Anti-ageing Tips : How To Slow Down Ageing

Show your skin some love

If you are 25 and even an hour older, you need to read this article and start paying attention to skin care. Ageing of the skin takes baby steps and sets in at 25. Wait……no panic yet, but most people are unaware of this skin fact. They wait till the 30s to even start noticing changes in their skin. Having established this research backed fact, I wish to suggest small ways of slowing down ageing in a series of articles on anti-ageing. Very often, we get loaded with far too much information on such topics and tend to miss out or forget some tips. Hence, I am dealing with one important anti-ageing DIY tip in each article. Anti-ageing products and procedures are galore and using them is a personal choice, but there is something in our power even when adopting them that can help make the effort worthwhile and get better results.

How To Apply Serums And Creams The Right Way

I have seen many rub their skin while applying any topical solution. ‘That is a mistake‘ we have been told repeatedly, yet we forget the words of caution – rub and scrub, especially when we are in a hurry. Time to stop doing that folks. Time to pamper your skin the right way. Time to take anti-ageing into your hands !

  • Take the required quantity of the topical application you are using in your palm, or the back of your hand, be it a cleanser, a serum, a lotion or a cream.
  • Dip your fingertips into it and dab it on the surface of your skin. With gentle, upward strokes spread it all over your face or whichever part of the body you are applying it on. Now the natural tendency of many, is to rub it in, especially when they are in a hurry. Your skin may be crying for mercy, not to pull and push so much, to be treated with a little more care. So….
  • Slow down….instead, pat the product gently and repeatedly all over your face. Cup your face with your palms and gently act like you are pushing the product into your skin, till all of it is absorbed. Did you see some happy skin there? You just did some anti-ageing act! You showed your skin some love♥.

Watch this quick video on the technique by Chennai’s leading makeup artist Akriti Sachdev of Mesmereyes Makeup, created specially for My Thought Lane

Most Important : Serum, Under Eye Cream, Moisturizer and Sunscreen in that order. Apply your first topical application quickly after you tap dry your face and while the skin is still moist. It will help seal in the moisture in the epidermis (topmost layer of skin) and lend a soft glow to your face.

Why Pat And Not Rub :

While those in their late 20s can still take it easy, once the 30s set in skin starts losing its firmness, tone and elasticity.  Very fine lines make their appearance giving you an indication that skin is losing its toning and you better wake up to it. With natural ageing and the aggression of external factors like the sun and the weather, collagen and elastin production in the skin (the backbone of a firm skin) slows down, resulting in loss of firmness. And do not forget that gravity never fights shy of doing it s job ! Added to all of this, if you were to rub or pull your skin, you are playing host to sagging skin for sure. Think anti-ageing !

Why Pat Or Tap Cream Into The Skin:

We all of course know that ageing alters blood circulation within the body. Poor blood supply means lesser oxygen. Patting and tapping can alleviate that to some extent by increasing blood circulation to those areas, thereby lending better health to your skin.

Not fair that the first signs of ageing appear on that part of the body that we treasure most, the face. Even more unfair that the best part of our face, the eyes take the brunt of ageing first. We cannot fight nature, but we certainly can take anti-ageing into our own hands and slow it down.

Do You Believe In The Healing Power Of Your Hands ?

Adding a layer here to the benefits of patting the product into your skin : Three or four days into this practice, I realised I was feeling good and revelled in the way my skin responded to my hands, with all the patting and tapping. My skin appeared a tad plumped, probably from the pampering it received. Yes, when someone feels loved, they glow ! Go ahead, you try this out too, accept your skin and love it. I would call this anti-ageing at a higher plane.

The contour of the eye has lesser amount of collagen, elastin and lipids and ages faster than the rest of the face. The skin and muscles around the eyes are fragile, it is made so because it does the most muscular work – 10,000 blinks per day !! Had there been tougher skin and muscle, so many blinks would have been an impossibility leading to other eye related issues. If that’s how nature meant it to be, it has also taught us that there is something we can do to slow down the ageing.


Improve blood circulation like we said above.


  • Apply your serum, cream or lotion with your ring finger or the little finger and tap lightly along the eye contour.
  • Press EVER SO GENTLY till the topical application gets absorbed into the skin.
  • Continue tapping lightly on the eye-socket area, along the cheekbone and extend it to the eyebrow bone in a gentle circle.
  • Always from the outer corner of the eye to the inner.

The blood circulation tip given by Dr Vidya Ram Pradeep of Krishna’s Skin Cosmetology & Medical Centre, Chennai is something that we can all practice everyday and anytime of the day. To keep a radiant skin, not just  the under eye area but the rest of the face too.

Do not forget your neck, decolletage and palms, they show signs of ageing next only to the under eye area. Treat them to a gentle application of your serum, or cream and pat and tap like you would your face.

Apply the same technique if you are going to be pampering the rest of your body with oils, creams, or lotions.

Anti-ageing In The Shower

pat dont rub skin mantra

The skin-mantra

 

Oh yes, anti-ageing has become a part of your life now. So, while you cleanse your face with a face wash and your body with a shower gel, use circular motions for application and once you are rinsed, remember to pat yourself dry all over with a soft absorbent towel. If you are one of those that cannot do without rubbing yourself dry (it’s just a habit, you can grow out of it) or are in a rush, just remember to run your towel ever so gently in upward strokes and never down. We are not lending a hand to gravity in letting our skin sag !

Additional tip : Apply your face wash on wet skin gently and in circular motions, massage your skin (without rubbing) with the product for 10 secs or more. Give the product enough time to work on your skin and do its job. Opt for a pharmaceutical product that suits your skin, consult a dermatologist. If you are looking for a good face wash, refer to my earlier post on Glogeous Advanced Face Wash Gel

Video Credits : Thank you Akriti Sachdev

There is beauty in wellness and ageing gracefully with minimum damage to the skin requires an effort, the results of which will stay with you much into older years. So lets make anti-ageing and slowing it down fun. So feedback time, like it if you did and share a view or two.

