You can find it in our Blackseed and Kumkumadhi Oils, and it’s powerful when it comes to keeping your skin looking dewy and youthful.
Rice Bran Oil (Oryza sativa) contains an abundance of benefits, so let’s get on with it and tell you more.
It’s a first-rate hydrator thanks to its Oleic and Linoleic Acids (fatty acids), which help skin retain high amounts of hydration. It’s also packed with Vitamins and firming Q10. Together, these components aid in reducing lines and wrinkles, boosting elasticity and evening out dark spots and dusky markings. Its Vitamin E content makes it a brilliant nourisher.
Rice Bran Oil is also a rich source of antioxidants such as Gamma Oryzanol, Ferulic Acid and Tocopherols. Antioxidants strengthen the skin’s defence and help guard against premature ageing.
Oryzanol (Gamma Oryzanol) is a potent anti-ageing complex with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. It kicks up micro-circulation, addresses pigmentation, deeply moisturises dry skin and balances natural oil production.
Ferulic Acid neutralises free radicals and guards against oxidative damage, which can cause wrinkles and lines. It also has anti-inflammatory, offers UV protection, reducing UV-induced damage and soothing benefits to address sensitivities.
Tocopherols are a Vitamin E complex including alpha, beta and gamma. Vitamin E can help protect skin cells from oxidative stress, UV radiation and other ageing concerns; in addition, Vitamin E nourishes and soothes.
Now we’re familiar with the benefits of Rice Bran Oil.
It’s time to go a step further and take your routine to a new level by incorporating our blockbuster and supercharged Blackseed and Kumkumadhi Oils. All the benefits of Rice Bran Oil PLUS a powerhouse mix of active and pure Ayurvedic herbs to make your complexion glowing and dewy in the short term. With continued use … healthy and happier skin. The bonus is they’re lightweight and absorb in a flash for a softer and velvety smooth skin.
Our restorative Black Seed Oil, a lighter textured oil, brings the skin back to life, and its texture makes it a perfect warmer-weather oil. While set in a base of Sesame Seed Oil, it’s boosted with Rice Bran Oil, which is overflowing with polysaccharides, proteins, antioxidants, minerals and other phytonutrients, 100% natural Black Seed Oil and Jirakadi, a combination of Black Sesame and two varieties of Cumin. It’s a potent formula and the latest in our facial oil lineup. Helping to build a healthier skin structure and integrity, it also targets ageing issues, blemishes, dark spots, redness, inflammation and scarring.
Evening out tone, refining texture, minimising under eye circles and calming, our Kumkumadi Oil is powered with 26 precious Ayurvedic herbs to keep skin supple and smooth while addressing lines. It includes mainstays of Saffron and Turmeric with Madder, beautifying Rose, anti-inflammatory Liquorice, Vetiver to hydrate and the essential oils of Bergamot and Lavender.
Yasmin suggests using just 2-3 drops, as a little goes a long way. You can also mix in a few drops with your day and night creams for an extra boost of hydration, or it can be used alone.
Either way, your skin will be supple, radiant, healthy and youthful. Isn’t it time to switch up your routine?
HAIR OILING, A SIMPLE WEEKLY ROUTINE for healthy glossy hair
Did you know that a healthy scalp equals healthy, glossy hair?
Hair Oiling is a long held Ayurvedic practice and a tradition in India where every woman’s hair is super lustrous and silken.
Now it’s big news and trending on social media. And there’s a reason, it works wonders, has unlimited benefits and is very relaxing.
While we all know beautiful hair is a status symbol, however keeping it that way with constant styling, chemical processes including colouring, curling and/or straightening can weaken the hair’s roots, cause dryness, dandruff and make the hair lifeless, dull and brittle. Outside elements, particularly UV rays is another culprit that damages the hair. So an oiling treatment is essential to scalp and hair health.
A weekly hair oiling is simple and takes just minutes. It’s not a matter of just soaking the scalp and hair in oil. The art of massage using the fingertips is just as important.
Massaging oil into the scalp helps boost circulation, which takes oxygen and nutrients to the hair follicles, it conditions the scalp, reduces dandruff and flakiness, strengthens hair roots, reduces hair fall, stimulates hair growth, guards against premature greying, eases frizz, replenishes dryness, reduces brittleness and split ends, increases hair lustre and manageability and leaves hair silken and soft.
