Let me be honest with you, like most people my age, I never gave anti-aging skin regimens a thought until very recently when I learnt that skin begins to age at 25 years. TWENTY FIVE. I’m sure most of us were unaware of this fact and it’s pretty daunting. So any good dermatologist will tell you, if you’re in your mid-twenties, that you need to begin your anti-aging regimen ASAP to prevent early signs of aging.
I’ve been making rampant visits to the dermatologist owing to new-found skin problems like uneven skin-tone and pigmentation. I also did mention this concern a few posts ago. I’ve made an insane amount of changes in my everyday routine- drinking fresh cold-pressed juices, downing glasses of water down my throat, exercising and following a strict skin-plan as prescribed by my dermatologist.
You can find my dermatologist at Kosmoderma skin and hair clinic- on Lavelle road. She introduced me to another routine that I’ve planned to devoutly follow- the medi-facial. Medifacials follow a thorough analysis of your skin, and your doctor will recommend which treatment to go for. Hence, these are not your regular Gold/Pearl/Fruit facials which don’t really suit everybody and have a limited lasting effect, but instead are tailor-made for your skin and involve deeper penetration to correct underlying problems. It is pretty much like renewing your skin.
Quick heads up- Medi-facials involve the use of a few chemical peels and laser machines while doing the procedure. They hydrate the skin, add moisture and gently exfoliate and revitalize the skin with the help of brightening serums. Other benefits include- relaxation, prevention of bacterial breakouts and anti-aging properties. There’s a wide array you can choose from- Whitening, Anti-acne, Hydrating, Collagen, De-tan, Anti-aging, Instant glow etc etc.
I was recommended the hydrating facial with intense moisturizer, since my skin was seemingly very dry. My treatment involved a jet peel and an instant glow chemical peel. The jet peel is a jet technology which is a new kind of natural, non-invasive relaxing and painless skincare treatment with outstanding results. The basic principle is simple – pressurized air accelerates a jet of micro droplets and this micro jet is used to gently and painlessly cleanse and exfoliate your skin. The jet delivers moisture, vitamins and nutrients into your skin (no needles involved!). It was then followed by a zit-removal procedure and a thick chemical peel. This entire process lasted about 50 minutes. By the end of it, there was no sign of irritation or redness either. I was let off with a generous smear of sunscreen lotion. I picked up a few products from the counter which isn’t available anywhere else- I got their cleanser, detan lotion, sunscreen lotion and a fruit enzyme mask. I actually forgot to pick up their Moisture-blast moisturizer, I’ll actually go pick it up sometime later today.
Overall, my experience was…enlightening, to best put it. I saw that my face looked a bazillion times better and felt healthier. I also realised that I’m gradually shifting towards medicated facials as opposed to the regular ones. And once I’m comfortable with it, I’ll go in for better skin treatments that include laser. The cost of the facial was just a little over Rs.5000, which I think is absolutely worth it for such outstanding results. But I suggest, go for a package of maybe 4 sessions- it not only gives you great results but also works out nearly 40% lesser cost! They do have a lot of offers going on, so you can go by and check it out for yourself.
Kosmoderma clinic is open from 10 AM- 7 PM , and is available in 4 different locations- Lavelle road, Indiranagar, Banasvadi, JP Nagar and Whitefield.
You can book an appointment by either calling them or shooting them a quick email-
Call – 076767 57575
You can book an appointment with the consultant dermatologists/cosmetologists, consultant plastic surgeons or their founder/ celebrity cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Chytra V Anand.
I actually forgot to mention that the treatments are scientifically proven and have US FDA approved technology. All their products have undergone extensive research and trials in USA, Europe and India. They pride ourselves in offering safe, effective and affordable treatments with high standards of quality. Kosmoderma gives personalized consults with skin care and uses facial analyzer and 3D imaging of the skin to analyze and personalize the treatments and skin regimen.
