20 ways to be beautiful
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This summer, look for ingredients like honey and sugar in a face scrub, “preferably with smaller granules to avoid breakouts,” says Dr Apratim Goel, dermatologist, Cutis Clinic, Mumbai. However, use a regular scrub for your body to help remove dead cells and tackle ingrowth on your arms and legs. Tomato juice is a good toner and a great DIY trick. Apply a body moisturiser after a bath. Pick one which is fortified with AHAs and Vitamin E, for an anti-oxidant boost.
LOVE THE WATER
Bathe twice daily if you tend to sweat a lot. Shower soon after an exercise session to keep cool and maintain personal hygiene, recommend experts. Wear loose cotton and linen clothes, these breathe and prevent sunburn. Use calamine, cucumber, fullers’ earth or aloe vera on your skin.
CARE FOR YOUR HAIR
Pollution levels spiral with rising temperatures and the two together spell bad news for your hair. Add a pinch of baking soda to your shampoo to zap out the dirt, without stripping the colour off your hair. “Frequent shampooing can also dry the mid-section of your strands. Try using jojoba oil on the ends of your strands to keep them soft and nourished,” says Wadhwani.
GET CLEAR SKIN
If you have sensitive skin, try tea tree oil-it has bacteria-fighting properties and instantly soothes skin. Squeeze aloe vera straight out of the leaves and apply on face and neck, suggests Dr Rohini Wadhwani, medical director, Skin Essentials, Mumbai.
CHOOSE A SUNBLOCK
Get into the habit of using a sunscreen every day, whether you are out in the sun or inside. Find the right sunscreen for your skin by doing a patch test to avoid any allergies. “Select a broad-spectrum sunscreen with zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, benzophenones, mexoryl or avobenzone as active ingredients,” suggests Wadhwani. Try a caffeinepacked sun treatment: a topical jolt of caffeine reduces UV-induced roughness and wrinkling, according to one study.
Apply & Reapply Sunscreen
The sun is at its strongest between 10 am and 4 pm, so re-apply sunscreen when you are stepping out, suggest experts. If you’re on vacation, apply it on your neck, back and shoulders to avoid irritation and sunburn. The skin on your lips is incredibly sensitive to UV rays. Buy a lip balm or a lipstick with at least SPF 15.
AVOID THESE FOODS
Apart from eating right, reduce alcohol and salt intake. Alcohol can lead to a blotchy complexion while salt causes the body to retain water, leading to puffiness. LET YOUR TOES BREATHE Wear open shoes to allow circulation, especially if you tend to perspire on your feet or spend a lot of time outdoors. This will keep odours away and prevent fungal infections, confirm experts.
LOAD UP ON YOGHURT
Not just a good ingredient in face packs, eating a bowl of yoghurt every day will revitalise your skin, slowing down ageing. It also provides relief from sunburn.
GET A SMOOTHER SHAVE
If you use a razor on your skin, wait at least three minutes in a bath before using it on your arms or legs. Warm water softens the hair shaft, allowing for a closer cut and longer-lasting smoothness. You can use a natural astringent afterwards-a few drops of eau de cologne in cold water.
GROOM YOUR NAILS
Show off your nails painted in shades of peach, dark mauve and indigo. But make sure your salon uses sterilised tools to avoid infections, advises Pammy Kaul, owner, Scratch Nails, Chandigarh. When using a nail polish, make round movements with the brush while keeping away from the cuticles. To avoid breakage, take 10 mg Biotin supplements for two months to see a visible difference.
SLEEP ON A SILK PILLOWCASE
The satiny texture prevents friction from roughing up the cuticle and making hair vulnerable to warmweather-induced frizz
CURB YOUR TAN
For those of us who tan easily, using a natural skin brightener just might help. Use a concoction of egg whites, corn flower and lemon juice to remove tan, says Wadhwani. Potato juice as well as lemon juice double up as bleach for your skin. If not, consult a dermatologist on effective ways to remove tan.
Get a Sexy Back
GROOM YOUR NAILS
Show off your nails painted in shades of peach, dark mauve and indigo. But make sure your salon uses sterilised tools to avoid infections, advises Pammy Kaul, owner, Scratch Nails, Chandigarh. When using a nail polish, make round movements with the brush while keeping away from the cuticles. To avoid breakage, take 10 mg Biotin supplements for two months to see a visible difference. GET A SMOOTHER SHAVE If you use a razor on your skin, wait at least three minutes in a bath before using it on your arms or legs. Warm water softens the hair shaft, allowing for a closer cut and longer-lasting smoothness. You can use a natural astringent afterwards-a few drops of eau de cologne in cold water. If you love wearing tank tops or plunging necks, exfoliate your back regularly. Go natural-mash up a papaya and apply on clean skin for 5 minutes. Its enzymes help remove dead cells. If you have a lot of hair on your back, opt for laser hair removal rather than waxing, suggest experts.
CHOOSE METAL-FREE HAIR BANDS
They can snag hair and cause split ends, especially when hair is wet post-shampoo, or weaker, after swimming. Instead, look for ties covered entirely with snag-proof fabric.
CARE FOR YOUR FEET
Tempting as it may be, avoid walking barefoot to prevent painful calluses. “Use an anti-fungal powder if you’re wearing closed shoes,” advises Taneja. Since we mostly slip into sandals in summer, use a pumice stone to slough off dead cells and help regenerate skin.
GET YOUR MAKE-UP RIGHT
Summer make-up should be light and the textures more translucent than creamy. “Stick to lighter, water-based foundations, smudge-proof eye pencil and matte lip stains this summer,” says make-up artist, Vidya Tikari, New Delhi.
MIND YOUR HEAD
When you’re outside, your hat can trap the oils on your skin leading to acne on your forehead. Wipe your forehead with cleansing wipes to avoid clogged pores or breakouts.
EAT RIGHT, LOOK GREAT!
Load up on seasonal fruits like lychees, watermelon and mangoes “which contain a large amount of water and help you replenish,” says Taneja. Apricots have anti-oxidants whereas pineapple has Vitamin C, an essential for even-toned complexion.