Have you heard of Aurora, ancient Greek goddess of dawn? She was in love with Tithonus, who was a mere mortal! In her efforts to preserve the life of her loved one, she went to Zeus and pleaded to grant him everlasting life; but, alas, she forgot to ask for eternal youth. Tithonus indeed became immortal, yet hopelessly wished for death to overcome him to free him from his eternal entrappment in an ever aging body.
Nowhere does age show more than in our skin, the largest organ of our bodies. The skin is not just a protective barrier, but fulfills many important functions, and I’ve written about this at lenght on my blog. Skin-care is an important aspect of overall health, and with Ayurveda, we can make the most of what we have. No matter what your age, you should be living out your own body’s utmost potential of health and beauty.
With SVA, you can discover a proven treasure trove of herbal knowledge and know-how. Years ago I put together my Lalita’s Age-Defying Skin Care Line – to deliver outstanding result for beautiful skin. These products work so well to address the three pillars of beauty: Rupam (outer beauty); Gunam (inner beauty); and Vayastag (lasting beauty). Learn more about the full meaning of total beauty by understanding our relationship to the world we live in, and the cosmos we are part of: Celestial Radiance Cream and the Planets
But there is always room for improvement. Recently, when I was conducting research for my new Cellulite Course – I realized and observed that especially in the case of older skin, certain nutritional materials need to be delivered to the skin in greater quantities. In Ayurvedic terms, I realized that adding certain ingredients – namely, collagen and Beta-carotene – to my facial creams would yield even greater benefits on the Rupam (physical) level. The power of auspicious transformation has always been a key factor in my facial creams. But sometimes, in some people, the physical materials, the physical proteins and other molecules to be transformed into the body’s molecular ‘bricks’ are in short supply.
Collagen, Keratin and Elasten
Two of these ‘bricks’ are keratin and collagen. There are three key ‘beauty’ proteins in the body, collagen, elastin and keratin. Collagen is a type of protein, and works with keratin to provide the skin strength, smoothness, elasticity and resilience. It is produced by the skin and other parts of the body. When you are young, you have an abundance of collagen in your body, which is why young children have such lovely shiny hair and smooth skin. It is referred to be the “cement” which holds everything together. As we age, our body’s production of collagen and other structural proteins starts to slow down, our skin starts to lose its elasticity and, sadly, we start to notice sagging skin, wrinkles, and lines forming around the eyes and mouth.
Furthermore, with time, reactive oxygen molecules, associated with many aspects of aging, lead to increased production of the enzyme collagenase, which breaks down collagen. It’s been found that certain diseases are related to either collagen deficiencies or the lack of its synthesis by the body. Such diseases most commonly arise from a combination of either genetic defects, poor intake of collagen-rich foods, nutritional deficiencies, or digestive problems affecting the production (synthesis) of collagen.
The key detail is that collagen is only found in animals and there is no plant source for collagen. It is the main structural protein in the extracellular space in the various connective tissues in animal bodies (including humans). As the main component of connective tissue, it is the most abundant protein in mammals. Collagen tissues may be rigid (bone), compliant (tendon), or have a gradient from rigid to compliant (cartilage).
Keratin is one of a family of fibrous structural proteins that occurs naturally in hair, nails and skin. Keratin is the protein that protects epithelial cells from damage or stress. It is the key structural material making up the outer layer of human skin. Depending on amino acid levels, it can be hard (as it is in nails) or soft (as it is in skin). No matter what form it’s in, keratin is designed for protection. In our skin, the outer layer (the epidermis) is made up of a layer of dead keratin cells, pushed to the surface by new keratin cells growing underneath. This outer layer provides waterproofing functions as well as strength and elasticity. The loss of strength and elasticity in older skin is due to losing keratin over the years. When the top level of keratin is compromised, the sensitive inner layers are exposed to damage through heat, chemicals, or friction. When skin keratin is damaged, it results in skin looking flaky and dry. Typically, the healthiest skin has the thickest layer of dead keratin protecting the cells underneath.
