Woman Of The Month – October 2013

In conversation with Aparna Santhanam, a woman who wears many hats – a sucessful author, dermatologist, mother, wife, and an ardent supporter of social causes. We spoke to Aparna on life after a baby, family holidays, food, and more….. 1. Has Mommyhood changed you? If yes, how? I think becoming a Mother has been the most defining moment of my life.Everything else  in life is on one side and Mommyhood is on the other side.To me,it is the only unselfish and  unconditional relationship in life where you never think about what you are getting back.   2. One ‘aww’ moment/incident with your child When my daughter was nine years old,she was asked to write about a famous figure who truly  inspires her.So,naturally I expected she would write about some musician ,politician or some  other famous person.She wrote her composition on me and said that “My mother is a very good  doctor who is going to be famous!”It was not just an aww moment but has often served as an  inspiration to me. 3. One getting on the nerve moment/incident with your child When Sharanya was about seven,she stopped being amenable to suggestions about oiling her  hair.I remember,one Sunday morning,she screaming and running around the room,while I  chased her with a coconut oil bottle and finally giving up in frustration and flinging the bottle! 4. Favourite Family food with recipe  This...

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BB or CC or DD – What’s best for my skin type?

A dash n touch on BB , CC & DD creams.. a lot of us are curious about BB Creams: The buzz behind beauty balms. This versatile skin care/makeup hybrid promises to do the job of five or six other jars and tubes: moisturizer, primer, sunscreen, skin treatment, concealer, and foundation. "The idea of a well-formulated BB cream is that it's the only product you'll need after you wash your face,"  BB creams are short for beauty balms or blemish balms.  The BB Boom..What BB Creams Do? Can one beauty product really do it all? Maybe. When it comes to skin treatment, you can find BB creams that contain: Anti-aging components, including peptides and antioxidants such as vitamins A, E, and C Moisturizing workhorses like hyaluronic acid and glycerin Ingredients such as licorice and arbutin that help even out skin tone Light-reflecting mica to give skin a luminous finish Silicone-based ingredients, such as dimethicone, that help smooth the skin, acting much like a foundation primer does. CC Creams: these are Colour Control, Complexion Corrector or Colour Correction. Like BB creams they boast extensive skincare properties, SPF protection and semi-sheer coverage, but with the added benefit of colour-correcting technology to improve uneven skin tones without a heavy or oily texture. And now get ready for DD creams (sigh). A “Dynamic Do-All” cream and it kinda sounds like a BB/CC hybrid. Originally...

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Aloha Summer!!

So you packed away your winter jackets, put away the mittens and muffs and switched over to cotton and chiffons! As summer knocks on Delhi door, it is time to change up your skin care and make routine too! Most of us keep using the same make up products all year round, but do you know that for a better skin and long lasting make up, it is wise to change up your products along with skin care routine, specially if you have to go out in the elements and brave the sun, even for few minutes! Here are some quick tips to switch up the skin care regimen for the summer. 1. Switch to an oil-free or water based moisturizer – You may think that you need to moisturize your skin only in the winter months, but the truth is, no matter what season, our skin needs hydration. The heavy, creamy moisturizers are good for dry, cold weather but as the weather turns warm, a light weight moisturizer will do the trick to keep your skin supple and non-greasy! 2.Always apply sunscreen – Although we may think that due to high content of melanin in Indian skin, we may not always need sun screen, but again, the truth is all skin types and colors need SPF protection (even in the winters!). Apply a sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher ( I...

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Skin care during and after Holi!

For Recipes, click here To Read About Holi & Holika, Click here Skin is very sensitive to minute changes, be it weather,lifestyle changes, food, sleep pattern changes etc. In holi all these factors play their role. The pollens are in the air ,the weather is changing, we want to savor the traditional sweets and there are holi parties where we eat all sorts of food .The colour  used while playing and applying plays havoc with the skin ph and thereby skin can be easily damaged in the process .This in turn can take a long time to be set right. Holi can be...

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Botox Treatments

What are the side effects of botox? Botox treatments if done properly are completely safe but a few side effects can arise which are temporary in nature. These include Temporary bruising accompanied with pain at the site of treatment. Nausea. Redness. Temporary weakening of facial muscles in nearby areas or droopy eyelids which happen due to movement of botox from the place of treatment to other areas hence avoid massaging or lying down. Headaches which go away 24-hours after the treatment. Numbness. What is the average cost for a botox treatment in India? or Is Botox treatment in India expensive? Dr.Heman charges by the # of units used during a treatment. The exact # of units used is decided by the Doctor after assessing the patient's muscular structure and discussing the patient's goals of treatment. Every patient is different and will require a different amount of product. What are the precautions people need to take after botox? Botox treatments do not require any resting or suspension of any activities by the patient. Normal, day to day activities can be resumed after the procedure. some precautions are… Avoid doing any strenuous activity or sports for the next 24 hours. Avoid massaging the area where botox has been injected as the toxin might spread to the other muscles causing temporary facial muscle weakness. Avoid lying down for the next four or...

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Beauty Queries

My 15 years old son has an oily skin that often breaks out into acne, and whiteheads. Though these aren't really cosmetically significant, it bothers him a lot. Apart from using Neutrogena face wash 3 to 4 times a day, he does not use any other cosmetic or medicated cream. Are there any herbal/home remedies that can help him? Priya these are common problems in teenagers. These are mainly due to hormones as well as the stress and compounded with pollution and erractic eating and sleeping cycle. You can make a face wash at home- take 5 tbs of lal masoor dal+5 tbs of dhuli moong dal and 2 tbs of oats+ 2 tbs of dries neem leaves-mix them and make a soft powder of it in the grinder. You can also add in a 1/4 tbs of regular turmeric/amma haldi if you can get it. Store the mixture in a jar and add just 2 crystals of camphor to the bottle. Keep it at the base, ask your son to use it daily as a wash mixed in tomato juice (preferably) or otherwise you can use it with regular water as a face wash. I have the problem of cracked heels not only in winters but summers also, can you please tell me what to do, tried many creams but dosen't really help? Cracked heels can be really...

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