Go ahead and follow their facebook page for regular updates and skin-tips/ cosmetic-related tips like home remedies for brighter teeth and ongoing offers.
Medi-facials are the next big thing and you definitely NEED to give it a try! I give it two thumbs-up!
Quite recently I recognized the importance of skin that looks polished even without any makeup application. I really do want to achieve a texture of skin, both on my face and body that requires no concealer nor any smoothning tool on photo-editing apps. This is something my mother has constantly propogated despite my constant dismissal, leaving the responsibility solely to my foundation to fix uneven skin tone and blemishes. I have, of course, indulged in a couple of homemade remedies and masks, but I’m the kind of person that demands instant results- seemingly superficial, I know.
For a person like me, a visit to a cosmetic consultant is a must! I had learnt about Dr. Jamuna Pai- the magic behind the faces of most of the brides on Band Baja Bride- the show that would air on NDTV Good Times. Dr. Jamuna Pai’s SkinLab is on Lavelle road which boasts of a team of expert doctors and dermal therapists who ensure that your skin’s needs are identified and fulfilled.
I was fortunate enough to have garnered an appointment when the pioneer herself, Dr. Jamuna Pai was in town. My treatment process began with a thorough skin analysis to examine my skin problems. I don’t have acne or anything, but what certainly concerns me are my open pores and pigmentation issues. A tan catches on to me quicker than the speed of lightning and I have certain patches of uneven skin-tone. Dr. Pai gave me a few of the most useful tips I have ever received with regard to skin care, briefed me on the products to use and basic skin-care regimen. She also suggested a few treatments that I could undergo. Dr. Abhishek, the expert associate doctor gave me an in-depth insight into each treatment and it’s benefits. I was spoilt for choice, but this time around I wanted to concentrate on the pigmentation on my body, so I decided to go with the body de-tan procedure.
I know that most of you are inquisitive about the different treatments they have to offer. However, I do suggest fixing an appointment with them and figuring it for yourself. I went in having an idea of what treatment I’d like to take, but I learnt so much more about my own skin and took in the expert’s advice. They have a VAST range of services ranging from dermal therapies, bridal rituals, skin brightening peels, permanent laser hair reduction, skin tightening, wrinkle reduction, facial enhancements, dermal fillers…and the list goes on.
It is of no wonder that SkinLab sees a loyal customer base in celebrities alike. The customer service is impeccable, the interiors sleek and everyone is so efficient and fully equipped with knowledge at their disposal. The results are almost instantaneous, and they take care to follow-up on your improvements. My service took about 30 to 40 minutes on the whole, I was made very comfortable throughout. This obviously did not include injections or anything, but for more deep-seated problem like acne/ skin-resurfacing they do have sophisticated equipment to deal with it. My skin was visibly de-tanned and looked so much more polished. Besides that, I also felt relatively more moisturised.
This is a place I’d undoubtedly recommend for brides-to-be, as they have intensive head-to-toe bridal packages that take a few hours but the results would make you look like a new human being.
Unfortunately, I could not manage to take immediate before-after pictures. But for your reference, I have added a few #nofilter pictures of myself taken just a couple of days after my skin treatment. And FYI, these were on an island where I was constantly under sun exposure. I also tried my hands at a new sunscreen that the doctor recommended me to try!
For everyone who sent me DM’s on instagram for more details about the treatment, I hope this helped. Go ahead and do your research. Visit their website www.skinlab.in for more deatails, or even shoot them an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
I have mentioned below their address for further reference-
7/1, 2nd Floor, The Rack, Vittal Mallya Road, above ICICI wealth management, Bangalore, Karnataka 560001 (just follow the Lamborghini showroom street, it should be towards your right if you’re going from Lavelle road.)
I almost forgot to mention the skin care products that are available at SkinLab-
My personal favourite is the face wash which is enriched with Vitamin C. I just use a pea-sized amount for clear and supple skin!
