Sonage: An Ayurvedic Approach to Skin Care

Working with top scientists in Europe and Los Angeles, Sonäge has balanced the best in modern skin care science with the amazing healing power of nature. Sonäge also relies on the ancient principles of Ayurveda in its formulations. To learn more about this fascinating connection, we spoke with Sonage CEO Anisha Khanna.

How has Sonäge integrated the principles of Ayurveda into its formulations? Why?

Ayurvedic skin care tends to be a little gentler in comparison to other Western approaches that use synthetic or chemical ingredients. Some of the Ayurvedic herbs and fruits we use in our formulations include nourishing cold-pressed oils like almond, sesame and argan, and extracts like turmeric, neem, sandalwood, tulsi and freeze-dried coconut powder. It’s important to note that as tempting as it can be to DIY skin care using natural ingredients like these, it’s better left up to an expert in Ayurveda, as certain herbs do not work well together, others have a larger molecule and need special delivery systems, etc. But that’s the benefit of Ayurveda; it’s a time-tested healing system that dates back more than 5,000 years and comes with a wealth of knowledge.

In Ayurveda, topical skin care is also accompanied by suggested diet, mindful techniques and a willingness to change the skin. And we believe that consultation is as important as the formulation. When we look at what’s happening to a client’s skin, we also listen and watch for clues as to what is going on with them emotionally or spiritually. When we can’t do that in person, you can use our website to get personalized recommendations based on your dosha.

What is a dosha and how does it relate to my skin?

Ayurveda is based on the principles of three doshas. Doshas are functional energies that make up every individual, and perform different physiological functions in the body. Because each person has such unique characteristics, we all require an individualized set of lifestyle recommendations that covers nutrition, physical exercise, skin care rituals and meditation, to name a few.
The three doshas are Vata, Pitta and Kapha. To compare the doshas to common Western skin care categories, you’ll see Vata often has dry sensitive skin; Pitta skin burns easily; and Kapha has more congested pores that need frequent detoxifying. (To find your dominant dosha take this simple quiz.)

No matter what our primary dosha, summertime has a tendency to cause a Pitta dosha imbalance and everyone is more likely to experience flare-ups, inflammation, sunburn and breakouts.

Sonäge just launched a Tulsi Soothing Tri Clay Mask, which features a calming blend of three mineral-rich clays and a trifecta of healing Ayurvedic herbs to cool and soothe excess Pitta, adding quality to your life during the hotter months.

In Sanskrit, there is an expression for tulsi that means “no other plant stands in comparison.” This hero ingredient is high in polyphenols that help to fight free radical damage, and it’s pacifying and useful for all skin types or doshas (particularly Pitta and Kapha).

Getting to know your dosha and creating manifestations with intention will make it easier to balance them.

Can you recommend your favorite products for each different dosha?

People with a primary vata dosha need products that are oxygenating and stimulating. Shop our Hydrating Mist, Vitality Nourishing Facial Oil, Paula’s Choice Peptide Booster and Patagonia Berry Stem Cell Mask.

For clients with a primary pitta dosha, we recommend cooling products such as our Botanica Soufflé Crème, Tulsi Soothing Tri Clay Mask, Soothing Mist and Luster Eye Crème.

For clients with a primary kapha dosha, we recommend products that detoxify and maintain immunity such as our Pom Crush Detox Enzyme Mask, High Endurance Crème, Glow To Go Glycolic Peel Pads and R&R Peptide-Packed Eye Serum.