by Jayne Bland & Marion O’Leary
In India, health and longevity were traditionally allocated to a branch of learning called Ayurveda, the Sanskrit words Ayu meaning ‘life’ and Veda meaning ‘science or knowledge’. This ancient, 6000 year old holistic belief system encompasses a vast pool of knowledge leading beyond medicine to deep spiritual teachings which include beauty care, rejuvenation therapy, diet, yoga, surgery, herbs and more.
At Mokosh, the holistic principles of Ayurvedic skin care underlie our philosophy of using only the purest organic ingredients derived from unrefined butters, oils, dried plants, fruits and clays in their natural form whilst also addressing the basic requirements for good skin.
For the external care of the skin, the first rule of Ayurveda is: cleanse, nourish and moisturise from head to toe, with exfoliation making up an important part of the cleansing process. Our skincare routines often overlook the importance of body exfoliation and its role in stimulating the skin, improving circulation, removing dead skin cells and helping to eliminate toxins.
We have formulated Exfoliating Body Massage to provide gentle, but effective exfoliation in the Ayurvedic tradition – like all our products it is free of synthetics, containing only raw plant ingredients. The fragrance of this product will soothe the senses with essential oils of mandarin and frankincense, combined with coffee, orange and sandalwood. Nourishing oils of macadamia and camellia soften and smooth the skin leaving a beautiful lustre. But don’t forget your feet! Our faithful servants certainly deserve special attention as they are so often neglected. Pamper your feet with a foot ‘mask’ by firstly massaging the Exfoliating Body treatment well into heels, around toes and other dry areas and leave on 10 minutes before rinsing. Wonderful for restoring dry, cracked skin and for refreshing tired feet.
To keep the backs of your hands soft and smooth, simply massage a small amount of the exfoliating treatment into the back of each hand with small, circular movements for a minute or so, then rinse.
Taking the time to care for yourself in this way helps create skin health and radiance, and also benefits the spirit and mind, promoting peace and a sense of well-being. Afterall, as Ayurveda reminds us, ‘Beauty is more than skin deep!’
Exfoliating Body Massage can be applied to wet or dry skin – the presence of a little water on the skin gives it a more paste-like consistency, increasing spreadability. Most people find it convenient to use Exfoliating Body Massage in the shower cubicle after bathing, as the granules can be rinsed away easily when the massage is complete.
Take approximately 1 tablespoon from the jar using a dry implement, and place in a small dish. It is important not to let water into the jar, as this will cause spoiling of the product. Massage over the body, applying gentle pressure over smooth areas, firm pressure over rough skin areas, such as knees and elbows. Rinse briefly under the shower or use a damp cloth to remove remnant powders.
To give yourself a truly luxurious body mask treatment, add 1 tablespoon of water to the dish and mix well with the Exfoliating Body Massage, massage over the skin and then leave for approximately 10 minutes. The additional contact time will allow your skin to soak up the oils and other nutrients in the paste. Rinse briefly under the shower to remove powder remnants.
There is no need to moisturise your skin – simply pat dry and go. Your skin will be incredibly smooth and glowing after this treatment.
Unrefined shea butter (Fair Trade) We purchase this beautiful certified organic ingredient through a Fair Trade women’s cooperative in Ghana. Unlike the refined version, which is odourless and pure white, unrefined shea butter is a creamy colour and has a rich, earthy fragrance. Unrefined shea butter retains more nutrients than the refined butter, including vitamins A and E, antioxidants, and other phytonutrients. In addition to its deeply moisturising and skin protective benefits, it is renowned for its healing properties, including anti-inflammatory effects. As a result it has been successfully used for the treatment and prevention of stretch marks, and to alleviate sunburn, skin rashes and allergic skin reactions. In order to retain the active properties of this precious ingredient, we ensure its temperature is retained below 40°C.
Macadamia oil – contains a high level of the monosaturated fatty acid, oleic acid, which has anti-inflammatory properties. It also contains good levels of the anti-oxidant vitamin E as well as B complex vitamins, and a range of minerals. It is light on the skin and very readily absorbed.
Chickpea flour – (also known as ‘gram’ or ‘besan flour’) is widely used in Ayurveda as a gentle exfoliant and skin softener, and also thought to have skin whitening effects.
Camellia oil – (also known as ‘tea oil’) is very rich in a variety of anti-oxidants, some studies have shown this oil to help improve skin elasticity and structure. It is extremely light and readily absorbed.
Oatmeal – this humble yet highly nutritious ingredient has a number of benefits when applied to the skin. It contains saponins, natural soap-like substances that gently mop up dirt and degrade bacteria, as well as anti-inflammatory mediators – this is why oatmeal baths are a traditional treatment for soothing itchy inflamed skin. In addition it contains anti-oxidants, helps restore moisture balance to the skin, and may also have anti-fungal properties.
Coconut flour – made from the coconut ‘meat’ after extraction of coconut oil. It is highly absorbent and also has fine exfoliating properties. It contains trace minerals, vitamin C and other anti-oxidants. Our coconut flour is purchased from a company using fair trade practices.
Sandalwood powder – wild harvested from the Australian outback, we use Australian sandalwood (Santalum spicatum), which is a different species to the Indian variety = Santanlum album. One of the most valued ingredients in Ayurveda, it has cooling properties, aids in the relief of stress and helps promote a meditative state.
Rose petals – Dried rose petals retain small amounts of precious rose oil, in addition to other beneficial components not present in the oil. They contain vitamins A , B and C as well as minerals. They are anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, mildly astringent and help regulate sebum production.
Orange peel powder – A natural astringent and toner, helping to clean the pores of the skin and improve circulation. It contains anti-oxidants, including vitamin C. Orange peel has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effects, and is also considered to be anti-carcinogenic in some applications
Coffee (Fair Trade) – naturally rich in anti-oxidants, the caffeine component is also considered to have skin tightening properties when applied to the skin. We also find the coffee adds to the rich, luxurious fragrance to this product.
Mandarin essential oil – this essential oil has antiseptic properties and stimulates blood circulation and lymphatic drainage. It also has calming properties, helping to relieve stress and anxiety. The fragrance of this essential oil tends to uplift and invigorate.
Frankincense essential oil – has antiseptic properties and is considered to promote tissue regeneration. It is a calmative, helping relieve stress, and promote the meditative state, awakening insight.
Rosemary leaf extract – because of its potent anti-oxidant properties, this ingredient helps prevent oxidation of the oils and powders in this product. Apart from its anti-oxidant effects, rosemary is antiseptic, helps tone the skin, improved blood circulation and helps relieve skin congestion.