skincare – HTV https://htv.com.pk Tue, 11 May 2021 08:59:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Beauty Secrets Pakistani Women Swear By https://htv.com.pk/beauty/beauty-secrets-pakistani-women-swear-by Wed, 28 Apr 2021 06:28:23 +0000 https://htv.com.pk/?p=58796

It’s no secret that Pakistani women are known for their desi totkas, from having naturally radiant skin to thick dark black hair. All of these totkas are tried and tested by ancestors. So, elevate your beauty regime by using these five beauty secrets with ingredients you can find easily in your kitchen. Rose Water for […]

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It’s no secret that Pakistani women are known for their desi totkas, from having naturally radiant skin to thick dark black hair. All of these totkas are tried and tested by ancestors. So, elevate your beauty regime by using these five beauty secrets with ingredients you can find easily in your kitchen.

Rose Water for Cleansing

Rosewater is great to balance the pH level of the skin. Use it as a cleanser and toner to restore the pH level of the skin.

Coconut Oil as Moisturizer

Coconut is a great moisturizer for your body. This all-over body mask will leave your skin soft and supple. Use coconut oil with besan which is an excellent exfoliator or with malai to moisturize skin. You can also mix coconut oil with brown sugar or coffee and use it as a scrub in the shower.

Turmeric for Brightening

Turmeric can be used as a gentle skin exfoliator without any irritation. Apply a mixture of turmeric, besan, sandalwood, rose water, and besan all over your body. When it is completely dry, scrub it off with warm water.

Mustard Oil for Hair Growth

Mustard is high in fats including omega-3 fatty acids. Apply it on the dry scalp to reduce inflammation, dandruff, and hair shedding.

Neem water for Hair Fall and Dandruff

Neem has antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties, that curbs dandruff. Boil a cup of neem leaves in a liter of water for 10 minutes. Let the water cool and rinse your hair after the shower.

All of these totkas guarantee flawless hair and skin on a minimal budget.

You’re welcome!

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5 Makeup Hacks If You Aren’t A Morning Person https://htv.com.pk/beauty/makeup-hacks-lazy-girls Tue, 10 Dec 2019 11:40:35 +0000 https://htv.com.pk/?p=41650 5 Makeup Hacks If You Aren't A Morning Person

If looking presentable in the morning is the least of your concerns, mastering certain make-up tricks will help you without much hassle and exertion. It’s the little things that make a huge difference and these are some of the small changes you can make to your morning routine to be efficient with your time and […]

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5 Makeup Hacks If You Aren't A Morning Person

If looking presentable in the morning is the least of your concerns, mastering certain make-up tricks will help you without much hassle and exertion. It’s the little things that make a huge difference and these are some of the small changes you can make to your morning routine to be efficient with your time and look good at the same time

1. Concealer – The Holy Grail of Makeup

Most of us don’t wake up looking like Miranda Kerr, in fact she doesn’t wake up the way she shows it to be – so the least one can do is invest in the right products. We’re all for the natural look but of course a little bit of product is required for that also. Concealer undoubtedly holds the status of holy grail of makeup because it allows one to look naturally flawless

How you apply concealer is crucial so make sure you follow these simple tips. Always use concealer with a damp sponge rather than a dry one if you want natural and subtle coverage. Dry sponge application will gave you a cakey look and then you’ll have to apply a full face of foundation. Also, if you have dry skin, go for a creamy texture while if you have combination/oily skin go for matte textures. Our pick for dry skin is Urban Decay’s Naked Skin or Maybelline’s Age Rewind and for oily skin, our best bet is on Revlon’s Photo Ready Stick or Laura Merceir’s Camouflage palette.

2. Eye Pencils

No, we dont want you to go all Avril Lavigne with a heavily kohled look! Instead what you can do is choose a neutral or light colour such as brown and use it on your lash line rather than putting it in the lower line. It gives a natural liner look without making you look tired or dull. We’re putting our money on Charlotte Tilbury’s Rock ‘N’ Kohl liquid eye pencil and if you want something affordable yet long-lasting, you can go for Rimmel’s Soft Kohl Eye Liner pencil.

makeup hacks3. Blush It Up!

