HOW BRIDES CAN CARE FOR THEIR SKIN AFTER A CHEMICAL PEEL

HOW BRIDES CAN CARE FOR THEIR SKIN AFTER A CHEMICAL PEEL
A chemical peel treatment is a common skin care method aimed towards clearing the skin, bettering the complexion and getting rid of acne scars. Naturally then, this is by far one of the most talked-about skin care methods in bridal skin care. A chemical peel involves shredding of the upper layer of the skin—a process that removes dead or scarred skin to make way for new skin. This is why you need to pay close attention to your after-treatment when it comes to a chemical peel. Wondering what your regime should look like after a chemical peel? Read on to find out…
 

Promise to moisturise

Promise to moisturise

Remember that your skin is going to be extremely sensitive during this period. So while you may have used special skin drying lotions/topical treatments before to treat your acne prone skin, now all that is out. What your skin needs is something as mild as possible. Make sure you moisturise your skin because it will need all the hydration possible but while you do that, don’t scrub or rub. We suggest using a light moisturiser like the Lakmé Peach Milk Moisturiser that locks in moisture for as much as 12 hours. Gently apply this moisturiser to your skin every single day.

 

Don’t even think of skipping SPF

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Remember that sun can cause some serious damage to your skin. And in this case, when you step out, remember you’re exposing immature cells to UV rays. It’s going to burn your skin in no time! This is why you need to ensure you apply sunscreen every time before stepping out. We suggest using the Lakmé Sun Expert UV Lotion SPF 50 PA+++. This shields your skin against 97% UVB rays that can cause sunburns while the PA+++ saves your skin from UVA rays.

 

Don’t peel your skin

Don’t peel your skin

Dealing with skin peeling after a chemical peel can be tough; mostly because your skin will constantly peel physically and you will be tempted to touch it and peel it off. Do not do that! This is a natural process and peeling your skin while it’s coming off can cause scarring.

 

Don’t touch your face

Don’t touch your face

Some chemical peel treatments can cause redness and remember that it is bound to happen. If you have a tendency to touch your face, this is the worst time to do that because your skin is super sensitive since it is still in the shredding process. Let it shred and keep in mind that it will take at least 10 days to shred completely.

 

Do not exfoliate

Do not exfoliate

If you were using a scrub as a part of your skin care regime, remember that this is the time to stay away from it. A scrub will disturb the peeling and in fact, cause harm to your skin at this point because of its abrasive nature. A moisturiser and sunscreen are all the skin care must-haves post a chemical peel.

Chandni Ghosh Oct 08, 2018 Be Beautiful

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HOW MANY OF THESE MANICURE MISTAKES ARE YOU MAKING?

HOW MANY OF THESE MANICURE MISTAKES ARE YOU MAKING?
Manicures—you might think they’re just about filing your nails and applying your fave nail polish. But you’d be surprised to learn that even a manicure deserves some special attention from your end. After all, a perfectly done manicure involves a lot—right from moisturising your hands to filing the right way. So it’s time to correct the following manicure mistakes if you truly want your nails to look stunning...
 

You skip moisturiser

You skip moisturiser

If you forget to moisturise your cuticles and your hands, your manicure makes little sense. A complete manicure is when your hands look hydrated. We suggest using the Vaseline Healthy White SPF 24 PA++ Lotion that has a non-greasy formula enriched with micro droplets of Vaseline Petroleum Jelly that will give your hands the hydration they need. Plus, it will also protect your skin from UV rays!

 

You’re not exfoliating before starting

You’re not exfoliating before starting

If you’re underestimating the power of exfoliation when it comes to a manicure, you are doing it all wrong. Make sure you get rid of all the dead skin and clean your hands thoroughly before you start your manicure. We suggest using the St.Ives Fresh Face Apricot Scrub because this one has the power to remove excess dirt from the skin. It contains apricot that heals and soothes the skin along with removing dead skin.

 

You’re not filing in one direction

You’re not filing in one direction

Yes, you love giving yourself a manicure at home and have all the right tools to do so. But understand that there’s a technique to filing as well. When you file your nails in two different directions, there are chances of your nails breaking. So it’s best to stick to one direction when it comes to filing nails.

 

You forget base coat

You forget base coat

If you truly want your nail colour to last longer, using a base coat is essential to your manicure regime. Use a base coat to set the foundation for your nail paint. We suggest using the Lakmé Absolute Gel Stylist Nail Polish, Top Coat for this purpose.

 

You apply thick coats of nail colour

You apply thick coats of nail colour

When doing a manicure, remember that you need to go easy on the paint. Use thin coats of nail paint that will allow the paint to dry faster. So after one thin coat, let it dry and then reapply yet another thin coat. Finish off with a top coat and you’re done!

 

You forget to clean your tools

You forget to clean your tools

Forgetting to clean your tools before you start can cause some bacterial infections you surely want to stay away from. So make sure you clean your buffers, clippers and filers with a mild soap and water. You can even sanitise your tools by cleaning them with an anti-bacterial wipe. But make sure they’re dry before and after use.

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6 home remedies to deal with cuts from eyebrow threading

6 home remedies to deal with cuts from eyebrow threading
The shape of your eyebrows can do wonders for your face. But shaping them involves either threading or tweezing—both of which can be painful. For those of us with sensitive skin, this could also mean irritation and worse still, cuts. If you’ve had to deal with this, or rather, do deal with this on a daily basis, here are 6 post-threading remedies that can help you show off those groomed brows…
 

1. Ice

1. Ice

Since threading involves removing hair from the root, it opens up the pores. So the first thing you should do post threading is to apply ice over the area in a circular motion. This constricts the blood vessels and closes pores, in turn reducing swelling and redness.

2. Milk

Dip a swab of cotton wool in cold milk and swipe the affected area with it. The proteins in milk help reduce redness while healing and protecting the skin.

 

3. Aloe Vera

3. Aloe Vera

To soothe and heal your skin quicker, split open a leaf of aloe vera, scoop out the gel in a clean cup, mash it and apply. The cooling properties of aloe will help calm the skin, reduce the burning sensation and reduce any redness or bumps too.

4. Tea bags

Save your tea bags for later. Refrigerate them and use them on swollen, red skin for instant relief. The tannic acid and theobromine in tea relieve pain and readily heal damaged skin.

 

5. Cool Cucumber

5. Cool Cucumber

Place thin slices of chilled cucumber on post-eyebrow threading cuts. Cucumber is a well known analgesic so it reduces pain. Further, its antioxidant properties will help heal the skin. .

6. Apple Cider Vinegar

Soak a cotton ball in organic apple cider vinegar and generously apply it on the affected area. Since it is mildy acidic and anti-bacterial in nature, it calms the skin and prevents burn.

In addition to remedies for cut and irritating skin after threading, here are some tips for sensitive skin after threading:

  • Wash your face with anti-bacterial soap
  • Avoid going out in sunlight
  • Don’t apply facial bleach immediately after
  • Don’t go in for a steam facial

With a few of these handy pointers, we’re sure you won’t be dealing with the uncomfortable aftermath of threading your  eyebrows any more.

Nalini Agarwal May 27, 2019 Be Beautiful

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6 things every girl thinks about while getting a wax

6 things every girl thinks about while getting a wax
We know that all-too-familiar pain of getting that monthly wax. While you’re at the mercy of the (over) friendly neighbourhood parlour ‘aunty,’ it’s easy for your mind to drift from one thought to the other. Here are 6 things you’ve probably thought of during that dreaded trip to the salon.
 

#1 This is going to be painful

#1 This is going to be painful

Ouch! It doesn’t matter how many times over you’ve gone through the routine; it doesn’t make it any less painful. So, as you watch that heating pot of wax with growing trepidation, you can’t help but cringe. Somehow, it’s just not easy to get your head around the idea of your hair being pulled out by piping hot wax on a strip, by a stranger no less.

 

#2 Is she judging me?

#2 Is she judging me?

“So much ingrowth—where did you get your last wax done?”
“Tch! Tch! Very dry skin! Go for chocolate wax!”
“Should I book you for a spa pedicure after this? Your feet look like they need it!”
Sounds familiar? Well, you’ve probably been visiting the local parlour too often then. While you’re at the edge of your seat with the idea of what lies ahead, judgemental comments about the state of your skin, hair and everything in between don’t help matters!