Ciao till the next anti-ageing tip…….

Glogeous Advanced Face Wash Gel With Natural Ingredients

A good face wash is the first step in good skin care – fresh, clean skin then becomes a canvas for the nourishing ritual either through face packs and moisturising, or dabbing a little colour on to beautify the face. But every time we splash water on our faces, they veer towards dryness and to compound it, if we do not use a good face wash, the damage is double-fold.

Glogeous Advanced Face Wash Gel is my latest trusted find in skincare. I have earlier reviewed a few face washes, AhaGlow, Tone N Glow and Lanopearl but have now moved over to Glogeous, which is an advanced version of AhaGlow.

glogeous advanced face wash gel packaging and dispenser, my thought lane

Glogeous Advanced Face Wash Gel packaging and dispenser

I am a stickler for pharmaceutical products when it comes to skin care and Glogeous was prescribed by my dermatologist. I absolutely love it and the reasons being

  • It has lightened my pigmentation
  • Reduced fine lines on my face
  • Brightened my complexion
  • Improved the skin texture.
  • My son’s acne prone skin has cleared considerably.

Natural Ingredients

‘Made from natural ingredients’ tagline on the packaging drew my attention first. Aren’t we all leaning towards most things natural or organic? So, whats so good about Glogeous ? One, it’s a face wash and it does a jolly good job of it.

Two, does it dry the skin as most regular face washes are wont to? No, it doesn’t. Skin feels fresh and smooth and here are the ingredients that ensure it does.

natural ingredients list of glogeous advanced face wash gel, my thought lane

Ingredients of Glogeous Advanced Face Wash Gel

Aloe Vera is the proverbial manna from heaven for the homo-sapiens and is most often used in drugs and cosmetics. With an abundance of amino acids, enzymes, vitamins and minerals, aloe vera has that magical healing, hydrating and soothing properties.

Fresh Cells (Pumpkin) Pumpkin will no longer be viewed as just a vegetable after you read this. It’s certainly not the new kid on the block of beauty and wellness ; the benefits of eating pumpkin have been documented in Ayurveda. Just that we havent seen that ingredient enough in skin care products. Glogeous contains Fresh Cells (Pumpkin). Pumpkin is rich in important essential vitamins and nutrients that nourish the skin and make it radiant. Shahnaz Husain and many other beauty experts recommend pumpkin packs, peels and moisturizers for glowing skin since the vegetable is enriched with vitamins A and C. Pumpkin seeds are on the top of nutritionists’ charts as they are a major source of anti-oxidants. It is one of the vegetables containing the highest anti-oxidising carotene content which gives it its unique orange colour and more specifically the beta-carotene.

Glycolic acid, a naturally occurring acid is a major anti-ageing aid. It reacts with the upper layer of the epidermis and sloughs off dead skin (exfoliation) and exposes live skin cells, thereby lending a fresh healthy glow to the skin. This is where it helps in healing acne scars. Many users and dermatologists have reported a considerable reduction in acne issues.

Propanediol (and) Evodia Rutaecarpa Fruit Extract, got from the Wu-Zhu-Yu fruit is an active ingredient that targets and boosts the microcirculation process, which in turn lends luminosity to the skin and helps even out complexion.

Vitamin E acetate in the Glogeous face wash plays a protective role along with possessing anti-inflammatory properties.. It prevents damage done to the skin by free radicals and UV rays from the sun. Topical application of Vitamin E is essential as certain specific Vitamin E forms may not be derived from our diets.

Three , Glogeous face wash is pH friendly.

Image courtesy : Healthy Skin Solutions

How important is this ? Very. The ability of our skin to fight infection and environmental stresses is derived from our skin’s pH level. A thin layer, called the acid mantle protects the surface of our skin. It is made of sebum, produced by the sebaceous glands of our skin. The sebum mixes with lactic acid and amino acids from our sweat and creates a skin pH level that ideally should be 5.5. Now this crucial pH level can get disturbed due to internal (health) and external (environmental) factors. Glogeous face wash helps in maintaining and restoring the skin’s pH level.

Benefits of using Glogeous Advanced Face Wash Gel

  • Deep cleansing along with nourishing the skin
  • Natural ingredients leave the skin fresh and radiant
  • Does not cause dryness after the wash
  • Maintains skin’s pH level

Directions for use

Price : Is it value for money ?

A 100 g (net weight) bottle costs INR 749. I would say yes, it is value for money. For one, it lasts for months. Two, it cleanses without drying the skin. Three, it works well for all skin types. It helps exfoliate , unblock pores, lighten certain pigmentations, reduce fine wrinkles and improve overall skin texture.

Points to remember :

  • Glogeous does not cause extra dryness, but sensible skin care will always demand moisturising and sun protection. While plain water can rob your skin of its natural oils, a formulated cleanser is certainly likely to do more. Do consult your dermatologist before using any skin care product, that’s my mantra. Investing in a trusted and good dermatologist will save you struggling with skin issues now or later in life.
  • Glycolic acid is an exfoliator, a sugarcane derivative. To know more read here. You could begin with using Glogeous once a day ; once your skin gets accustomed to glycolic acid, you can use it twice a day. If there is a small amount of tingling due to glycolic acid, just soothe it with a moisturizer after the wash.

Availability :

Glogeous is a pharmaceutical product of Torrent Pharmaceuticals, a trusted pharma name and is available at most medical stores, online and at dermatologists’ clinics.

This blog is informative in nature and by no means diagnostic or prescriptive.

Glogeous Advanced Face Wash has rarely affected anyone adversely, however it is always advisable to consult a dermatologist before using any skin or hair care product.

Lanopearl Ultra Smooth Cleansing Gel Cleanses And Moisturizes

Lanopearl_Fotor

I am glad I was prescribed Lanopearl Ultra Smooth Cleansing Gel and I absolutely love this product. I tread very gingerly when it comes to skin care. I almost never buy OTC serums, creams, lotions and here is why I trust pharmaceutical and ‘prescribed-by-my-dermatologist’ products only, even if it means shelling out more bucks. The blog ‘Ask Obagi : Why are skin care products from my doctor so expensive‘ is worth a read.

