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.

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Ishika Taneja solves all your skin trou­bles

A friend of mine is a make-up artist. Ac­cord­ing to her, ex­pen­sive cos­met­ics cause less dam­age to the skin com­pared to in­ex­pen­sive ones. Is that true? Are there any brands that you would like to rec­om­mend? - Gargi A Yes, the above sen­tence holds true; but not for ev­ery prod­uct. Read the la­bel to avoid the toxic in­gre­di­ents- low-end cos­met­ics may con­tain harm­ful el­e­ments such as lead, coal, butyl ac­etate, DEA, formalde­hyde, mer­cury, tri­closan, etc. Such prod­ucts may be be car­cino­genic in na­ture. Try search­ing for fra­grance-free and paraben-free prod­ucts in­fused with nat­u­ral ac­tive-in­gre­di­ents. There is no such thing called "su­per-brand" - ev­ery cos­metic com­pany has its own share of flaws and re­wards. It's prefer­able to use or­ganic prod­ucts to be on the saer side.

Q The mar­ket is flooded with so many lip balms. Some smell amaz­ing. Some have a lovely tex­ture. What is it that one must look for while buy­ing a lip balm?

– An­tara

A Be­sides mak­ing your lips smooth and glossy, lip balms are also sup­posed to nour­ish and pro­tect your lips. Choose a lip balm with in­gre­di­ents such as vi­ta­min A, E, aloe vera and co­coa but­ter. For sum­mers, check the SPF and PA fac­tors to pro­tect your pout from the scorch­ing sun. You may opt for lip balms with or­ganic in­gre­di­ents. Opt­ing for tubes in­stead of tubs is a wiser choice as they are more hy­gienic and glide eas­ily. You may also try lip-plumpers balms for at­ten­tion-grab­bing lips.

Q Mon­soon is just around the cor­ner. And it’s always a time for chapped eye­lin­ers, smudged kohls and faded lip colours for me. How do I pre­vent my make-up from be­ing washed away? Help!

– Shrad­dha

A Wa­ter­proof make-up is your thing, girl! The primer is your must-have as it acts as a per­fect base for lon­glast­ing make-up. Opt for matte-fin­ish make-up be­cause it keeps the face shine-free. Avoid cream or wa­ter­based prod­ucts; in­stead opt for the pow­der ones. Fix your make-up in the end with a fixer. For the eyes, use wa­ter­proof kohl pen­cils, eye­lin­ers and mas­caras. You can color your pout with kiss-proof, long-last­ing lip colour fol­lowed by a lip fixer. Also, keep blot­ting pa­per handy dur­ing the rainy sea­son.

Q I have re­cently started waxing and al­though my skin is smoother now, I find it ex­tremely painful. Is there any spe­cific wax I should use to lessen the pain? Or should I get back to us­ing the ra­zor?

– Navya

A A ra­zor does not re­move the hair from the root, hence the re­sult is tem­po­rary. Waxing is an af­ford­able way to keep your skin smooth a for longer pe­riod. The pain can be less­ened by get­ting it done from ex­perts. You may use pre-waxing gels, which act as an an­ti­sep­tic. Some may even make your skin numb be­fore the pro­ce­dure to de­crease the pain. You can opt for aloe-vera wax that curbs in-growth and soothes the skin. Choco­late wax might be a lit­tle ex­pen­sive but it is known to deeply hy­drate the skin and re­duce the sting. But, even af­ter all th­ese mea­sures things don’t work out for you, try In­tense Pulse Light (IPL) — a revo­lu­tion in hair re­moval. Pulsed Light is a per­ma­nent, pain­less, con­ve­nient and skin-friendly treat­ment meant for per­ma­nent hair re­moval.

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