Nat­u­rally gor­geous

This ex-Miss Sri Lanka has ar­guably con­quered more In­dian hearts than Lankan. Bol­ly­wood wel­comed her with open arms and why not, when tal­ent looks this gor­geous. VIDYA KISHOREKU­MAR chats up Jac­que­line Fer­nan­dez as she is launched as the new face of The Bo

Hair - - Beauty -

tête-à-tête with Jac­que­line Fer­nan­dez

I, as a teenager, had ter­ri­ble acne and have always had to work on my skin... Having great skin is very, very im­por­tant be­cause it makes look­ing good re­ally easy.

Is there some­thing about The Body Shop that prompted you to be­come their brand am­bas­sador?

I was over the moon when they ap­proached me be­cause I am al­ready a big user of their prod­ucts. Half the job was done be­cause it is not go­ing to take me much to pro­mote or rec­om­mend The Body Shop — I do that any­way. Ev­ery­thing they stand for such as be­ing or­ganic, cru­el­tyfree and not just be­ing a beauty but beauty with a heart is what I per­son­ally be­lieve in.

Ac­cord­ing to you, is beau­ti­ful skin hard work or should peo­ple be nat­u­rally en­dowed?

Some peo­ple are cer­tainly gifted with it but I think that doesn’t last for­ever and you have to main­tain it. I, as a teenager, had ter­ri­ble acne and have always had to work on my skin. I have to en­sure I get enough ex­er­cise, eat the right foods, use the right prod­ucts and fol­low a strict regime. This at­tains greater im­por­tance for ac­tors as we have to wear make-up ev­ery day. Having great skin is very, very im­por­tant be­cause it makes look­ing good re­ally easy.

What are the things that you par­tic­u­larly take care of when it comes to your skin?

Diet is the num­ber one thing. I know that when I eat badly, I break out. I don’t have a choice but to watch what I eat. Keep­ing the skin clean with the right make-up re­moval prod­ucts is also very im­por­tant — I use tea tree oil-based ones. Mois­tur­i­sa­tion is the next most es­sen­tial thing — both night mois­turis­ers and SPF-loaded ones for the day. In a nut­shell, keep­ing the skin clean and hy­drated are the two most im­por­tant things.

How do you take care of your hair?

Cleans­ing and con­di­tion­ing come top­most. I in­dulge in a home-made hair spa at least once a week. And there is this one prod­uct that I ac­ci­den­tally stum­bled upon. Once I was at one of The Body Shop stores. A lady dropped a bot­tle of co­conut hair oil and the cap fell off. How­ever, when she was asked to pay for it, she re­fused. A mi­nor ar­gu­ment en­sued and I de­cided to buy it in­stead. It’s the most amaz­ing thing ever — it smells great and leaves my hair silky smooth.

What’s your fit­ness rou­tine like?

I in­cor­po­rate a bal­ance of car­dio, yoga and weight train­ing — one hour, six days a week. Yoga makes me feel re­ally good and bal­anced. I try to keep the car­dio rou­tine dif­fer­ent with maybe danc­ing or a spin­ning class or the tread­mill ac­com­pa­nied by sit­coms. I look for­ward to my work­out hour be­cause I keep it en­ter­tain­ing.

What has been your big­gest mis­take till date?

When I was younger, I was scared to ad­mit what my dreams truly were. I had always wanted to be an ac­tor, but in­stead of join­ing an act­ing school or work­ing to­wards that from the be­gin­ning, I did some­thing else. I think that was wrong be­cause you should never be afraid to speak your mind.

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