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.
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?
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!
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?
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.