How can I figure out which products are right for me?Please take our skin quiz
Do you have samples?Yes. After taking our skin quiz, you can determine the sample kit you would like to purchase for $10 and free shipping
How should I store my products?It is best to store in a dark, cool location
How long do my products last? 6 months once the products are opened.
Where are your products made?All of our products are made in small batches in our own lab in Uvalde, Texas.
Our Uncompromised Manufacturing Practices are:
On-site small batch production ensures freshness and product integrity
Cold processed preserves vitality and nutrients in raw ingredients. Products are alive and able to affect change and to support skin metabolism
Enhanced delivery system
Oxygen infused preparations increase potency of plant essences
pH balanced to protect skin's delicate acid mantle
Where do most of your ingredients come from?We source ingredients from all over the world, and manufacture here in the US
Do you test on animals?No we do not. All products are PETA cruelty-free approved.
Are Shankara products Vegan? All products are certified vegan by PETA except that contain honey powder, yogurt and/or milk protein. These products are: Deep Cleanse Treatment, Anti-Age Serum, Moisturizing Mask, Dead Sea Salt Scrub and Allure Mineral Bath Salts
Are Shankara products organic? We use many organic and wild crafted ingredients.
Are all your products packaged in glass? Most of our retail products are packaged in glass to preserve the integrity of the ingredients.
Vata is a combination of the air and space elements. If a person has Vata skin it means that air and space predominates in the skin compared to other people of the same age and ethnicity. Thus Vata skin will be thinner, feel cool to the touch, and have a tendency towards dryness.
When out of balance this skin type can be excessively dry and feel rough and flaky or look dull from dead skin build-up.
Vata skin and aging: Vata skin will show signs of aging more quickly because it is already thin and dry to start with.
Bringing balance to Vata skin: To bring into balance the cold, light and dry nature of Vata, products need to be warming, rich, highly hydrating and moisturizing. Ingredients are selected for their regenerative qualities to help slow down the somewhat accelerated aging process.
Products for Vata Skin: Hydrating Cleanser or Deep Cleanse Rich Repair Treatment Oil and/or Rich Treatment Repair Moisturizer Microcrystal Exfoliation Treatment Anti-Age Aye Cream Daily Repair Serum - Rich Repair (rose) Moisturizing Mask Anti-Age Serum
Pitta is a combination of mostly fire with a little water. If a person has Pitta skin it means that fire and water predominates in the skin compared to other people of the same age and ethnicity. Thus Pitta skin will be found to have normal thickness, feel warm to the touch, and can have a tendency towards sensitivity. Fire and water can also bring contradiction in the skin and what we call combination skin (either dry with a normal T-Zone or normal with an Oily T-Zone).
When out of balance this skin type can feel very sensitive, have a tendency towards redness, inflammation, and in extreme cases rosacea. If fire is too high the skin may feel partially dehydrated and sensitive and if water is too high the skin may be partially oily.
Pitta skin and aging: Pitta skin is the most vulnerable to sun damage and will show more signs of sun damage then the other skin types as it gets older.
Bringing balance to Pitta skin: To bring into balance the fiery nature of Pitta, products will need to be hydrating, cooling and soothing. Ingredients will have anti-inflammatory properties to calm down sensitivity, irritation, and redness if present. Moisturizing and slightly sebum-balancing ingredients will adapt perfectly to the conditions of the skin and bring balance whether the skin feels perfectly normal or partially dry or oily (combination skin).
Products for Pitta Skin: Hydrating Cleanser or Deep Cleanse Fine Line Treatment Oil and/or Fine Line Treatment Moisturizer Microcrystal Exfoliation Treatment Anti-Age Aye Cream Daily Repair Serum - Rich Repair (rose) Calming Mask Anti-Age Serum
For Sensitive Skin: Blend Microcrystal Exfoliation Treatment with a little water or cleanser to adjust to your skin's needs. If skin is extremely sensitive, skip exfoliation or use Deep Cleanse Treatment instead.
For Combination Skin: To address an oily T-Zone, use the Daily Repair Serum-Balance (meadowsweet) instead of the Daily Repair Serum – Fine-Line (rose). You may also use the Purifying Cleanser.