 

#3 Should I have just shaved instead?

#3 Should I have just shaved instead?

Come on, we’ve all thought this at some point or the other. That hot wax looks nothing short of a torture device. As you see that strip coming for you, you decide that the next time you’re just going to be better off shaving.

 

#4 I could have just chosen to wear full sleeves and a full length skirt

#4 I could have just chosen to wear full sleeves and a full length skirt

It’s girl’s night out and you planned everything including that dress to the T. But now that you’re here, you wonder if it’s even worth the trouble. From now on, you’ll just make wiser clothing choices.

 

#5 I could really use some fries right now

#5 I could really use some fries right now

Yes, fries are the answer to everything in life. A plateful of your favourite crispy, curly fries seems like just what you need to numb the pain. So, a call to your favourite takeaway for a good dose of deep-fried goodness is in order.

 

#6 If only men knew

#6 If only men knew

How often has this been the occasion to curse all the men that you’ve known? Men got it easy because waxing is a pain like no man will ever know. You will hold on to this fact and use it as ammunition the next time you’re having an argument with your boyfriend!

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Everything you need to know about facial extractions

Everything you need to know about facial extractions
Whether it’s work stress, exposure to the elements or the extra slice of pizza you devoured, some times your skin just needs a thorough cleansing. Cups of green tea and exercise can work in the long run but the quickest route is an invigorating facial that sets us on the path to healthy skin. Extractions are one of the best skin care rituals to detoxify skin and unclog pores. If you’re apprehensive about facial extractions, we spoke to Disha Meher, National Expert, Skin and Nails at Lakmé Salon to tell us a little more about them…
 

Only blackheads can be extracted

Only blackheads can be extracted

Although we were under the impression that both, white and blackheads can be extracted, it’s untrue. Disha elaborates, “While blackheads have an opening, whiteheads are merely excess sebum sealed behind a layer of skin with no precise opening.” That’s why popping whiteheads damages the dermis layer of the skin and leaves stubborn marks. With their clear opening, blackheads can be removed cleanly and leave no marks behind when extracted in the right manner.

Clogged pores are more common than you think

If you thought extractions were only for oily skin types, here’s some news for you. “Regardless of your skin type, the area on and around the nose tends to get oily and clogged quickly. The tropical climate, lifestyle and pollutants also cause blocked pores on the nose that need extraction,” recommends Disha. That’s the key to keeping your schnoz debris-free.

 

There are many ways to do it

There are many ways to do it

While different salons follow different processes, there are two main extraction methods. “The first method is when the pores are opened with a steam treatment and debris is extracted. The second, which Lakmé Salon follows, is when an alkaline solution is applied to the congested areas of the skin and blackheads are removed effectively as part of the facial. What we avoid is a metal extractor which is unhygienic when unsterilized.”

Opening isn’t everything

Once the pores are opened and gunk extracted, the extraction step of the facial isn’t over. In fact, when they aren’t sealed correctly, it can lead to a whole new set of problems. Disha says, “At Lakmé, we use gloves and toner soaked cotton for the extraction to be carried out hygienically. Once this is done, the pores are sealed properly and the PH level of the skin is balanced.” So along with an effective opening, a strong finish is important too!

 

Think twice if your skin is sensitive

Think twice if your skin is sensitive

We all know that sensitive skin needs to be handled with kid gloves which holds true for extractions as well. “If your skin is hyper sensitive, extraction is an avoidable step as this will unduly aggravate it and leave it red and irritated”, recommends Disha. Instead, keep your sensitive skin healthy and clean naturally.

Don’t try it at home

We’re no skin care pros so even though blackhead extractors are available in the market, skip them. “Extraction is a professional procedure and if not done properly, can leave marks and infection,” concludes Disha. So the next time you find your skin clogged and in need of a detox, trust your face in the hands of an expert.

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Dayle Pereira Sep 19, 2018 Be Beautiful

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BB Trend Alert—Slush Facials

BB Trend Alert—Slush Facials
All of us envy the dreamy radiant skin that celebrities possess. It’s easy to be strayed in the jargon of skin care treatments out there. Would you imagine using a nail polish remover aka acetone or dry ice aka liquid nitrogen on your face to clear out acne and multiple skin problems? Well, you now have ‘slush’ or ‘slushy’ facials that promise to cure common skin problems like acne, melasma, eczema, rosacea and sun spots. Not curious yet? Well, the slush facial is officially introduced by style and beauty icons Kendall and Kylie Jenner’s dermatologist Christie Kidd, as they allegedly swear by it. Here’s more on the facial...
 

So why is it called a slush facial?

So why is it called a slush facial?

Scientifically, when dry ice is dipped in acetone it forms a slushy texture. The best part of the slush facial procedure is that it is achieved in a short time and does not leave your face swollen like a tomato. The facial starts off by gently exfoliating the skin using dry ice wrapped in a gauze and then dipped in acetone. It not only exfoliates the skin in an oddly cool fashion, pun intended, but also decreases bacteria, calms down the redness and inflammation caused due to breakouts. Now, who wouldn’t want that? Having said that, the slush facial treatment should only be done under a licensed professional. Do not try this at home!

 

How does it work?

How does it work?

It’s best recommended for oily, acne prone skin as it dries the skin out. Exactly why it helps in closing pores, tightening the skin and controlling the sebum production. The slush facial might be slightly harsh for really sensitive skin because of the over drying caused due to the use of acetone. Acetone is basically a strong astringent that helps in removing oils and dirt from the skin. It’s like the superhero of topical disinfectants.

On the other hand, liquid nitrogen is known to be used in the treatment called Cryosurgery that is performed to remove warts or lesions, varicose, lumps, bumps or any such growth on the skin. Because of its cold nature it can freeze any living tissue that it comes in contact with. The colourless, odourless and tasteless liquid nitrogen offers several skin benefits and even supposedly helps in the elimination of pre- cancer cells.

So, there you have it, the newest solution for skin problems—Slush facial treatment!

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BB Trend Alert—Microneedling

BB Trend Alert—Microneedling
If you’ve ever pricked your thumb on a needle, you’ll recall the sensation as mildly uncomfortable with a slight amount of pain. Now would you intentionally repeat that feeling all over your face for the sake of healthy skin? If you’re cringing at the thought, brace yourself because the whole beauty industry is doing it. Yes, the skin care procedure goes by a the name of microneedling or skin needling and employs a dermaroller with multiple needles to get the job done. Here’s a little more about it.
 

What is microneedling?

What is microneedling?

In simple terms, microneedling is a skin care procedure in which a handheld device, whose head is covered with multiple tiny needles is rolled across the face with light pressure. The size of the needle head used is based on the texture and thickness of the patient’s skin. Microneedling is best carried out by a dermatologist.

 

What is the process of microneedling?

What is the process of microneedling?

First, an anaesthetic cream is applied on the skin, depending on the patient’s sensitivity. Next, water or a skin product is applied to lubricate the face and allow the roller to glide smoothly. The needle depth of the device, which is a dermaroller or microneedler, is adjusted. It is then rolled gently across the face in various directions. A single session lasts around 30 – 40 minutes and it is normal to find the skin raw and red post microneedling. Fortunately it isn’t a painful procedure, only slightly unpleasant with a twinge now and again.

 

How does microneedling work?

How does microneedling work?

This procedure is prescribed for issues like acne scarring, deep wrinkles or stretch marks which seem like they have no solution. When the device is worked across the face, the micro needles pierce tiny holes in the skin. While you may worry that this worsens the condition, it actually doesn’t. It creates a miniscule controlled injury which in turn, induces collagen production from within the skin. Collagen repairs the minute skin damage and encourages the healthy growth of future skin cells.

Dayle Pereira Oct 01, 2018 Be Beautiful

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WHY YOU NEED TO TRY THE BEAUTYSUTRA RITUAL AT THE LAKMÉ ABSOLUTE SALON

WHY YOU NEED TO TRY THE BEAUTYSUTRA RITUAL AT THE LAKMÉ ABSOLUTE SALON
If you like to go that added mile when it comes to skin care, you’d know that your skin needs extra TLC in the summer. While keeping your skin clean and moisturised is a must during this season, a nourishing skin ritual is just as imperative to keep summer skin woes at bay. In line with this thought, Lakmé Absolute Salon has introduced the BeautySutra Ritual—a skin care service packed with ingredients that will keep your skin healthy and nourished despite the harsh weather. Curious to know more about this facial? Here’s all about this ritual...
 

