Back To Square One: Secrets To Beautiful Skin, Right From The Experts
Forget everything everyone has ever told you. Here’s what the real experts have to say.
healthhunt interviewed industry experts to find out what’s floating the beauty boat these days. Are you surprised it’s (still) good ol’ Mother Nature (her lessons in generosity and kindness included)? Mamma knows best; she’s been around longer than you and I!
- Shonali Bedi, Founder and Formulator, Gulnare Skincare
“Purity is beauty. Beauty that works for my health, and that of the environment it comes from, is what I call ‘good beauty’. Of all the magic tricks in Mother Nature’s arsenal, my personal and absolute favourite would be aloe vera – the plant of immortality to the ancient Egyptians. For centuries, it's been used to hydrate, heal, and protect the skin. Its list of uses is endless, and benefits infinite! I swear by it.”
- Dr. Kiran Lohia, Medical Director, Lumiere Dermatology
“Focus on maintaining beautiful hair and skin – everything else follows! I love avocados, since they're chock full of healthy fats and vitamins, ideal for rejuvenating dry skin and hair.”
- Nomita Hathiramani, Founder, COCO Glo; Holistic Nutrition Health Expert
“Simplicity is the essence of great beauty. The miraculous gifts of nature (many hiding in plain sight!) are the key to youthful, perpetual beauty. Personally, I adopt an inward-out regime for healthy radiance. I can't do without my 3 litres of chlorophyll and electrolyte-infused natural spring water; which literally hydrates the body at a cellular level. Rejuvenation is the most important aspect, for which I depend on regular, diligent practice of the 'Five Tibetan Rites'. My favourite beauty ingredients are a combination of Indian and Chinese ones. A local Chinese shop grinds fresh pearl powder for me, which makes for an exfoliating and illuminating mask. My ayurvedic night serum combines natural products like saffron, vetiver, Indian banyan, and liquorice, for smoothness, even tone, and again, that indispensable glow!”
- Dr. Vishakha Shivdasani, Medical Doctor (Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine)
“I stick to the most underused, undervalued ‘product’, which nourishes you from the inside, and keeps your skin hydrated and supple – water! Cold-pressed coconut oil is another natural antibacterial and moisturiser (sans chemicals), reputed for the nourishment and lubrication it provides for both skin and hair”.
- Kavita Khosa, Founder, Purearth
“Beauty: that which is raw, transcendent, and free from ornamentation – look at Frida Kahlo, or Audrey Hepburn! I find kindness very sexy and beautiful. When compassion settles into every pore, contour, and line of your face, you radiate beauty in different, yet incredibly powerful ways. My natural ingredient of choice is wild sea buckthorn berry oil – try it, you’ll have beautiful hair and skin for the rest of your life!
- Aakanksha Kapoor, Head, Marketing, I Say Organic
“Good nutrition and clean eating is synonymous with glowing skin – my beauty anthem is about eating seasonal, organic fruits and vegetables. What’s eating organic, really? It's living in sync with nature, and letting it do its job. If the things you put in and on your body (be it food or daily-use products) are laden with chemicals, you're automatically forcing your body to fight a battle that's difficult for it to win – and the fighting shows itself in the form of acne, dry skin, or lifestyle diseases like PCOD. My personal favourite? The delicious, literal superfood – avocados!”