I am quite a vain person, but my laziness far outweighs my vanity most of the time. I love looking good, but I loathe the effort I have to put into looking so. I have a 2 step mini skin routine (if you can even call it that) for everyday, but today is not about me. Today is about these ladies that actually put some effort into taking care of their skin day in and day out. These ladies are all very different from each other in skin type, lifestyle, even countries they live in. Some of them are bloggers you may know, others are housewives and students you may not. But they are all that kind of ladies that we wonder about; how can they be so pretty?? So, I have made some of the prettiest women I know, spill their secrets. Since there are so much things to cover, I have split the post in to two. The next post will be up in 2 days.
Here are skin care, routine, must haves of the first 4 ladies! :)
Aparna Devik, is my best friend's sister and of course, that means she is a sister to me too. She is perhaps one of the prettiest woman I know. She is 25, happily married and lives in Canada with her husband. A true shopaholic, she loves her shoes and lipsticks.
Now, onto her skin care routine, must haves and secrets!
Aparna believes in having beautiful skin inside out! She fills up on water, cucumber and tomato everyday.
Her morning routine includes using Clean and Clear Morning Burst Face wash and applies L'Oreal Future E Moisturizer.
She does not wear any base makeup on a daily basis and just wears only color cosmetics on her eyes or lips. Believe it or not, she is only wearing the eyeliner and lipstick in the above photo.
For night, she washes her face daily and applies Vitamin E Night Cream from The Body Shop.
Twice a week, she uses the St.Ives Apricot Scrub and massages with almond oil or vitamin E oil before bathing.
She also uses semolina and milk for cleansing on occasion.
These are some of Aparna's favorite skin care items:
Renji is 27, a keralite living in Hyderabad and
works in Amazon India. I know that she is probably familiar to those that are
frequent blog readers, but if you haven’t checked her blog out, you should do
so (Makeupholic World). Renji makes the
point clear that her is skin is not perfect, and she battles things like dark
circles, redness around nose area and that her skin is of combination type and
is sensitive and acne prone. But her
diligent use of few key products keeps her skin healthy and glowing.
Now, what are the tips, tricks and
products that Renji swears by?
Being a beauty blogger, Renji does not use a
particular product for more than 6 months; she also does so depending upon the
season. During this winter, Renji has
around 15 products she uses according to her whims and needs.
1. Elizabeth Arden Ceramide
Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum
2. Mirenesse Pebble Sonic Skin
Cleansing Device + Mirenesse day & night foaming cleansers
9. Egyptian Magic Cream – for
preventing breakouts and removal of scars
10. Tony Moly Red Appletox Honey
11. Rose Bud Salve Lipbalm
12. WondeRuci Cacao Brightening
13. Gia Bath & Body Works
Angel Face Cleanser – Every day after removing makeup
14. Gia Bath & Body Works
Cleopatra Mask – Everyday
15. Josie Maran Argan Oil
Morning Routine: Renji’s
morning routine starts off by using the magnitone lucid and taking Mirenesse
Day cleanser (which is switched up with Yves Rocher Exfoliating Foaming
Cleanser twice a week)and massages with
low speed setting for less than 2 minutes.
The cleanser is
then washed off and face is wiped using a cotton pad with Yves Rocher
Perfecting Toning Lotion. She use Herbalife Skin Eye gel + Herbalife Skin Eye
cream next and gently massage the area around the eyes for about a minute. She
also applies the Strawberry variant of the Rose Bud Salve Lipbalm (the best
lipbalm she has ever used, in Renji’s opinion). She then applies one Elizabeth
Arden Ceramide Capsule on the entire face and neck and does her morning
household chores. While putting on makeup, she again moisturizes her face using
Herbalife Daily glow moisturizer. This goes under the makeup.
