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Shankara Naturals

Natural Ayurveda Skincare

The best skincare products are created by Shankara to enhance your inner and outer beauty.
In order to create our incredibly powerful, outcome-driven products, we’ve nearly two decades to perfect the fusion of ancient eastern Ayurveda and the western knowledge of actives.

There is a strong desire to serve humanity at the core of everything we do.
Through the International Association for Human Values and the Art of Living Foundation, we support deserving social initiatives like veteran programs, women’s leadership, and education for the underprivileged in developing nations.

Our products are 100% natural, high-quality combined with Ayurvedic wisdom and modern science to enhance the quality of life.

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More about Shankara

Shankara is inspired by international humanitarian leader and spiritual Master; Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. A group of people came together and started thinking about combining the knowledge from Eastern Ayurveda and Western beauty products to promote wellness and sustainable living. They created Shankara, which is a skincare line that uses Ayurvedic wisdom with modern beauty standards.

Shankara is a company that seeks to do good by donating 100% of their net profit to human causes. Their unique line offers physical, mental, and emotional support in addition to making the world better one step at a time.

Our philosophy at Shankara is to honor all life, uphold human values and celebrate diversity. The products we offer include a skincare line with sales in professional as well as retail settings, and the products provide nutrition, oxygenation and hydration.

Shankara creates skincare products that are effective and result-oriented. They support worthy social initiatives like education for the underprivileged in developing countries, women’s leadership, and veterans programs through the International Association for Human Values and the Art of Living Foundation.

Frequently Asked Questions

All of our products are made in small batches in our own lab in Glen Burnie, Maryland.

Our Uncompromised Manufacturing Practices are:
  • On-site small batch production ensures freshness and product integrity
  • Cold-processing in manufacturing preserves vitality and nutrient value 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

We source ingredients from all over the world, and manufacture here in the US

No we do not test on animals. All products are PETA cruelty-free approved.

All products are certified vegan by PETA except those that contain honey powder, yogurt and/or milk. These products specifically are:
Deep Cleanse Treatment, Anti-Age Serum, Moisturizing Mask, Dead Sea Salt Scrub and Allure Mineral Bath Salts

Vata skin tends to be quite dry, pretty much everywhere and never feels sensitive or shows signs of redness (or a pink undertone on the cheeks).

Vata is a combination of air and space elements. If a person has vata skin it means that the air and space predominate in the skin. This gives vata skin its dry tendency. It also makes vata skin cool to the touch. Vata skin will also be thinner when compared to people of the same age group and ethnicity.

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.

Pitta skin comes with 3 variations

1) Sensitive skin - Pitta skin can feel sensitive or show signs of redness. A pink undertone to the cheeks is a good indication that you have pitta skin.
2) Combination skin –Pitta skin can exhibit more than one quality. You may feel dehydrated (and usually sensitive) with a normal T-Zone (forehead, nose and chin) or feel normal with a more oily T-Zone area.
3) Normal skin – Pitta skin can feel quite “normal” and you may not be experiencing excessive dryness, oiliness or even sensitivity.

Pitta is a combination of mostly fire with a little water. If a person has pitta skin it means that fire predominates in the skin. This is what gives pitta skin its sensitive tendency. It also makes pitta skin warm to the touch. Fire and water can also bring some conflicting qualities resulting in a skin that can feel partially oily or partially dehydrated and sensitive.

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 than 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 deeply soothing properties to calm down sensitivity, irritation, and redness if present. Moisturizing and slightly 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).

Kapha skin tends to be thicker and naturally oily everywhere (not just in the T-Zone area) and never feels sensitive or shows signs of redness (or a pink undertone on the cheeks).

Kapha is a combination of earth and water elements. If a person has kapha skin it means that earth and water predominates in the skin. This gives kapha skin its naturally oily and cool tendencies and predisposition towards congestion or water retention. Kapha skin will also feel thicker when compared to other people of the same age group and ethnicity.

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 oil-balancing. Ingredients will also have invigorating qualities to help with congestion and sluggishness. Note about very oily skin: An excessively oily skin is usually dehydrated at a deep level and tries to compensate for the dryness by overproducing oil. Kapha products will hydrate the skin deeply while balancing oil production.

Everybody’s skin will get a little dryer, thinner and loose some elasticity with age but the fundamental Ayurvedic skin type will not change. Pitta skin for example will still run warm and have a tendency towards sensitivity needing products with cooling and soothing properties to maintain balance. Both vata and kapha skin will still run cool and need ingredients with warming properties. Where vata skin needs products with some slight invigorating properties kapha skin demands stronger balancing and stimulating properties to combat it’s tendency towards congestion etc.

As your skin is aging, 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 to boost hydration and rejuvenation

To keep it simple, VATA is DRY (everywhere equally / no sensitivity); PITTA is either NORMAL, SENSITIVE or what we call COMBINATION skin (your skin would feel normal with an oily T-Zone or dry with a normal T-Zone); and KAPHA is OILY (everywhere equally / no sensitivity).
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