Actress turned holistic lifestyle blogger Shiva Rose, 45, is the creator of her eponymous natural skin care line and a self-proclaimed bohemian. Living with her two daughters in a ranch-style house inside a dreamy enclave in the Santa Monica Mountains, Rose manages to keep it chic among her honey bees, chickens, and organic garden.
She became more health conscious after the birth of her first daughter, when Rose was diagnosed with an autoimmune system breakdown. Since then, she has focused on achieving a healthy lifestyle.
First with her blog, The Local Rose, and now with her Shiva Rose skin care line, the quest for excellence and purity in all Rose tries her hand at is apparent. Shiva Rose Skincare is 100 percent natural, with no toxic chemical additives. Most of the products she makes at home.
“I am incorporating a lot of Ayurvedic ingredients these days into my skin care line,” Rose shares. “I love the principles and wisdom behind Ayurveda. It is about beauty from the inside out. Eating a lot of ghee, oils, and raw butter really helps to keep the skin glowing.”
“The pressure of living in a major metropolitan city and keeping a youthful appearance — no matter what — is real.
“When the adventure of your life can be seen in your face, it shows you have led a good life.”
“We live in a time where aging is looked down upon. But I think that a woman’s beauty is enhanced with smile lines. When the adventure of your life can be seen in your face,” Rose says, “it shows you have led a good life. Of course, we all want to look good, but for me it’s about seeking out more holistically oriented beauty solutions that are not going to harm you in the long run.”
With her busy life as a mother and business owner, Rose incorporates daily routines to help her stay stress free and looking great.
“In the morning, before the household wakes up, I do a meditational tea ceremony. It is an ancient practice, a way to tune in and keep me in the moment. It’s a special way to start each day.”
Rose tries to squeeze in a daily hike with her dog in the local mountains or to take a kundalini yoga class for exercise, and her day always ends with an herbal bath. She recommends dry brushing the body the Ayurvedic way, which stimulates the lymphatic system and removes dead skin. She finishes with her own Shiva Rose body oil.
“Some nights I use one of my new face treatments, Saffron Rose Facial Scrub, or Honey Blossom Face Mask, to treat myself.”
Healthy living is nothing without balance, and Shiva admits to indulging her sweet tooth; pie and ice cream, and raw chocolate are her favorites. “You have to have a glass of wine or a cappuccino once in a while to keep from being too serious,” she says with a laugh.
“I feel empowered as I grow older. I care about what my higher self thinks, rather than what other people think, and that is a good thing. I also feel more energetic and healthier than ever before. I have overcome illness, and learned how to live in a way that is more balanced. Like fine wine,” Rose says, smiling, “we just get better with age.”