An Ayurvedic side line was started in 2016, and this is a truly Ayurvedic line which is made in small batches by hand.

What ingredients are used in Anokha?

The active ingredients in Anokha Skin Care have been used in beauty remedies for thousands of years on the Indian subcontinent.  Some of the ingredients, such as turmeric and neem, have been studied scientifically and been found to be effective anti-septic agents.  Others, such as jasmine and sandalwood, were selected based upon their anecdotal use.  By combining modern knowledge with traditional ingredients, Anokha represents the best of both the old and the new: Ancient traditions create timeless beauty. 

How is Anokha different from other natural skin care lines?

Anokha is very different from the existing skin care lines available today.  First, the active ingredients in each product are derived from the Indian subcontinent.  Second, the ingredients are used for the same indications as they have been used for thousands of years.  For example, sandalwood has been traditionally used to clarify the skin, and this ingredient was therefore incorporated into the Red Sandalwood and Neem Clarifying Masque.  Third, great care has been taken to ensure that potentially harmful ingredients are not included.  There are no parabens or sulfates in any product.  Finally, Anokha recognizes that every individual has specific needs for their skin, and the products are intended to address these needs.

How long does it take to see results with Anokha?

Most people will notice a difference after three weeks.  Your skin should be softer, smoother, and more even without areas of oiliness and dryness.  In general, the top layer of skin turns over once every six weeks, and therefore the best result is seen at that time.

Do I need to get regular facials?

Facials allow deep cleansing of the pores and skin.  Blackheads are removed and a masque is applied.  The other benefit of a regular facial done every six weeks is that a skilled aesthetician can examine your skin under magnification and advise you on any areas of concern.  A good facial does not need to leave your skin red and inflamed.  

Are your products safe to use during pregnancy?

To our knowledge, yes.  All of the ingredients used in Anokha’s products have been determined to be safe for use during pregnancy and breastfeeding.  However, for your safety and that of your child, we request that you check with your obstetrician prior to beginning any new skin care regimen.

Are your products tested on animals?

No, Anokha’s products are never tested on animals.  They have however been tested by a very enthusiastic group of staff and friends, to whom we are indebted.

Are there any other products in formulation?

Yes, we are always developing new products.  At this time we have several additional items which are currently in production.  However, if you would like to suggest a specific product or have a special need, please let us know at

What do you recommend for oily and acne-prone skin?

Start with the Oatmeal Cleansing Milk, followed by the Lotus Flower and Rosewater Toner and the Jasmine Serum.  Three times each week use the Rice and Bamboo Facial Scrub in place of the cleanser.  Once each week, deep cleanse with the Red Sandalwood and Neem Clarifying Masque.  If you have severe, persistent acne you should seek the care of a qualified dermatologist.

My skin is very dry, especially during the winter.  What products do you recommend?

Use the Almond Cleansing Milk and follow with the Amla Skin Brightening Lotion twice daily.  The Lotus Flower and Rosewater Toner contains no alcohol or witch hazel, and can be added after 1-2 weeks as your skin begins to recover.

What do you recommend for rosacea?

Rosacea is a common skin disorder which presents with flushing and redness on the central face and across the cheeks, nose, or forehead.  You should use a gentle cleanser, such as the Oatmeal Cleansing Milk, and the Jasmine Serum.  The Ayurvedic Pitta Facial Oil is also helpful. There is a wide spectrum of symptoms with this disorder, and you are advised to see a dermatologist for care.

Which moisturizer should I use, the Amla Skin Brightening Lotion or the Jasmine Serum?

 The Amla Skin Brightening Lotion is recommended for use during the winter, and for those with very dry skin.  The Jasmine Serum is much lighter and is perfect for the summer and for those with oily skin.  Many of our clients use both, applying the Jasmine Serum in the morning and the Amla Lotion at night.  Some even like to layer the products, with the Jasmine Serum first followed by the Amla Lotion.  The point is to use the products in a way that works best for you.

Why do some products seem to stop working after a few months?

In most cases, the products have not lost efficacy, but your skin’s needs may have changed.  Most people notice a change in their skin when the weather changes, with more dryness in the winter and oiliness in the summer.  If you have changed your environment, you may also notice a change in your skin as it adjusts to a new climate.  Finally, as we age, our skin becomes drier and sometimes more sensitive.  All of these factors will require you to adjust your skin care regimen.

How do I use oils on my skin?

The easiest way to use our oils is to place 2-3 drops in the palm of your hand, and then add 2-3 drops of water or toner.  The mixture can then be massaged into your skin easily and will be absorbed quickly without leaving any residue.

Why do you use both English and French on your packaging?

French is the universal language of beauty. Our founder, Nina Naidu, is proficient in French and did the translations.  Any grammatical errors are hers.

There is a subtle link between Indian and French beauty...more to come in a blog soon!