Once the domain of hippies and new-age types, alternative medicine is now mainstream. For skincare, non-western disciplines that emphasize natural ingredients and the mind/body connection are also enjoying newfound popularity. Ayurveda, which emphasizes balancing bodily functions and Chinese Medicine, which focuses on healing, both offer intriguing skincare treatments and philosophies. Ayurveda is the oldest system of preventive health care in the world. Born in India over 6,000 years ago, Ayurveda means knowledge of life.