What is the BeautySutra Ritual?

What is the BeautySutra Ritual?

You know you’re in for a nourishing facial when it comprises potent extracts of royal saffron and golden turmeric. Besides these, the facial also gives you the goodness of sandalwood, wild rose and jasmine. The result? Rejuvenated skin that’s armed against sun damage, pollution and other environmental pollutants that are detrimental to the skin.

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Disha Meher, National Expert – Skin and Nails, Lakmé Salon says, “The BeautySutra Ritual is guaranteed to induce a natural glow into your skin and revive it. The reason behind choosing ingredients typically used during bridal ceremonies, like the haldi ceremony, is because of the numerous benefits they provide. Saffron, turmeric and sandalwood have nourishing, antiseptic, anti-tanning and cooling properties that give your skin that coveted ‘glow’.”

How does it benefit your skin?

 

A way to luminous skin

A way to luminous skin

Saffron is known for its skin lightening properties and hence, along with banishing dull skin, it also gives you a fairer and brighter complexion.

An acne fighter

Given that summers mean having a perpetually oily face, you must rely on the turmeric in this facial since it is known to be an anti-fungal agent.

A skin cooling agent

If irritable and dry skin is your biggest concern, rely on the sandalwood in this facial. Talking about the ingredient, Disha says, “Apart from its beautiful scent, sandalwood is the perfect ingredient to combat dry skin and pigmentation. Its cooling properties extract all the heat from your skin and give it a stunning glow.”

 

It strengthens skin cells

It strengthens skin cells

Ever thought that wild rose could leave your skin feeling revitalised? It’s totally possible because this facial helps maintain the pH balance of your skin along with regenerating skin tissues, thanks to the rose extracts.

It relieves stress

What’s a facial if it doesn’t calm you down, right? Disha explains how the facial is perfect if you’ve been overtly stressed out, “The aromatic effect of jasmine stimulates the release of hormones in the body, including serotonin, which instantly uplifts your energy and de-stresses you. Its properties keep your skin moisturised for a long time as well.”

You can try this 90 minute ritual at any of the Lakmé Absolute Salons for 5100.
Brides-to-be are recommended 2-3 sessions with the last one taking place two days before the wedding. For other bridal services head here

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BB Trend Alert—Splash Mask

BB Trend Alert—Splash Mask
Just as there are two sides to every coin, there are multiple sides to face masking. On one hand, they are incredibly therapeutic to relax in and the result in the mirror is always anticipated. On the other hand, applying a face mask is a messy process and those 30 minutes of resting time just don’t seem to pass fast enough. So if you are someone who likes the result of a face mask without spending much time on it, the splash mask is the latest skin care trend that you need to try out.
 

What are splash masks?

What are splash masks?

Originating in where else but the home of K-beauty i.e. South Korea, this skin care trend is a quickie mask when you’re in a rush. So if you’d like to see the results of a 30 minute face mask without actually spending that amount of time on it, you’ll love a splash mask. They are inspired by the Asian bathhouse tradition and are literally splashed on the face, which is where the trend gets its name from.

 

How do they work?

How do they work?

Although you may wonder how effective just a splash of product can be for the skin, don’t be fooled by the short amount of time that this face mask needs. Like any ordinary mask, different variants are targeted for different skin concerns. The mask itself is of a runny consistency which is choc-o-block with potent ingredients like moisturising glycerin, exfoliating lactic acid and purifying anti-oxidants. Together, the potent formula revitalizes the face, all in a matter of 20 seconds.

 

How do you use them?

How do you use them?

As it requires a particular technique, here’s what you must do to get the fresh, healthy skin from your splash mask.

Method 1 – A time saving trick to use a splash mask is to do it while in the shower. On a wet face, take a palm’s worth of the potion and pour it over your face. Pat it all over your face for 20 seconds. Then turn on the shower and wash it off!

Method 2 – Dilute one cap of the splash mask potion in half a cup of water. Then apply the mixture over your face and pat in gently into your skin for 20 seconds. Let it air dry and wash it off with cold water.

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BB Trend Alert—24 k gold facial

BB Trend Alert—24 k gold facial
The word ‘gold’ brings to mind a glistening room full of gold bars and sovereigns that could put Scrooge McDuck to shame. The yellow metal has always been associated with jewellery and antique currency and now, it has found its way to the beauty department in the form of a gold facial too!
24k gold facial

It might sound like news to you but gold has been deeply rooted in skin care since the existence of the Roman Empire. The birth of the 24 k gold facial is proof of how far gold has come in the cosmetic industry. In case you were still doubting the popularity of the metal in the beauty world, let us remind you that it was a big hit with the Victoria’s Secret Angels during their recent show in Paris.

24k gold leaf facial mask skin benefits

The luxurious facial that’s only available in select salons starts off with the application of hydrating ingredients and potions on the face. A 24k gold leaf is then applied over this layer to boost collagen and brighten the skin and also help the hydrating ingredients work their magic. The result? Skin that’s taut and radiant post the facial.

gold mask nourish your skin

If you’d like to make like a VS model and get in on the gold action, you’ll be glad to know that this facial is available for us mere mortals too! All you need to do is check in at the Lakmé Salon for their Gold Collagen Masque. It combines 24k gold leaf flakes with a nourishing formula to nourish your skin to the max.

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Dayle Pereira Oct 17, 2018 Be Beautiful

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ऑक्सिजन फ़ेशियल के बारे में हर वो बात, जो आप जानना चाहती हैं

ऑक्सिजन फ़ेशियल के बारे में हर वो बात, जो आप जानना चाहती हैं

हमें मालूम है कि आप अच्छी तरह जानती हैं कि ऑक्सिजन के बिना क्या हमारा शरीर और क्या त्वचा, कुछ भी जीवित नहीं बचने वाला. पर क्या आपको पता है कि हमारे पर्यावरण में मौजूद प्रदूषण का नकारात्मक असर हमारी त्वचा में ऑक्सिजन का स्तर कम कर देता है और इसकी वजह से त्वचा रूखी व बेजान हो जाती है? हां, जब ज़हरीले पदार्थ (टॉक्सिन्स) और प्रदूषक (पलूटेन्ट्स) आपकी उम्र बढ़ने की प्राकृतिक क्रिया के साथ आ मिलते हैं तो त्वचा में ऑक्सिजन का स्तर बहुत कम होने लगता है.

त्वचा में कम हो रहे ऑक्सिजन के स्तर को सुधारने का काम करती है ऑक्सिजन फ़ेशियल थेरैपी. बहुत सारे फ़ायदे पहुंचाने वाले इस फ़ेशियल की इन दिनों स्किनकेयर इंडस्ट्री में धूम मची हुई है. यह त्वचा को पोषण देता है, कोलेजन के उत्पादन को बढ़ाता है, जिससे त्वचा स्वस्थ और चमकदार बनती है. हम यहां इस फ़ेशियल के बारे में हर वो जानकरी दे रहे हैं, जो आप जानना चाहती थीं.

 

ऑक्सिजन फ़ेशियल क्या है?

ऑक्सिजन फ़ेशियल क्या है?

ऑक्सिजन फेशियल में ऐसी मशीन का इस्तेमाल होता है, जो शुद्ध और दबावयुक्त ऑक्सिजन को त्वचा की एपिडर्मल लेयर में भेजती है. इस ऑक्सिजन में मिनरल्स, विटामिन्स, आवश्यक पोषक तत्व और पौधों से निकले सत्व मौजूद होते हैं, जो त्वचा की कोशिकाओं को नए जैसा बना देते हैं और आपकी त्वचा भरी-भरी व आभावान नज़र आती है. यह कोलैजन का उत्पादन बढ़ाता है, जो आपको सेहतभरी व जवां त्वचा देता है. फिर इस बात में कैसा आश्चर्य कि नामचीन लोग, जैसे-मैडोना भी इस फ़ेशियल थेरैपी की मुरीद हैं.