I was in Mumbai with my son for his shooting. His skin had broken out under the onslaught of harsh lights, makeup and sun. We went for a consultation with Dr Rashmi Shetty, a well-known aesthetic physician who came recommended by friends. They had seen remarkable results with her treatments. She prescribed this Lanopearl Ultra Smooth Cleansing Gel for him. I used it for two days before investing in a tube for myself.

The result was a squeaky clean and bright skin that did not feel dry, and that was something! I have a combination skin that reacts quickly to any product that dries the skin, but this cleansing gel left my skin smooth without that annoying feeling of tautness around the mouth and on the cheeks. I have been using it since then which is a good seven months. It worked well for my son too. I felt even more reassured when a leading cosmetic dermatologist of Chennai, Dr Bhairavi of BeHANCED approved of it.

I am reproducing the description of the product from the Lanopearl website.

Description

A smooth, non-drying gel that gently cleanses the face whilst moisturizing the skin. Cucumber extracts soothe and tighten, ginseng and green tea extracts protect and revitalise whilst aloe vera extracts soften the skin. A blend of 12 natural plant extracts dissolve away pore-clogging dirt, leaving the face fresh and clean.

It has worked for me, so I would go with their claim. Prior to using Lanopearl, my skin felt tight and dry after cleansing and it was absolutely essential to apply a moisturizer immediately. If I didn’t feel that way after cleansing my face with Lanopearl, then it has passed the test.

lanopearl ultra smooth cleansing gel

Lanopearl Ultra Smooth Cleansing Gel from the Bio Peak Skin Recovery range

Direction

Wet face with clean hands. Apply Ultra Smooth Cleansing Gel onto moistened palms and work up a lather. Massage gently over face then rinse off and pat dry.

I use it twice a day to wash my face. A pea-sized drop of the cleanser is all that is really required, it spreads well. Just like eating a lot of low-calorie foods will add calories, so will a cleanser strip the skin of its natural moisture if over used. Do not expect this product to remove make-up though. You have your make-up removers for that.

Recommended: Safe and effective for gentle cleansing on any skin type.

I avoid falling for this claim at all times. Each skin is unique and comes with its own strengths and flaws. Give it a shot and find out if it suits your skin. Sometimes even physicians cannot predict how well a skin or hair product will go with you.

Availability :

  • On Lanopearl online shop.
  • In metro cities in India, dermatologists dispense it. You may find it in some high-end pharmacies.

Price :

  • 100 ml tube on Lanopearl online shop is priced at AU $16 and they offer discounts.
  • In India, MRP : INR 1100

The price is certainly on the higher side, but its value for money. The 100 ml tube lasts and lasts. But look at its brighter side : It delivers what it promises, it saves me that additional moisturizer cost that a drying cleanser would have inflicted on my pocket. A pharmaceutical product is often priced higher than the OTC applications. Find out why, reposting the earlier link here.

Why I trust this product :

Because it has been prescribed by a dermatologist and it is a pharmaceutical product. The Lanopearl Bio Peak skin recovery range products from the Australian brand Lanopearl are known to contain the highest number of herbal extracts that meet the needs of skin care products. And they offer powerful anti-ageing and skin rejuvenating benefits.

I read the labels carefully for ingredients and go to the products’ websites to be an informed user and I like to share what I understand and appreciate. Superior ingredients need cutting-edge technology to bring out an effective product, here is what Lanopearl does :

One such technological improvement our research and development team has made to our skincare range is to employ nanotechnology.

Nanotechnology uses nanometer sized particles which can only be seen under powerful microscopes. One of the advantages of nanotechnology is that these microscopic granules can help active ingredients be absorbed rapidly into the skin and thus begin functioning immediately upon application.

P.S : This is an informative blog. Please check with your dermatologist before you start using any skin-care products.

I would love to hear from any of you that has used Lanopearl Ultra Smooth Cleansing Gel product. Please share.

Couple Spa Experience ‘Stay In Touch’ That Connects, At Hablis Hotels

Spending quality time with your partner attains a new meaning when you take this couple-treatment  “STAY IN TOUCH” at the Spa in Hablis Hotels. Staying in touch can be at a deeper level, with the calm and serenity of the spa space letting you connect as you unwind. Like they say, one connects better when the mind is calm and at peace. So it was at this beautiful Spa on the top floor of the hotel, overlooking the blueness of the swimming pool.

Perched On The Rooftop

From hablis spa overlooking the pool

Overlooking the swimming pool from the Spa at Hablis Hotels

A romantic getaway with your loved one.

What strikes you at once is the beauty of this place, being surrounded by the five elements of nature, water, wood, air, stone and fire. The concept is to make one feel as close to nature as possible.

It is quite unlike most other spas in the city where natural sunlight is shut out and the spaces are illumined by dim lights and candles. Jessy, the therapist explains that at Hablis Spa they believe in letting sunlight stream through gently, thereby energizing the spa recipients in the most natural way.

spa lounge at Hablis

The Spa lounge at Hablis Hotels by day

The first thing I noticed as soon as I stepped into the Spa is that it is just cool enough. That right balance of temperature, not so cold as to ask for an extra cover. There is the pleasant fragrance of aroma oils lingering in the air that  sets-in the relaxing mood. The lounge is aesthetically appointed to seat their guests while the therapists take you through the ritual of the awaiting spa therapy.

And this is how pretty it looks by night !

Hablis Spa lounge by night

Spa lounge at Hablis Hotels by night

A soft, white robe made from 100% Turkish cotton is handed to you to change into, while you secure your belongings in a locker in the Hydrotherapy Chamber.