Keratinization is the process by which keratin hardens. Without the mesh-like outer layer formed by keratinization, the skin would easily break, resulting in frequent infection by foreign invaders like bacteria. Keratin hardens as keratinocytes, found in epithelial cells, produce more and more keratin. Keratin forms a tight mesh, making it impenetrable unless damaged. As these keratinized cells age on the skin, the body sloughs off the dead or damaged cells.
Collagen facial creams have been around for decades. But do any of them really work? Not really, because the collagen does not get absorbed, since collagen is quite a large molecule, and it does not penetrate the skin but stays idly on top of it, and gets washed off. Same applies to keratin. Certain creams containing keratin do seem to fair a little better in terms of results but many do not, especially those keratin products made with excessive heat which damages the proteins, changes the properties, and making them useless. The point here is the same as with supplementation. Once it is determined that there is a deficiency, we try to supplement things externally, because the body is not producing enough on its own. But most of the time the oral or transdermal supplementation is neither absorbed nor utilized by the body.
Coming back to my research on Cellulite I realized that I already had the answers in my existing Lalita’s Line. All the power of transformation to make collagen and use keratin was already there. I already use the most intelligent wild harvested Centella asiatica (Gotu Kola) in high quantities in my creams. My father, with whom I interned after graduating from college, called this herb ‘maha twaga’ rasayana – a great or the very best rasayana for the skin.
Modern science agrees:
• The centella asiatica (gotu kola) extract asiaticoside is well-known to promote skin connective tissue repair and wound healing.
• In a study assessing the exact biology of this action of asiaticoside on skin and connective tissue repair, it was found that asiaticoside affected the expression of 54 genes related to connective tissue function!
• Specifically, asiaticoside upregulated the expression of genes related to fibroblast “cell proliferation, cell-cycle progression and synthesis of the extracellular matrix”.
• This, in simple terms, means that collagen cells mature and multiply faster and produce more collagen and other connective tissue proteins.
• In the same study it was found that asiaticoside boosted the secretion of collagen type I (the hard collagen that gives firmness to skin and connective tissue) and collagen type III (the softer, “baby collagen”, which is produced before collagen type I and helps with connective tissue repair and regeneration).
There is no shortage of research on using this remarkable herb for collagen synthesis: Gotu Kola for the Skin – The Ancient Healing Herb for Anti-aging. Centella asiatica in Cosmetology
Beta-carotene is the one other ingredient I felt was missing and could make my facial creams even more efficacious. Looking at beta-carotene we find that it is effective in conditions like dry skin, eczema and psoriasis. Vitamin A, being a powerful antioxidant, is involved in the growth and repair of body tissues and hence, protects the skin against damage. When applied externally, it helps in treating ulcers, impetigo, boils, carbuncles and open ulcers, and removes age spots. It also speeds up the healing of skin lesions, cuts and wounds. Beta-carotene helps premature skin ageing by acting as an antioxidant, a substance that reduces oxygen damage caused by UV light, pollutions and other environmental hazards like smoking. Adequate intake and transformation of beta carotene imparts luster, making the skin more attractive and beautiful. Last, but not least, beta-carotene can even help reduce sun sensitivity.
Confident in my research and understanding of the ancient shastras, all I needed now was to source the best collagen and beta-carotene and do samyog (skillful combination) into two select products from my existing line of facial creams. As mentioned, collagen is found only in animals. There are no plant sources of collagen. I use animal collagen sourced exclusively from organically-raised chickens. The beta-carotene is derived from organic carrots.
Now you can use two of your favorite Lalita’s Facial Cream enhanced with natural collagen & beta-carotene: I have incorporated the new ingredients into all the original Lalita’s Age Defying Cream (with aroma) and into the Pearl and Jasmine- Lalita’s Age Defying Cream
(Those who prefer not to have any animal products in their creams can still use the original versions of these two creams.)
