Feel Good Fac­tor

CON­SID­ERED IN­STRU­MEN­TAL IN THE SUC­CESS OF BO­TOX IN IN­DIA, COS­ME­TOL­O­GIST DR JA­MUNA PAI TELLS YOU HOW MAK­ING SMALL CHANGES IN YOUR DAILY BEAUTY REGIME CAN WORK WON­DERS. BY MRIDU RAI

India Today - - BEAUTY -

In the year 2000, when Dr Ja­muna Pai first in­tro­duced In­dia to Bo­tox, the con­cept of in­ject­ing your own face was con­sid­ered sim­ply ridicu­lous. “Women made all sorts of ex­cuses such as say­ing ‘ I want to grow old grace­fully’ and ‘ I don’t want to look plas­tic’,” says Dr Pai. Clearly, that was a long time ago. Over the last decade, skin care has be­come one of the fastest grow­ing seg­ments in the In­dian beauty in­dus­try. “The in­creas­ing pop­u­lar­ity of a num­ber of cos­metic treat­ments is a clear in­di­ca­tion of how women are be­com­ing more and more ex­per­i­men­tal,” says Dr Pai who ad­mits she was “pas­sion­ate about look­ing good and be­ing well- groomed from a very young age.” Af­ter grad­u­at­ing from med­i­cal school she took off for Manch­ester, UK, where she learned about beauty treat­ments and tech­niques be­fore re­turn­ing to In­dia to start her own cos­metic clinic, Blush. Dr Pai quickly gained a fol­low­ing among SoBo so­cialites but it was only in 1994 when Sush­mita Sen and Aish­warya Rai, ( two of her clients) won the Miss Uni­verse and Miss World crowns re­spec­tively that Dr Pai’s name was firmly es­tab­lished in the beauty fir­ma­ment. Here she shares her tried and tested skin care tips for work­ing women.

1 Act quick

When it comes to sk­in­care, it’s al­ways bet­ter to start early. Age­ing may be in­evitable but the rate of age­ing is not. An­tiox­i­dants are one of the most ef­fec­tive ways of slow­ing the im­pact of free- rad­i­cal dam­age. So whether taken orally or ap­plied top­i­cally, they prove highly ben­e­fi­cial. Apart from top­i­cal creams and anti- age­ing treat­ments it’s im­por­tant to fol­low a healthy life­style which in­cludes reg­u­lar ex­er­cise and a nu­tri­tious diet rou­tine.

2 Sun pro­tec­tion

Your skin tends to age quicker when ex­posed to the sun. There­fore, it’s es­sen­tial to ap­ply sun block daily re­gard­less of the sea­son. Even if you’re in of­fice all day it’s good to have a layer of sun block on since it’s not enough to slather on SPF pro­tec­tion only for the out­doors. Sun­screen not only de­creases tanning but also pro­tects your skin from harm­ful ul­tra­vi­o­let rays of the sun which gives your skin a dull and leath­ery ap­pear­ance.

3 Skin treats

For women on- the- go, treat­ments such as chem­i­cal peels, mi­cro­der­mabra­sion and laser treat­ments are ideal as they don’t have any down time. Us­ing a ra­dio fre­quency de­vice is an­other op­tion to achieve firmer look­ing skin. If a par­tic­u­lar treat­ment re­quires one to be out of so­cial cir­cu­la­tion for a few days, it’s im­por­tant to know about it be­fore­hand. Some treat­ments are lunch time pro­ce­dures and don’t leave be­hind tell- tale signs but oth­ers can re­sult in some red­ness of the treated area, a bit of swelling or flak­ing of skin.

4 Eat right

When some­one tells you that your face is a re­flec­tion of what you eat, be­lieve them. Your daily diet does in­deed de­ter­mine the con­di­tion of your skin. Just as oily food leads to skin break­outs, a nu­tri­tious diet re­sults in a healthy and ra­di­ant skin. Don’t make er­ratic work­ing hours an ex­cuse for not eat­ing right.

5 Say no to stress

Stress not only af­fects your men­tal health but your skin’s health as well. Cor­ti­sol, the hor­mone re­lated to stress, is your skin’s worst en­emy that ac­cel­er­ates the process of age­ing. Cor­ti­sol lev­els rise as we get older. This means that the more stressed you are, the quicker the age­ing process be­gins. Try yoga and deep breath­ing tech­niques. There are many more ways to de- stress. Bal­anc­ing work and home can be tough but it’s per­fectly okay to slow down from to time.

6 Early to bed

Apart from work, be­ing or­gan­ised can be good for your skin’s health as well. Sleep­ing and wak­ing up early is the best way of main­tain­ing peace of mind, stay­ing fit and ac­tive and get­ting that nat­u­ral glow back. Both your body and mind re­lax best at night so en­sure that you get eight hours of price­less sleep on a daily ba­sis. Re­mem­ber that it’s the eas­i­est and most nat­u­ral way to hav­ing a healthy skin. You may have to pull an all- nighter at work at times but don’t make this a reg­u­lar habit. Your skin will thank you for it.

7 The whole pack­age

Your face might be your big­gest as­set but you should also care for your neck, hands and feet ex­actly as you do for your face. When it comes to sk­in­care, it’s the whole pack­age that counts. Do not for­get to ap­ply moisturiser on all th­ese ar­eas post your cleans­ing rou­tine. Use an an­tiox­i­dant serum un­der your sun pro­tec­tion moisturiser ev­ery­day.

8 Cleanse

Cleans­ing helps to re­move dust, dirt and ex­ces­sive sebum from the face. There­fore when not done prop­erly, it can lead to bac­te­ria build up and even­tu­ally to skin break­outs. The cleans­ing process is in­dis­pens­able for those who mostly work out­doors. Al­ways use a make- up re­mover be­fore go­ing to bed. Don’t sub­sti­tute a cleanser for a make- up re­mover.

9 Mois­turise

With age, skin starts los­ing its wa­ter con­tent re­sult­ing in a de­crease in elas­tic­ity. Sit­ting in an air- con­di­tioned of­fice all day also tends to steal nat­u­ral mois­ture from the skin. The best way to com­bat this is by us­ing good mois­tur­is­ing prod­ucts. Use them on damp skin as the skin can ab­sorb it bet­ter and for longer.

10 Ex­fo­li­ate

The dead skin that builds up on the sur­face of your skin not only pre­vents light from re­flect­ing, thus mak­ing it look un­healthy, but also stops the healthy ac­tive in­gre­di­ents in cer­tain skin care prod­ucts from be­ing ab­sorbed. Pre­vent this by ex­fo­li­at­ing on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.

Dr Ja­muna Pai

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