A tastefully decorated Uruli pleases your eye as you walk towards the cabin set for the therapy. Most guests stop to take a picture of the Uruli I am sure, just like I did.

uruli at hablis spa

Welcome Uruli at the Spa at Hablis Hotels

The  Welcome Foot Bath

The Foot Bath is another welcome sight.  The ritual is akin to India’s traditional way of welcoming guests in days of yore. Staipa, the male therapist explains that at Hablis Spa, the best of Eastern and Western practices and techniques are harnessed to give their guests as holistic an experience as possible.

foot bath at hablis spa

Foot Bath at the Spa at Hablis Hotels

Soothing warm water is mixed with milk and certain flower petals along with coffee beans in another Uruli to soak and stimulate the feet. If you are wondering why coffee beans, read more about coffee’s magical effect on tired feet. After the feet are soaked and you think its done, more pampering happens. The nerve-endings in the feet are stimulated by rubbing on them rounded stone pebbles and one can feel the tensions in the body oozing away already. You are then led to your spa bed and allowed to take in slow, deep breaths  and bask in pleasant anticipation of the massage.

The Stay In Touch Therapy Massage 

Couple massage room at hablis spa

Couple massage beds at the Spa at Hablis Hotels

 

Mind and body begin to align as you lie on the bed sheathed cozily with soft pristine white towels instead of the robe and eyes masked gently to set in that meditative mood. Staipa begins the massage for the male while Jessie does so for the female guest, starting with the feet and then working upwards, combining slow pressure and expert hand movements with gentle stretching to unwind tight muscles and slip into a blissful state. Call it a duet experience if you will. You know your partner is around you, connected to you in a surreal kind of way and there is nothing more beatific than that.

preblended massage oils at Hablis Spa

Preblended relaxing aromatic oils at the Spa at Hablis Hotels

A sense of well-being pervades as the relaxing pre-blended signature aroma oils start working their magic on both bodies. Lost in time, you are left wanting for more when the therapists gently wake you up from your snoozes. Its kind of comforting to know that the ritual is not over yet and there is something more to look forward to.

The Rose Petal Milk Bath

Rose-Petal-Bath

Rose petal bath – representative picture only

Time to soak into more goodness as the couple-bath tub is filled with warm water, a generous dose of milk and rose petals, rock salt and a gentle shower gel. If the aromatic oils have left you feeling light in mind and body, the rose petal milk bath will take that sense of well-being to the next level. Eased of toxins and tensions, softness engulfs your skin.

While we all know about the benefits of milk and rose petals for the skin, a small note on what rock salt does to our bodies.

It can be used as a bath or body salt. You can mix a table-spoon of rock salt in your bath water to have a relaxing bath. Bathing in rock salt water combats water retention, soothes sore muscles, regulates sleep, detoxifies your body and lowers your blood pressure. It also eases stress and body pains. Courtesy : Stylecraze.

Stay in the bath as long as you want, you are allowed thirty minutes to do so. And when you are done with that , step into the steam and shower chamber. Suit yourselves as you regulate the temperature and steam with the red knob on the wall opposite. Now indulge in a shower to complete the cleansing with a gentle herbal shampoo and a shower gel. Feels so light that you wish you could just be carried out and did not have to walk !

An elixir awaits you as you change into your clothes and come back to the foyer. You can choose between their signature herbal tea or a refreshing mocktail.

herbal tea elixir at hablis spa

Herbal tea elixir at the Spa at Hablis Hotels

Time to head home, back to reality, but I think the indulgence can continue with a glass of wine perhaps or just slip into blissful sleep in the comfort of your bed. Most often, we go to the spa for a me-time, but this Stay In Touch duet experience is clearly an our-time.

It could be a great gift idea

  • For your partner’s special day
  • For your anniversary
  • To make your partner simply feel special and wanted
  • For your friend’s anniversary
  • For a newly-wed couple
  • For your parents, on their special day or just like that

Spa Details

  • Venue : The Spa at Hablis Hotels
  • Duration : Two hours
  • Tariff : INR 6500 + taxes
  • Timings : 9.00 am to 9.00 pm
  • Gift Vouchers available 
  • For bookings : Call 044 4203 5555

Hablis Hotels, 19 GST Road, Guindy, Chennai 600032, India, Tel : 91 44 4023 5555

Magical Sandalwood Can Calm And Soothe Mind And Body

The very word ‘sandalwood‘ conjures up a feeling of calm and cool, bringing back with it memories of childhood, when sandalwood paste was applied on our foreheads at an auspicious ceremony. Mothers and grandmothers applied it on certain kinds of minor wounds too after cleaning them thoroughly. And a feeling of wellness pervaded as the fragrance of the sandalwood paste wafted into the air filling our olfactory nerves. As children we thought it was a magical potion from the heaven.

Ganesha in sandalwood

Not just in temples, such sandalwood Ganeshas adorn many a working desk in India and many other countries

But yes, it is a magical potion from a different heaven. The one to whom we owe our very existence, Mother Nature. We knew as children that sandalwood is revered, with its unmistakable presence in temples, during festivals and at ceremonies. Our amazement doubled when we learned during early schooling that this magical potion is derived from a tree, the ‘sandalwood tree’. I remember vividly how an over inquisitive fellow student, or should we say precocious, wanted to know how fragrance was being added to the wood, only to be told that the wood was naturally fragrant.

We were then told of its antiseptic properties and it made sense why the paste had been applied on some of our wounds. Later in life we learnt how much more precious sandalwood is, with its healing properties as an anti-inflammatory, antiphlogistic, antispasmodic, astringent, diuretic, disinfectant, emollient, expectorant, hypotensive, memory booster, sedative and a tonic substance.

This blog post is the result of a question I had posed to The Sandalwood Room team on the choice of their name. In response to that, they showed me the sandalwood tree image specially created for them and a short succinct description.

sandalwood tree, the sandalwod room

The sandalwood tree for The Sandalwood Room

Sandalwood is exotic and rare and its products precious and special. The wood of the tree is fragrant, heavy, fine-grained and retains its fragrance for decades. Gifts made of sandalwood show care, thought, style and the unspoken nature of a special relationship.

