THERE IS SUCH A BUZZ OVER RETINOL NOWADAYS. I AM CURIOUS to know just what it is, and why it is so favoured by beauty experts. I am a 35-year-old woman who has small pimple marks on the cheeks, and my friend suggested that I should use a retinol cream. Please advise if this could help me.
Simply put, retinol is vitamin A1, and its derivatives. This is great for unclogging skin pores, and boosting collagen to plump up skin and lessen wrinkles. It is helpful for lightening discoloured patches and generally giving skin a smooth, blemishless appearance.
You can use retinol in its pure form, following the accompanying instructions meticulously. Or you can get it in cream or lotion form when it is added to other beauty components. In short, your friend is right. Products with retinol could help lighten the marks considerably.
It is also used as a supplement for vitamin A1 deficiency, which sometimes causes xerophthalmia, or dry eye condition.
MY EYELASHES HAVE BECOME VERY SPARSE. WHAT COULD THE reason be? Please help. I am a 30- year- old busy bank officer in Mumbai. If you had lush eyelashes earlier but these have now become sparse, there could be many causes for this. You could have some eyelid infection, or you may not be removing eye make-up diligently at night and causing lash fall. Sometimes, dandruff affects eyelashes and eyebrows too.
It is not easy to regrow eyelashes, but castor oil has been seen to have very good results. Take a little smear of this oil and apply it on the lashes and keep overnight. Try not to let it get into the eyes, but even if it does, it is not harmful. Use pure, un-perfumed , edible castor oil.
Using mascara on the lashes, and curling the hairs gently with the brush, makes the eyes look dramatic. A little practice will make it very easy and quick.
You can also take recourse to false eyelashes which will give you instant results. Do read the instructions carefully or better still, learn the technique from your beautician.
WHENEVER I USE FOUNDATION, THE LINES AND PORES ON MY face become more prominent. Why is this happening? I take good care to get foundation from a reputed cosmetic company, and the colour matches my skin colour perfectly. Please advise.
This is a very common problem with women, and the remedy is simple. You should just use a primer on your face before applying foundation. This may seem unnecessary but the primer does the important job of
filling in creases, wrinkles, pits and large pores. This gives the foundation a smooth surface to glide on, and it also ensures that it stays on longer.
In fact, many women do not feel the need for a foundation after applying the primer as this alone gives a smooth glowing skin. So, a little bit of a golden highlighter is quite enough to look dramatic.
Do not be too liberal with the primer either. Spread it evenly taking care to blend it well near the hair lines and neck.
WHICH IS THE EASIEST WAY OF DEALING WITH DARK CIRCLES AROUND my eyes?
Chill cucumber slices in the fridge and then place them over your eyes. Keep changing the slices as soon as the used ones lose their chill. Lie down and relax with eyes closed for at least 20 minutes. Then rinse eyes with cool water. Do this regularly and the dark circles and even puffiness around the eyes will lessen.
Make a paste of raw potato and apply it around the eyes. Keep on for half hour and rinse off.
Avoid late nights, excessive tea and coffee, and sleep deprivation which are notorious for causing dark circles around eyes.
Sometimes this is a genetic feature, when nothing much can be done to elevate these.
For this, you can easily hide the dark patches with a concealer only under the eyes. This will instantly brighten the under eye area. Use a concealer, a shade lighter than your foundation or even two shades lighter if the patches are very dark.
MY HAIR DOES NOT GROW IN LENGTH, ALTHOUGH I TAKE good care of it. Could this be due to split ends? I have noticed that the ends of the hair are showing splits. Please advise.
Yes, you are perfectly right. Split ends in hair breaks off the hair continuously, preventing them from growing.
You must at once address this issue to ensure that your hair grows.
Be gentle when combing. Use a wide-toothed comb to untangle hair.
Always use a conditioner after a shampoo. You can even use a leave-in conditioner which will nourish your hair appropriately.
Avoid using heating elements to straighten, curl, etc. This damages hair sheaths.
Periodically get your hair cut in a salon to encourage growth.
Adopt a healthy diet which is rich in vitamins, biotin and folic acid. Iron is also very helpful for hair health.