Beauty Launch: Herbalife SKIN

The Herbalife SKIN line is an all new addition to Herbalife‘s outer nutrition range of products that balances ingredients, botanicals, and extracts with proven science to achieve maximum daily results to ensure beautiful, healthier and younger-looking skin. . Herbalife SKIN consists of 10 unisex products which will be made available in selected markets across India from the middle of October 2014.

Herbalife SKIN,

Herbalife SKIN products have been formulated with an optimum blend of Vitamin B3 and antioxidant Vitamins C and E, and Aloe Vera to get softer, smoother, more radiant skin and diminish fine lines and wrinkles. Created to replenish and rejuvenate the skin with fast results, Herbalife SKIN has been clinically proven to produce visible results in just 7 days*.The Herbalife SKIN range is paraben-free, sulfate-free** and dermatologist tested. The Herbalife SKIN line is comprised of 10 new products, which include a Soothing Aloe Cleanser, Polishing Citrus Cleanser, Energizing Herbal Toner, Line Minimizing Serum, Firming Eye Gel, Hydrating Eye Cream, Daily Glow Moisturizer, Replenishing Night Cream, Instant Reveal Berry Scrub and Purifying Mint Clay Mask.Made with fruit extracts, essential oils, plant enzymes, chamomile, and antioxidant vitamins, the SKIN line is unisex and is suitable for all skin types, with the exception of two cleansers: Soothing Aloe Cleanser for normal to dry skin, and Polishing Citrus Cleanser for normal to oily skin.

My personal favourites are the Purifying Mint Clay Mask, Rs. 1208 and Hydrating Eye cream, Rs. 2240 which are both effective and show almost immediate results

* 7 Day Results applicable to Line Minimizing Serum, Replenishing Night Cream, Daily Glow Moisturizer, Hydrating Eye Cream, Polishing Citrus Cleanser & Purifying Mint Clay Mask.
**Applies to Polishing Citrus Cleanser, Soothing Aloe Cleanser, and Instant Reveal Berry Scrub.

Beauty Ritual: Aayna, New Delhi

Locations: Aayna, Mehrauli, New Delhi
Treatment: HydarFacial, Rs.5,000 (plus tax)

From time immemorial, women want to look beautiful, be it Cleopatra the Egyptian queen or our own Indian queens, like Jodha and Rani Padmavati. But these women were never considered bimbos or incapable. If anything, their beauty, only increased their appeal. So when did making effort to look beautiful or wanting to enhance ones looks become derogatory? Here is where Dr.Simal Soin comes into play with AAYNA, “a concept born out of a dream to create something unique and timeless. It is a temple of beauty where we create and enhance beauty – both outer and inner.”
Aayna, New Delhi

Spread over 4,400 sq feet and having 11 treatment rooms, walking in to AAYNA feels like walking into a boutique hotel, with vintage decor and old world charm, decorated by Dr.Simal Soin herself. Dr. Simal Soin is one of  India’s leading cosmetic dermatologists. Apart from conventional therapeutics, she gained vast experience in cosmetic dermatology including the use of all modern laser equipment for treatment of variety of skin concerns, botox and various fillers. At Aayna, she offers a team of world-class of dermatologists, aesthetic doctors and skin therapists, and to complement the looks, they also have an in house nutrition specialist. They also offer us medical pedicures by Margaret Dabbs of London for the first time in India.
After my consult with Dr.Soin, I was advised to try the Hydra Facial. For those of you who read the blog, know I have super sensitive skin and am filled with fear at the mention of someone touching my face with products. This fear has become even worst due to some recent development in Hormonal issues, for which I am on treatment and may end up going for an operation. After listening to my fear and issues, I was first given a consult with Dr.Gargi, the in house nutritionist to plan a diet chart for me to help me lose the weight I have put on and generally keep me healthier. I felt slightly better after this, as she convinced me a lot of my weight gain, mood swings and skin issues are to do with my Hormonal issues, and should get sorted after the treatment and operation (if reqd). So now I felt relieved and was mentally more prepared to go in for the Hydra Facial.

