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Beauty
April 02, 2015

Summer Surrender

Text by Shirin Salwan

Verve explores the various ways to achieve and sustain flawless glowing skin through the summer

EXFOLIATE!
According to celebrity dermatologist Dr. Kiran Lohia, exfoliation is the key to glowing skin. Exfoliating gets skin smooth, soft and healthy-looking, and improves skin texture and tone. Exfoliators lift up and get rid of dead skin cells that can clog pores and leave skin looking dull. Nature has the best answers for a clean visage.

Fine Grains
Oatmeal and almond-meal scrubs are made with finely ground natural fibers that gently decongest pores, making these scrubs a safe bet for touchy skin on the chest and face.

Sugar
The sweet benefits of these granules are twofold: sugar is well tolerated by most skin types because it dissolves quickly, and it is a humectant as it draws in moisture, leaving you soft and hydrated.

DON’T IGNORE YOUR FEET
The skin on the feet is twenty times thicker than on the rest of the body. Therefore, we need to take extra care, which involves not just heavy moisturizing, but regular exfoliation.  Gentle on your feet, easy to use anywhere and anytime, Scholl Velvet Smooth Express Pedi is designed to remove hard skin for smooth, professional results after just one use without any need to soak them in water. It is a unique device with a specially designed Micro alumina roller head that quickly and easily removes tough, lifeless skin by exfoliating the foot through a gentle and safe rotating action.

CHEMICAL PEELS
Most of us flinch at the sound of these two words. An image of Samantha from Sex In the City flashes in front of us almost immediately, as we are concerned about the excessive redness and irritation it can lead to sometimes. However, there are newer milder peels in the market that can help you achieve the desired result without having to sit at home for days. For example, BioSurface Peel, Dermalogica’s first-ever chemical peel is exclusively formulated for use in skin care centers and spas around the world. This revolutionary four-step exfoliant system offers the many benefits of traditional chemical peels, but with little to no post-peel redness or downtime. Active ingredients include Salicylic Acid used in both the Prep Solution and Acid. Combined with a low pH, keratin bonds are loosened, creating a burst of exfoliation, which addresses signs of aging and hyperpigmentation.

BUTT FACIALS
Whether you are hitting the beach or just feeling sexy, try out a butt facial this year. Kardashian broke the internet with it; Nicki Minaj has glorified it with a song while J-Lo has insured it. You too can now give your butt the attention it deserves. Disha Meher, Head of Skin Innovations, Lakmé explains, “We noticed a trend where a lot of women were hesitant about dressing for occasions like pool parties or beach vacations which made us come up with the Buttyliscious. This 45-minute ritual begins with a deep-cleanse which reduces the crustiness of the skin followed by a pampering massage with seaweed extract. The service is concluded with a hydrating mineral water spray which seals in the benefits of the facial, leaving your skin soft and supple.”

SWITCHING TO A LIGHT-WEIGHT FOUNDATION
Overloading your skin with heavy products only makes it prone to break-out and excessive sebum production. Switch to a light-weight foundation this year and keep things simple.

Bobbi Brown Skin Weightless Powder Foundation is a luxurious and lightweight formula that delivers a soft, cashmere-like feel and a buffed, polished finish that looks like skin and feels completely weightless. Unlike traditional powder foundations, which are dry powders pressed into a pan, Skin Weightless Powder Foundation begins as a creamy liquid and powder blend that’s baked for twelve hours seamlessly melts onto skin, blurring imperfections and pores for a natural-looking complexion.

Try getting one that has multiple benefits for your skin-type. Something like the Za True White Liquid Foundation, which is enriched with Vitamin C and E, minerals and Hyaluronic Acid. This breakthrough illuminating liquid foundation creates pearly translucent and radiant skin, while SPF 25 PA++ gives lasting protection from the sun. It is easy to blend, giving a natural full coverage and providing a sheer beautiful finish to the skin. This light-weight foundation is suited for Indian climate and skin tones.

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