Beauty FAQs – Getting Those Fab Eyelashes

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Q1. Is there any way to grow my eyelashes? Some women have such beautiful long lashes it’s my dream to have lovely long lashes.

Ans 1: It has been believed by many that castor oil makes eyelashes longer and thicker but it is of course far from reality, a myth naturally everyone wants to believe but it does not work. You can definitely expect some shine by using different oils and even eyelash serums which have the potential to strengthen the eyelashes. Since it is your eyes, it is always better to take good medical advice before you venture out to use any product so close to the eyes and be sure of its efficiency and efficacy. In today’s age, you have so many different options. The market is full of excellent brands of volumizing and lengthening mascaras with excellent results. It is a temporary effect, but can give dramatic results with or without eyelash curlers. Another interesting option is to use permanent mink lashes extensions, made from mink fur without harming the animal. When glued on to each eyelash strand, they make the lashes fuller and thicker and needless to say, very natural. These last for a few months and are quite hassle-free, look beautiful and hopefully quite close to your dream fulfilment.
Q2. What is the best way to care for your hands and nails at home?
Ans 2: Your hands are a major part of your personality and can be aesthetically groomed in so many different ways as there are options aplenty when done professionally. However, in this lockdown while most of us follow a perfect routine for our faces, the hands and feet are often neglected. Caring for your nails and hands is not just for the elite, it is care, hygiene and grooming for everyone. Hands are used all day either at home or at place of work so why not give them some care and pampering once in a while. You can start with a regular manicure done professionally or else doing one at home is rather easy as well. Well kept nails either short or long look very pretty.

File them to your required comfort level and dip them in warm soapy water for ten minutes. Apply cuticle lotion to the cuticles and push them back and trim the cuticles if required and then a slight cream massage to give suppleness to your hands. This process itself will give your nails a clean and well shaped look. Buffing is a very easy step to do on your nails at home so invest in a good buffer. In fact once you get used to buffing your nails you would never want to omit it as it gives a very healthy shine. Simply apply a transparent nail polish to seal the shine in after buffing. Of course go ahead and indulge in any pretty nail enamel to enhance your nails but  remember to change it when it starts to chip because chipped nail polish is the last thing anyone wants to see on your pretty hands.

Q3. I am 35 years old and have never bleached my face. My skin is slightly dry so please suggest the right one for me to use regularly.
Ans 3: Bleaching of the face is very common and done regularly by most people, men and women alike, but honestly it has no skin benefit at all. There is no scope for carelessness here as it can be very detrimental to facial skin so you need to go ahead with utmost care when mixing and applying the bleach. Most importantly never bleach your face without a patch test because it can be extremely unsafe without it. The chemical content in the bleach will give a temporary lightening effect to the skin and lighten facial hair making the skin look fresh and radiant for a few days, but repeating the bleach too often is not a great idea so avoid bleaching more than once a month. Since it’s your first experience with bleaching it is better to be a little careful. There are many different kinds of bleach available in the market. Cream bleach is the best option for your dry skin. Follow instructions to the ‘t’ when mixing the the cream bleach and the activator.

The packaging  contains a pre bleach and an after bleach gentle lotion which needs to be used as both are an important part. Pre bleach should be applied very well on the entire face and neck as this will save your skin from any side effects and make bleaching a little safer, and the post bleach cream settles down any irritation or redness on the skin. Another option is to immediately use a mud pack after the bleach. This can be kept in the refrigerator and then applied cold for a soothing effect.

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Rashmi Kapur Abrol has been in the beauty industry for the last 37 years, a columnist to the Times of India, official make-up therapist to the Miss World contestants and a soft skills trainer for Leading Hotels in the country and abroad.