Aayna, New Delhi,

Aayna, New Delhi,

The HydraFacial treatment is a non-invasive, painless serum based treatment performed under medical guidance, which gives a customized solution for all skin types. Hydration is the core of beautiful, luminous skin.The Hydra Facial is hydrating treatment which gives an instant glow and assists in reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, blocked up and enlarged pores, sensitive or acne-prone skin, brown spots and hyper pigmentation.
The process of HydraFacial treatment includes five essential steps that are as follows:
Cleansing and Exfoliation – Dead cells are gently removed to uncover smoother healthy skin
Peeling Serums – Gentle chemical peeling cleanses pores and improves pigmentation
Extractions – Painless, quick extraction of blackheads & whiteheads with a special vacuum tip.
Hydration – Vortex fusion technology for deep penetration of antioxidants and hyaluronic acid, which help hydrate skin and reduce signs of aging.
Protection – The Hydrafacial range of products used during the treatment include a special sunscreen which looks invisible on skin and helps sustain and secure treatment results.

The Verdict: I fell in love with my skin after years. So much so that I did something I have never done in all my years as a lifestyle journalist, I actually made an appointment for my next treatment and plan to continue this for the next 3-4 months till my marks reduce and I move to a more intense treatment. As for my nutrition program? Dr. Gargi has followed up and I lost over 2kgs in a week, (despite cheating sometimes)
Address : ‘Ambawatta One’, H-5/5, First Floor, Kalka Das Marg, Mehrauli, New Delhi-110030. (Land Mark – Facing the Qutab Minar)
Timings : 10:00am to 7:00pm
For Appointments : (+91) 96502-06153, (+91) 96502-05873, (+91) 98711-38222

Holistic Healing

Yoga has been a fitness trend for the past few years, centuries actually if you live in India, but the world too has opened up to yoga a few years back and accepted it as a way of life. The century-old practice includes yoga postures (asanas), breathing techniques (pranayamas) and meditation. Through these, the body, mind and breath come in harmony with each other and that very moment yoga happens. The practice of yoga has immense benefits for not just the body but also the mind so that you enjoy a perfect healthy state of being. The practice of Yoga has various benefits from weight loss, controlling diabetes, better time management, freedom from anger, effective communication to creativity at work. We have found a few yoga options you can try out for a healthier lifestyle.

The Atré Yoga Studio (TAYS)

Zubin Atre TAYS
TAYS is a playful laboratory where you can experiment with your breath and body. At TAYS, you get to understand your body and open your mind up under the guidance of Yoga professionals. Zubin Atre is the young and highly-motivated owner of TAYS. He is committed to the wellbeing of his students at both the physical and mental realms. A few sessions can help him identify the individual’s specific problems leading him to design tailor-made combinations of yoga postures for his students. Zubin has even shared the wonders of practicing yoga at the workplace, and regularly conducts seminars at business schools, corporate institutions, international organisations and non-governmental organisations. If it’s yoga classes that you’re looking for, then TAYS is definitely the place for you. TAYS offers tailor-made yoga programs designed to suit your specific body requirements and your lifestyle. TAYS offers a unique range of yoga services that are handcrafted and developed by the professionals for the clients, keeping in mind any special requirement you may have. One of them is a 1PM yoga session which gives Shahpur Jat employees the chance to sneak-in some yoga at lunchtime, and the other is Sitar & Yoga at The Atre Yoga Studio, where Zubin Atré silently conducts the session as participants follow the flow to music improvised by Galen Passen on the sitar. Viewers are invited to meditate in silence on the music and movement.