The common mistake people make is making a run for their bronzers in the morning trying to light up their pale or dull complexion. Rather than a flushed appearance, it gives your skin a sallow tone. In such a situation, your best bet is blush to give a flushed tone to your cheeks.

Pro Tip: Women with olive undertones should opt for orange shades or terra cotta colored blush, while women with pink undertones can go for more pinkish hues. However, whatever color you pick, be sure to avoid anything earth-toned, as it won’t have the same brightening affect you’re seeking.

makeup hacksWe suggest NYX Cosmetic’s powder blush in shade Terra Cotta or locally, Junaid Jamshed’s J. Note Blush in shade Terra Cotta. Whereas for pink hues, pick something that instantly adds glow to your face such as Maybelline’s Fit Me blush in Pink or Laura Mercier’s Second Skin Cheek Colour.

4. Mascara

This is one product you can build up on to get an all-natural look in the morning. Few swipes of the product on your upper and lower lashes can really open up your eyes. Also, if you start the mascara at the root of your lashes, it may give an impression of you wearing eye liner. We love how one product can do so much!

Our best picks for dependable mascara include Maybelline’s Colossal Mascara and Benefit’s ‘They’re Real’ mascara.

makeup hacks5. Lip Gloss

Anything heavy duty should be off limits for a subtle morning makeup look. Accordingly, matte lipsticks are a no-no because they give a very dry and cakey look to your face. Instead lip glosses are better because they give a natural look but be sure to pick your colours wisely. We’d recommend subtle pinks, nudes, browns and for something more bright, go for maroons.

We’re eye-ing pinks from the Huda Beauty Set or nude shades from Urban Decay’s High-Color lip glosses.

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Are there any makeup tricks you’d like to share? Comment below to do so.

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What Is The Real Cost of Whitening Creams? https://htv.com.pk/health/cost-of-whitening-creams Tue, 11 Jun 2019 12:59:11 +0000 https://htv.com.pk/?p=44929

Mumtaz Aslam used whitening cream for years to try and lighten the color of her skin. However, instead of having the desired effect, the creams made her skin sensitive to sunlight and caused blisters and pigmentation. “I worked as a beautician in Korangi, Karachi, for over a decade and used to apply whitening creams on […]

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Mumtaz Aslam used whitening cream for years to try and lighten the color of her skin. However, instead of having the desired effect, the creams made her skin sensitive to sunlight and caused blisters and pigmentation.

“I worked as a beautician in Korangi, Karachi, for over a decade and used to apply whitening creams on a regular basis. Little did I know I will become dependent on these creams. I had no idea they will cause so many skin issues,” she says.

Aslam has stopped using whitening creams now, but she has scars on her skin for life. And she isn’t the only one. Many women in Pakistan have been effected by whitening creams as they succumb into society’s pressure of having to conform to its beauty standards.

Dr Najia Ashraf, who works as a dermatologist at South City Hospital, says almost every day girls visit her for treatments to rectify the effect of whitening creams. “As soon as I see their faces I ask them how long they have been using whitening creams for. Each time they wonder how I found out,” she says.

In Pakistan, the use of whitening creams is mainly widespread in low-income localities, small cities and rural areas. This is because unfortunately, a white complexion is considered to be a marker of beauty in the country and a lot of people share a belief that lighter skin is more appealing, says Dr Ashraf.

“Girls think if they are fair-skinned they will get more [marriage] proposals and will lead to better prospects. It’s a pity that even in our morning shows dermatologists are invited to talk about tips that can help people obtain lighter skin in a few minutes, which is impossible.”

Dr Ashraf informs that people have now moved towards more quick fixes, such as using injections to obtain a fairer complexion. However, these quick fix solutions don’t lighten skin but affect kidneys and liver, warns Ashraf. “These formula and skin-whitening creams are like drugs; your skin becomes dependent on them,” she says, adding that when you stop using them, the skin suffers from a withdrawal phase which can cause itching and burning

Effects of using whitening creams

According to a WHO report, mercury is a common ingredient found in skin lightening creams. Mercury salts inhibit the formation of melanin, the pigment which gives the skin its color, resulting in a lighter skin tone.