 

ऑक्सिजन फ़ेशियल के क्या फ़ायदे हैं?

ऑक्सिजन फ़ेशियल के क्या फ़ायदे हैं?

* त्वचा को हाइड्रेट करता है

यह फ़ेशियल आपकी त्वचा की गहराई में जाकर ऑक्सिजन पहुंचाता है, जिससे त्वचा तरोताज़ा, भरी-भरी और दमकती हुई नज़र आती है. यह उन लोगों के लिए बहुत कारगर होता है, जिन्हें रूखी त्वचा की समस्याएं, जैसे-एक्ज़ेमा है.

*बढ़ती उम्र के निशान कम करता है

ऑक्सिजन के सांद्र अणु त्वचा के एपिडर्मल स्तर पर कोलैजन का उत्पादन बढ़ाते हैं. कोलैजन के स्तर के बढ़ने से झुर्रियां, बारीक़ रेखाएं और एक्स्प्रेशन लाइन्स जैसे बढ़ती उम्र के निशानों में कमी आती है.

* त्वचा की कई समस्याओं का समाधान करता है

त्वचा को ऑक्सिजन पहुंचाने के साथ-साथ यह फ़ेशियल धुएं, प्रदूषण, धूल और गंदगी की वजह से आपकी त्वचा में पहुंचे टॉक्सिन्स को हटाकर आपकी त्वचा को डीटॉक्सिफ़ाई करने का काम भी करता है. यह फ़ेशियल त्वचा की कोशिकाओं का टर्न ओवर बढ़ाता है, मुहांसे के दाग़ों को हल्का करता है और त्वचा को एक समान रंगत का दिखाता है.

* ये सुरक्षित है    

ऑक्सिजन फेशियल की प्रक्रिया में न केमिकल्स का इस्तेमाल होता है, न सूइयों का और ना ही किसी ऐसी चीज़ का, जो आपकी त्वचा में जलन, सूजन आदि पैदा कर सके. यह हर तरह की त्वचा के लिए उपयुक्त होता है और इसके किसी भी तरह के साइड इफ़ेक्ट्स नहीं होते हैं.

 

ऑक्सिजन फ़ेशियल कितने तरह का होता है?

ऑक्सिजन फ़ेशियल कितने तरह का होता है?

ऑक्सिजन फ़ेशियल्स कई तरह के होते हैं. अपनी त्वचा की समस्या के मुताबिक आप अपने लिए उपयुक्त फेशियल का चुनाव कर सकती हैं. विटामिन C वाला ऑक्सिजन फ़ेशियल आपकी त्वचा की रंगत को एक समान बनाता है और सूरज की यूवी किरणों से त्वचा को पहुंचे नुक़सान की मरम्मत करता है. विटामिन A वाला फ़ेशियल मुहांसों के लिए संवेदनशील तैलीय यानी ऑइली त्वचा के लिए अच्छा होता है. यह मुहांसों को ठीक करने और प्राकृतिक सीबम को रीस्टोर करने में सहायक होता है.

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इन्हें भीतरी सुंदरता पर अटूट भरोसा है. इनका मानना है कि हर इन्सान अपने आप में बेहद ख़ूबसूरत है. ये मेकअप को सुंदरता का जश्न मनाने का बेहतरीन ज़रिया मानती हैं तो मुस्कान को चेहरे का सबसे सुंदर मेकअप! इन्हें पढ़ने-लिखने, लोगों से मिलने-जुलने और खाने-पीने का ख़ासा शौक़ है और इन चीज़ों को पाने के लिए यात्राएं करना बेहद पसंद है.

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ख़राब फ़ेशियल को ऐसे ठीक करें

ख़राब फ़ेशियल को ऐसे ठीक करें

जिस तरह शरीर को स्वस्थ रखने के लिए वर्कआउट की ज़रूरत होती है, ठीक उसी तरह त्वचा को स्वस्थ रखने के लिए फ़ेशियल की. अब फ़ेशियल कराने के लिए क्या किसी और कारण को ढूंढ़ने की ज़रूरत रह गई है?

अपनी त्वचा की देखभाल के लिए नियम का पालन करना अच्छी बात है, लेकिन कुछ-कुछ समय के अंतराल पर आपको अपनी त्वचा को किसी प्रोफ़ेशनल के हाथों में भी सौंप देना चाहिए... फ़ेशियल कराने के लिए. बहुत सारे स्टेप्स वाला और त्वचा से जुड़ी कई बातों का ख़्याल रखने वाला फ़ेशियल वो ट्रीटमेंट है, जो समय-समय पर आपकी त्वचा को मिलते रहना चाहिए. पर्यावरण में मौजूद धूल-गंदगी, प्रदूषण के कण, कम सोना, असमय खाना, मेकअप और चेहरे को ज़रूरत से ज़्यादा धोने आदि की वजह से हमारी त्वचा कई समस्याओं का सामना करती है, जैसे- पिग्मेन्टेशन, बेजान होना, काले घेरे, झाइयां, दाग़-धब्बे वगैरह...

जहां रोज़ाना क्लेंज़िंग-टोनिंग-मॉइस्चराइज़िंग करने से आपकी त्वचा को पोषण और नमी मिलती है, वहीं फ़ेशियल में इससे एक क़दम आगे बढ़कर आपकी त्वचा की गहाराई से सफ़ाई होती है. फ़ेशियल में त्वचा पर मौजूद गंदगी के अलावा त्वचा पर जमी मृत कोशिकाओं की पर्त भी हट जाती है. इससे चेहरा उजला दिखता है, रंगत एक समान नज़र आती है और चेहरे पर सेहतभरी चमक आ जाती है. पर कई बार फ़ेशियल कराने के बाद आपकी त्वचा अच्छी नहीं भी दिखाई देती है. आपके चेहरे पर मुहांसे आ जाते हैं, खुजली होती है, जलन महसूस होती है या चेहरा लाल दिखाई देने लगता है. यदि आपके साथ भी ऐसा हो तो चिंता न करें. यहां हम बता रहे हैं कि ऐसे में आपको क्या करना चाहिए.

 

जब चेहरा सूज जाए और लालिमा नज़र आए

जब चेहरा सूज जाए और लालिमा नज़र आए

फ़ेशियल में केमिकल पील्स का इस्तेमाल किया जाता है. साथ ही, त्वचा पर घर्षण भी होता है, इस वजह से सूजन और लालिमा की समस्या हो जाती है. आप ठंडे पानी की पट्टियां रख कर अपनी त्वचा को राहत पहुंचा सकती हैं. इससे सूजन और लालिमा दोनों में ही कमी आएगी. या फिर आप अपना वो बॉडी लोशन या मॉइस्चराइज़र भी इस्तेमाल कर सकती हैं, जिनमें ऐंटी-इन्फ़्लैमटॉरी और त्वचा को ठंडक पहुंचाने वाले इन्ग्रीडिएंट्स हों, जैसे ऐलो वेरा और खीरा. फ़ेशियल ट्रीटमेंट लेने के बाद इसे लाल व सूजे हुए हिस्सों पर लगाएं.

 

जब मुहांसे या ब्रेकआउट्स  हो जाएं

जब मुहांसे या ब्रेकआउट्स  हो जाएं

फ़ेशियल के दौरान ज़्यादा तैलीय या ज़्यादा ख़ुशबू वाले प्रोडक्ट्स का इस्तेमाल करने से चेहरे पर मुहांसे या ब्रेकआउट्स की समस्या हो सकती है. इससे होने वाली सूजन व जलन से बचाव के लिए राहत पहुंचाने वाली ऐसी क्रीम या सीरम का इस्तेमाल करना चाहिए, जिनमें इन्हें ठीक करने के गुणों वाले इन्ग्रीडिएंट्स हों, जैसे- ग्रीन टी या एलोवेरा. आप   लैक्मे 9 टू 5 नैचुरल ऐलो ऐक्वा जेल को आज़मा कर देखें. यह हल्का, चिपचिपाहट रहित और नमी देने वाला ऐसा जेल है, जो हर तरह की त्वचा पर असरदार है.

