9 Beauty Tips for Gorgeous Skin and Hair

9 Beauty Tips for Gorgeous Skin and Hair

Could your skin be more clear and smoother than it is? Could your hair be any silkier, stronger and voluminous? All of this without having to spend thousands of rupees are your More »


9 Beauty Tips for Gorgeous Skin and Hair

Could your skin be more clear and smoother than it is? Could your hair be any silkier, stronger and voluminous? All of this without having to spend thousands of rupees are your next-door salon? Yes, absolutely! I come across hundreds of young women looking for desperate solutions to their skin and hair problems and expecting me to wave my magic wand and tackle their issues overnight and transform them. I would love to oblige but the truth is that nature doesn’t bloom overnight. The smallest seed of a plant also needs to be planted, nurtured and cared for before it can blossom and show its magnificence. Though we live in a world of “insta” or instant options, some things cannot be played around with.

With the festive season around the corner – Durga Puja, Karvachauth, Diwali and endless parties and festivities that go with it, the skin and hair need to look healthy and stunning. In this article I have conjured up some INSTA recipes (both magical and natural) that are guaranteed to work and give some fabulous results to dead looking skin and hair. So wake up and imbibe these spells into your festive look.

1. For dull, oily and combination skin

Massage the skin with iced yoghurt and sprinkle some sugar along with it. Now take orange halves and scrub gently until the granules melt. Wash the face with iced water and see the difference.

2. For dull, tired and dry skin

Massage the skin with papaya. Then make a scrub by mixing oats and honey along with a little cold milk and scrub the skin. Wash off with ice cold milk and water and pat dry.

3. Suffering from frizzy hair?

Try this simple, quick and easy-to-make spray. Take slices of two lemon and simmer in two cups of water until it reduces to half the amount. Pour the liquid into a spritz bottle and spray on your hair. Not only will there be a wonderful natural sheen but static and fly away hair will be gone!

4. For natural hair colour

If you have a brownish tinge in your hair and don’t have the time to henna or colour it, then take a few sprigs of rosemary from the kitchen shelf and simmer them in 2 cups of water along with 2 tsp black tea until it reduces to half the quantity. Mix with 1/4cup of shampoo and every time you shampoo, use this mixture. Leave the shampoo in your hair for about 15 minutes and see the difference it makes.

5. For a smooth back

Planning to wear a low back blouse, backless dress or choli, but have no time to go in for a body scrub to show off a smooth back? Here’s a quick home remedy. Take 1 cup of sea salt and mix it with half a cup of olive oil. Add 5 drops of sandalwood oil and mix well. Store in a jar and scrub the areas of your body you want to flaunt. Wipe off with a wet towel.

6. Dealing with under eye bags and dark circles

Take used chamomile tea bags and store them in the freezer. Grate half a cucumber and massage around eye area and then lie down with the tea bags on your eyes for 10 minutes.You will find an instant difference in the way your eyes look and feel.

7. Instant face lift

Wash your face with ice water or simply rub and ice cube with a tsp of honey on the face. Beat an egg white until it peaks and brush onto your skin and let dry. You will feel the stretch in the skin. wash face with icy cold water.

6 ways to get flawless skin without using any makeup

For the overwhelming majority of us, foundation is the starting point in our makeup routines. And whether you opt for a lightweight, medium or full coverage formula, we all rely on our chosen foundations (or tinted moisturisers, BB or CC creams) to help us create a flawless and even base that’s ready to face the world.

However, if the recent runway shows at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia (MBFWA) are anything to go by, full coverage base makeup is out, and clean, fresh, makeup-free skin is in. But how do you go about achieving flawless skin without a scrap of makeup on? After all, we can’t all be blessed with model-worthy skin!

To help you on your quest, we’ve pulled together six simple tips that will leave you with flawless skin, sans makeup.

Change up your diet

While a balanced diet works wonders for keeping your body healthy, eating nutrient-rich foods like vegetables, nuts and fish can also significantly impact the quality of your skin. For instance, antioxidants found in watercress and even dark chocolate help protect your skin from free radical damage; vitamin C found in sweet potato works to boost collagen production and brighten skin’s overall tone; and the healthy fats present in oily fishes like salmon and mackerel can tackle skin inflammations associated with acne, eczema and psoriasis.

So, if your skin is misbehaving, take a look at what you’re eating. You might need to cut back on the processed and sugary foods and incorporate more of the above skin-loving ingredients into your diet.

Drink more water

According to beauty therapist and skin specialist for Mecca Cosmetica, Laura Berger, “almost every Australian skin is dehydrated, simply because of the climate and the prevalence of air conditioning and heating.” One of the easiest ways to rehydrate the skin is from the inside out. Not only will consuming the recommended two litres of water a day go a long way in keeping skin cells hydrated and flushing out any impurities and toxins in your system, drinking water can replenish skin tissue and increase its elasticity, making it appear more youthful and plump.

Get enough sleep

Not getting enough sleep causes a lot more issues than just dark circles and a bad mood. In fact, a lack of quality sleep can lead to an increase of stress hormones in the body, which can impact the severity of skin conditions like acne and psoriasis. Additionally, poor sleep increases the breakdown of collagen and hyaluronic acid, which leaves the skin looking dull and lacklustre.

Supercharge your skin care routine

You can’t expect to have good skin if you don’t look after it. That’s why it’s essential to find quality products that work for your specific issues. Do your research (or even better, have your skin diagnosed by a dermatologist) and establish what skin type you have – be it sensitive, dry, dehydrated, combination or oily – and choose ingredients and products that are going to work best for you.

Additionally, make sure to exfoliate your skin regularly (two to three times a week) to slough away dead cells that pile up on the surface of your skin. Regular exfoliation will also rid the skin of excess oils and unclog pores. If you’re looking for a quality exfoliant, we recommend Elizabeth Arden Skin Illuminating Retexturising Pads.

Strategically apply primers

Once you’ve amended your diet, are sleeping better and have perfected your skin care routine, you can also look to skin care and makeup hybrids like primers to achieve a flawless-looking complexion.

Primers these days do a whole lot more than just prep the skin for makeup application. For instance, if you’re concerned about large pores, redness or a dull complexion, you’re guaranteed to find a primer that works to combat these.

“I recommend applying a calming primer like Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Pre-Foundation Skin Primer, which will plump up the skin and produce an ethereal glow all over,” revealed Global Makeup Artist for Napoleon Perdis, Rajja Richani backstage at the Leo & Lin MBFWA show. “Then, apply a touch of an illuminating primer to the high points of the face to really brighten up the skin.”

Embrace face mists

Come 3pm your skin can start to look a little lackluster and may need a pick-me-up. To instantly refresh and hydrate your complexion, reach for a facial mist. Facial mists work to benefit the skin in numerous ways: they can restore the skin’s pH balance and soothe irritated skin and they help boost skin’s moisture levels, leaving it looking radiant and glowing. If you’re on the hunt for new facial mist, we suggest checking out Caudalie Beauty Elixir.