“The main adverse effect of the inorganic mercury found in creams is kidney damage. Mercury can also cause rashes, discoloration and scarring, as well as reduce the skin’s resistance to bacterial and fungal infection,” reads the report.

Bio-Labs Director Usman Shaukat says it’s an eye-opening report. It’s not possible scientifically to change the color of one’s skin in a few days as several creams claim. And if they do, it comes at a price.

Dr Ashraf also agrees that manufacturers use potent steroid and mercury, which badly damages the skin. She warns that prolonged use causes melasma, which can never be cured. Moreover, the skin becomes highly sensitive and one can also have abnormal hair growth on the face.

Regulations and precautions

The distribution of mercury-containing creams is banned in the European Union and numerous African states while in Pakistan its sale goes unchecked.

However, keeping in view the gravity of the situation, last month, the Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department Lahore issued a letter to the field force of the Punjab drug control administration to focus on sampling cosmetics. This was especially targeted at whitening creams, including prominent brands for the suspected presence of heavy metals, such as, mercury.

According to the Punjab Chief Drug Controller Muhammad Munawwar Hayat, they first take samples and if any allopathic ingredients, such as, mercury and potent steroids are found then they register an FIR against the company under Section 271 of Drug Act 1976. In fact, Hayat informs that just a month ago, they sealed a company that was found guilty of using these ingredients.

But though regulation is in place, Dr Ashraf mentions that no action is taken against company owners found guilty. However, Hayat explains that the reason no action was taken in the past was because no authority was given the professional responsibility of dealing with the problem.

A committee has, however, been formed recently to decide whether the Drug Control Authority or the Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Authority will be given the professional responsibility. “Punjab is also going to constitute legislation on the issue in the near future,” says Hayat.

Moreover, Shaukat believes that this time around action will be taken against these companies because earlier some companies had taken a stay order from the court on the pretext that they fall into the category of cosmetics and beauty products and cannot be checked. “However, manufacturers use mercury, which is a pharmaceutical drug. Therefore, most probably it will be in the Drug Control Authority’s domain,” says Shaukat.

While such stringent actions will help reduce the cost of whitening creams that young girls have to pay, what is needed is awareness on the ground level. There is a need to create public awareness regarding the types of products that contain mercury and steroids, and the risk associated with their exposure. And all stakeholders need to take part into building this awareness, even doctors.

Dr Ashraf admits doctors cannot do anything to stop the sale of these creams but what they can do is create awareness among the masses about their harmful effects.

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Victoria Beckham Takes Skincare To A Whole New Level https://htv.com.pk/fashion/victoria-beckham-skincare-blood-moisturiser Mon, 21 Jan 2019 07:48:16 +0000 https://htv.com.pk/?p=42500

Posh Spice, Victoria Beckham is known for her edgy style and personality which also reflects in her fashion line. Turns out she believes in unconventional methods of skincare as well when recently she shared a product she  added to her skincare regime. It’s no ordinary product, costs a whopping  £1,200 and more interestingly contains her […]

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Posh Spice, Victoria Beckham is known for her edgy style and personality which also reflects in her fashion line. Turns out she believes in unconventional methods of skincare as well when recently she shared a product she  added to her skincare regime. It’s no ordinary product, costs a whopping  £1,200 and more interestingly contains her own blood. Yes, looks like she maybe a fan of vampires and the idea of injecting or slathering her own blood on her skin in the form of a cream does not gross her out!

WHAT’S THE SCIENCE?

As bizarre as it may sound, there is science to back blood-infusion skincare and we’re pretty sure you’re aware of ‘vampire facials’ that were all the rage last year. Beckham’s dermatologist, Dr. Barbara Sturm who is in fact the woman behind ‘vampire facials’ and ‘blood-infused creams’ swears by these skincare methods. It may sound as something right out of a sci-fi novel, but the way in which Sturm creates her personalized MC1 Blood Moisturiser for her clients is not all that complicated.