यदि आपकी त्वचा संवेदनशील यानी सेंसिटिव है तो फ़ेशियल के बाद लंबे समय तक मेकअप न लगाएं, ताकि आपकी त्वचा अच्छी तरह सांस ले सके. गहराई से सफ़ाई किए जाने के कारण फ़ेशियल कराने के बाद आपकी त्वचा के रोमछिद्र खुले होते हैं. इसका मतलब ये है कि त्वचा बैक्टीरिया के प्रति बहुत संवेदनशील होती है. अत: आप त्वचा को स्वाभाविक रूप में ही रहने दें, ताकि फ़ेशियल के दौरान इस्तेमाल की गई क्रीम्स और एक्स्फ़ॉलिटर्स अपना काम कर सकें, त्वचा में समाहित हो सकें. यदि आपका मेकअप करना ज़रूरी ही हो तो ये सुनिश्चित करें कि सारे मेकअप ब्रश अच्छी तरह साफ़ कर लिए गए हों.

 

जब खुजली महसूस हो

जब खुजली महसूस हो

फ़ेशियल ट्रीटमेंट के दौरान इस्तेमाल किए गए केमिकल एक्स्फ़ॉलिएटर्स आपकी त्वचा को सूर्य की किरणों से होने वाले नुक़सान, जलन व खुजली के प्रति संवेदनशील बना देते हैं. यही वजह है कि हम सलाह देंगे कि फ़ेशियल ट्रीटमेंट के बाद कुछ घंटों तक आप घर से बाहर न निकलें. यदि बाहर जाना ही पड़े तो चेहरे पर अच्छी तरह सनस्क्रीन लगा कर ही निकलें, ताकि आपके चेहरे पर खुजली न हो और रैशेज़ न होने पाएं. यदि आपको रैशेज़, जलन या खुजली महसूस हो रही है तो सबसे पहले तो टोनर का इस्तेमाल बंद कर दें. यही नहीं, दो-तीन दिनों तक डीप क्लेंज़र्स और एक्स्फ़ॉलिएटर्स का इस्तेमाल भी ना करें.

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इन्हें भीतरी सुंदरता पर अटूट भरोसा है. इनका मानना है कि हर इन्सान अपने आप में बेहद ख़ूबसूरत है. ये मेकअप को सुंदरता का जश्न मनाने का बेहतरीन ज़रिया मानती हैं तो मुस्कान को चेहरे का सबसे सुंदर मेकअप! इन्हें पढ़ने-लिखने, लोगों से मिलने-जुलने और खाने-पीने का ख़ासा शौक़ है और इन चीज़ों को पाने के लिए यात्राएं करना बेहद पसंद है.

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Everything you need to know about oxygen facials

Everything you need to know about oxygen facials

Of course we’re all aware that our body and skin cannot survive without oxygen, but did you know that the negative effects of the environment on your skin can reduce oxygen levels and make your skin appear dull and dry? Yes, toxins and pollutants combined with the natural ageing process can seriously disrupt the oxygen levels.

Oxygen facial therapy can help solve this problem. Due to its wide range of benefits this facial has become a hot trend in the skincare industry in the recent past. It helps nourish the skin and promote collagen production making the skin look healthy and glowing. Here’s everything you need to know about this facial therapy.

 

What is oxygen facial?

What is oxygen facial?

Oxygen facial involves using a machine that applies pure and pressurised oxygen right into the epidermal layer of the skin. This oxygen is infused with minerals, vitamins, essential nutrients and botanical extracts to replenish and renew skin cells and leave you with plump and radiant skin. It also increases the production of collagen, which can give you healthier and younger-looking skin. No wonder celebrities including Madonna, swear by this facial therapy.

 

Benefits of oxygen facials

Benefits of oxygen facials

  • Hydrates skin

This facial will supply oxygen to your skin at the deepest level making it look fresh, plump and glowing from within. It helps those with serious skin dryness conditions such as eczema.

  • Reduces signs of ageing

The highly concentrated molecules of oxygen promote collagen production in the epidermis of the skin. Increased collagen levels reduce signs of ageing such as wrinkles, fine lines and expression lines.

  • Treats many skin concerns

Other than supplying oxygen, this facial also detoxifies the skin by eliminating toxins that have built over time due to exposure to smoke, pollution, dirt and dust. Since this facial also helps with cell turnover, acne scars tend to fade and skin appears more even-toned.

  • It is safe

It does not involve chemicals, needles, or anything that might irritate your skin later as is the case with most skin treatments. It is suitable for all skin types and has no side effects whatsoever.

 

Types of oxygen facials

Types of oxygen facials

Oxygen facials are available in various types depending on your skin concern. Vitamin C will even out skin tone and repair the damage caused by UV rays. Vitamin A works well for acne-prone/oily skin by restoring the natural sebum and healing acne.

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Here’s how you can fix a bad facial

Here’s how you can fix a bad facial

Facials are workouts for your skin—do you need a better reason to get facials done regularly?!

Following a skincare routine religiously is great, but every once in a while, you need to leave it to the professionals and get a facial treatment done. This multi-step, multi-purpose skin treatment is something your skin deserves. Environmental factors such as heat, pollution and dust, as well as lifestyle habits such as sleeping with makeup on and over-washing your face, take a serious toll on the health of your skin. All these factors ultimately lead to skin concerns such as pigmentation, dullness, dark spots, blemishes and acne *phew*

While cleansing-toning-moisturising helps keep your skin nourished and hydrated, facials are a step ahead when it comes to caring for the skin. Facials help remove dead skin cells and gunk on the face and leave you with brighter, even-toned skin and a healthy glow. However, there could be times when your skin does not feel all that great after a facial. You may experience breakouts, itchiness, irritation or redness. Here’s what you need to do when your skin feels worse after a facial:

what to do when a facial goes wrong

If you experience redness and swelling

Facials involve the use of chemical peels and squeezing at the skin which can result in redness or swelling. In such situations, you can calm inflamed skin and reduce the swelling with the help of a cold compress. Or, you can also reach for body lotions and moisturisers that are infused with anti-inflammatory and cooling ingredients such as aloe vera and cucumber. Apply it post your facial treatment on patches that are red or swollen.

what to do when a facial goes wrong

If you experience breakouts

Overly greasy or fragranced products used during a facial can irritate the skin and cause breakouts. Post-facial, flares of blemishes are caused by follicular inflammation. To prevent inflammation from occurring, use a soothing cream or serum infused with skin-calming ingredients such as green tea or aloe vera. You can get your hands on the Lakmé 9 To 5 Naturale Aloe Aqua Gel that is lightweight, non-sticky, hydrating and suits all skin types.

If you have sensitive skin, then skip applying makeup after your facial and allow your skin to breathe for several hours. Your pores are more open post a facial with the deep cleanse, which means your skin is more susceptible to bacteria. Therefore, go au naturel and give your skin a chance to better absorb the creams and exfoliators used during the facial. In case, you have to really wear makeup, then make sure your makeup brushes are absolutely clean.

what to do when a facial goes wrong

If you experience itchiness

Chemical exfoliators used during a facial treatment can cause your skin to be more prone to sun damage and irritation. It is, therefore, ideal to stay indoors a few hours after your facial, and if you have to really step out, then make sure you slather enough sunscreen in order to protect your skin from itchiness and rashes. If at all, you feel a burning sensation or spot a rash, then firstly, skip your toner for a couple of washes after your facial, and secondly, avoid your deep cleansers and exfoliators for at least two to three days.

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Hair removal 101: Everything you need to know about facial hair removal

Hair removal 101: Everything you need to know about facial hair removal

It is no surprise that women do it all to look perfect and this includes keeping their face absolutely flawless with not one hair in sight. Although common and natural, facial hair is an annoying and embarrassing issue that most women struggle with. It happens because of rise in levels of androgens, including testosterone and the causes may include hereditary factors, change in hormones, medical conditions and more. But, thankfully you don’t have to live with unwanted hair, as there are ways to get rid of even the least noticeable of stubble on face.

