I was introduced to Urban Veda mid-June, when I received a virtual skin assessment with their brand director Tanya, who walked myself and Feige through the brand, our skin concerns and doshas. With its perfect marriage of Eastern principles to Western lifestyle, I found myself instantly drawn to Urban Veda. 


I’ve gravitated towards natural skincare for years now, have an interest in Eastern medicine and tinctures, and prefer a routine that is simple yet effective. I’ve found all of the above in the Urban Veda skincare range. 


Urban Veda is a skincare range that is formulated using natural ingredients and the principles of Ayurveda. Ayurveda dates back 5000 years and is the traditional, holistic healing system of India. Urban Veda has seamlessly adapted Ayurvedic principles to 21st Century needs, focusing on the 3 Ayurvedic doshas – Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Their skincare ranges are formulated to help you maintain your dosha’s natural balance. 


The Urban Veda philosophy revolves around sustainability (all their packaging is made out of post-consumer recycled plastic and is recyclable), respect to the planet (no products use GMO ingredients, parabens, artificial ingredients or SLS), no products are tested on animals and they are all certified vegan by the Vegetarian Society.


What is a Dosha and How Does it Affect Skincare?

In Ayurveda, the five elements that are found in all living things—ether, air, fire, water, and earth—are the building blocks of life. These five elements manifest in humans through doshas, which are three energies that define one’s makeup. Doshas change in response to weather or stress and knowing yours can help you understand what to eat, how to balance yourself, and even what skincare is best suited for you. 


There are 3 different doshas; vata, pitta, and kapha, which are explained here. Urban Veda offers a dosha test here, which consists of questions around digestion and regulation, physical activity, pace of life, sleep patterns, stress response, complexion response to the sun, wrinkles, pores, skin and body temperature. Once you take it, you can learn more about your dosha and then match it to one of the Urban Veda product ranges. 


While I’d like think I’m a mix of Doshas, all the tests I’ve taken (and Tanya’s assessment) point to me being a Vata, which is defined in Ayurveda by the elements of air and ether. Vata skin is usually dry (check!), making moisturising an important part of a Vata skincare routine. Based on my dosha results and my love for facial oil (which in hindsight is probably because it works so well at hydrating my skin), I was recommended a basic routine made up of their Radiance range, which is targeted for those with dry and dehydrated skin and is aligned with the Vata dosha. 


Turmeric is a key ingredient of the range and it’s all about boosting hydration levels while brightening skin. I was given three facial products and one body wash to use, which I’ve been using regularly since.


In the first week of using the Urban Veda range, I had an unusually big breakout, a breakout I believe was purging. Sometimes when using new skincare, your skin goes through a phase of purging, whereby you experience breakouts. This happens when certain active ingredients in the new skincare make you shed dead skin cells at a faster than normal rate, helping loosen any sebum or debris trapped below the skin in your pores and causing breakouts. While annoying, it’s not a bad thing and means the product is actually doing its job. 

Signs that it was purging and not a bad reaction were:

  • The breakout occurred on my chin, a spot I normally breakout in. 
  • It wasn’t cystic, but rather small red bumps and a few whiteheads. 
  • It showed up all at once, it wasn’t one spot but rather a group, climples (a clump of pimples) as I have coined them. This is because the new product is pushing out all the gunk that was lodged in my pores. 
  • It cleared up within a week and since then other than the odd spot, my skin has remained clear. 


In short, I love the range and have found that it works really well for my skin. However, skincare is so personal, so to help you understand this range better and see if it’d work for your skin, I’m sharing details of each product, focusing on the ingredients. Something I love that you’ll notice is how intentional Urban Veda are with ingredients. All products have botanical extracts, active ingredients and bio-oils, and each ingredient has a specific purpose relating to your dosha/skin type. As a vata, the vast majority of the ingredients are known for their moisturising benefits, ability to soothe skin and get rid of dead skin cells. 


Urban Veda Radiance Exfoliating Facial Polish

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The Radiance Exfoliating Facial Polish is a gentle cream-based polish with natural pumice to buff away dead skin cells, as well as skin-brightening Turmeric and Goji Berries to boost hydration levels. 

Before using this, I had been using a gel facial wash and so in the beginning the pumice in the facial polish felt almost harsh – I wasn’t used to this amount of exfoliating. But with dry skin, doing weekly exfoliation ensures I get rid of dead skin cells and reveal fresh skin for a softer look. My skin, however, quickly adapted and I now love the gentle exfoliating feeling and how good and clean it makes my skin feel afterwards. The fact that I love the smell doesn’t hurt either. It’s meant to be used 2-3 times a week and can also be used as a 5 minute face mask.


Botanical Extracts

Liquorice, Papaya, Goji berry

Liquorice is a natural botanical brightener which helps lighten discolouration and brown marks caused by acne, eczema, or sun damage. 

Papaya contains Papain, a proteolytic enzyme that acts as an exfoliator. It helps dissolve dead skin cells and de-clog pores resulting in a smoother texture and helps to prevent acne. 

Goji Berry has 17 amino acids in total which makes them a great source of hydration and in skincare increases the efficacy of other hydrating agents by transporting moisture through the skin. 



Glycerine, Turmeric, Arjuna, Pumice

Glycerine is a moisturising agent. 

Turmeric is used for the treatment of acne due to its antiseptic and antibacterial properties. It also helps remove redness from acne, reduces inflammation and evens out skin discolouration. 

Arjuna is a powerful antioxidant that strengthens the skin barrier and encourages sebum production, reducing the signs of dry skin.