I also do HIGHLY suggest that you fix an appointment beforeheand, especially if you want to meet with Dr. Jamuna Pai herself. Eitherways, an appointment is mandatory.
Disclaimer: None of the products/ brands mentioned below are sponsored nor is this a promotion of any brand/ product. Below are the make-up products i simply cannot live without and have settled on after numerous trial-and-error efforts. I have also added brief and non-biased reviews for each product along with links to pictures where you can see how the products look when applied.
I,for one, generally find myself confused when i’m buying a beauty product. I watch swatches, reviews, tutorials on the internet to gauge and compare products. Eventually i realised that your “beauty-bestfriends” (yes, it’s a term don’t google it) aka your must-have beauty products are discovered after a lot of trying and looking at it from different angles. I also take a selfie to see how it looks in pictures and then move on to make the purchase.
1. The Maybelline (The Nudes) Eyeshadow palette
If multi-tasker was a product, this would be it. All the colours you need on your face (basically in life) are embedded in this compact palette. I use it for my eyeshadow (duh), tear-duct highlighting, contouring, strobing and eyebrows.
Although, i do wish that the black was a lot more pigmented and perhaps, a deeper black. I use the matte shades for day-events and the shimmery shades for the night. This is perfect for the quintessential smokey-eye with graduating colours like dark brown and light brown. I use the gold shade for my brow-bones and my cheek bones..and sometimes even for my nose-bridge and my cupid’s bow. I use the dark matte browns for light contouring and for my eyebrows, the taupe for the centre of my eyelids and the white for my tear-duct. Honestly, i can go on and on. But i think i’ll save it for a video tutorial.
Meanwhile, you can have a look at how i’ve used this palette on my face here
Price: Rs. 895/-
2. The Rimmel London Match Perfection Foundation with SPF 18
I picked this up in Boots, JBR Dubai when i was on a stroll and was so proud of myself for the impulsive purchase. Never having budged away from my MAC studio fix foundation, i found myself rejoicing at the price and quality of this product. It has great consistency,is lightweight,blends smoothly and comes with a pump. It does exactly what it promises- 24-hour moisture hydration (which means your skin looks healthy and dewy and not flaky), Pore Blurring effect and Invisible coverage (which means it gives enough coverage without making it look like you’ve applied too much foundation or applied foundation at all. In short- it’s for your ‘i woke up like this’ selfies where you want to look flawless while effortlessly convincing everyone that there’s no foundation on your face. #ValuableLifeLessons #Win
Click here to see how it looks on my face.
Plus, it comes in various shades. I’m guessing this is a shade darker than my NC45.
Price: approx Rs. 1,000-1,200
3. The Maybelline New York (The Colossal) Volum’ Express Mascara
A product that every make-up artist that i’ve worked with swears by! Let’s be real, i’ve tried nearly every mascara and nothing compares to this Maybelline colossal mascara. Pretty much the same effect as the YSL Babydoll mascara, but for just a fraction of the amount. It lengthens, thickens and curls so you don’t really need different mascaras for different effects. I suggest the non-waterproof one since the waterproof can be really hard to come off and you might end up losing some of your eyelash hair. It is also very long-lasting, both on application and in terms of product-life…you can use it for months together!
Click here to see how it looks after a single application.
Price: Rs. 375/- (All of their mascaras range between Rs.255 to Rs.500)
4. The Colorbar angled brush
This brush, at it’s affordable best is perfect for eyebrow shaping, for applying concealer under the arc of your eyebrow, and for eyeshadow application on your lower lash line.
I love using it to define my eyebrows and to achieve the ‘i-slept-in-with-makeup-on’ smudged kohl look. Yawll know what i mean.
Click here to have a look at my ‘eyebrow-game-on-FLEEK’ jk
Price: Rs. 250/-
5. The Health&Glow Essentials Brush set
A beginner’s best buy! This set consists of a blush brush (for applying blush and powder, and maybe some bronzer on your body) , An eyeshadow brush (which is perfect for crease blending) , Eye lash comb and eyebrow brush, lipstick brush, eyeshadow applicator and a foundation blender.