Sandalwood oil extracted from the wood has been highly valued as a fragrance for millennia across religions (for use in rituals and places of worship) and cultures (as medicine, cosmetics and fragrance). The Indian sandalwood is a threatened species indigenous to south India. Apart from its religious and cultural uses, sandalwood products are well-known to have a calming effect and are used during meditation and in aroma therapy.

And that explains how the products at The Sandalwood Room have been curated with so much care and thought, to personal styles and environment. Adding a mark of distinction. Just like the fragrance of the sandalwood that lasts for decades and is most coveted, the products of The Sandalwood Room are also sought after for their longevity and beauty of being handcrafted.

I feel like adding a note on sandalwood here to highlight why the wood is so precious. So, here goes:

The Indian sandalwood is the most highly prized to be followed by the Australian variety.

But sandalwood and its by products are becoming rare and expensive. Here is why : The trees are difficult to propagate and must grow for at least 40-80 years old to become suitable for harvesting. Specialists say 80 years is preferred – the older the tree, better the quality of the wood and its aroma. Nature has made the trees sturdy and resilient and they may live up to a good 100 years.

Oil extracted from such matured trees through steam distillation, is highly valued and used as an additive in fragrances, cosmetics, soaps (back in India, we have the popular Mysore Sandal Soap which comes highly recommended for children and the mild fragrance still lingers in my nostrils), talcum powders, incense sticks and many other life-style enhancing products. Hydro-distillation is another age-old method of distillation and is known to give even more superior quality oil.

The most precious part of the tree is the heartwood and the best heartwood comes from its roots. Older the trees, more the heartwood and better the quality of oil that can be extracted (of course the experience of the distiller and superior distillation process being a given).

The Sandalwood Room prides itself on being the only one of its kind in Singapore. I did a bit of recce around certain shopping areas of Singapore and I discovered that, yes, true to their claims, The Sandalwood Room is a boutique  with sublime inspirations of carefully selected fashion wear, jewellery, home décor and designer wear. Mostly handmade. In a lovely conservation shophouse on Tras Street,in the vibrant Tanjong Pagar district of Singapore. A boutique you can step into and linger for a respite; pause, away from the hustle and bustle of the world outside. Escape the ordinary as you step in and forget yourself.

It’s a place for those who love the finer things of life, who look for the detail, someone who goes beyond the ordinary. A place to stop by and suspend reality. Just to envelope yourself in a room full of creative possibilities in the sheer joy of shopping. Their product categories are ‪Fashion and Fashion Accessories, Jewellery,  Home Decor and Accessories, Art and Books, Gifts and Collectibles.

  • If you have liked any of the products from the store, walk in and if you wish to place an order, The Sandalwood Room will be happy to courier it to you.
  • Price on request. Email them at the ID below.
  • Payments are routed through PayPal.
  • All products subject to availability.

New Address:

The Sandalwood Room, 78 Tras Street, Singapore 079017

Landline : +65 6221 2654 / +65 9786 5896

Email: thesandalwoodroom@gmail.com ,

Website: http://www.thesandalwoodroom.com

Facebook : Visit The Sandalwood Room 

 

Ellips Hair Vitamins

Ellips Hair Vitamins – 5 options for shiny, smooth, manageable hair

A bad hair day can ruin even the best made up face and an entire day! But bad hair days are passé now. With Ellips hair vitamins, style your hair every single day the way you want it to be. Conditioning for frizzy; dry and rough; chemically treated or simply hair that tangles up and refuses to behave.

A review of this good product I was asked to try out. ELLIPS HAIR VITAMINS at Qualia Day SpaA well-appointed Spa in the heart of Kilpauk.

Ellips hair vitamins, a product of PT Kino Indonesia, – 5 variants, each one (detailed below) addressing specific issues of  hair. Fortified by Moroccan Oil, Vitamin A, C, E, Pro Vit B5, they give hair that healthy, shiny look and make it easily manageable – by forming a thin protective layer on the strands of the hair. It is a leave-on product to be applied on towel-dried hair. Select one or a combo to condition your hair suitably.

Packaging and Price (of all the variants) :

1 strip of 6 capsules : Rs 399

1 bottle of 50 capsules : Rs 2500

HAIR TREATMENT

For initial use to assist in rejuvenating hair,  before the use of other vitamin enriched oils.

Enriched with the precious Moroccan Oil, Jojoba Oil, Vitamin A, C, E & Pro Vit. B5.

Styling hair is of tantamount importance today across all ages. We are under pressure to look our best and trendy, even with our hair. So all that colouring, curling and straightening using heat can dry the hair with the resultant split-ends. With this Ellips HAIR TREATMENT vitamin, all that damage can be diminished. It helps set broken hair and the frizz by coating every strand of the hair with its beneficial ingredients.

Experts recommend that you use this variant at least a couple of times before you move on to choose the one appropriate for your kind of hair.

SMOOTH & SHINY

Further enriches normally healthy hair and maintains hair gloss
and appearance.

Enriched with the precious Moroccan Oil, Aloe Vera Oil, Vitamin A, C, E & Pro Vit. B5

Normal, healthy hair is a boon. But in the rush of todays times, pollution and wrong eating habits are wont to take a toll,  even on the healthiest of hair. This Ellips SMOOTH & SHINY hair vitamin can help nourish and moisturise your hair and bring back that shine and lustre. Do you know why hair serums and conditioners give your hair that sheen ? All hair serums and conditioners reflect light , thereby letting your hair shine, it’s that simple !!

NUTRI COLOUR

Specially formulated oils to maintain and enhance chemically coloured hair.

Enriched with Moroccan Oil and Triple care Formulation.

It’s the in-thing today to use blonde shades for highlights or on the tips of the hair, but when the harsh sun naturally bleaches our hair, we run for cover and coverage !!

Creative and aesthetic colouring of hair can burn a hole in our pockets. Wouldn’t we do all we can, to preserve that colour for as long as we can ?