Renji makes sure
to remove all her makeup every night, first using MAC cleanse off oil and then
using wet wipes from Himalaya or Pampers to remove anything the cleanser could
not catch. She then continues to wash her face with Gia Bath and Body Works
Angels Cleanser. After this, she dips a Q-tip in the Mac Cleanse off and make
sure no makeup is remaining. She then applies Cleopatra Mask and go on with
blogging, or cooking. Right before bed, the Mirenesse pebblesonic and night
cleanser is used for up to 2 minutes. After that, a cotton pad dipped in YR
Cleansing water is applied all over, concentrating on nose, chin and forehead
areas. For the under eyes, the Philosophy Eye Hope moisturizer is massaged in
and is topped with a drop of Josie Maran Argan Oil. Finally the YR Sebo perfect
Zero Defect moisturizer is applied (Only in winters though). In case of acne,
she spot treats with Egyptian Magic Cream.
On the Weekends,
Renji does a home facial using WondeRuci Cacao Brightening Mask,which helps detan. She also occasionally does homemade treatments such with Oats, manuka
honey and banana or Tomato and Lemon Juice or a Coffee and refined demarara
Sugar scrub for exfoliating lips or freshly ground Almond Powder and milk for
under eyes etc. But these are all done
on good skin days. When having a bad skin day, she uses Nutmeg + honey or
Cinnamon and honey face mask for removing acne.
month, Renji makes sure to do a pedicure, hair spa, a haircut every 3 months,
and when sh gets facial it is mostly Shahnaz pearl/diamond. Her favorite salon
is Mirrors, Hyderabad.
Namitha (or nimi,
to her loved ones) is my cousin sister and perhaps the only other blogger in
the family. She was brought up in Paris, France and she loves cooking, and
believes firmly in a holistic approach to health and skin care. She often
surprises me with her interest in Ayurveda and natural fixes handed down from
ancestors. She is currently settled in Germany with her husband.
Now, what is her
skin care regimen like?
Namitha does not
believe in being obsessed about any skin care routine. She believes that if you
are too careful about it, then even the smallest imperfections like a miniscule
zit can ruin your day.
She does not use
any soap or chemicals on her face at all. She uses chick pea flour (Besan) and
water as a cleanser.
Since it is quite
cold where she lives, she has to use some kind of cream and she uses the most
basic of Oil of Olay. As she does not like the oily feeling of the cream, a
little bit of talc is applied on top.
When Namitha was
faced with acne due to Vitamin D deficiency, the
dermatologist recommended heavy medicines for it. She decided to take the
matter into her own hands and approached a homeo doctor and started homeopathic
treatment. However, the secret weapon that she swears by is Organic Tea Tree
Oil. She applied it diligently every night and the acne cleared up with no
scarring at all.
As for any night
routine, Nami does not use anything else other than the Tea Tree Oil.
Sometimes, she uses Nalpamaradi oil (Ayurvedic) as recommended by an Ayurvedic doctor.
She does not like
spending hours doing things for her skin, when she feels like her skin needs
refreshment she uses a honey and lemon face mask, and also green gram powder
mixed with water as an exfoliator.
Karim of I'Makeup
Ridhvana is actually somebody I met quite recently.
She is a fellow makeup lover who lives quite near to me. She is a Medicine
student and has a Facebook page dedicated to sharing makeup and beauty tidbits.
She is a MAC and Bobbi Brown lover, who stocks upon her favorite products every
summer when she visits her family in UAE.
Now, what are
Ridhvana’s skin essentials?
a full time medicine student, she has no time to take care of her skin too
much, but she absolutely loves her Body Shop and Bath and Body Works products.
morning, she washes her face with Dove deep moisturizing face wash and applies
the Sweet Pea Body Butter and just basic talcum powder.
she feels like her skin needs a pick me up, she uses a facial scrub from
night, she makes sure to use either Ayurvedic beauty oil like Kumkumadi oil, or
uses Fair & Lovely Night Repair Cream.
the weekends, if she feels like her skin requires some pampering, she uses the
Indulekha Face Pack.
go to Beauty Parlour is Mia Beautycare, North Paravur (my favorite as well). She
likes to do a basic clean and maybe diamond bleach once in a while, she is a
firm believer in removing peach fuzz to get that clean look.
I am honestly so
glad I decided to do this series. I am learning so much more about the efforts
that the women around me put into looking good, and taking care of themselves.
In this single series, I believe I have gotten enough information for all the
different types of ladies out there to get an idea about how they should be
taking care of their skin!
tuned for Part 2 of this series featuring 4 other pretty ladies (including two