According to Into The Gloss writer Emily Ferber who had the opportunity of meeting Sturm and getting her personalised cream, Sturm “funnels a client’s blood through a special vial that stimulates the blood to react like you’ve been injured. It’s those resulting, healing proteins that fuel the cream.” According to the Daily Mail, these proteins are IL-1 and TGF-beta, which “can lead to reduced inflammation, strengthened tissue and collagen growth.”

CELEBRITIES GO DOWN THE BLOODY PATH

Beckham is not the only celebrity who took the bloody path, Bailey Haldwin and Kim Kardashian also majorly swear by blood-infused skincare products and facials. Posh Spice is not only particular about her skincare but she is also inculcating the habit of looking after one’s skin in her 7-year-old daughter, Harper who was seen on her Insta story getting a fancy facial by none other than Dr. Sturm.

Would you ever try such bizarre beauty products? Comment below to share your thoughts.

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Derma Roller: A Magical Tool For Your Skin! https://htv.com.pk/fitness/derma-roller-skincare-tool-gorgeous-skin Fri, 09 Nov 2018 09:51:16 +0000 https://htv.com.pk/?p=40869

The thought of pricking multiple needles on your skin might sound agonizing but you’d probably give it a chance if the process promises flawless skin, right? Because who doesn’t want good skin!! Derma rolling is fast gaining popularity due to a myriad of benefits from fading stubborn acne scars to evening out the complexion and […]

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The thought of pricking multiple needles on your skin might sound agonizing but you’d probably give it a chance if the process promises flawless skin, right? Because who doesn’t want good skin!! Derma rolling is fast gaining popularity due to a myriad of benefits from fading stubborn acne scars to evening out the complexion and a lot more. Trust us when we say there’s a lot to look forward to if you’re intrigued to give it a try – but mind you it takes at least two applications to see a difference, so you must give it time for effects to show

The Tool:

derma rollerDerma roller is a portable roller-device with microneedles  – needles ranging in length from 0.25 mm to 1.5m – which can be rolled over the skin. As you roll it on your skin in up and down and sideways motion, it creates tiny punctures on the skin which triggers skin repair, leading to the creation of new collagen. Collagen is the part of the connective tissue that helps in firmness, strength, suppleness, and elasticity in skin. So this tiny tool has a lot to offer clearly! – you can buy it online via various e-stores and the price depends on the the needle size.

The Benefits:

Microneedling is an ideal method for filling in fine lines and wrinkles, thickening and plumping the skin under the eyes (diminishing under eye bags and dark circles), and even plumping up the lips. It can also prove to be an effective treatment for acne scars and discoloration since it penetrates the skin so deeply. Since it renews the skin, when it is used in conjunction with a serum (as it should be), it boosts ingredient absorption up to 90%.

How to use it at Home:

Dermatologists/Aestheticians usually advise not to use the tool at home but small needle sizes from 0.1-0.5 are safe to use at home with caution of course. The perfect size to use at home is 0.2 which is easy to handle and can provide the desired results with frequent usage.

  1. Firstly, wash the tool with an anti-bacterial solution and allow it to dry.
  2. Wash your face with a cleanser and completely dry it off before using the tool.
  3. Start rolling the tool sideways and up and down motion five times on each part of the face including the neck.
  4. The pricking feeling may bother you at first and there will be redness afterwards.
  5. Right after the application, use a serum or face oil all over the face because this is the time your skin will allow the product to seep in and absorb.
  6. You can use a vitamin C serum or something that provides the skin deep moisturization and helps with the healing process also.
  7. Dip the tool in anti-bacterial solution again and leave it to dry.

Side Effects:

There maybe irritation and redness after the first use but your skin will eventually get used to it and effects may soon be seen. The redness maybe there the next day after the usage but it will go down if you use the right products. There maybe some flakiness and itchiness the next day so moisturize as much as you can.

 

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