S.O.S — save our skins!
Ishika Taneja solves all your skin troubles.
Q Whatever the season, I have super dry lips. I keep applying a lip balm every twenty minutes. The worst part is that when I apply a lipstick, the cracks become more visible. Although I’ve started drinking more water, the problem still persists.
A Chapped lips are both unsightly and painful. Avoid licking your lips as saliva causes excess dryness. Try fluoride-free toothpastes, unflavored lip balms and practice breathing through the nose rather than mouth. Apply almond oil on your lips and keep it overnight. Make a homemade lip balm by blending honey, rose petals, malai and few drops of coconut oil and apply it regularly.
Q I wax once every month. What I can’t seem to get rid of is the ingrowth. I have a large number of red spots, especially around the calf area, and they look really ugly. What could I do to have those smooth, flawless legs?
A Chicken skin or folliculitis or ingrown hair happens when the sharp tip of the hair curls back into the skin and stays embedded. The redness around the hair follicle suggests an infection or irritated skin, which happens when you shave too closely or shave against the direction of the hair or don’t stretch the skin while waxing. Permanent hair removal with an intense pulsed light laser will show drastic results in just a single sitting. Avoid over-scrubbing your skin. Use antiseptic soaps and don’t wear clothes that are tight-fitting or synthetic. Mix apple cider vinegar and water in equal parts and spray it on the affected area. Follow it up with a warm coconut oil massage for smooth, flawless legs.
Q I have exactly ten minutes before the mirror every morning. Sadly, all I do is apply sunscreen, kohl and a lip balm, all of which vanishes by the time I reach office. Could you give me some quick, long-lasting make-up tips to look attractive through the day?
A For a quick ten-minute makeover for you office, use a DD cream. After blending it into your skin, brighten up your complexion by swiping a blusher on your cheeks and nose. Add depth to your eyes by using kohl on your upper and lower lash line and smudged it out.
Elongate your lashes and open up your eyes instantly with a lengthening mascara. Ditch the lip liner and lipstick routine. Instead, use a kiss-proof long-lasting lipstick to enhance your pout, and add a hint of gloss to make it feel fresh. Round off the look by misting a make-up fixer to seal your efforts.