It also helps relax the mind and relieve everyday stress.
Treat your scalp and hair before showering in the morning, at night or make it your Saturday routine using one of our herbal oils ~ Brahmi, Neelini or our all-rounder, Herbal Hair Oil.
Apply the Hair Oil and gently massage in, comb through to the ends of the hair before showering or taking a bath, leaving it in for 30 minutes.
You can also apply, massage in and leave on overnight. Be sure to cover your pillow with a hand towel. In the morning simply shampoo out as normal using a natural hair cleanser. Strands will be super soft, silky and shiny afterwards.
Team your hair oil routine with one of our shampoos ~ Amla, Green Apple or Henna.
Temperamental and touchy, often overheated, red, irritated, inflamed, uncomfortable and sometimes itchy. Sound familiar?
Sensitivity can be a short-term or ongoing issue.
Short-term, it can be triggered by a number of factors including harsh, aggressive or too active products, cleansers or serums for example, abrasive exfoliators, scrubbing too often or way too vigorously, products containing alcohol, such as toners, moisturisers loaded with fragrance, chemicals and synthetics and over-use of hot water.
You’ve lived with sensitive skin for as long as you can remember and tried everything to calm, soothe and heal it.
Enter Pure Silver …..
Silver was valued and used in ancient times as an anti-bacterial and anti-microbial agent, in the control of infections and wound healing and to strengthen the immune system. Throughout time Silver has effectively treated many skin problems, thanks also to its power plus anti-inflammatory and healing benefits. It has also been used in the medical world for wound management and dressings.
Silver in Ayurveda is recognised to have exceptional cooling qualities and restorative benefits that help pacify sensitive skin and reduce its symptoms.
It is a remarkable ingredient that subdues excess heat and minimises redness, rosacea and irritation. Soothing and reviving the overall appearance of sensitive skin, it also relieves the tight, uncomfortable feeling often associated with inflamed skin.
Silver also helps restore the natural pH of the skin which is very important as an upset or out of balance pH can lead to a weakening of the protective barrier. This can allow irritants to penetrate and compromise the skin’s overall function. The skin’s barrier, aka the acid mantle, is responsible for protecting it, by keeping in moisture and locking out pollution, toxins and bacteria.
We use pure and precious Silver Leaf and other selected soothing and healing Ayurvedic herbs in our Silver product range ~ Silver Toner, Silver Gel and Silver Day Cream. Together they work to nurture sensitive skin and leave it calm, supple and renewed.
Added grated potato to your face mask? Is it a thing?
Yes, and the extra benefits for your skin will surprise you.
We know how yummy the humble potato is … in a bake, mashed, roasted or fried, however, did you know it makes a fabulous and pampering skin friend?
Potatoes contain nutrients like Vitamins C and B6, Potassium and Flavonoids that work together to help reduce wrinkles, redness, and irritation.
In addition, Potatoes contain Magnesium to help boost elasticity and moisture, Zinc to regenerate, antioxidants to help protect the skin against free radical damage and, azaelic acid (generally found in grains like wheat, barley and rye) to brighten the skin, fade hyperpigmentation and scarring, and also address other concerns such as acne and rosacea.
The anti-ageing properties present in Potatoes can also improve collagen content thereby improve the skin’s overall appearance. Natural moisturisers and rejuvenators, they also help boost skin health and keep it clear. They are also helpful in exfoliating the skin and their starch gives the skin a natural glow.
Potatoes are champions when it comes to the skin, and it’s easy to include them in your skincare routine.
“In true Ayurvedic tradition, Udvartana is a body toning program using a combination of herbal powders and oil on the entire body. The unique ingredients used in the formulation help remove excess fat, fluid and fatigue and tone the skin by kick-starting circulation.” explains Yasmin.
Doing wonders for both body and skin, the Ayurvedic practice of dry body massage has been around for centuries. It’s beneficial for improved lymphatic flow/drainage, increased circulation, oxygenation of the blood, helping detoxify, improving muscle tone and even improving the appearance of cellulite.