The Lalita’s Age Defying Line of Facial Creams
New! Lalita’s Age Defying Facial Creams Enhanced with Collagen & Beta-Carotene
Ingredient-wise Skin Care
No ingredient is gratuitous in any of my SVA formulations! Each herb, each spice, each aromatic flower, has its distinct function and purpose. These are the ingredients that go into all of my Lalita’s Skin Care line creams and why I uses them (please note that the Aroma Free alternatives do not contain the aromas listed below):
In the next section you will find a complete list of the ingredients in my facial creams. More than eighteen divine and precious herbs, flowers, and other ingredients go into my facial
creams. Of these, I particularly want to highlight the following:
1) Gotu Kola: We have already talked about this maha twaga rasayana. Any number of websites will give you a lot of research showing how it enhances collagen synthesis, preserves the skin’s elasticity and maintains its youthfulness
2) Saffron: This precious thread helps prevent the oxidation process in the body, whether caused from toxins inside of body or substances floating in the environment. Amavisha (reactive toxins) creates inflammation of the skin layers and between the layers, causing pre-mature aging of the skin. The ‘active ingredient’ of saffron – crocitin, or crocin – has high anti-oxidant value. Crocin – An Overview. Saffron and crocin are responsible for the beautiful, slightly yellow tint found in the Lalita’s creams.
3) Tree Turmeric (Daruharidra) & Turmeric: Modern science has discovered a lot of anti-allergic and anti-inflammatory benefits of these two plants. Turmeric (curcuma longa) is a potent anti-allergy and anti-inflammatory herb famous around the world. Daruharidra is also famous for its potent anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic powers. A major biomarker of daruharidra is an alkaloid called berberine. Every face has to face environmental toxins everyday as the facial skin is highly exposed to the environment. Both of these plants will help protect the skin from allergens floating in the air and from internal free radicals.
4) Sensitive Plant: delivers a strong firming action on the skin especially when combined with the natural collagen sources in my new facial creams, restoring the skin’s tactile intelligence and sensitivity and keeping it from sagging.
5) Sambac Jasmine: Jasmine is renowned for its sandhaniya (unifying) and purifying effect on the skin. As we age, due to the accumulation of toxins, internal and external stressors, the layers of our skin gradually lose integration, resulting in heavy, sagging, dull and flakey skin. Basically, aging skin separates due to free radicals and lack of collagen. Jasmine unifies all the layers of the skin and especially makes the facial skin more youthful.
Saffron (Crocus sativus): modern science confirms the extremely rejuvenating properties of the crocitin molecule, confirming Saffron to be an ancient super-anti-oxidant for the skin, potent in its action up to the 5th dermal layer; Flame of forest (Butea monosperma): supports the skin in its intelligence to shield itself against ultraviolet sunlight rays; Devil’s apple (Solanum Linnaeanum): bolsters the skin cells’ intelligence to actively detox by releasing amavisha and garvisha effectively; Punarnava (Boerhavia diffusa): literally from the Sanskrit ‘punar+nava’ = again+new’ rejuvenates the skin by supporting integral detox of the skin by helping release toxins through sweat; Manjistha (Rubia cordifolia): a hypo-allergenic herb that pacifies the hyperactivity of the immune system by addressing amavisha; Turmeric (Curcuma longa): reputed anti-inflammatory that enhances dermal intelligence and protects against inflammation; Daruharidra, also known as Tree Turmeric (Berberis aristata): supports the skin to fight against inflammation, and is active up to the third layer; Gotu kola (Centella asiatica): enhances collagen synthesis, preserving the skin’s elasticity and maintaining its youthfulness; Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri): enhances the connection and communication between prana vata, the sub-dosha that governs the mind, and vyana vata, the sub-dosha that governs the skin, a unique SVA approach to skin health through the pacification and balancing of psychological mental stress; Nutmeg (Myristica): enhances the complexion by clearing and balancing the micro-channel of the mind; Mucuna: lubricates and hydrates internally, modulates hormonal flow and lubrication; Green tea: a reputed anti-oxidant that defies psychological aging and supplies tone and elasticity; Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera): supports mind/body coordination, nourishes the tactile nerves, thus supporting the skin’s resistance against internal and external stressors; Lemon (Citrus limon): enhances the skin’s resistance to sunlight and supporting its sensitivity; Indian sarsaparilla (Hemidesmus indicus): cleans the pores for an even healthy skin by purifying the sebum and sebaceous glands; Ashoka (Saraca asoca): for the Sanskrit a+shoka = no+ grief, supports the skin’s health by enhances bliss through its ability to pacifying the emotional heart, or the sadhaka pitta sub-dosha; Shirish bark (Albizia lebbeck): provides sustained deep skin layer detox with long term use; Sensitive plant (Mimosa pudica): nourishes and supports the regeneration of the tactile nerves, helping to maintain the sensitivity of the facial skin; Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis): a thermogenic plant that enhances and supports overall circulation and communication between all layers of the skin; Neem (Azadiracta indica): supports the immune system of the skin; with: White grapefruit extract: a natural preservative; base of Organic coconut: a cooling firming, lubricating, and nourishing oil. Grapeseed oil: a natural preservative; Vegetable stearic acid: a lubricant; Organic aloe juice: a cooling and detoxifying plant that pacifies bhrajak pitta (pitta sub-dosha of the skin); Kosher vegetable glycerin base: a lubricant; Emulsifying wax (NF) a lubricant.
