Long working hours and a hectic lifestyle can take a toll on your looks. Three professionals talk about what keeps their glow intact, while an expert explains the right beauty regime.
It’s late at night and you haven’t been getting much sleep lately. You are irritable and feel like shouting at the top of your voice. The stress levels have caused a surge in the cortisol hormone leading to a craving for sugary and high calorie foods. You rummage through your refrigerator for last night’s chocolate cake and top it off with sauce and nuts. Then the guilt sets in and you despise yourself for gorging so late at night on fattening food. When you notice that you’re up a tick or two on the scale the next day, it stresses you out even more. The cycle continues the next night when you stare at the ceiling stressing about all sorts of things, from your weight gain to your unfinished chores, important deadlines and a bad mood that resulted in a fight with your better half. It’s time to step off the crazy train and take a breather.
Hectic lifestyles, long hours at work, erratic routines and lack of adequate rest will take a toll on everyone, making skin woes, hair loss and sleepless nights a lifestyle regularity. Not only does it erode our mind and body, but it causes us to age preamturely. Unfortunately of all things that stress affects, it’s the skin that bears the maximum brunt. This month three professionals Shefali Agarwal, CEO Easyfix; Radhika Chanana, Jewellery Designer and Reema Sarin, Founder, Bollyfit share their beauty regimes with us while an expert Sveta Bhatia, Revlon gives inputs on how they can better their regime to get that perfect peaches
and cream complexion.
What nature bestows, life erodes. Your gene pool might keep you safe for a few years, despite you taking yourself for granted. But eventually you will pay the price of laziness. In order to get the glowing skin of a goddess, one has to work hard towards maintaining what they have and then better it. Take Reema Sarin for instance. The 42-year-old model and dancer says that she works hard on
her skin,“being a model and a dancer, I need to maintain a good complexion always,” she says. Staying away from the sun and a no chemicals policy is what works for her. Staying away from the sun is an effective trick as sun rays are very harmful for the skin. If you must brace the heat of the sun, it is advisable to take necessary precautions when stepping out. Sun block or a sunscreen with SPF 25 should be applied at least 20 minutes before stepping out. “Sun block should be applied every two hours,” says Revlon skin-expert Sveta Bhatia. “Constant exposure to ultra violet ( UV) rays of the sun can be harmful in the long run. UV rays slower down the cell renewal process making the skin look dull and lusterless,” she adds.
THE AGE FACTOR
As you age, it takes more energy to maintain your body, to keep it healthy, painless and flexible. In addition wrinkles, sagging skin and age spots are an extra “side effect” of the ageing process, all adding to a gradual change of appearance. Bhatia says, “As we age, the cell regeneration process becomes slower. Collagen which gives firmness and elasticity to our skin reduces, leading to fine lines and wrinkles.” Acute stress negatively impacts our health and contributes to the production of sebum in the body which in turn makes the skin pale, subdued and sluggish. Cleaning, Toning and Moisturizing ( CTM) is essential for blood circulation and cell regeneration. Shefali Agarwal religiously follows the CTM routine. “I buy products that are high in water content, as they help my skin breathe,” she says. Bhatia says, “Avoid going to bed with make up on as the impurities will seep deep into the skin making it dull and prone to acne.” The desire to retain a younger look and feel isn’t restricted to older people. Young women find the physical signs of aging objectionable, and an increasing number of
consumers are making changes in their lifestyles to accommodate treatments.” While we do not endorse botox or any special kind of surgery, we do suggest you invest in the basic regime of washing and mositurising before you go to bed. If you are in your mid 20s opt for anything but a basic cold cream. As you grow older, you can experiment with products that minimise the signs of ageing, even then, it is important to focus on the ones with natural ingredients and are preferably water based says Bhatia. What works for Sarin is an eye-cream. “I have a dark eye problem therefore I apply under eye cream to minimise dark circles.” The earlier you start the better it is. According to Bhatia, “Women should start using anti-aging serums and creams as soon as they turn 25.”
GET A LIFE
You are what you eat and a healthy lifestyle is the key ingredient to happy skin. Keeping this in mind Radhika Chanana says, “I have a cup of green tea every morning as it helps me to detoxify.” Green tea is the most potent antioxidant drink available today says Bhatia. Herbal
teas and food which is rich in protein; vitamin and minerals should be consumed regularly for a healthy glow. Shefali Agarwal says, “I make it a point to not skip any of my meals and consume a lot of green vegetables and fruits as they are a good source of nutrients.” Emphasise on small meals and include fresh juices and coconut water in your diet. “The key is to eat in mod- eration. Mix and match the intake of food products,” says Bhatia. Chanana stresses on a diet which comprises vegetables and fruits in liberal amounts. Add six to eight hours of sleep to your beauty regime to prevent dark circles, puffy eyes and mood swings. Spas and massages are also a great way to unwind yourself and avoid mental anxiety and tension generated from mounting work pressure. Pampering yourself with a massage or a visit to a hot spring is essential for relaxation of the body and the mind. Reema Sarin says,“i go in for a lot of facial massages which use fruit and herbal based creams which really make the skin glow and look fresh.” Massages can relieve pain and stiffness and reduce tension while having a relaxing effect. Facials lead to blood circulation and an increase in oxygen levels too. “Whether it’s relaxing in a hot spring or getting a massage or spending time in a sauna, these massages make the stress levels drop significantly,” says Bhatia. Round off your beauty regime with some yoga. “Yoga helps establish connect between the mind and the body and its result is glowing peace for all to see,” she says. Agarwal vouches for it when she says, “I do a 30 minute regime to kick start my day and not only has it made me calmer, but it has also made me visibly glow and happy.”
Even though ideals of beauty are a constantly changing product of culture, religion, visual appeal, marketing and social mores. True, eternal beauty comes from within— an optimistic view of life brings in happiness and an inner satisfaction leads to a great life. So remember to remain happy, contended, stress-free and positive in life and you’ll realise that your skin, eyes and bodywill automatically radiate beauty. “Create self-awareness by finding your passions and nurturing them positively to create self-satisfaction,” says Bhatia. Take out time to find your unique gifts and develop them to create self-satisfaction and a positive self-image. A positive outlook will make your life richer and more meaningful.
JEWELLERY DESIGNER, DELHI
40 Before I sleep, I wash my face with a gentle cleanser and apply a night cream and a serum.
OWNER BOLLYFIT DELHI
41 I avoid bleaches and other chemicals on my face and use an ayurvedic face wash instead.
CEO, EASYFIX DELHI
31 I put banana pulp with honey and curd for lustrous and shiny hair.
BEAUTY EXPERT, REVLON, DELHI
Blush Factor I always take white tea which is rich in antioxidants and has no flavour.