You can resort to one of the plenty facial hair removal methods available such as epilating, waxing, threading, depilatory creams, laser and more. There are temporary and permanent, surface and root removal methods and at-home hair removal methods as well. Yes, you can also try more natural ways which include homemade hair removal masks to nix the unappealing facial hair. It can be daunting to decide which method you should go for safe facial hair removal? Worry not! Here are 10 facial hair removal methods and everything you need to know about them so you can pick the best for you and get rid of the fuzzy hair growth on your face. Read on...

 

#Facial Hair Removal Methods - 1. Epilating

Epilating

An epilator is a motorized device which uses tiny rotatory razor blades to pull out facial hair. It is a fast and long-lasting hair removal method that gets the hair out from its roots. It can grasp hair as short as 0.02mm. Plus, you don’t have to reach for your epilator for up to a month. It is safer than most hair removal methods as it only pulls out the hair and does not remove cells from the top layer of the epidermis and thus it doesn’t harm your skin in the process. Although a little expensive, most epilators run on battery and are very compact so it is really a great beauty investment if you ask us.

 

#Facial Hair Removal Methods - 2. Threading

Threading

Quick and less painful, you can always rely on the good ol’ facial hair removal method—threading. It uses a thread to nix the stray hair and leaves you with a smooth, hairless finish. It can not only pluck the eyebrow splinters, upper lip and chin hair but also fuzzy hair on your cheeks and jawline. It can keep the unwanted hair away for four to six weeks, longer than waxing. It is quite economical and safe, although you might end up with some cuts if the person doing it is not too careful.

 

#Facial Hair Removal Methods - 3. Waxing

Waxing

If you have facial hair, you must be no stranger to waxing. One of the most common and oldest ways of hair removal, waxing uses warm, sticky wax made of sugar, beeswax or chocolate. It is applied in the direction of hair growth and peeled off with the help of strips in the opposite direction. It is a root removal method and long lasting. However, for hair to be waxed, it should be of minimum 0.5mm in length for the wax to hold. The side effects may include burns, irritation and redness, which go away in a while, although it is safe to test the wax on your hand before applying to your face.   

 

#Facial Hair Removal Methods - 4. Dermaplaning

Dermaplaning

Although primarily used to remove dead skill cells off the face, dermaplaning has an added bonus of removing tiny facial hair and is a pretty effective method. While scraping off the top layer of your skin which consists of dead skin, it also removes Vellus hair or peach fuzz from your face. This surface removal method uses a sharp scalpel to exfoliate your skin and leaves it smooth and bright with no hair in sight. And, the hair doesn’t come back thicker. It can be a little expensive but it does two job at once and makes your skin flawless in every way.

 

#Facial Hair Removal Methods - 5. Depilatory creams

Depilatory creams

These are the lotion-like formulas which are infused with chemicals such as sodium thioglycolate, calcium thioglycolate and strontium sulphide which work by breaking down the protein bonds of the hair and thus removing them effortlessly. This is one hair removal method that zaps hair from below the skin’s level and is absolutely painless. It is easy and inexpensive but hair grows back in a couple of days, depending on the growth and density of your hair. The downsides of this method are strong chemicals which can cause allergy and irritation and offer short-lived results.   

 

#Facial Hair Removal Methods - 6. Tweezing

Tweezing

Another manual hair removal method that you can do yourself at home is tweezing or plucking. You can take a tweezer and get the tiniest of hair out with it. It is more helpful with eyebrow hair and stray hair on chin which is relatively harder and easier to pull and pluck. Although for peach fuzz and sideburn hair, it won’t be that effective as the hair density is lighter and very thin in texture which makes it difficult to spot and hold. It is quick and inexpensive and slows down the growth of hair with time. Just be careful and don’t be too harsh while plucking or you might cause trauma to the hair follicles.  

 

#Facial Hair Removal Methods - 7. Shaving or Trimming

Shaving or trimming

There are facial trimmers and razors, electric and manual, which help cut off the hair right above the surface of the skin. It is quick and painless but the hair grows back in 1-2 days and the stubble makes skin appear darker and the hair is coarser as it was cut off the surface. Also, sensitive and acne-prone skin types have to be extra careful while using a face trimmer. We would say it is best for shaping the eyebrow arch and small touch-ups.

 

#Facial Hair Removal Methods - 8. Laser

Laser

If you are fed up of the monthly salon visits and getting the facial hair removed every once in a while, you can always opt for the laser hair removal. A widely popular cosmetic procedure for hair removal, laser gets you rid of facial hair permanently by exposing your skin to the beam of highly concentrated laser light which destroy the hair follicle, slowing hair growth. It targets hair roots and doesn’t affect the skin in any way. Thus, it is safe, quick and you won’t have to worry about facial hair ever after getting the procedure done.

 

#Facial Hair Removal Methods - 9. IPL

IPL

Another permanent method of facial hair removal is IPL or intense pulsed light. It does the same job as the laser treatment but the difference is that it uses broad-spectrum, visible light. This light energy transfers as heat energy when it is absorbed and damages the follicle by heating the hair. It is quicker than laser as it covers larger areas of skin at once but you may need more sessions to get the same results. It is cheaper than laser but does the job efficiently.  

 

#Facial Hair Removal Methods - 10. DIY hair removal masks

DIY hair removal masks

You can trust the natural ingredients in your kitchen to remove the facial hair too. This is the safest, most inexpensive method facial hair removal there can be. Sticky ingredients like egg white, honey and melted sugar combined with gram flour and turmeric have proven to be excellent in removing facial hair. Mix sugar, honey and lemon juice in a bowl and heat it till it is warm. Apply in the direction of hair growth and let it cool off. Press a wax strip and peel off in the opposite direction. Rinse and moisturize. This homemade hair removal mask won’t hurt your skin and zap the hair from roots. 

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Anjali Agarwal Nov 06, 2019 Be Beautiful

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9 ways facials benefit your skin and why you need one RN

9 ways facials benefit your skin and why you need one RN

What it takes to achieve instantly clear and glowing skin? One hour at the salon, that’s it! Getting a facial at the salon, that is. It rejuvenates your skin and makes it glowy and visibly younger in just one session. An hour of pampering yourself with much-deserved relaxing sesh and treating your skin the way it should be? Yes, please! However, facials have other benefits than just clearing your skin of dirt and making it glow. The multi-step beauty treatment involves face massage, steam, CTM, exfoliation and more which address your different skin woes and unlocks healthier and flawless complexion.

If you are oblivious to the umpteen facial benefits and think of it as a way to unwind after a stressful work week, you are not alone. We would like to tell you that facial can benefit your skin in more ways than you can imagine. From nixing blackheads to improving blood circulation, this relaxing treatment can really take your skincare game up a notch, and the results are anything but short-lived. Here are all the facial benefits you didn’t know until now and why you need to get it on a regular basis for the better of your skin. Read on...

 

1. Clears dirt

Clears dirt

First and foremost, facial cleanses off every last trace of oil, dirt and pollution off the face which makes your complexion dull and dreary. The first step of facial is cleansing which involves thorough clean-up of face and neck using a cleansing lotion or foam or oil-based cleanser and wiping the deep settled grime and excess oil off of face and then exfoliating which further cleanses the pores. This dirt settled into pores leads to blackheads and the professional treatment makes sure your skin is clean and healthy. It is a great way to do away with the dirt of the week and get a clearer complexion in the process.   

 

2. Tones your skin

Tones your skin

The facial massage is the most important (and fun) part of a facial. It calms your mind and soothes skin. But it has many other skin benefits too. It not only stimulates blood circulation and gives you a healthy glow from within, but it tones and tightens the facial skin too. Massaging with fingertips strengthens the facial muscles and tones the skin on your face and neck which is prone to become saggy and wrinkly. The salon expert massages your face in a circular motion and upward direction which uplifts your skin and leaves it naturally contoured. If you get facial on a regular basis, your skin will become more toned and firm with time.

 

3. Removes dead skin

Removes dead skin

The most noticeable upshot of facial is a bright and clear complexion. This is because the skin is exposed to steam which opens the pores and then treated with a mild scrub to exfoliate dead skin and unlock a brighter complexion. This helps getting the tiniest bit of dull and dead skin on your skin scraped off and making it soft and smooth. Exfoliation also gets rid of blackheads and whiteheads on your nose and chin and excess sebum on your T-zone which contributes to acne. All in all, it is a good way to get spotless, brighter skin in a tick.  