Kapha is a combination of earth and water elements. For a Kapha person, because earth and water predominates in the skin, compared to other people of the same age and ethnicity, Kapha skin will be naturally oily and thick, feel cool to the touch, and have a tendency towards congestion.
When out of balance this skin type can be excessively oily or feel congested, sluggish, show signs of water retention, etc.
Kapha skin and aging: Because of the natural amount of oil present and the thickness of the skin, Kapha skin will only show signs of aging much later in life than the other two types.
Bringing balance to Kapha skin: To bring into balance the cold, heavy and oily nature of Kapha, products will be warming, light and sebum-balancing. Ingredients will also have stimulating qualities to help with congestion and sluggishness.
Note about very oily skin: An excessively oily skin is actually dehydrated at a deep level and tries to compensate by overproducing sebum. Kapha products should hydrate the skin deeply while balancing sebum production.
Products for Kapha Skin: Purifying Cleanser or Deep Cleanse Moisturizer Moisturizer Fine Line Treatment Oil and/or Fine Line Microcrystal Exfoliation Treatment Daily Repair Serum-Balance (meadowsweet) Anti-Age Serum Balance Treatment Oil and/or Balance Balance Oxygenating Mask
The fundamental Ayurvedic skin type will not change as a person ages (Pitta skin will still run warm and need cooling, have sensitivity issues and need the anti-inflammatory properties, Kapha skin will still run cold and need warming, have a tendency towards being sluggish and need stimulating etc) but as the skin is thinning, becoming a little dryer and losing elasticity the Anti-Age Serum and the Daily Repair Serum will play a more important role and needs to be added to your skin care regime.
Your Ayurvedic Treatment Oil / Moisturizer is designed to bring balance to your skin on a deep level and maintain that balance long term. When you use a different moisturizer than the one designed for your Ayurvedic skin type, the many specific Ayurvedic qualities present in the product may cause an imbalance in the long run. For example a Pitta skin may get aggravated over time by the warming and stimulating qualities of a Kapha product and a Vata skin may get aggravated by the cooling property or the slightly sebum-balancing qualities of a Pitta product.
Feel free to adjust your Cleanser, your Daily Repair Serum, add the Anti-Age Serum to your skin care regime, apply a thin layer of Cream on top of the Oil or start using a Facial Mask to address temporary skin imbalances.
Shankara's Blemish Support Products offer a safe and natural alternative in addressing acne symptoms. These products use natural anti-bacterial and sebum-balancing ingredients. They will support your skin's metabolism as well as the natural detoxification process (and not suppress it) for a healthy and clear complexion.
Just a few blemishes: Simply use the Blemish Support Oil in your daily skin care regime as followed: Cleanse and exfoliate as usual. Apply the Daily Repair Serum for your skin type. If using the Anti-Age Serum, avoid using it on affected areas. Spot treat blemishes with the Blemish Support Face Oil. Follow with the appropriate Treatment Oil or Moisturizer for your skin type.
Blemished Skin: If the skin has many blemishes, use the Blemish Support program until the condition has cleared up and the skin is balanced.
Products to be used are: Purifying Cleanser Deep cleanse Treatment Blemish Support Serum Blemish Support Oil If desired- Deep Pore Cleansing Mask and Calming Mask
First remember that acne is always related to toxicity. When toxins cannot be eliminated through other channels, they will come up through the skin since the skin is also an organ of elimination.
Shankara Blemish products are highly antibacterial, antifungal and sebum balancing and will support the skin's natural detoxification process. They will contain the bacterial activity, help with the excess oil and make the blemishes clear up naturally without creating scars.
At first it may seem like more blemishes are coming up. This is because the products not only treat the existing acne but will also pull out toxins that are trapped in the skin so they too can get eliminated. We do not use alcohol or other chemicals to dry up the skin and momentary stop the natural elimination process from happening creating more imbalances in the skin and problems down the road.
Make sure that you are not using the Anti-Age Serum on the blemishes as this may activate them. It would also be very beneficial to use our Purifying Cleanser or Deep Cleanse Treatment. Commercial cleansers that are not pH balanced to the skin will disturb the acid mantle, dehydrate the skin which will lead to more oil production. The more alkaline pH also supports the growth of bacteria which is problematic when dealing with acne.
Shankara Blemish products will help clear up the skin and bring it into balance. Remember to also address the cause of the toxicity and support your other elimination channels for a permanent change to take place.
