S.O.S save our skins!
ISHIKA TANEJA, international make-up expert and Executive Director, The Alps Group, solves all your skin and make-up troubles.
Q My skin tends to breakout a lot on and around the nose. What should I do to control this apart from regular clean-ups?
A To understand the root cause of the problem, it is vital to examine your lifestyle. There can be several underlying issues such as exposure to high levels of pollution, hormonal swings, overindulgence in unhealthy foods and smoking. Breakouts around the nose and cheeks can also be triggered by sleep deprivation and stress. It all boils down to a good skincare regime. Cleanse your skin every day, with a mild facial scrub to aid the removal of excess sebum and dead skin cells. Make sure you cleanse all the way down your neck, behind the ears and near the hairline as missing these areas can cause breakouts. Avoid oil-based make-up as it can contribute to the build-up of oil in the follicles. Water-based make-up labeled as non-comedogenic can be used safely. However, remember not to scrub too vigorously as it can irritate the skin.
Q My nails chip a lot, especially after I use a nail paint remover. Please suggest a remedy.
A Just like your skin, your nails accumulate a lot of dirt, oil and even sweat — all of which trigger chipping and peeling. Regular polishing, using removers containing acetone, lack of moisture and nutrition issues are most often the culprits. Lack of calcium, minerals and/or essential fatty acids can also be the reasons. Treatments include moisturising your nails with a good hand cream, giving nail colours a break from time to time, use of nonacetone removers, and consuming mineral supplements and milk. To make your nail paint last long, apply a base coat as it protects your natural nail from getting stained. You can also use a top coat, but make sure it does not touch the cuticles.
Q I have a wheatish complexion and thin lips. Please suggest lipstick shades that will complement my face.
A As you are blessed with wheatish complexion, you can carry off almost any colour confidently. You can easily move your colour palette from brown to peach. You can make thin lips look bigger with the right lip shades. Choose from peachy pink, brick red and caramel, but remember that dark lipsticks can make lips look thinner if worn the wrong way. You can use a lip plumper and gloss along with your dark red lipstick to make your lips look fuller and beautiful.