Tips On Beauty Without Cruelty

Veg & Fruit Based Masks

Deepika Vohra served as the head of the Department of Beauty Culture at the International Polytechnic for Women at New Delhi. She also ran a beauty clinic at Delhi's Vasant Kunj for some time from where she relocated to New York for five years. Exposure to the world capital of beauty and cosmetics gave her an opportunity to compare the Indian beauty industry with the razzle dazzle of the New World. Reading and researching beauty culture has always been a hobby with her. The tips for beauty given below were selected from her repertoire of nature based recipes which are time tested to deliver.

'Nature Never Did Betray the heart That Loved Her.'-Wordsworth

The present times herald a veritable victory over chemical cosmetics in the form of natural beauty aids. Joy, happiness and confidence for sure contribute vastly to your beautiful appearance. A smooth supple skin is of course an added bonus. So, here are some tips to care for your skin through the seasons.

Basic skin types may be classified into five broad categories- normal, dry, oily, combination and sensitive skin. The skin is made up of protective layers of cells supported by nerves, glands and blood vessels. Your skin lives and breathes. Cells move up to the surface where they are shed and replaced. This topmost layer is protected by the body's natural oil and moisture. It is essential to carefully plan out a beauty routine to attain a flawless, petal-soft complexion.

The first step to your beauty routine is cleansing your skin. Cleansers are formulated to remove surface grime and dirt as well as dissolve stale make up from the skin. A gentle massage will help to float out deep down make up and other impurities.

How do you recognize your skin type?

NORMAL SKIN --- is finely textured with no visible pores, spots, or blemishes, soft and velvety to the touch, and unwrinkled. Normal skin has to be treasured and preserved, as it is liable to change, if neglected.

OILY SKIN --- is caused by overactive sebaceous glands that give rise to large open pores. Larger pores, in turn, lead to blackheads, blemishes and acne. The appearance of blackheads and blemishes is due to clogged oil and dirt in the pores which is not removed instantly by cleansing. Oily skin begins to have an oily shine within a few minutes after wash or make-up. This makes it difficult to hold make-up. However, oily skin has an advantage of ageing very slowly, but deep cleansing must be thorough.

DRY SKIN --- is a sensitive skin type which comes in blotches, tends to peel off easily and feels tight after a wash. Lack of moisture results in dry skin and this skin type is more prominent around the eyes, mouth, lips, sides of mouth, and forehead. Cleansing, toning, moisturizing form an integral routine of this type of skin. Dry skin is highly susceptible to diet, extremes in weather and harsh perfumed skin care products. Dry skin also has another disadvantage. Wrinkles appear faster giving you a prematurely aged look. A generous application of moisturizer will produce a skin which would be on par with the 'enviable' peaches and cream complexion.

COMBINATION SKIN--- As the word 'combination' suggests it is mix of two different skin types on one face. More often this skin type is the result of a badly cleansed and neglected skin. It is easily recognizable as it is oily down the T panel, that is the forehead, nose, chin. The skin gets this oily look down the T panel while the rest of the face appear and feel dry. Combination skin needs scrupulous cleansing. It is a good idea to use a face mask for oily skin down the T panel and a mask for dry skin for the rest of the face. This method of treating the combination skin works ideally to give a perfect, balanced effect.

SENSITIVE SKIN---- This type of skin is extremely delicate and vulnerable. It is easily susceptible to freckles, itchy spots and blotches. Dermatitis and allergies caused by chemical cosmetics are common problems of a sensitive skin. It is best to discontinue the usage of strong and harsh skin care products as well as perfumed creams and moisturizers.

BLEMISHES

OLIVE OIL MASK

This is a good mask for removing blemishes.

Ingredients:

  • ½ teaspoon olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon lemon juice

    Mix the ingredients together. Allow the application to remain for 15 minutes before washing off.

    MINT MASK - this is also a good mask for blemishes

    Ingredients

  • 1 sprig mint leaves
  • 1 teaspoon rose water

    Wash and grind the mint leaves to a smooth paste using rose water. It should be applied preferably overnight or leave on for a couple of hours before washing off.

    RAW PAPAYA MASK

    Ingredients

    • A small piece of raw papaya

    Grate the papaya finely and extract juice. Saturate cotton wool into the juice and apply over the blemished skin. Wash off after 15 minutes.

    VEG & FRUIT BASED MASKS are excellent to lend a healthy glow to the skin

    To reduce blemishes apply carrot juice and leave for 20 minutes. Then wash the face.

    ESSENTIAL OILS

    Ingredients

  • 3 Ozs lavender water
  • 1 Drop lavender
  • 1 Drop juniper

    Put all the ingredients in a bottle and shake well. Leave for 24 hours, then pass through a paper coffee filter. Cotton wool balls can be soaked in this prepared tonic and put in a tightly sealed box with another teaspoon of tonic passed over them. This makes your own cleansing pad ready for use.

  • Deepika Vohra can be contacted at deepika@indianwildlifeclub.com




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