 

4. A double dose of hydration

A double dose of hydration

If there’s one thing that makes facial a winner of the skincare treatments is the hydration boost it gives to your skin. This is one facial benefit that makes this the most tempting and fruitful way to care for your skin. Your skin is pampered with a super hydrating face mask for a good amount of time and the session is wrapped up with a lightweight moisturizer at the end that leaves your skin moisturized and healthy. If you have extremely dry skin, a facial can come to your rescue and turn your blah skin into one plump, healthy-looking one.   

 

5. De-puffs eyes

De-puffs eyes

One of the lesser known benefits of facial is the under eye care you get with the treatment. Apart from giving you a bright and impeccable complexion, it is also extremely good for your tired and puffy eyes. The facial massage treats the sensitive area under your eyes and eliminates dark circles, eye bags, and puffiness. The treatment often involves an eye cream that targets all your under eye woes and leaves the under eye area moisturized and nourished. Also, the cucumber placed on eyes while you have a face mask on soothes eyes and rejuvenate the tired and dull skin.

 

6. Reduces pigmentation

Reduces pigmentation

If you have uneven skin tone or pigmented skin with dark spots, tan and red spots on your face and neck area, then regular facial can benefit you big time. Pigmented skin is a result of melanin production, sun exposure, internal disease, and so on. Facial regulates blood circulation and helps in giving you an even toned skin. It reduces hyperpigmentation and evens out skin tone. There are specific facials for pigmentation too that use skincare products with antioxidants and Vitamin C to lighten the dark patches and improves the overall complexion and lends natural radiance.

 

7. Fights signs of ageing

Fights signs of ageing

Saggy skin and wrinkles are frustrating and unsightly, and if they appear earlier than they should, it is even worse. Getting facials on a regular basis slows down your ageing clock by making your skin healthier and firmer. The steps of facial like scrubbing, toning, massaging and masking helps stimulate the regeneration of skin cells and tightens facial skin which further helps keep premature ageing signs like wrinkles, smile lines, crow’s feet, fine lines, baggy eyes at bay. This excellent facial benefit is a reason enough for you to book an appointment for a facial now because let’s face it is the easiest and most fun way to get younger-looking skin. 

 

8. Your skin absorbs better

Your skin absorbs better

Facial makes your skin smooth and soft which ultimately results in boosting your skin’s absorption abilities with time. This means that after getting a facial, your skin’s surface is even and plump which helps your skincare products to absorb and penetrate better into the skin and it also makes your makeup products to blend well and help you achieve a flawless finish. In other words, a facial gets off all the impurities like dirt, blackheads and oil off skin and leaves it porcelain smooth which helps your beauty products to absorb better and quick. 

 

9. Reduces stress

Reduces stress

This one’s a no brainer and an unmissable facial benefit. The whole point of spending an hour in a salon for a facial is that you come out of it looking and feeling fresh. Facial is proved to be able to not only release any tension in your face and neck muscles, but also the chaos and stress in your mind. When you are in stress, it affects your skin in ways you are not even aware of. Stress can cause breakouts, ageing signs and more. Getting facial is an amazing way to unwind and revitalise your skin and calm your mood at the end of every stressful week. An hour of relaxing facial benefits your skin and your mind equally and you know what they say, a healthy mind means healthy skin.

Anjali Agarwal Nov 05, 2019 Be Beautiful

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You need to try this DIY facial for a spa like experience at home

You need to try this DIY facial for a spa like experience at home

If there is an instant way to erase tired looking skin and a dull complexion like a facial. But given our hectic lifestyles, visiting the spa regularly can end up being quite a task. But this doesn’t mean that you can’t pamper yourself silly from the comfort of your home.

Well, good news: Give yourself a DIY facial that gives a spa-like experience. This is much more doable than it seems. Read on to find out the perfect way to do an at-home facial for a spa-like experience.

 

1. Cleanse

1.	Cleanse

Any skincare routine needs to start with cleansing. When you are going for a DIY facial at home it is important to thoroughly clean your face and get rid of any makeup residue, dirt, dust and any other impurities. Cleansing helps draw out toxins from your skin and keep it looking absolutely fresh and clear. 

To thoroughly cleanse your face, you need to first wash your hands. Then take a pea sized amount of the Lakmé Absolute Perfect Radiance Skin Lightening Face Wash and lather up with gentle circular motions over your face and neck. Rinse it with water and pat dry.

 

2. Steam

2.	Steam

For a DIY facial treatment, you always need to start with steam for about five to seven minutes. This step not only acts as a warm up, but opens your pores so they are relaxed, ready to release toxins, and soak up all the goodness you’re going to apply to it. Steam your face over a bowl of very hot water. For a more potent effect, add some herbs or essential oils such as lavender oil or chamomile to the water. This blend is extra calming after a stressful day and both herbs soothe the skin.

 

3. Exfoliate

3.	Exfoliate

If you think that your skin looks extremely dull and lacklustre, then maybe you don’t exfoliate regularly. Exfoliation is a great step in any DIY facial treatment as it helps eliminate dead skin that’s sitting on the surface and reveals fresh and glowing skin. The key to properly exfoliating your face is to gently buff with smooth particles, otherwise you are going to end up hurting your skin.

Take a small amount of the Lakmé Absolute Perfect Radiance Skin Lightening Scrub and in small circular motions gently buff your skin for two minutes. Always work in an upward motion and be very gentle. Wash the exfoliator off with warm water and prepare for step four.

 

4. Massage

4.	Massage

Once you have cleansed, steamed and exfoliated your face, it is now time for some skin healing and repairing. But before you apply products that help your skin heal itself, it is important to massage your face. This little step is a great way to ensure that all the skincare products that are to follow will penetrate in your skin better and work from deep within to deliver all the claims they make.

To massage your face, you can use the Lakmé Absolute Perfect Radiance Skin Lightening Gel Crème. This crème helps retain moisture in your skin and keeps it supple, soft, glowing and youthful. Remember to always massage your face in an upward and outward direction for about 8-10 minutes for best results.  

 

5. Use a face mask

5.	Use a face mask

Face masking has to be everyone’s absolute favourite step. No facial treatment is ever complete without applying a face mask that addresses your skin concerns.

You can use the Lakmé Absolute Perfect Radiance Skin Lightening Mask. This mask will help brighten your skin and make it look matte and radiant. Apply this mask all over your face and neck and allow it to dry. Keep it on for 20 minutes, wash it off water and pat dry.

But if you are looking for some simple homemade face masks for this DIY facial, then here you go…

 

Blueberry + yogurt + honey

Blueberry + yogurt + honey

Step 01: In a bowl, smash 1/3rd cup of fresh blueberries

Step 02: To the blueberries, add some 2 tablespoons of yogurt, 1 tablespoon of rice flour and 1 tablespoon of honey.

Step 03: Mix all the ingredients until it forms a smooth paste.

Step 04: Apply this all your face and leave it on for 15-20 minutes or until it dries completely.

Step 05: Rinse it with warm water, pat dry and apply some moisturiser.

Benefits: This is an amazing DIY facial treatment for anyone with oily and acne-prone skin. As blueberries and yogurt are natural sources of alpha hydroxyl acids (AHAs), they are really good for people with oily, acne-prone skin. AHAs are chemical compounds that gently slough away dead skin cells on your face, clearing clogged pores and eliminating the chances of acne. Honey has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties, so it soothes skin while fighting acne-causing bacteria. The rice flour in this recipe helps absorb excess oil and give your skin a matte finish.

 

Cucumber + honey + tea

Cucumber + honey + tea

Step 01: Take a small cucumber and cut it into really small slices and keep it aside.

Step 02: Steep one black tea bag in hot water for at least 5 minutes.

Step 03: once the tea is made, add 1 tablespoon of magical honey and stir well until completely dissolved.

Step 04: Add cucumber slices and 2-3 drop of any essential oil for aromatherapy benefits.

Step 05: Allow the cucumber to soak in this mixture for about 10 minutes.

Step 06: Scoop the slices of cucumber from the pot and place them evenly over your face.

Step 07: Leave the slices on for 10 to 20 minutes before removing.

Step 08: Rinse your face with warm water.

