Beauty Spot

Beauty Spot

Beauty Spot

My skin is extremely oily. I keep choosing the wrong kind of make-up products that end up giving my skin an oily sheen. How do I test make-up products before buying them, and can you please recommend some products for my skin type?

- DK

There are a couple of factors that should be kept in mind before using anything on your face. Most importantly, ask questions to ensure that the products you choose are well suited for your skin type. A good way to test make-up for allergies is to try it out on the underside of the elbow rather than directly on your face.

Apart from allergies, other important criteria to keep in mind while making your purchases include checking the product's shelf life. Using products past their 'best by' dates can result in major skin irritations and breakouts, which could leave a lasting effect on your skin. Every skin type requires a different kind of product.

As a general rule for oily skin, you can choose mattifying products. However, one of the more interesting innovations of recent times is mineral make-up. As the name suggests, it is made from natural ingredients and this innovation completely removes the risk of skin problems arising from various chemicals that were used earlier. These products contain minerals like mica powder, iron oxides and titanium extracts to name a few, which means no parabens, free radicals or extra oils. The products are almost completely non-comodegenic, which means no more blocked pores either. Another big advantage  of mineral make-up is that it offers your skin a certain degree of protection from the sun, but it cannot replace a good sunscreen.


I wish to improve my complexion, but my skin is sensitive and I am wary of using fairness creams that are available in the market. Are there any natural ways to lighten the skin tone? 

- Amrin Chopda


Besides being an inexpensive way of treating your skin, making your own homemade body scrub gives you the free hand to create the right recipe best suited to your skin type. Turmeric is an anti-oxidant that targets the free radicals to give youthful-looking skin. It contains a compound known as curcumin, which forms the yellow pigment, which in turn functions as a colouring agent to impart a brighter skin complexion. Rice is also known to be a skin-brightening agent. Just ensure that the rice granules are not too coarse, else it will end up hurting your skin.

My hair looks dull and damaged and I have even developed a bald spot. I have tried different shampoos and conditioners across brands and I haven't seen any satisfactory results. Is there any way I can breathe some life into my hair?

- Simran Sood


Using hair conditioners and serums are a good way to tackle dull, damaged and rough hair. To this routine of your hair care, just include wrapping a hot towel on your hair post conditioning it. This will keep your hair manageable. Use the following home products as a hair rinse to keep your tresses softer and shinier:
u Mix 1 or 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar with 3 cups of water. Pour over your hair as the final rinse. It will leave your hair feeling soft.


u Alternatively you can use juice from half a lemon, 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and 1 cup of water. Shampoo and rinse hair as usual, then pour the mixture on your hair and massage into the scalp. Rinse with cool water.

u If the bald spot has a clear margin, it could be 'alopecia areata'. This is an auto-immune condition that usually reverses on its own. Or else, intra-lesional injections of a steroid under medical supervision, regrows the hair.

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