Directions for all creams:
Use as a daily moisturizing and replenishing cream by applying morning and evening, after cleaning and toning your skin (Lalita’s Facial Cleanser and Lalita’s Facial Toner). You may also use with your SVA Facial Marma protocol, by applying on the SVA marma points, gently massaging and then spreading all over the face.
This water-based hydrating cream is excellent for daily use, and is packed with the intelligence of 18 divine Ayurvedic herbs, naturally preserved in an organic chemical free base according to an ancient Shudh Ayurveda pranic technique. It can be used to hydrate, nourish, and combat biological and psychological aging.
This is a rich, nourishing, hydrating cream ideal for day or night, to be used only for those who have deep wrinkles, very dry skin, or live in an excessively cold weather place. It should only be used in these situations; otherwise the Age-Defying Cream should be used. This lipid-based formulation’s herbal intelligence and power of the essential oils will penetrate to the deepest layer of the skin to make the skin younger. This cream should not be used together with Lalita’s Probiotic Cream (unless it is only used on the facial marma points and not on the entire face), as the friendly bacterial will not survive in oil.
Ingredients: Same as Lalita’s Age Defying Cream except base: organic shea butter, jojoba oil and bee’s wax.
Ingredients: Same as Lalita’s Age Defying Cream with added enhancement by natural sources of collagen and beta-carotene.
Ingredients: Same as Lalita’s Age Defying Cream except for the inclusion of pearl bhasma, extra Sambac Jasmine, and enhancement by natural sources of collagen and beta-carotene.
Lalita’s Custom Facial Creams: Pearl Bhasma, Abhrak Bhasma, and Celestial Radiance Navratna Creams with Rose Absolute, Sambac Jasmine
Vaidya’s Lalita’s Skin Care Line has been women’s best friend for more than 10 years. His recent Navratna Celestial Radiance Cream was a celebrated addition. But now you have even more choices to address the very specific needs of your skin. In the mood for Pearl Bhasma? How about the vibrational charge of planetary gems combined with Rose Absolute for added balancing and glow? You could also add traces of pure gold, silver, ‘thousand puti’ mineral ash? What do all these ayurvedic ingredients have in common besides being key for total radiant health? This: you can now order your own jar of facial cream with any – or all – of these ingredients, and we at SVA will make it from scratch, just for you, when you place your order! Every single ingredient that I add to my formulations have a distinct purpose. Even the aromatic flowers such as Rose or Jasmine have specific skin nourishing and glow enhancing properties. To address the growing needs of the SVA following, we now offer more creams to complement the existing family of Lalita’s Age-Defying Facial Creams.
All the custom-made creams have the ingredients and beautifying properties of the original formula. But now you can enjoy Lalita’s Age Defying Facial Cream or Navratna Celestial Radiance Facial Cream with either Rose Absolute or Sambac Jasmine. Rose and Jasmine carry distinct properties for the skin. Additional options are the Lalita’s Age-Defying Facial Cream with Natural Pearl Bhasma (nano particles of natural pearl). Or Lalita’s Age-Defying Cream infused with the transformational power of Abhrak Bhasma. These can also come with Rose or Jasmine – the choice is yours.
What is Abhrak Bhasma?
