Tips On Beauty Without Cruelty

Cleansing Creams And Scrubs

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.


Herbal cleansing creams are light creams that remove embedded grime and stale make-up without stripping your skin of its natural moisture. Here are some easy to make cleansing potions.

5teaspoon olive oil
5teaspoon fresh coconut oil
5tablespoon cucumber juice
2teaspoon glycerin
4teaspoon beeswax

A pinch of borax

Method----Melt the oil and wax by the double boiling method. Warm cucumber juices, glycerin and borax in a separate bowl until borax is dissolved. Add the
cucumber, borax and glycerin mixture to the oil and whisk the mixture till it thickens. Cool. Excess may be stored in the fridge.

5 tablespoons almond oil
1 tablespoon white wax
2 tablespoon lanolin
1 tablespoon rose water

Method----Melt wax and lanolin by the double boiling method. Stir continuously. Slowly add rose water and almond oil. Remove from heat and allow to cool. May be stored in a glass bottle.

Note--- For all cleansing creams, you may add a few drops of perfume of your choice once the mixture has cooled down.


A complexion scrub works wonders and leaves your skin with a healthy , shining glow. Complexion scrub is an effective means of removing the dead cells from the surface of the skin. The slightly, abrasive tiny grains present in a scrub , stimulates and gently sloughs away dead and flaky skin . A fresh, smooth look is left behind.

A complexion scrub must be used once a week to loosen ingrained impurities from the pores. For dry skin types a scrub once a month, will suffice. Scrubs are an excellent product for oily skin.



4tablespoon orange peel powder
2tablespoon oatmeal powder
2tablespoon wheat germ powder

METHOD ----- Mix all the three ingredients and store in an airtight container. Use as and when required. For an oily skin, add a few drops of lemon juice or cucumber juice to the water in which you dip the muslin bag containing the scrub. Gently
rub the wet muslin bag on to the face and neck for at least fifteen minutes. Use circular movements and wash off withtepid water.

4 Tablespoon green gram powder
2 tablespoon besan
2 teaspoon sandalwood powder

METHOD-----Combine all ingredients together and store in
an airtight container.

1tablespoon oatmeal powder
1tablespoon wheat germ (powder)
1tablespoon skim milk powder
1teaspoon sandal wood powder

METHOD-----Mix the ingredients together and fill in a small muslin bag. Dip the muslin bag in lukewarm water and gently rub on face and neck in circular motion for at least 15 minutes. Finally wash off with tepid water.

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