Published on February 3rd, 2016 | by Yashodhara Ghosh
Mid-week Beauty Tricks
Einstein was right in more ways than one when he said that time is relative – no wonder it creeps at a sluggish pace on those mind-numbing week days, and flies past you before you can say ‘Hallelujah!’ on weekends. If your unkempt, neglected appearance is making you cringe – and the weekend salon pleasures still seem centuries away – then we have a few tricks up our sleeve that could break you out of your midweek beauty slump!
Hair a tangled mess and no hair spa day in the offing? Deep conditioning at home is a simple solution. Shampoo with a regular trusted brand, wash it off, and disentangle gently with a wide-toothed plastic comb. Add a good store-bought intensive conditioner in a smooth layer over wet hair, and wrap it tightly with a clean plastic. Now soak a towel in warm water, squeeze out the excess water, wrap it around your head. You could also press a hot iron over the towel or run in the microwave for half a minute. Keep the turban on till the heat ebbs away, and repeat a couple of times if you have the time. Now rinse off the conditioner and air-dry.
From the cheatsheet: No time to don a turban and watch the world go by? Just add a spoonful of vinegar in a mug of water to rinse your hair after a shampoo. It’s your one-minute trick to getting that post-spa look at literally one-tenth the effort and expense.
If you have oily skin and haven’t kept up with your CTM routine since the weekend, blackheads cannot be far behind. Take a look – chances are those monsters have already started rearing their ugly heads all across your T-zone. Here’s a simple antidote – boil some water, and steam your face for 5 minutes. The heat will open out all your pores. Now take a trusted face scrub, one with larger granules, and exfoliate the T-zone thoroughly. If you’ve run out of scrub, use a mixture of milk and undissolved sugar. Wash off. Don’t push, pull or squeeze, else you may end up with scars your skin: leave the stubborn ones to the experts. Rub some ice on the scrubbed area. This will shrink your pores immediately.
From the cheatsheet: Prevention is better than cure. Pick up a leftover slice of tomato from the salad bowl after dinner every weeknight and rub it over your nose. Tomatoes are rich sources of vitamin C, vitamin A and citric acid, and keep blackheads at bay or remove them over time.
No raised eyebrows
Are your jagged, unruly eyebrows making you a laughing stock? Arm yourself with a tweezer after your shower when your skin is still soft. Station yourself before the mirror, switch on the lights. Look out for strays. Now pluck them out one by one. Choose the upper and lower lines of your brows, and remember never to pluck beyond those lines. Pull in the direction of the hair growth. Now take the fine-toothed end of your comb, brush out to their tallest length, and taking out the tiny pair of scissors from your pedicure kit, snip off the brows that stick out like sore thumbs from the rest.
FAB BAG PICKS
VOTRE WHITE ESSENCE BRIGHTENING SCRUB: This rich creme based scrub gently scrubs away dead cell layer, impurities, dirt & grim leaving skin perfectly refreshed & polished. Ideal for Daily Use. CLICK HERE to view product.
THE NATURE’S CO. BARLEY VOLUMISING SHAMPOO: It is rich in pro-vitamin B5 which strengthens and nourishes the hair shaft and root. Its anti-oxidant and protective properties remove excess oil and impurities to reveal a fuller, healthier head of hair. CLICK HERE to view product.
KAMA AYURVEDA SOAP-FREE FACE CLEANSER MRIDUL: A gentle all natural facial cleanser. A combination of herbs, cereals and pulses that gently cleanses and exfoliates facial skin. Completely natural, it is non-drying and may be used as a daily alternative to soap. Leaves skin fresh and radiant. CLICK HERE to view product.