Pretty and bubbly, Prachi Desai cues us in to what keeps her looking so gorgeous and shapely all the time.
Prachi Desai shares her beauty rules
I started working from the age of 17. I have seen my body change considerably over the years, and have modified my workouts accordingly. Currently, I am regular with my yoga sessions, but will go back to my functional training in a few weeks. On days when I am not able to work out, I go on a big guilt trip, but I make sure I do some cardio, like treadmill or cycling.
I like to work on my hips and my back curve. I think they’re my best features. I believe everyone must do some form of cardio three or four days a week. If you are not able to exercise outdoors in the monsoon, then take the stairs. For those who love dancing, just lock yourself in a room and start dancing to your favourite song.
I started keeping a strict watch on my diet post films. Before that, I always had a cupboard full of cookies. Now, I substitute sugar with jaggery. I am also off wheat right now, so I get my carbs from oats or vegetables. And I try not to have maida. I keep changing my diet regularly, so that my body never faces any deficiency. Breakfast: Egg white (boiled egg or an omelette); pumpkin and sunflower seeds and a smoothie. My smoothie has a fruit, usually a papaya/ water melon/ pear, along with spinach, ginger, raw haldi (turmeric), aloe vera and amla juices, and mint. (Add a fruit of your choice, plain Greek yoghurt, or an egg white for extra protein). Lunch: Chicken (in any form), a good serving of exotic vegetables like zucchini, lettuce, bell peppers (all colours), purple cabbage, carrot. Evening Snacks: A bowl of fruits or a fruit smoothie/ boiled sprouts (moong) which can be made into a yummy chaat. Dinner: Fish with a bowl full of vegetables.
I make sure I clean and moisturise my skin and face, as soon as I shower. I scrub my face once a week with lime juice and sugar. It’s a natural scrub and better than any cream available in the market. I drink a lot of water and coconut water to keep my skin healthy and hydrated. I do not apply too many chemicals on my face. Hand And Feet: Apart from my regular manicure and pedicure, I soak my feet once a week in epsom salt; it relaxes the feet. Products I Swear By: Splash face wash, a gel liquid face wash, and Elizabeth Arden moisturiser and eye cream. I have recently bought Aritaum face moisturising masks from Singapore. Haircare: I wash my hair every two days, and do my haircare rituals with BBLUNT in Mumbai. HARSHA ADVANI
“I believe everyone must do some form of cardio three or four days a week. If you are not able to exercise outdoors in the monsoon, then take the stairs. For those who love dancing, just lock yourself in a room and start dancing to your favourite song.”