And, like any exfoliation, dry body brushing sloughs away dead surface cells and enhances skin texture.
We have formulated our Udwarthanam Powder, a customised mix of very fine and pure herbs chosen for their specific properties that help elevate and energise the body. These herbs include Pandanus Odoratissimus (known as Kewra), an aromatic herb that acts as a stimulant, Himalayan Cedar to increase circulation, Nut Grass to kick-start the metabolism, Rubia Crodifolia (Manjishta) an anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial and Vetiver, helpful in removing excess heat in the body. https://www.omveda.com.au/product/omveda-udwarthan-udvarthi-100mls-v/
All benefits aside, dry body brushing can make us feel invigorated and may be just the key to unlocking glowing, healthy skin!
Our Udwarthanam Powder makes it easy for us to relive this centuries-old beauty ritual at home, with or without a very soft natural fibre brush.
Before shower or bath, pop your favourite OmVeda body oil in a bowl of very warm water, particularly in cooler days. Apply onto your body and dust our Udwarthanam Powder over the oil. Take your time with the body brushing practice as it is a rejuvenating and relaxing part of the bodycare routine. Use firm massage motions working circular motions. The massage movements should be aggressive firm and strong enough to be effective and help with circulation, drainage and exfoliation. This helps promote circulation and breaks down congestion in areas where the lymph flow has become sluggish and where toxins have collected. After showering be sure to moisturise well so skin absorbs all the benefits.
The combined action of body massage and herbs, both in the body oil and the Udwarthanam Powder, improves surface circulation and encourages elimination of wastes. It also works to increase nutrients and oxygen to the skin for improved blood flow and, overall, helping the cleansing process.
Exfoliation is an essential and effective step in your skincare routine, it does the prep work to ensure your skincare products to follow work more efficiently.
Regular exfoliation takes care of dull, dusty surface layers of dead skin build-up, keeps the complexion smooth, radiant and fresh, decongests, helps with skin discolouration and tackles impurities that can accumulate and clog pores. And, your make up will look noticeably more even, won’t settle into lines and flaws won’t be highlighted.
There are two types of exfoliants, physical and chemical.
Physical exfoliants, such as the OmVeda scrubs, are products containing tiny particles designed to manually remove dead surface cells, excess oil and other debris, revealing fresh skin cells underneath. Physical exfoliants aren’t just skincare products, they also include beauty tools like exfoliating gloves, brushes and even face cloths.
Chemical exfoliants, on the other hand, are chiefly in the form of resurfacing serums and use acids like AHA’s and BHA’s and enzymes to loosen surface cells and dissolve grime. These products can also come in the form of cleansers, toners, serums and creams.
Exfoliation gives your other products such as serums and moisturisers improved penetrating power, allowing them to do their work more efficiently. But remember, no serum or cream, regardless of how fabulous its formula, can do its job on desert dry, ashy, lizard like or dehydrated skin.
The key is not to scrub too hard, exfoliate too often or use harsh and aggressive ingredients that can cause sensitivity, irritation and inflammation. Over-doing it can upset and damage the skin barrier and the result can be dryness, flaky patches and redness.
Try exfoliating at night, rather than in the morning, as skin will be less vulnerable to sun damage. If you do exfoliate in the am, always remember to apply your sunscreen.
Exfoliation has great benefits, but no need to obsess, we recommend exfoliating once a week for drier skins and twice to three times per week for oilier types. For oily T-zones, concentrate on that area after you cleanse. Use gentle circular motions, it’s not necessary to rub hard. Be sure to use only one product that has exfoliating properties in your routine. Don’t reach for the cleanser or serum that contains AHA’s for example. Check your ingredients.
OmVeda has three physical exfoliators …. Walnut Scrub, Scrub Grains and Gold Scrub.
Our Walnut Scrub is a ready-made creamy formula for dry, dull and mature skin.
Our Scrub Grains and Gold Scrub are fine herbal powder Scrubs, called Ubtans. They are designed to be mixed with an OmVeda Toner or Water and/or patted onto damp skin and exfoliated over the skin using gentle, circular motions.
For oilier skins (and oily T-zones), our Scrub Grains and for normal to dry skins, our Gold Scrub (not suitable for sensitive skins).