Look stunning in 2013

 Use this beauty calendar to stay youthful, gorgeous and glowing-all year round.

OddNaari OddNaari Jan 18, 2013

Use this beauty calendar to stay youthful, gorgeous and glowing-all year round.

Oil Up

It's one of the coldest months of the year, you can hardly stay away from hot water showers. But hot water can strip your body of natural oils. So keep your hair and skin nourished with a pre-bath massage. Try Tatha's Body Oil Citrus Bliss, `998 or use Dove Elixir, `185 for your hair. TIP: End a hair wash with lukewarm water to help avoid dandruff.

Go Natural

The weather is ideal to indulge in a rejuvenating, hydrating mask. Try The Vedic Collection Samaya Vitamin E and Liquorice Gel Face Pack, Rs225 or Kaya Skin Clinic's Insta-Brightening Micro Mask, Rs2,280 for a brighter complexion. TIP: Remove mask within the recommended time to avoid allergies.

Feed your Skin

Start skin-friendly habits this month. Add turmeric to your meals-it has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties and "can be used to tackle hyper pigmentation and acne blemishes," says Dr Varun Katyal, dermatologist and antiageing specialist, New Delhi. TIP: Add berries to your cereal, it helps improve the elasticity of your skin.

Beauty with a Conscience

Let Earth Day (April 22) inspire you to find innovative ways to re-use, recycle and reduce. Buy minimally packaged or multi-purpose products. Fewer jars on your dresser will mean less mess, and so, lower stress on the environment. Try products that use natural ingredients, grown in a sustainable way. We like the Forest Essentials Moisture Drenching Hand and Body Lotion Madurai Jasmine and Mogra, Rs775 or Burt's Bees Miracle Salve Rs1,100. TIP: Join the cause and promote beauty brands that contribute to charities, funds and non-profit organisations.

No to Sun Damage

Shield your skin against UV damage with a broad spectrum sunscreen. It protects against UVA rays, which cause premature ageing and UVB rays that can lead to skin burn, irritation and even skin cancer. TIP: "Look for the golden standards of skin protection on a bottle-such as microfine zinc and titanium oxides," says Dr Jamuna Pai, cosmetic physician and aesthetician, Blush Clinics, Mumbai.

Hydrate Well

Guzzling caffeinated beverages and insufficient hydration in hot weather can lead to tired looking skin. Refresh and replenish your skin with Clarins Water Purify One Step Cleanser With Mint Essential Water, Rs1,250 or The Body Shop White Musk Libertine Body Mist, Rs795. TIP: "Drinking water, juices and coconut water are healthy ways to keep yourself well hydrated," says Dr Kiran Lohia, dermatologist and founder of Cosmedic Skin Solutions, Kolkata.

Care for your Hair

We love the monsoon showebut not with difficult, frizzy hair. "In humid months, the sebum production on your scalp gets inhibited; the roots become dull and dry," says Mumbai-based trichologist Dr Apoorva Shah. Try L'Orèal Professionnel Oiliss Serum, Rs625, to tame the frizz, Kerastase Elixir Ultime Imperial Tea, Rs2,200 for coloured hair TIP: Wrap a hot towel on your hair for better penetration.

Do a Spot Check

Perspiration and pollution can clog your pores in humid August. To clear congested areas, use a cleanser like The Body Shop Tea Tree Foaming Cleanser, Rs620 or The Nature's Co Rose Hydrating Mist, Rs375. Exfoliate once or twice times a week. TIP: "If you have sensitive skin, look for scrubs with fruit-derived enzymes," says Dr Chythra V Anand, dermatologist, Kosmo Derma Clinics, Bengaluru.

Beauty Buys

It's the beginning of the festive season, so go shop for your favourite beauty brands. "The average shelf life of most products is between four to nine months," says Prevention columnist and make-up artist, Vidya Tikari, New Delhi. TIP: Try new products and overhaul your kitty-replace a blush-on with a lip and cheek tint like Benetint, Rs2,150.

Nail Art

Get your nails ready for the party season but protect them from damage. "Cuticles form a barrier against infections penetrating the skin around your nails," explains Lohia. Use nail oil regularly and apply a cuticle cream when needed. Use a base coat before applying colour, particularly dark hues, to avoid yellowing of nails, say experts. TIP: "Opt for biotin supplements to avoid brittle nails," says Dr Apratim Goel, dermatologist, Cutis Clinic, Mumbai.

Keep Hands Happy

 Your hands are the most visible and active parts of your body. The changing weather and hectic schedules can make them look dull. Look for products with shea butter, jojoba oil and essential vitamins to keep them soft and supple. Moisturise with L'occitane Shea Butter Limited Edition Hand Cream, Rs530 or Iraya KokumButter Hand Cream, Rs395. TIP: Look for 5% urea for the best moisturising effect, adds Lohia.

Protect your Pout

Licking your lips when dry is the worst thing you can do to them. Start by drinking enough water, one of the main reasons for chapped lips. Exfoliate them with a clean, wet cloth and use a lip balm or butter with Vitamin E, cocoa butter, sunflower or coconut oil, all of which help moisturise. TIP: If at home, use a few drops of clarified butter on your lips-it will instantly help your lips recover and make them supple.

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