Benefits: If you have sensitive skin, then this DIY facial treatment is perfect for a spa-like experience. It is important for people with sensitive skin to use gentle and cooling products on their skin and what better than cucumber, tea and honey. Cucumber has major hydrating properties that cools the skin and reduces inflammation. Honey is known for its moisturising properties, and the inclusion of honey in this facial treatment leaves your skin absolutely nourished. Black tea is a great antioxidant that helps minimise environmental damage and keep your skin looking clear and flawless. But since you have sensitive skin, it is always best to do a patch test to ensure that your skin does not react adversely.

 

Honey + avocado

Honey + avocado

Step 01: In a bowl, mash one ripe avocado until forms an even paste.

Step 02: To the avocado, add a teaspoon of honey and olive oil and mix all the ingredients together. You can switch olive oil with any other oil of your choice.

Step 03: Spread this mixture all over your face using a face brush or your fingers.

Step 04: Leave it on for 15-20 minutes or until completely dry.

Step 05: Rinse it with warm water and pat dry.

Benefits: If you have dry skin that is in some serious need of moisture, then this you need to give this DIY facial recipe a try. This facial for dry skin has a lot of skincare benefits and is super simple to make. Avocados are a rich source of oils that helps instantly moisturise your skin, leaving it soft and supple. Honey moisturises the skin by drawing water to the surface of the skin, contains anti-inflammatory and antibacterial benefits, and has a low risk of irritation. For a hefty dose of moisture, honey, avocado and olive are simple yet powerful ingredients that work like magic on dry and dehydrated skin types.

 

6. Tone

6.	Tone

After cleansing and face masks, your skin’s pH levels go down and this is why toner forms an important next step. Also, applying a toner is essential because it helps close open pores. Otherwise, they are left open to absorb environmental toxins and become clogged again.

 

7. Hydrate

7.	Hydrate

The last step of your DIY facial is hydration. The freshly revealed skin will be thirsty for moisture throughout the next few hours. Skipping this step will leave your skin parched and lacklustre. A good moisturiser not only hydrates your skin but also protects it from environmental damage and other skin aggressors. 

You can use the Lakmé Absolute Perfect Radiance Skin Lightening Light Crème SPF 20 PA+++. This moisturiser will lock in moisture and prevent your skin from feeling dry and parched.

Urvi Dalal Oct 31, 2019 Be Beautiful

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Your feet called, they want these pampering pedicures!

Your feet called, they want these pampering pedicures!

Be honest! Do you give you feet as much thought as you give your hands? Yes, you love to flaunt a trendy manicure but did you know your feet need the same TLC too? No, right? Well, it’s high time you show your tippy-toes some love and get yourself some serious foot care. Here are 3 pedicures for you to relax and make your feet look pretty and soft as ever.

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A de-tan pedicure

Has the hustle of everyday left you with tanned and dark feet? Get your pretty feet back and do away with the dirt, pollution and dust and whatever turned your happy feet into dull and dreary ones. We suggest pampering your feet with the Summer Detanning Foot Mask at the Lakmé salon for visibly appealing and gorgeous feet.

pampering pedicures

Chocolate pedicure

Chocolate has umpteen skin benefits and when it comes to feet care, it one of the best ingredients to treat your feet with, as the antioxidants in it makes your feet supple, smooth and younger-looking.  Plus, if you are someone who gets high on the smell of cocoa, this one’s perfect for you. Soak your feet in a delicious chocolate bath and buff away dry skin with a moisturising cocoa scrub. Need we say more?

pampering pedicures

Aromatic pedicure

Indulge in a de-stressing and soothing pedi experience with your feet dipped in essential oils and therapeutic herbs followed by a relaxing foot massage. Gets you calm just thinking about it, doesn’t it? It won’t just relax your mind and tired feet, but also makes them soft and smooth. You can try the Aroma Next Pedicure at the Lakmé salon for a luxurious experience. 

Anjali Agarwal Oct 07, 2019 Be Beautiful

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8 thoughts every girl has when it’s ‘threading’ time!

8 thoughts every girl has when it’s ‘threading’ time!

Is it time for my next threading appointment already?! *cries in a corner*

No pain, no gain… so, all this while, they were talking about threading, right?

You can never be best friends with the beautician who does your brows, and every girl out there will agree. Even though we’ve been getting our brows threaded for years, we’ll clearly never get used to it. The pain that comes with plucking and tweezing those tiny little hairs around the brows and upper lip area is indescribable.

But again, we all want our eyebrows to look on fleek and our upper lip area to be moustache-free. So yes, all the pain and suffering in the end is totally worth it. If you’re someone who dreads threading sessions and yet keeps going back for more, then here are all the thoughts you may relate to.

Thoughts that cross

“Ouch! Woman, I’m not your ex-boyfriend or your mother-in-law. Wonder what it would take her to be a little gentle with me.”

Thoughts that cross

“I smell pickle… from her fingers. Hmm… what could she have possibly had for lunch?”

Thoughts that cross

“The thread is too sharp for my thin and sensitive skin. Why can’t she use a smoother one?”

Thoughts that cross

“I wonder if this is what getting a permanent tattoo feels like. *Ouch* No, wait, I’m sure even that would be less painful.”

Thoughts that cross

“When is she going to pick up those scissors? At least I’ll know I’m relieved of the trauma.”

Thoughts that cross

“I really wish I could get rid of this threading business once and for all. If only laser wasn’t so expensive!”

Thoughts that cross

“I need tissue, some more tissue… and some more! Oh, and wow, I have mascara on. What a mess am I going to look like!”

Thoughts that cross

“Woohoo! I made it till the end!”

*happy dance*

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Ace the perfect at-home pedicure in just 5 simple steps

Ace the perfect at-home pedicure in just 5 simple steps

Getting a pedicure is perhaps one of the best ways to pamper yourself. Well-groomed feet are not just a sign of hygiene but they are also instant confidence boosters. But if you’re too busy reading or watching Netflix over the weekend and don’t want to step out of the house, you can easily give yourself a spa-like pedicure experience at home.

Yes, you read the right! This simple 5 step at-home pedicure will surely keep your feet looking neat and youthful!

 

Step 01: Start with prepping your nails

Step 01: Start with prepping your nails

To give yourself a spa-like pedicure, you need to begin with (finally) removing the remnants of any nail paint from your toe nails. To properly remove every last bit of colour, pour some acetone on a clean cotton pad and hold it against each nail for a few seconds. This allows the nail paint remover some time to break down the colour before you start swiping for easy removal.

BB pro tip: In case your nails have turned yellow or your previous nail lacquer has stained your nails (this is common if you use darker shades), then rub some cuticle oil on your nail surface. This will help even out any discolouration.

 

Step 02: Soak your feet

Step 02: Soak your feet

Fill a tub big enough to accommodate both your feet with water. Add some skin-soothing bath salts to this water and soak your feet in it for some time before you move on to the next step. This will help soften the tough skin and cuticles on your feet.

 

Step 03: Trim and shape your toe nails

Step 03: Trim and shape your toe nails

If your heels or the sides of your toes feel a little rough, then you can scrub and smooth out the area by using a pumice stone. Remember to be gentle as you don’t want to scrape your skin out in the process. It is now time to trim, buff and shape your toe nails. You should start with trimming your nails using a classic nail clipper. Next, file them into the shape you desire and finish it off with a little buffing to do away with any discolouration.

 

Step 04: Massage your feet

Step 04: Massage your feet

Next, take both feet out of the tub and dry them off with a towel. Reach for your favourite foot cream or body lotion (this works just as fine too) and massage your toes, feet and calves for about 5-7 minutes. Also, don’t forget to massage the cuticles on your toes. Finish off by grabbing a cotton pad soaked with rubbing alcohol to clean the surface of each nail, removing any oily residue that could prevent your polish from sticking.

 

Step 05: Finish it off with painting your nails

Step 05: Finish it off with painting your nails

Now is the time for the favourite part of any pedicure — painting your toes! Start with applying a thin layer of base coat on each nail. Once it’s completely dry, follow it up with two thin and even coats of any nail paint of your choice. Let the paint dry for a few minutes between each coat. Finish your pedicure by applying a top coat, as this will help keep your nail paint on for a longer period of time.

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