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Ingredients

The active ingredients in Anokha Skin Care were selected from the large number of herbal remedies which have been tradionally used throughout South Asia to achieve beautiful, clear skin. Only those ingredients which have also been shown to be both efficacious and safe were chosen. Begin your journey with us to the world of healthy, glowing skin.

 

ALMOND (Prunus dulcis)

Almonds have long been considered by Ayurvedic medicine to provide nutients to the brain and clarity to the skin.  Almond oil is used to soothe and condition the skin by replenishing natural skin oils lost during cleansing.

Products: Almond Cleansing Milk, Jasmine Serum, Ayurvedic Kapha Facial Oil, Ayurvedic Vata Facial Oil

 

AMLA (Phyllanthus emblica)


Amla is prized in South Asia for its multiple uses. As an anti-oxidant it eliminates free-radical induced damage of the skin. It is a natural skin lightener, brightening the skin without bleaching, and is an excellent alternative to hydroquinone. Finally, it inhibits collagenase actvitiy, helping to defy aging skin.  

Product: Amla Skin Brightening Lotion

 

ASHWAGANDHA (Withania somnifera)

Ashwagandha, also known as "Indian ginseng", is one of the best known of all Ayurvedic plants. Leaves of the plant are applied to treat wounds, abscesses, and inflammation. It is also used by Indian women to reduce dark circles beneath the eyes.

Product: Mango Butter Eye Treatment

 

BLACK TEA (Camellia sinensis)

Black tea is a fermented variety of tea derived from the same Camellia sinensis plant that produces green tea. Black tea ferment is an antioxidant which helps to defend against free radicals while softening and brightening the skin. 

Product: Black Tea & Licorice Root Brightening Cleanser 

 

BAMBOO (Bambusa arundinacea)


Bamboo contains bambusoideae, which helps to bind moisture to the skin surface. Its extract also contains over 70% natural silica, which helps to exfoliate and smooth the skin's outer layers. In addition, it is a fast-growing plant which helps to balance oxygen and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. 

Product: Rice & Bamboo Facial Scrub

 

BURDOCK ROOT (Arctium lappa)

Burdock root has been shown to have both anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties. It is often used in the treatment of acne. 

Product: Lotus Flower & Rosewater Toner

 

CLARY SAGE (Salvia sclera)

Clary sage has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for its exfoliating and hydrating properties.

Product: Ayurvedic Kapha Facial Oil

 

COCONUT (Cocos nucifera)

Coconut oil is enormously popular in beauty products secondary to its moisturizing properties and its ability to be easily absorbed into the skin. 

Product: Ayurvedic Pitta Facial Oil

 

GERANIUM (Pelargonium graveolens)

Geranium has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for its toning and acne fighting abilities.

Product: Ayurvedic Vata Facial Oil

 

GOTU KOLA (Centella asiatica)

Gotu kola, also known as Indian Pennywort, is believed to contain active ingredients which stimulate the production of human collagen. It has been shown to be effective in the treatment of burns, wounds, ulcers, and the prevention of scars, and is an anti-inflammatory agent.

Product: Lotus Flower & Rosewater Toner

 

GREEN TEA (Camellia sinensis)

Green tea, the unfermented form of black tea, is widely cultivated throughout India and Sri Lanka. Although it is often ingested for its anti-oxidants, it can also be used as a soothing anti-inflammatory agent when applied directly to the skin. It is also a natural astringent and is helpful in treating breakouts.

Product: Rice & Bamboo Facial Scrub

  

JASMINE OIL (Jasminum officiale)

The jasmine flower is one of the most beloved and fragrant flowers throughout South Asia. Jasmine oil has been used in Ayurvedic medicine to soothe and moisturize the skin. Its fragrance is both calming and sensual.

Product: Jasmine Serum, Ayurvedic Pitta Facial Oil

 

LAVENDER (Lavandula angustifolia)

Lavender is a highly fragrant flower which has been used to reduce scars, decrease pigmentation, and fight acne, inflammation, and infection.

Product: Ayurvedic Kapha Facial Oil

 

LEMON (Citrus limon

The lemon is able to reduce both pigmentation and oil on facial skin, but should never be applied directly without use of a carrier oil.

Product: Ayurvedic Vata Facial Oil

 

LICORICE ROOT (Glycyrrhiza glabra)


Licorice root is a safe and natural skin lightening agent. It is one of several ingredients available as alternatives to hydroquinone to lighten areas of hyperpigmentation on the skin. In addition, it can be used to soothe inflamed skin.