Coloured hair tends to lose its shine due to being chemically treated. We all wish it glistened as much too, right? Then, check this out.

Ellips NUTRI COLOUR hair vitamin protects your hair from the sun; helps nourish sun-damaged hair; preserves your precious hair colour and restores shine and sheen to coloured hair.

I am assuming this variant will be the most used !!!!!

HAIR VITALITY

Purpose formulated vitamin oils to rectify stressed, damaged or brittle hair.

Enriched with the precious Moroccan Oil, Ginseng & Honey Oils, Vitamin A, C, E & Pro Vit. B5

Silky and smooth, these two words, most often bring to mind hair and skin, in that order. Don’t we all love to run our fingers through our hair and feel that sensation ? If those with brittle, coarse hair think that is a distant dream, well, Ellips HAIR VITALITY vitamin can make it a reality. From it’s very first application, hair feels healthy and silky-smooth, due to the goodness of ginseng and honey oils.

SHINY BLACK

To maintain gloss on healthy and full-bodied naturally black hair.

Enriched with the precious Moroccan Oil, Candle Nut (Kemiri) & Aloe Vera Oil, Vitamin A, C, E & Pro Vit. B5

 There are still a breed of people left in today’s world of colour who love black hair and wish to keep it that way. But like I said earlier, excess exposure to the sun can rob the hair of its black hue.

 Ellips SHINY BLACK hair vitamin will do just that, help retain your shiny black hair the way you always want it. The Candle Nut (Kemiri) oil in it does the magic. We are revealing an age-old secret to you. This candle nut (Kemiri) oil is suitable for all hair colours. It brightens and intensifies the hair’s original colour. Uber cool !

Every Ellips hair vitamin comes in this kind of capsule.

How to apply:

Open

Cut open the capsule, squeeze the product into your palm, rub your hands together.

Apply and distribute

Apply and distribute evenly through towel-dried hair, avoiding the scalp.

Leave it in

Leave it on and let it dry naturally or style as you would normally. DO NOT RINSE.

  • One capsule for short hair                                                                                                                 
  • Two capsules for long hair.

Does not give hair the oily feel. Wash your hands thoroughly after the application.

Brownie points : I used the Hair Treatment variant and it lives up to its promise. Whats more, it added volume and bounce to my hair.

Where to buy:

Exclusively available in Chennai only at

Qualia Day Spa, Kilpauk.

Address : 68, Taylors Road, Kilpauk, Chennai 600010

Contact : +91 9043774114

A lot of skin and hair issues can be avoided with a good lifestyle, right eating habits and a dose of exercising. But then, most of us give these a miss in the daily humdrum of our lives. If your hair needs attention, you know where to turn to now. Ellips Hair Vitamins. Your feedback and reviews will be much appreciated.

Mesmereyes Makeup – Glitters and Pigments

Glitter eye-shadows for stunning eyes

Let your eyes shimmer , glow and sparkle ! Radiate warmth , look coy or be bold with these eye shadow pigments and glitters. Mesmereyes

I was recently invited to the launch of Mesmereyes range of Glitters and Pigments with each one of the colours softly whispering ‘pick me up’ ! Yes that inviting and mesmerizing they are.

Akriti Sachdev , a throbbing bundle of talent and energy introduced her line of colourful eyeshadows recently. Her love for makeup is addictive and here I am raring to dab those shades on my eye-lids. This is my collection from the studio.

These safe-to-be-used-inside-the-eye-too pigments ( the one or two glitters can be avoided though ) have been very carefully customized by Akriti keeping the current beauty and fashion trends in mind. While the Pigments are in fine powder form , the Glitters are a tad granulated.

They come in cute little containers of 1 gm priced at INR 390 each and last for months.

The artist and her team at Mesmereyes Makeup very deftly gave tutorials to every girl and woman who was willing to give it a shot ; demonstrated the method of application and out walked many a woman , eyes beautified.

All you need are the colours of your choice , an eyeshadow primer , a fluffy brush ( for the crease ) , a flat brush to dab on the Pigments and Glitters ; an angular brush to highlight your eyeliner with these colours , or if you decide to line your lower eyelid with a hint of the Mesmereyes hues.

Take on the world with this combination shade

Aura + Fairy Tale

Team this Galaxy shade with just about any hued outfit

galaxy

Flaunt your blacks , browns , golds and beiges with this strikingly bold Jade shade

Jade

Yes , add drama with this glam shade to any of your outfits , Indian or Western

Drama Queen + Bollywood

Greys , golds , blacks and amber tones with this deep Midnight Sky shade

Midnight Sky

Another versatile shade to go with any colour of your outfits

Glitz 2

While the Pigments are just dabbed on over your primed eyelids , the Glitters need a dash of a specially formulated glue that is completely safe and easily removable. Buy a small tube from the Mesmereyes Makeup studio.

What I love about these pigments are that they are versatile. Use the nude and the lighter shades as highlighters for your cheekbones , lips , neck , shoulders or arms ! Isnt that cool ?

And if you need to add colour to your life , find it all at :

mesmereyes , http://www.mesmereyesmakeup.com , email : mesmereyesmakeup@gmail.com

 

Inglot False Lash Effect Mascara

Add volume , length and drama to your eyes

Beautiful eyes , every woman’s dream and most of us go all out to accentuate the eyes we have been born with , be they bright , big and beautiful or small and dull. And for both , two instant pick-me-ups are mascara and the kohl or kajal.

This Inglot False Lash Effect Mascara is my most coveted cosmetic now , for the results it gives. I chanced upon this amazing mascara in Mumbai at a mall. Inglot brand has been on my mind for long , they shut shop in Chennai some time back but you can get it online. False eye lashes have also been on my list and I walked into this Inglot outlet looking for them. The sales girl quickly saw that I was ill at ease , just watching her demonstrate the method to fixate the false lashes with the glue et al. She went on to swish this mascara , telling me how close using this could get to the false eye lash effect. A couple of sweeps on my lashes and I was willing to pay for it.

