29 Mar Your Tulasara Questions Answered
Based on Ayurvedic techniques ranging from dry-brushing to abhayanga (massage with warm oil), Aveda’s new Tulasāra ritual is grounded in both ancient practices and cutting-edge clinical research. Tulasara is taking the skin care industry by storm, but it’s so different, it’s also raising a lot of questions around how to use it with the other products you love.
Read on for our frequently asked questions and we’ll teach you how to incorporate Tulasāra into your existing skincare regime.
What products are part of the Tulasāra ritual?
There are three main ones: the Radiant Facial Dry Brush, the Oleation Oil and the Concentrates: Bright, Firm and Calm.
So how do you work those into your existing skincare routine?
In the morning, assuming you have washed your face the night before, you start by dry-brushing the face, neck and décolletage using the Radiant Facial Dry Brush. This promotes micro-stimulation, helps skin eliminate toxins and whisks away dead skin cells. Next, apply four drops of radiant Oleation Oil all over the face, and let it soak in for at least four minutes. Then proceed with your usual skincare routine.
So to break it down into simple steps, the order goes: dry brush, Oleation Oil…and then what?
Dry brush the skin, apply Tulasara’s Oleation Oil and let it soak in. Then cleanse the skin and apply your toner to close your pores back up. You want to apply the Tulasāra concentrates right after your toner and before your moisturizer. Any kind of serum, concentrate or eye cream should always be applied before the moisturizer, because that way, they penetrate the skin. Then, the moisturizer locks it in.
Is the morning Tulasāra ritual different from the evening ritual?
Yes. The Tulasāra Radiant Awakening Ritual is a two-step process that is intended for morning use only. It consists of dry-brushing and Oleation Oil. In the evening, you’ll cleanse, tone, apply Tulasāra concentrates, and finish with a moisturizer. In the morning, you’ll repeat these same steps, but you’ll start with the dry brushing and Oleation Oil.
Why do you dry-brush your face in the morning, but not in the evening?
Because you want to do it on a dry, clean face. You don’t want a wet face—the brush works better with the face dry and the moisturizer already soaked in. That way, the brush lifts up your little peach fuzz hairs and exfoliates underneath them. You can over-exfoliate—we think if you used the brush morning and night, it would be too much.
I have oily or acne-prone skin. Will the Oleation Oil make me break out?
In some cases, it could. Everyone’s skin is different. If you find the Oleation Oil does cause breakouts, cut back. Try using Oleation Oil one or two times a week instead of every morning.It’s still important to use it, because it repairs the barrier level of your skin. If you’re dehydrated, it brings back a natural glow.
I have very dry skin. Should I make changes to the steps?
If your skin is very dry, you don’t need a toner. Instead, you could use Botanical Kinetics Hydrating Treatment Lotion in the place of your toner. It’s a liquid that is the consistency of a toner, but a toner is more astringent and will dry you out more. Here’s another Hydrating Treatment Lotion tip: It saturates your skin better if you apply it using a makeup sponge instead of your bare hands.
The concentrates Firm, Bright and Calm concentrates all have great benefits. Can I use more than one at once?
Yes, the concentrates do help the skin restore itself, targeting different concerns: Bright helps restore radiance and even out the skin tone; Calm soothes stressed skin and is good for skin with acne or Rosacea, and Firm lifts and restores skin, improving fine lines and wrinkles. You can apply all three concentrates if you want—but do not mix them. Layer them instead, so that the concentrate that targets your most pressing skin issue is applied first. For example, if you struggle most with discoloration and dark spots, apply Bright first.