I have to put on several layers of makeup every day, so I take extra care of my skin. First, I gently rub my skin with olive oil or Johnson's Baby Lotion as they suit my skin. Then I use skin toner or Boots Cleansing Lotion to clean and moisturize my face. I use Neutrogena Daily Scrub and Face-wash or Biotique Honey Gel to wash my face. During summer I use ice-cubes before heading out. It helps to block the skin pores and minimizes the acne. For ice-cubes, I grind cucumber and mix them with rosewater and lemon juice and then put them in the freezer and use them daily to keep my skin fresh and healthy. To make the skin glow, I drink at least 6 to 7 glasses of water daily, as consuming water helps flush out toxins and clears up the skin. I always eat seasonal fruits because fruits are nature's antibiotics and protect one's skin.
I hardly use hair drier or hair iron as they damage my hair. I usually use hair protection before using hair drier, if I have to at all. To take care of my hair, I apply coconut oil which I mix with E-Cap, Methi, castor oil and almond oil. Then I heat up the concoction for a few seconds and massage my hair with it for 10 minutes. Finally, I wash my hair after 45 minutes. Due to the rough weather, conditioner is a must but I make sure to avoid directly applying on the scalp. I use protein mask every week; I usually make the pack by mixing an egg, yogurt, a bit of honey and lemon juice.
Normally when I go out, I use Biotique Sunblock Cream. For make-up, I prefer mascara, kajol and lipstick. But when going to parties, I try to maintain a look as natural as possible. If the party is at night, I use darker eye shadows and I make sure not to overdo it.
For my regular attire, it all depends on my mood. I usually wear whatever makes me feel comfortable. During summer, I prefer to wear lighter shades which are soothing. For parties, I prefer sarees.
By Shabnoor Faez