So yes , this Inglot False Lash Effect Mascara has been most satisfying ! I have used several other brands , but none can beat this so far.

  • With it’s perfectly black intense colour and clump-free formula , it gives that feel of volume and length.
  • The brush is well designed to reach the roots of the lashes , combing through gently as you sweep it along the lashes.
  • It is smudge-proof but not water-resistant ( thankfully ) and can be easily removed with a makeup remover. I am one of those that use Johnson’s baby oil to remove any form of makeup , even if it means an extra round of cleansing.
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Not tested on animals
  • Compact packing

I make it a point to say a few words about any product’s manufacturer to give credence to the product’s claims and let my readers judge for themselves. Inglot is a reputed Poland company that has made a mark in the cosmetics industry with the latest scientific technology married to high quality ingredients. Inglot works with world-renowned makeup artistes and colour consultants to bring to the market the very best cosmetics in colours and texture.

To sum it with the specifics :

♦ Brand – Inglot

♦ Quantity – 12 ml

♦ Price – INR 850

♦ Shade – Black

♦ Worth – 10/10

I know a lot of women who still have reservations about using mascara , in the assumption that it is harmful to the eye-lashes. Allow me to clear the misconceptions and offer a few tips.

Mascara per se does not damage the eye-lashes but improper care before and after mascara application does. Will come to the tips later. Cosmetics manufacturers are under strict vigilance now the world over and most are careful and they do use ingredients that are less harmful than earlier times.

Mascaras come in two variants , regular and water-proof. Both can dry the lashes , so it is wise to choose those types that contain conditioners or moisturizers. There are two-step mascaras available that comprise of a base conditioner as the first step and a pigmented mascara for the second step. Not all brands have these , you will have to look around.

You can also buy an eye-lash serum and apply that as base coat. Inglot has one such. Some cosmetics brands have come up with products like lash building primers and lash plumping serums.

Water-proof mascaras are to be used sparingly , for special occasions like weddings etc or if you HAVE to wear mascara for a swimming pool party !!!! Or if you are an actor and have a rain dance to do or cry for a scene , but then there are professional makeup artists to take care of that ! They contain a chemical called dimethicone copolyol that helps in adhering the product in wet or humid conditions. So decide for yourself.

By the way , the shelf life of mascaras is 4 months max. Chuck it thereafter and buy a new one !

To get the best out of your mascara and keep your lashes safe and healthy :

Avoid applying too thick or several coats of mascara. Two is fine.

Let dry between coats.

Apply from roots to the tips to get a uniform look.

Avoid starting from the bottom lashes , product may come on too thick , making the lower lashes too dark and unnatural.

Avoid using too light or too dark a shade for your complexion.

Avoid blinking eyes too hard soon after application , it will cause smudging. Apply mascara last.

Always curl your lashes before applying mascara , curling them after application may cause them to break.

Must , must , must : Remove mascara before going to bed at night. Keeping it overnight will make the lashes dry and brittle and break them. You may also catch infections.

Use small , gentle motions while removing mascara or any eye makeup. Don’t tug , pull or rub eye area.

Use gentle hypoallergenic eye make-up removers to remove your eye makeup.

Please , please don’t share mascara.

Toss your tube of mascara out after the 4th month of opening it.

Allow your eyes occasional breaks from mascara , you are after all coating them.

We all love mascara and the way it adds drama to our eyes. But use it wisely to keep eye-lashes healthy and safe.

Inglot False Lash Effect Mascara – loving it !

 

 

CERNOR XO Cream , trusted eye-cream to banish under-eye dark circles

CERNOR XO cream does what it claims. Lightens under-eye dark circles

Cernor XO Cream

Dark under-eye circles most certainly mar an otherwise pretty or handsome face. These circles or shadows under the eyes afflict most of us at some point or the other in our lives. For some they can be chronic , which could be genetic. For such , concealers are the only option. In some others , dark under-eye circles are a result of allergies , fatigue , stress , lack of sleep , consumption of alcohol , exposure to sun , ageing , trauma in the form of invasive medical procedures and certain drugs or smoking. For the latter , help is at hand in the form of CERNOR XO cream.

Why dark circles at all ?

Because the skin around the eyes , the peri-orbital skin is thinner , 0.5 mm as compared to 2 mm on most of the rest of our bodies. Hence , the blood vessels show more clearly than anywhere else. Now , our skin normally lets only blue/violet light pass through it – only blue light is reflected and therefore , the tiny veins look bluish.

So now you know those dark , bluish circles are caused by light being reflected back through thin skin. And when due to stress , fatigue , lack of sleep , allergies and the like , the tiny veins tend to enlarge under pressure and sometimes leak ( not a serious condition normally which is also temporary) , they accentuate the dark tint.

CERNOR XO cream is developed exclusively by Auriga International , reputed for the latest dermato-cosmetic know-how , to combat dark circles under the eyes. However , it is important at all times to consult a medical expert specialized in dermatology before starting any application.

Cernor XO cream in a tube

Cernor XO cream in a tube

Benefits of CERNOR XO cream:

  • Reduces/lightens dark circles under the eyes
  • Strengthens capillary walls
  • Eliminates the effects of shadows under the eyes through light reflection effect

Composition :

  • Vitamin K oxide

How does CERNOR XO cream work ?

  • CERNOR XO’s star ingredient Vitamin K oxide helps in strengthening and protecting the capillary walls of the skin under the eyes making them more impermeable , and hence avoid leaking.
  • It also helps in shrinking enlarged veins to their original size. Additionally the cream contains light reflecting minerals that minimise the bluish tint.
  • Vitamin K oxide is also believed to help increase elasticity of the skin , making it supple and giving it a firmer appearance.
  • The nanosomes present in the vitamin aid in effective delivery of active ingredients of the vitamins and sun-protection compounds to deeper layers of the skin.
  • Vitamin K oxide is also known to have a curative action and can smoothen out fine wrinkles around the eyes.