Abhrak Bhasma is an ayurvedic Maha Rasayana. A supremely rejuvenating substance that requires years to make through the controlled process of the repeated ‘burnings’ of mica – a shiny silicate mineral with a layered structure, found as minute scales in granite and other rocks, or as crystals. In Ayurveda, a very special type of mica is used to make the bhasma. It is black mica, called “krishnabhr.”
My Abhrak Facial Cream contains extremely high potency Abhrak – Sahasra Puti: burnt a 1000 times. Sahasra means one thousand. Made by one thousand steps of repeated incineration. The burning process is a massive purification process, as each time the mica gets burnt, it is processed with different herbs, and burnt over and over again one thousand times. In this process of making the ash, or the bhasma, the mica interacts with the rejuvenating herbs so this bhasma carries the intelligence of those herbs. The process of burning the substance again and again makes the molecules finer and finer. This process yields a powerful bhasma, or ash, that is known for its rejuvenating properties for the cellular system, nourishing the skin by directly enhancing the intelligence of the gaps (sandhis) that govern the transformational vibrational energy of all seven layers of the skin. By enhancing the ultimate vibrational energy flowing through gaps, the Abhrak Bhasma Facial Cream immediately increases the Prabha (glow of the aura) of the skin! You can choose between a cream that has Abhrak Bhasma and Rose or Abhrak Bhasma and Jasmine. Abhrak Bhasma is a rare item highly prized for its overall health supporting properties. It has never been used as an ingredient in a facial cream until now. With Vaidya’s unique SVA formulations, now you can enjoy the age-defying properties of Abhrak in your daily facial care protocol.
Abhrak Bhasma, on its own is a Maha Rasayana in Ayurveda, because it can travel up to the sixth level of the skin and rejuvenate all the layers, resetting their natural metabolic intelligence – the intelligence of transformation between the gaps of the skin. In addition, however, Abhrak Bhasma Sahastra Puti is also the fastest and most efficient yogavahi – a catalyst carrier. What does this mean? It means that it has the ability to carry along any herbs that accompany it, and make sure that the properties of those herbs are activated and put to use. So when Abhrak Bhasma is combined with the age-defying herbs, all the macromolecules of all the herbs in this cream get delivered faster and more effectively to all the 6, or 7 (depending on whether we follow the Charak Samhita or the Sushruta Samhita) layers of the skin resulting in immediate nourishment and cleansing.
Who should use Pearl Bhasma?
Three bio-chemical categories made up of the 5 elements of nature (fire, water, earth, air and space), known as “doshas” run our bodies, Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Each individual carries a unique signature mixture of these three categories. And each individual’s skin is also unique based on their doshic make-up. Each of these has an additional 5 sub-categories.
The skin is governed by 3 sub-categories or sub-doshas: Pachak Pitta; Vyana Vata; and Shleshak Kapha. Individuals who are more Pitta by nature, who carry more fire in their biochemical constitution, tend to have a more active bhrajak pitta sub-dosha. In other terms, their skin tends to be more sensitive to developing rashes and imbalances due to heat, overexposure to sunshine, or it can also be triggered by spicy food, emotional challenges as well as mental stress. In addition, because Pitta skin tends to be more prone to acidity, and acidity induces inflammation and kills the friendly bacteria of the skin, Pitta individuals need specific skin care addressing their highly sensitive constitution. For this group of people who tend to have more sensitive skin, Ayurveda offers specific help with Pearl Bhasma.
Pearl bhasma is highly somagenic and cooling because when the macromolecules of pearl (bhasma) combine with the proper yogavahi (synergistic delivery enhancer) the soothing benefits of the pearl will penetrate up to the 4th layer of the skin. The herbal synergy of essential oils that I use in my creams act as intelligent yogvahis. In this situation, bhrajak pitta gets pacified up to the 4th layer, offering inside-out relief.
The micro-molecules of the pearl bhasma are highly alkalizing for the deeper levels of the skin. Long-term use of the Pearl bhasma cream helps create a good environment for the friendly bacteria of the skin, and helps to fight against inflammation created by any external or internal factors. In particular, pearl bhasma with rose is great for somebody going through emotional challenges or someone emotionally sensitive in general. Rose is known for its great property for sadhak pitta pacification, while Jasmine helps unify all the layers of the skin which get separated due to acid induced inflammatory situations.
