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ancient wisdom for a modern lifestyle

Poetic and universal, Purearth is rooted in eternal Ayurvedic wisdom -- as compelling today as 5000 years ago. We partake while our skin drinks it all in.

At Purearth, we have tremendous respect for the Indian science and philosophy of Ayurveda and indigenous knowledge that has been handed down through ancient classical texts and communities. We subscribe to Ayurveda’s codified system of plant and mineral based healing which harnesses the potency of wild harvested herbs, seeds, roots, leaves and flowers. Seeking to create harmony and balance between the mind the body, we draw from its sacred repository that is believed to govern the fundamental energies that relate to all our biological processes.

Purearth’s founder Kavita Khosa has practiced Ayurveda for over 20 years and holds a Diploma from the Ayurvedic Institute, founded by Dr Vasant Lad. A yoga teacher and Vedanta student, she established and ran Sachananda Yoga Shala, a non-profit yoga school, for four years before starting Purearth in 2012. She now pours her passion and principles into skincare and wellness, engaging with Ayurvedic practitioners, naturopaths and aromatherapists to create time- honoured remedies for contemporary living.

Our approach to beauty and wellness does not rely on quick fixes or chemical solutions - we believe that for the external to be beautiful, the internal must be in balance. The secret to youth and wellbeing, according to Ayurvedic literature, is in the balance of three elemental energies or doshas: vāta (air & space), pitta (fire & water) and kapha (water & earth). Everyone possesses a unique combination of doṣhas that defines their temperament and characteristics.

Understanding
Your Dosha

The Ayurvedic skin type for you is determined by analyzing which element is predominant in your skin make up. Although there are natural elements present on your skin, external factors influence or disturb the natural composition. Some of these factors include pollution, food, allergies, mental or emotional stress, among others. Rather than one type, we display a combination of vata, pitta and kapha at different stages of life.

Vata

This skin type has both air and space as its predominant elements. The skin is cool to the touch yet very fine and delicate. Those who belong to the vata skin type can develop early signs of ageing on their skin. It is also highly at risk of developing various conditions such as skin fungus and eczema. To prevent such problems, make sure to get enough sleep at night and eliminate sources of mental worry and stress.

BEING: Vata relates to movement in the body (blood circulation, digestion, activity in the nervous system and brain). Vata types usually have small body frames and can be overactive, indecisive, nervous, concerned and fearful
SKIN: Vata skin dislikes the cold, loves the sun and tans easily. It is generally dry, prone to early wrinkling and chapping. Its complexion is often dull (caused by poor circulation) which can make it cold to touch. Vata skin needs warmth and nourishment.

HAIR: Vata hair is usually dark and coarse. It is rough in texture and often curly, frizzy, dry or tangled (either for the length of the hair or at the ends). The scalp tends to be flaky with dandruff, itchy and dry.
Balanced vata: characterized by an appearance of fineness with a light glow. Unbalanced vata: flaky, rough, and prone to dryness.
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Pitta

In this type of skin, both fire and water are dominant elements. Individuals with pitta skin are mostly fair with a soft, warm glow. This type of skin complexion could also have freckles and moles on the surface. It could put one at risk of developing various diseases such as rosacea, liver spots, pigmentation, rashes, and acne. Due to the fire element, pitta skin does not tolerate excessive sunlight exposure well.

BEING: Pitta controls chemical transformations related to energy, digestion and metabolism. Pitta dispositions are often impatient and easily angered or irritated. Because they are aggravated by heat, they should avoid heat-inducing food, hot weather and alcohol. Pitta dispositions needs to be cooled.

SKIN: Pitta skin is very sensitive and sunburns easily. It is prone to acne, inflammation, eczema, rashes and itching. It is prone to premature wrinkling, discolouration, an oily T-zone, blackheads, whiteheads and excessive oiliness.

HAIR: Pitta hair tends to be flat and thin, often oily at the roots and frizzy or coarse at the ends. Additionally, early graying and hair loss can be common. The Pitta scalp is sensitive, and often prone to eczema or itches.

Balanced pitta: characterized by a rosy, often golden glow. Unbalanced pitta: sensitive and prone to breakouts.
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Kapha

This particular skin type is characterized by predominant water and earth elements. It is cool, oily, and soft with a luminous complexion. Unlike vata skin types, individuals with kapha skin naturally develop wrinkles at a later stage of life. However, individuals with kapha skin are at risk of developing oily skin due to its enlarged pores, acne, pimples, blackheads, and water retention.

BEING: Kapha relates to fluid balance and the physical structure of the body (fat, tissues, muscles). Kapha is calm and relaxed and can gain weight easily – when not in balance, their metabolism slows, resulting in sluggishness, lethargy and depression.

SKIN: Kapha skin is smooth, unctuous and cool to the touch. They seldom get rashes or infections, but when out of balance can suffer from acne, blackheads and oiliness.

HAIR: Kaphas have lush, thick, healthy, wavy hair. The Kapha scalp is usually moist though slightly oily at times.

Balanced kapha: characterized by a soft, dewy complexion. Unbalanced kapha: excessively oily with enlarged pores.
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