Products: Amla Skin Brightening Lotion, Black Tea & Licorice Root Brightening Cleanser

 

LOTUS (Nelumbo nucifera)

Throughout human history the lotus flower has been treasured as a sacred symbol of purity and vitality. Depictions of this plant adorn the walls of Hindu temples and Egyptian tombs. It is valued for its soothing and astringent properties.

Product: Lotus Flower & Rosewater Toner

 

MANGO (Mangifera indica)

The mango, also known as "the food of the gods", is an enormously popular fruit throughout South Asia. It contains high levels of vitamin C and anti-oxidants. The butter derived from the fruit softens the skin and prevents moisture loss.

Product: Mango Butter Eye Treatment

 

MILK 

Milk and milk products, such as yogurt, have been valued since ancient times for their soothing and luxurious properties. Cleopatra is known to have bathed in a concoction of mik and rose petals. It is still used daily by Indian women as a gentle facial cleanser.

Products: Almond Cleansing Milk, Oatmeal Cleansing Milk

 

NEEM (Azadirachta indica)

The neem tree is considered to be a "miracle plant" in India, and its leaves and bark have been used for centuries to cleanse and disinfect the skin. It is traditionally used as an extremely effective acne treatment and to tone the skin.

Product: Red Sandalwood & Neem Clarifying Masque

 

NEROLI (Citrus aurantium)

Neroli has been shown to exhibit both anti-oxidant and anti-microbial properties when used in skin care.

Product: Ayurvedic Vata Facial Oil

 

OATMEAL (Avena sativa)

Oatmeal is a gentle cleanser which is excellent for oily skin types. It absorbs excess sebum while restoring the barrier function of skin. In addition, it acts as a gentle exfoliant. It relives areas of inflammation, and is thought to improve the elasticity of the skin. 

Product: Oatmeal Cleansing Milk

 

ORANGE PEEL (Citrus aurantium)

Citrus species originally came from southern Asia, although they are now cultivated widely. Similar to lemon oil, it has large amounts of vitamin C, provides anti-oxidants, and is astringent for the skin. Both the oil and the peel stimulate the circulation and clear blemishes. The peel is also a mild exfoliant.

Product: Almond Cleansing Milk

 

PEPPERMINT (Mentha piperita)

Peppermint contains vitamins A and C, and is soothing to the skin.  

Product: Ayurvedic Lip Butter

 

RICE (Oryza sativa)

Rice, a universal food staple, has been used in beauty treatments around the world. It is an excellent exfoliant and can be used 2-3x/week. The oil derived from rice bran is a moisturizer which also brightens to skin and contains anti-oxidants. It is a valuable nutrient for the skin.

Product: Rice & Bamboo Facial Scrub

 

ROSE (Roseacea rosa)

The alluring rose is a wonderful source of beauty remedies. Rose oil tones the skin. Rosewater, which is the distilled essence of rose petals, is not only astringent, but also has anti-inflammatory and anti-septic properties. The powder of dried and crushed rose petals also provides an astringent effect.

Products: Lotus Flower & Rosewater Toner, Red Sandalwood & Neem Clarifying Masque, Ayurvedic Pitta Facial Oil

  

SANDALWOOD (Santalum album)

Sandalwood, believed to bring one closer to the divine, is indigenous to the Indian subcontinent. It  has long been prized for its anti-septic, soothing, and moisturizing properties. The oil has been used as a perfume for over 4000 years. 

Products: Jasmine Serum, Red Sandalwood & Neem Clarifying Masque

 

SESAME (Sesamum indicum)

Sesame oil is an anti-oxidant and moisturizing agent for the skin. Its is easily absorbed, and possesses both anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties.

Product: Ayurvedic Vata Facial Oil 

 

TULSI (Ocimum tenuiflorum)

Tulsi, also known as holy basil, is used in India for both purification and medicine. It is known for its antiseptic and soothing qualities, and is frequently used in acne treatments. The scent is light and refreshing.

Product: Red Sandalwood & Neem Clarifying Masque

 

TURMERIC (Curcuma longa)

Turmeric, a relative of ginger, is a powder ground from the root of a leafy plant. It contains curcumin, which has repeatedly been shown in scientific studies to possess anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-oxidative properties. Turmeric and milk are applied to the skin by South Asian brides and grooms prior to marriage in a beauty ritual. It is a key ingredient in many acne and facial treatments.

Product: Red Sandalwood & Neem Clarifying Masque

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