New Year, New You!
Beauty and wellness gurus share their top tips
This new year, if your goal is to achieve a celebrity-like appearance and prioritise your health and skin, experts experts such as Dr. Jaishree Sharad (skincare specialist to Ranbir Kapoor and Jacqueline Fernandez), Vasudha Rai (Mira Kapoor’s beauty and wellness confidante), Munmun Ganeriwal (nutritionist behind Taapsee Pannu’s impressive physique), and Dr. Siddhant Bhargava (nutrition consultant to Alia Bhatt and Sara Ali Khan). share invaluable tips on health, beauty, and wellness through their audiobooks and podcasts.
In The Skincare Answer Book by Dr. Jaishree Sharad, who has worked with superstars such as Ranbir Kapoor and Jacqueline Fernandez, reveals the sought-after beauty secrets (particularly for the winter) that have left celebrities glowing on and off screen.
Tip 1: Choose the proper moisturiser for your skin type. You can select a moisturiser based on your skin type (dry, oily, combo, or sensitive) and temperature. If you have oily skin, use a non-comedogenic moisturiser that is based on water or gels. If you have dry skin, use a cream-based moisturiser. If you have acne-prone skin, choose a water-based moisturiser.
If you have sensitive skin, you will need a moisturiser with few preservatives and no fragrance.
Tip 2: Seasonal dryness or oiliness? Use cleansers, select an appropriate sunscreen, and consider supplements. Dr. Jaishree provides light on a crucial winter skincare routine, addressing difficulties such as skin flaking despite moisturiser use.
Use soap-free cleaners that are not frothy. Don’t wash your face more than once or twice a day. Apply a skin healing product containing glycerin and ceramides three times each day. Use a mineral sunscreen and avoid using any active serums until your skin heals. Take Vitamin E and Omega 3 fatty acid supplements, and prevent exfoliating.
The Book of Holistic Beauty by Vasudha Rai discusses beauty habits and how meditation, nutraceuticals, and gut health affect our skin.
Tip 1: Take extra care of the beauty blind spots around your neck and elbows.
Treat the neck as a second face, using additional serums and creams separately.
Apply leftover lotions and serums to the forearms and elbows.
Massage the neck with 25 upward strokes daily. Massage the sides from beneath the ear to the collarbone with a couple of downward strokes to promote lymphatic drainage.
Tip 2: Keep the beach vibes alive! Don’t use chemical exfoliants on sun-kissed skin. Vasudha advises simple yet effective methods. She claims to “use a loofah twice a week in the shower to exfoliate the body.”
Choose an oil or body lotion to moisturise while still damp. Before going to bed, use a glycolic acid toner on your hips and upper thighs to smooth out rough texture. Prescription retinoids are also effective, but avoid scrubbing when using chemical exfoliants. If you frequently go to the beach, avoid applying chemical exfoliants on these regions.
In Yuktahaar nutritionist Munmun Ganeriwal tries to blend traditional Indian diets, ancient Indian yoga practices, and Ayurvedic principles with gut microbiome research to better understand and combat obesity and other disorders.
Tip 1: Emphasise the significance of attention in every bite! What matters most about food is not calories or nutrients, but whether it has been cooked by a human being or a corporation. Munmun’s wisdom goes beyond just food recommendations; in her audiobook, she promotes a mindful and stress-free dining atmosphere.
You need to sit down and eat. This implies you can’t eat while walking or standing, and the worst example I’ve seen is lying down and eating. Eat in a clean, clutter-free environment. Avoid eating at your work desk, on the bed, on the couch, or in your car (yes, you read it correctly: you should not drive while eating).
Tip 2: Have an early dinner. Ensure that you fast for 12 hours between your final meal and the start of the next day. Munmun presents her ideas of circadian rhythms, which align with both ancient wisdom and modern science. Our circadian clock expects us to eat throughout the day, when the sun shines. The first light of morning resets the master clock in our brain, just as the first meal of the day resets all other organ clocks. By drinking a hot, herbal drink shortly after waking up, you reinforce the message that it is morning to the clocks in our liver and digestive system.
In Kya Lifestyle Hai, Dr. Siddhant Bhargava not only unlocks the secret of tailored nutrition, but has also changed the lives of over 4,500 people.
Tip 1: Increase your metabolism and reduce hunger. Aim for one gram of protein per kilogramme of body weight. Dr. Siddhant Bhargava discusses the complexities of nutrition. Addressing the often-overlooked macronutrient protein, he writes, “For every kilogramme of your body weight, you must consume at least one gram of protein.”
Incorporate paneer, beans, poultry, eggs, fish, soya, milk, and curd into your diet. If you don't eat enough protein, your body will use your muscles to compensate, resulting in muscle loss and a drop in your metabolic rate.
Losing weight will be more difficult if your metabolic rate drops because your calorie deficit will decrease.
Tip 2: To achieve the best weight loss outcomes, master the synergy between nutrition and exercise. Whenever you’re attempting to lose weight or burn calories, don’t do just cardio. You must engage in a combination of aerobic and strength exercise, such as gym, yoga, and pilates, since if you do not, your body will resume muscle loss. When you have a calorie deficit, your body must receive the calories it needs to burn from within. Your body may burn either fat or muscle, and because fat is a reserve, it burns muscle more easily.
He concludes that preventing muscle loss is an important aspect of one's weight loss.