Our products are highly active and will bring the skin back to a balanced state. If you have used chemically based products in the past and the skin was quite dehydrated to start with, chances are it was probably not letting toxins out very easily. As the skin starts to rehydrate and get the nutrients it needs, it will perform more effectively and will start eliminating toxins that were trapped in the skin if present.
This is a very temporary state and should pass quickly. You may wish to ease up a little on product usage (if using twice a day, cut to once a day for example or exfoliate less often etc) and make sure you drink more water to help the detoxification process.
Make sure that you are not using the Anti-Age Serum on the blemishes as this may activate them. For faster results you may also choose to spot treat the acne with our Blemish Support Treatment Oil until the skin clears up.
Not if you are using the right treatment oil for your skin type. A skin that is oily is actually very dehydrated at a cellular level. This dryness sends a signal to the sebaceous glands, which then create excess oil. Once the skin begins to hydrate at a deeper internal level, the sebaceous gland will begin to slow down. The proper treatment oil for an oily skin type will absorb easily, will be sebum balancing and have all of the right properties to bring your skin back into balance.
The Balance Treatment Oil will bring balance to a skin that is thick, not sensitive and oily everywhere equally (kapha skin).
The Fine Line Treatment Oil will perfectly adapt and bring back / maintain balance for a skin that is oily in the T-zone area only and may also feel sensitive (pitta skin).
The Daily Repair Serum (Meadowsweet) in the Balance Collection will help to repair damage from free radicals and will be hydrating and sebum balancing. This is a great treatment product to bring an oily skin back to balance.
All of our products are non-comedogenic. Our oils are designed to penetrate quickly and deeply into the skin and will not clog pores.
The herbal oil blends we use are carefully selected to address the very specific needs of each individual ayurvedic skin type.
Each formulation has its own therapeutic essential oil blend in high concentration. Because essential oils are taken deeply into the skin they also serve as a carrier for all the other nutrients and actives to get absorbed into the skin.
We also use olive-derived squalane which resembles the chemical composition of human sebum. It is a very beneficial and hydrating substance that contributes to the moisturizing factor in the skin. The skin recognizes it and welcomes it in quickly which also means that it is not going to clog pores.
During pregnancy, one should avoid products and treatments that are too stimulating or detoxifying. The Energizing Body Oil contains ingredients in the cinnamon family that can be a little too stimulating during pregnancy. The Cellulite Treatment products are an example of products that are quite detoxifying so better avoided. All of our other products would be very nourishing and beneficial.
The cellulite products support subcutaneous decongestion (of fat and toxic accumulations), reduce fluid retention and are astringent and slightly firming.
For best results, apply the Cellulite Support Activator on target areas in the morning after showering. Reapply at night but this time follow with the Cellulite Treatment Oil and massage it in. After about a week of following this daily routine you may start noticing that the skin is less congested and perhaps the cellulite more apparent underneath the decongested skin.
At this point it would be good to make sure you stimulate your lymphatic system to help the toxins to flush out. You may choose to sit on an exercise ball and bounce up and down, use a trampoline, perform skin brushing etc. Keep with this daily routine until you have achieved the results you are after.
You may also choose to use the Dead Sea Salt Scrub (mixed with a little Cellulite Treatment Oil) to exfoliate your body before showering a few times a week. This will help stimulate your lymphatic system and help detoxify your body.
Use Calming Body Oil when feeling anxious, fearful or not grounded. You can also choose to use it as a moisturizer if you have dry skin.
Use Soothing Body Oil when feeling irritable, angry or controlling. You can also use it as a moisturizer if you have normal or sensitive skin. It is also excellent for sunburned skin!
Use Energizing Body Oil when feeling lethargic, depressed or tired. You can also use it as a light moisturizer for all skin types. *Note: Do not use if pregnant (stimulating herbs).
This product is very active and may exacerbate the bacterial condition often present with blemishes. If you have only a few blemishes simply avoid the affected area. If the condition is more severe and the skin is problematic overall, simply avoid using this serum until the condition clears up.
To keep it simple, VATA is DRY (everywhere equally / no sensitivity); PITTA is either NORMAL, COMBINATION or SENSITIVE; and KAPHA is OILY (everywhere equally / no sensitivity).