Method of use :

  • Dab a small quantity of the cream gently under your eyes with your ring finger and tap lightly till it is fully absorbed. ( As a personal choice , I extend it to my upper lids too ) . Do not massage
  • Avoid contact with eyes
  • Apply on damp skin preferably morning and at bedtime.

A 10 ml tube costs INR 1800 approximately.

We have now seen dark circles are not an emergency , yet the very appearance of those can stunt one’s confidence. While medicated or cosmetic applications are a handy remedy , good lifestyle is a better tool to keep them at bay. And that boils down to right eating , right exercising and good sleeping habits. Let me take you back to my earlier article on the ABC Miracle Juice that helps greatly in rejuvenating tired eyes and adding a dash of radiance to them.

Consult your dermatologist for this product , CERNOR XO . It’s always advisable to cultivate a derma specialist just like we all have our family physicians . If you do decide to use it , I would still recommend ( as would a dermato-cosmetologist ) using a good sunscreen before stepping out into the sun.

This product has helped me a lot. I would like to know if any others out there have benefitted from it too.

 

 

 

 

Fight Pigmentation and Acne with Ahaglow and Tone n glo

Skin Rejuvenators

I have found two magical face wash gels to combat pigmentation and rejuvenate my skin , Tone n glo and Ahaglow.

Ahaglow and Tone n glo

Back then , I was fighting a long drawn out war against pigmentation and was in the stage of giving up when I was introduced to this holistic , no-nonsense dermatologist Dr Muralidhar Rajagopal from Chennai , India. My face had maps , the pigmentation was so bad. This doctor put me at ease with an assurance to rid me of the dark patches or at least to lighten them in about two months. I didn’t ask for the sky , after all that I had gone through , lightening would be a blessing.

One of the products he prescribed was Ahaglow. I had another option , Tone n glo , just in case the former ran out of stock. And trust me , they are twins. If you find me waxing eloquent about these two face washes , it clearly goes to show how effective they are ! ( I plan to review the other equally magical products he prescribed soon ).

Their claim to fame lie in :

  • Rejuvenating the skin by encouraging the shedding of old and dead skin cells
  • Reducing the number of superficial wrinkles
  • Improving skin texture and tone
  • Unblocking and cleansing the pores

Well , Ahaglow and Tone n glo did more than had been promised – to my skin. I would alternate between the two periodically and they gave my skin a brightness like never before. A week into using Aha Glow , I could see the difference. Not a day passes now without using one of the two and at any given point in time , there are two tubes at home. The other being used by my son. He has acne-prone skin and these two products do wonder to his skin as well.

So what makes these products so effective ? Their active ingredients :

  • Aloe Vera………….5% w/w
  • Glycolic Acid ……1.5% w/w
  • Vitamin E………0.10% w/w and a gel base.

A refresher on the benefits of each of the above :

Aloe Vera :

This succulent plant species is manna from the heaven to skin. Medicinally and cosmetically ours to ageless skin. I have potted plants of Aloe Vera in my garden and I apply natural fresh gel from its leaves on my face on alternate days. (If fresh gel is not available , then the next best thing is to use products that contain a percentage of the gel). Dry skin has flown out of the window ! That’s the biggest benefit of aloe vera , but here are some others :

  • Heals skin of several issues including insect bites
  • Improves complexion by removing dead cells
  • Reduces acne , inflammation and redness of the skin
  • Soothes sunburns and flattens stretch marks
  • Improves skin firmness and elasticity with its anti-oxidants
  • Lightens the skin
  • Acts as a natural moisturiser and provides oxygen to the skin
  • Prevents and lightens under-eye dark circles

Glycolic Acid :

Glycolic Acid is a natural ingredient derived from sugar cane. It is also made synthetically and used increasingly in skin care and anti-aging treatments. It comes from the family of alpha-hydroxy acids and has an excellent capacity to penetrate the skin. This is how it works : on application , glycolic acid reacts with the upper layer of the epidermis and weakens the lipids that hold dead skin cells together , thereby dissolving them to make place for new live cells. And that , exfoliation is the mother of all the perks of glycolic acid. What follows naturally are these :

  • Improves skin’s appearance and texture
  • Reduces wrinkles , acne scars , age-spots and hyper pigmentation
  • Smoothens skin

Glycolic acid is a very safe product with minimal side-effects. However , it is best to test your skin’s sensitivity to the fruit acid. It is used in facial peels and treatments by dermatologists.

A sunscreen is a must anyway , especially so after any treatment that uses glycolic acid actively.

Vitamin E :

We have all been told Vitamin E is good for the skin , but not many know how exactly it works. For beginners , it’s a powerful , anti-soluble antioxidant that protects and repairs our skin. An antioxidant is an agent that helps neutralise the effect of free radicals. Free radicals are molecules that attack collagen and other cells and cause several health issues , in this case drying of the skin , making it flaky and causing fine lines.

  • Vitamin E neutralises free radicals
  • Prevents cellular damage

So , packed with these three powerful ingredients , Ahaglow and Tone n glo are wonder products for those with dull skin or pigmentation. Squeeze out a small quantity of the gel on to your palm , crush the milli capsules and smear the gel all over your wet face and neck , massaging gently in upward circles for a few seconds. Wash it off with clear water and there you have squeaky clean skin.

Some skins like mine will need moisturizer after using these face washes. I love pampering my skin anyway.

These paraben-free ( parabens are a class of preservatives that can be avoided ) face wash gels are available across the counter in medical stores and do not need a prescription.

Good , problem free skin is a boon , but problematic skin can be tackled too , with the right products and a lot of patience. You have to be lucky to meet with the right dermatologist too ! I spend a lot of time researching for safe , holistic skin care and then hold on to them for dear life!

After Ahaglow and Tone n glo , more coming soon on other products. Till then , wishing you beautiful moments ( pun intended ) !

Do you want to know how to make your skin radiant from within? Read here  for a miracke drink : https://mythoughtlane.com/2015/01/31/radiant-skin/