My facial creams that contain Pearl Bhasma are specially formulated for high-pitta skin types that need deeper cooling and deeper nourishment for their skin. Pearl Bhasma is the best for such skin conditions, because it’s highly Somagenic – very rich in the cooling, nurturing, replenishing vibrational energy of the Moon. Pearl Bhasma is also firming for the skin. You can now choose between a facial cream that carries Natural Pearl Bhasma with Rose, or Natural Pearl Bhasma with Jasmine. Or, you can try them both!
Why Add Rose?
Do you know why emotional stress directly impacts the glow and health of your skin? When your emotions are on the rocks, your sadhak pitta and sadhak agni go off. This impacts all your other pitta sub-doshas, stripping your skin of its luster, and slowing down its healthy metabolism. If you are under constant emotional stress, and your skin looks dull and flaky, no external application will help unless it addresses the heart of the matter, your emotions. Unless, that is, you use a prana-infused cream that contains Rose! Transdermal Rose can uplift the emotions by balancing sadhak pitta and sadhak agni right away– the sub- doshas and the flame that govern the emotional heart. Rose strengthens the emotional heart so it can better handle emotional challenges. Not only does rose pacify sadhak pitta – even as it balances sadhak agni – it also carries a ‘somnasya jana’ or bliss-enhancing property. All sub-doshas are inter-connected. Any of my creams can be custom-ordered containing 100% pure and organic Rose Absolute. If you are experiencing emotional challenges right now, then you should go with the Rose Aroma.
But Rose also carries additional amazing properties confirming it as the Queen of flowers in the plant kingdom! Did you know that Rose is also known for its ‘vajikarna’ properties? It supports the hormones and is a wonderful additional to any romantic setting – now we understand why it’s a Valentine Day’s favorite! But rose is also beneficial for individuals who experience heat or burning sensations in their limbs or their body overall. Regular transdermal use of rose cleans the sweat inside-out, neutralizing its pH, so that when it is released through the skin, it does not cause irritation. Rose in your facial cream can be especially beneficial if you are a vata or pitta or a mixture of both in terms of your overall constitution and particularly in terms of your skin type.
How does Jasmine help the Skin?
Did you know that jasmine not only uplifts and inspires but supplies deep age-defying support to the seven layers of the skin? This fragrant little flower carries a very special property, as explained by the ayurvedic texts, that restores the youthful glow to our skin. In our youth, the 7 layers of our skin are naturally bio-chemically connected to one another. As we age, due to the accumulation of toxins, internal and external stressors, the layers of our skin gradually lose integration, resulting in heavy, sagging, dull and flakey skin. Jasmine is renowned for its sandhaniya (unifying) and purifying effect on the skin. In addition, the aroma and the transdermal absorption of Jasmine support mental bliss by re-establishing the connection between ‘dhi, dritti, and smritti’: the power of your brain to gather, store and recollect information. When these are working in full coordination, your mind feels clear, strong, and you are ready to undertake anything! Jasmine thus maintains the elasticity of your skin and your brain, supporting both together.
This Ayurvedic facial cream contains nine precious gems, pure gold, and fine silver. Gold and silver nourish all seven layers of the skin for lasting beauty (vayastag); the synergy of 18 divine Ayurvedic herbs gives strength to all 3 pillars of beauty – outer (roopam), inner (gunam), and spiritual (vayastag). The nine precious gems correspond to the vibrational energy of nine planetary influences on our mind, to provide support for the nine transformational gaps between all the seven tissues of body, mind, and soul, and give a radiant confidence. Pure Sambac Jasmine, a famous sandhaniya (i.e., an herb that joins the healing and regenerative properties of the skin, and restores it from the effects of aging) which is known for its unifying effect in helping to tighten all the layers of the skin for the ultimate age-defying effect.
Ingredients: Same as Lalita’s Age Defying with colloidal gold, colloidal silver, and bhasmas (nano particles) of ruby, pearl, coral, emerald, blue sapphire, cat’s eye, yellow sapphire, and garnet.
This product and statements have not been evaluated by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and are not intended to be used to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. All of the information above is intended to be used for educational purposes only and may not be used to replace or compliment medical advice.