Every brush works exactly how it should. Although i wouldn’t say i’m particularly a fan of the foundation blender. Overall, a very handy and versatile brush set that you need to add to your ‘essentials’ list.
Price: Rs. 289/-
6. The Revlon (touch&glow) Moisturising Powder
A pressed powder that i have been using for nearly 8 years now, never seems to let me down. The formula is perfect, it sets your foundation and blends smoothly leaving the surface looking even and flawless. I sometimes apply this on it’s own when i’m on the run. I don’t think anybody or any product can discourage me from using this powder. I fervently keep hoping that Revlon doesn’t discontinue this product.
This one is in the shade Ivory Matte.
Price: Rs. 490/-
7. The Colorbar Velvette Matte lipstick in the shade Oh My Magenta (85)
Oh My Magenta is a colour that acts like your favourite pair of blue jeans. It looks great on any skin tone, day or night, Contemporary or traditional outfit. The formula is creamy, the colour is very pigmented and stays til even after you’ve had that whopping burger. Of course, i’ve exhausted it’s capacity by now but i can’t wait to get my hands on another one. This lip shade is as delighful as a moist cupcake with lots of whipped cream. And according to me, an absolute MUST HAVE!
Click here to see how the color looks on my skin tone.
Price: approx. Rs.299- Rs.330
8. The Chambor Extreme Matte Longwear lipcolour in the shade Earthy Red (06)
This came right in time when i was looking for a perfect deep colour, a little more brown tinted than Diva by Mac. I’m also not one for lipliners since i find it very time-consuming to line and fill my lips. So when i found that this acts like a lipliner+lipstick+lip crayon, all in one, i was jumping on an imaginary trampoline. So be assured to get a well-defined and well-coloured lip- almost like you’ve photoshopped it. You can also easily glide it across your lips without crease lines whatsoever + transfer proof ( let’s take a moment to remember my lipstick stained white-turtle-neck-tee)
Go ahead and try every shade from the Extreme matte collection. Unlike what the name suggests, it does not dry up your lips or cause flakiness.
And yes i need to sharpen the tip.
Click here to see how it looks on yours truly.
Price: Rs. 845/-
9. The Maybelline Color Show nail polish in the shade Blackcurrant Pop
I quite deliberately placed this product at the end to fuel your curiosity on what nail color i have applied. I always follow one policy when i pick out nail paints- if the colour on first application matches the colour in the bottle, BUY IT. It also has to be opaque on first application. It does not have those awful bubbles, our dearest uninvited guests. What’s even worse are those crease lines after several coats of application..my biggest OCD issue!
Here are a few unimporatant facts you might want to know about me.
– I find painting my nails very therapeutic
– I worry a lot about the consistency of the nail enamel and the texture it gives out.
– Subsequently i do not allow my manicurist paint my nails
– I can paint my nails nude/oxblood and survive an entire lifetime
Goes without saying that this nail paint ticks all the right boxes!
Price: Rs. 75/-
10. The Victoria’s Secret Bombshells in Bloom body mist (75 ml)
Although this is not a beauty product per se, do allow me to include my most favorite perfume/body mist on the list. Predominantly floral along with a dose of fruitiness which results in a very very sexy fragrance, this perfume lives up to it’s name, not a single doubt. This is a definite date night/brunch date essential. It makes me feel like bawse and that is exactly what a perfume is supposed to make you feel like!
Go ahead and try this one, it sure won’t disappoint you.
Price: Rs. 1330/-
I really really hope this list was atleast a little helpful in giving you an insight into what your future purchase could be. And always remember, do not apply make up to manipulate your features, but to enhance your features instead.
Do let me know if i’ve missed out on any worthy product or if you did end up buying one of these and how you like the product.
I’d love to know- email@example.com is where you can hit me up!
Until next time,