IN TRADITIONAL INDIAN CULTURE, brides celebrate their upcoming wedding day with a lavish Haldi ceremony that includes a saffron mask a little short of beauty legend. We sent Sahajan’s traditionally-inspired saffron mask to a friend who celebrated her own traditional Indian wedding not too long ago to get her review of the skin care line that Vogue calls “the secret to balancing your skin.”
Sahajan is derived from the Hindi word for “intuitive”. Many ingredients in the brand’s edited selection are adaptogenic as well as Ayurvedic. Seen in artist makeup kits on the sets of The Handmaid’s Tale and Schitt’s Creek, the brand has quickly become a favorite of industry experts as well as medical professionals.
Sahajan founder Lisa Mattam is an entrepreneur and passionate mother. After building a successful consulting company in Canada, Mattam found the inspiration she needed to start a skin care company from the heart.
“I remember the day I came home to find my two-year-old daughter covered in face cream…”
“After laughing – because I realized that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree – I started to feel uncomfortable. I worried about what all those chemicals were doing to her youthful skin. I showed my daughter her own special products in her room: oils and creams my parents used on me as a child. I asked myself, why was I willing to put something on my skin that I wouldn’t want on my son’s?”
The result of his questioning was the birth of Sahajan — a trip back to Kerala, in southern India, the home of Mattam’s family. She remembers her parents grinding coconut in oil or whipping it into treatments in the kitchen. Turns out, putting turmeric on a pimple or coconut oil in your hair was more than a family secret. It was the ancient science of Ayurvedic medicine.
Making ancient skin care traditions accessible
Dr. Deepika Chopra considers herself one of Sahajan’s fans. Optimism doctor, podcast host and visual image specialist, Dr. Chopra credits our EIC with activating the “beautiful, high-performing and clean” brand that harnesses the same powerful ingredients her Indian grandmother taught her to use, but in this case, in high-functioning, modern skincare products.
Skin care ritual by Dr. Deepika Chopra with Sahajan
Dr. Chopra takes us through a brief ritual with Sahajan products on our Instagram this week, starting with Sahajan Essential Cleansing Oil, ideal for gently cleansing the face. This blend includes a blend of rose oil, moringa oil and squalane oil. Skin is left glowing and hydrated instead of stripped down and desperate for moisture. BUY CLEANING OIL
Moving on to Balance Toner, Dr. Chopra shares that the reason she loves Sahajan products so much is because they are rooted in the science and tradition of Ayurvedic medicine. Ingredients like orange, lemon and blueberry extracts work to naturally transform cells to reveal younger, brighter skin. These practices were passed on to Dr. Chopra through her own heritage and lineage. BUY THE BALANCE TONER
Sahajan’s products are produced in Canada under the guidance of Ayurvedic doctors in India.
Using the best-selling Illuminating Mask, Dr. Chopra recalls the spices and practices inherited from her grandmother and great-grandmother. Brides across India celebrate their upcoming wedding day through a Haldi ceremony. Deepika has used a similar DIY saffron mask in her own wedding rituals that she makes at home weekly to this day as a special treat. Brightening Mask detoxifies and brightens for maximum glow on your big day or any other day.
Through digging through ancient texts and working alongside chemists, Sahajan’s beautiful blend of turmeric, hemp seed oil, holy basil and fruit-based glycolic acids creates a silky blend that’s the ultimate weekly treat.
Applying the mask on clean skin in a thick layer is the first step in the ritual practiced. Dr. Chopra loves the way this mask applies without the typical saffron mess. “Typically, when I make my own mask at home, I use things like yogurt and turmeric root. I 100% stained my countertops because turmeric is so prone to stains.” Sahajan offers all the benefits of decades of practice, the advancement of studies, and the beauty of tried-and-true ingredients without the mess of mixing at home. BUY THE LIGHTING MASK
Dr. Chopra advises applying the remaining product to the back of the hands, so as not to waste any benefits. After washing off the mask, expect to notice a pleasant tingling sensation and an instant glow.
Finish the whole ritual with Nourish Creme Riche, the cream with over 100 five-star reviews at beauty stores like The Detox Market and Credo. Sahajan’s Soothing Moisturizer includes triphala, gotu kola and coconut oil.
Taking time to explore an ancient practice combined with a moment of self-care is the perfect way to kick off an evening of relaxation or prepare for an important day ahead.
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