Pumice is a powerful exfoliant and removes dead skin cells. 


Bio Oils

Orange, Patchouli, Coriander, Cedar, Marigold

Orange helps maintain the health, appearance and texture of the skin. 

Patchouli helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles, blemishes and skin imperfections. 

 Coriander has antibacterial properties and helps promote healthy, clean and clear skin. 

Cedar has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties which is helpful for breakouts. 

Marigold has anti fungal, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties and helps soothe the skin and encourages the regeneration of new skin cells. 


Dosha: Vata

Best for: dry/dehydrated skin

Available here (R240 for 125ml)


Urban Veda Radiance Facial Oil

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Radiance Facial Oil contains brightening Liquorice, anti-inflammatory Turmeric and blemish-fighting Papaya to restore clarity, suppleness and a gorgeous natural glow. It has a distinct turmeric smell which did take getting used to, but it is a smell that fades within a few minutes of applying it. I’m a fan of facial oils and this one is no different. I  use it at night and love the way it makes my skin feel; soft and moisturised. I’ve also been using it for Gua Sha and facial cupping. 



Botanical Extracts

Liquorice, Goji Berry, Papaya, Goji Berry, Coriander

Coriander has antibacterial properties and helps promote healthy, clean and clear skin. 

Marigold has anti fungal, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties and helps soothe the skin and encourages the regeneration of new skin cells.


Bio Oils

Organic Jojoba Oil, Blueberry Seed Oil, Passion Seed Oil, Apricot Oil

Organic jojoba oil which is an oil that can be used as a carrier oil for essential oils or alone. It’s used a lot in skincare as a moisturiser as it’s non-irritating and anti-inflammatory. It also contains Vitamin E which works with your skin as an antioxidant. 

Blueberry seed oil is high in the essential fatty acids Omega 3 and 6 and alpha linolenic acid. These work with your skin’s natural barrier, helping it function well and improves tone and firmness, as well as minimises fine lines. 

Passion seed oil is a rich source of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and essential antioxidants. It’s also a good emollient as it easily penetrates deep into the skin while preventing moisture from seeping out. 

Apricot oil is a brilliant moisturiser (one which I’ve been using since learning about it here). It helps maintain the skin’s moisture balance, protect against sun damage, free radical damage and softens lines to give your skin a healthy glow. 


Dosha: Vata

Best for: dry/dehydrated skin

Available here (R490 for 30ml)


Urban Veda Radiance Day Cream

Blended with turmeric, goji berries and papaya for a fruity boost, the Urban Veda Radiance Day Cream hydrates the skin all day long and brightens complexion. My morning skincare routine usually involves washing my face with just water and some sunscreen. I stuck to the water face wash (my skin does better with less) only using a gentle face wash on days I had a very sweaty workout and felt I needed it, on other days water with the Smitty is all I need for a fresh face. This moisturiser was a welcome addition in that my skin is prone to dryness especially in winter and this is incredibly light yet moisturising. It also has a subtle scent which I love. 



Botanical Extracts

Liquorice, Goji Berry, Papaya



Glycerine, Turmeric, Arjuna, Tego Pep 4-even

Tego Pep 4-even is an anti-inflammatory peptide sequence which enhances complexion, visibly diminishes signs of hyper pigmentation and reduces the appearance of dark spots.


Bio Oils

Orange Oil, Patchouli, Coriander, Cedar, Marigold, Sweet Almond Oil

Sweet almond oil helps soothe and soften skin and has vitamins A and E along with Omega 3 fatty acids and zinc which help reduce puffiness, skin tone and reduce damage done to the skin by the sun. 

Dosha: Vata

Best for: dry/dehydrated skin

Get it here (R345 for 50ml)


Urban Veda Revive Body Wash 

Skin conditioning plant extracts help to gently yet effectively cleanse without stripping skin of its natural oils. The gentle and enriching formula of rose extracts and additional flower waters of Jasmine restore suppleness and promote skin repair. It has a delicious scent and a gentle exfoliating effect which leaves your skin smooth and flake free. It is pricier for a body wash, so it’s become one I use when I want a little something special. 



Botanical Extracts

Rose Damask Flower Water, Pomegranate Juice, Borage, Jasmine, Evening Primrose

Rose damask flower water is known for its anti-wrinkle effects making it an ingredient used in anti-aging formulations. It also reduces sebum excess and helps even and soothe skin. 

Pomegranate juice helps skin regenerate, detoxes the skin, protects against UV radiation

Borage is rich in gamma linolenic acid (GLA) which is a type of omega-6 fatty acid which improves  skin’s protective barrier. It helps with inflammation and dry skin. 

Jasmine helps even skin tone, moisturise and reduce the appearance of age spots. It’s also a light moisturiser that doesn’t clog the pores. 

Evening primrose moisturises, soothes and enhances the texture and elasticity of skin. The key ingredients in evening primrose oil are essential fatty acids that help strengthen the skin barrier and reduce moisture loss. 



Glycerin, Arjuna


Bio Oils

Rose Damask Flower Oil, Rose Geranium Oil, Clove Flower Oil

Rose damask flower oil has refreshing astringent and soothing properties. It’s used for dry and delicate skin and good for toning and brightening the skin. 

Rose geranium oil has antioxidant properties which help reduce signs of ageing and improve the skin’s ability to heal itself from environmental toxins and exposure. 

Clove flower oil helps reduce sogginess of skin and prevents the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. 

Best for all skin types and mature skin

Dosha: Tri-doshic 

Available here (R180 for 200ml)


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