Yogacara (1)
If you are in Mumbai, don’t fret, we have a solution for you there as well. Yogācāra Healing Arts started by Radhika Vachani in 2010 at Mahalaxmi, now expands to open a first of its kind Yoga and Ayurveda Wellness Center in Bandra, off Carter Road. Yogācāra offers holistic healing solutions guided by the ancient disciplines of Yoga, Meditation, Ayurveda and Panchakarma treatments. The experience begins with Dr. Ruchi, or a Wellness Consultant who takes the time to understand your wellness and health challenges, lifestyle and needs. Yogācāra then develops a wellness plan to suit your individual needs, and provides you the needed support on a mental, physical and emotional level to help clients heal, and incorporate sustainable changes towards a happier, healthier and more balanced way of living .A very important element added to the wellness services at Yogācāra is the Ayurveda and Panchakarma section, headed by Dr.Ruchi Upadhyay MD, and on their panel of specialists, Dr. Uday and Dr. Madhura Kulkarni, respected and long time practitioners of Ayurveda and Panchkarma, and Founders of “Arogyadham”. Ayurveda is an ancient Indian medical Science based on the premise that the universe is made up of five elements: air, water, fire, earth and ether. These elements are represented in humans as three “doshas” or energies known as Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Ayurveda stresses a balance of these three elemental energies: Vayu/Vata (air and space-“wind”), pitta (fire & water -“bile”), and Kapha (water & earth-“phlegm”). When any of the doshas accumulate in the body beyond the desirable limit, the body loses its balance and disease manifests. Hence balancing these three doshas in our bodies becomes essential. Both Yoga and Ayurveda go hand in hand for a complete wellness of a person.

So if you haven’t started yet, I suggest you find Yoga at the earliest for a healthier life.

Diamonds from Space for a glowing face

All of us love to look good and present ourselves in the best light.Younger looking skin is a sure way to assure that and 111 Skin, the ground breaking label has created an extraordinary product “Celestial Black Diamond Night Cream” that promises to keep your skin healthy and visibly younger. The regular ingredients in the cream are Hyaluronic acid, N-cystine and Centella Asiatica that work effectively on the three layers of skin to replenish and rebuild the cells matrix. But the new element to the concept of skin care are rare black diamond particles that are believed to have formed in space. The black diamond particles are basically microspheres and that’s why they are able to penetrate the deeper dermal layer of the skin helping the skin retain its youth. Well ladies, what are we waiting for, now it seems like a solitaire is good on your finger and black diamond is good for your face.
Price– 50ml bottle at $900.


Beauty Ritual: The Four Fountains Spa, New Delhi

RITUAL: Chocolicious Massage, 60 mins, Rs.2,199
LOCATION: The Four Fountains Spa, South Extension, New Delhi

Spa Treatment, Four Foundatins spa

So I know it has been long since gave you an update on new Spa treatments or reviewed a Spa but don’t blame me- blame the weather. I mean seriously the last thing someone like me, who abhors winters needs is cold products applied on my body. So I started this years Spa reviews post 15th February when its less cold with The Four Fountains Spa-one of the largest Spa chains in India with around 17 outlets all around the country. I learnt two new things about myself after this treatment 1.Always book a Spa treatment for Tuesday 2.I might actually start loving chocolate and I am not a chocolate fan. The former cause to have the best results of a Spa treatment, you need to resist alcohol, heavy food and need to be completely rested for 24 hours before and after the treatment. And the latter because though I prefer other sweets to eat I love chocolate for my body, which I learnt after this treatment.

My treatment started with a consultation with the in-house doctor who wanted to check my stress level so she could recommend the right treatment and prescribe a diet and exercise for me to follow at home. No marks for guessing, I come in the high stress category and the diet plan makes me want to cry- it says AVOID ALCOHOL, so have decided to follow it after the weekend! The decor of the place is simple with a no fuss approach, it has six body treatment rooms and one foot massage room. The one thing I had wondered was how they will manage to keep the sounds out in South Extension market, but they did somehow, and all I could hear was soothing music.

Chocolate and VanillaThe treatment I decided to try out was the Chocolicious massage, which uses a blend of dark chocolate and aromatic vanilla to create the perfect potion for your body. Dark chocolate is known to contain antioxidants that help you retain moisture and prevent loss of elasticity while Vanilla is known to reduce anxiety, both are well-known aphrodisiacs, so besides triggering the sex drive they also help release stress. The idea is to apply this concoction over the body with firm deep strokes, so the chocolate can soak into the body and work its magic. My therapist did a great job with that, in fact even I had not realised how stiff some areas of my body had become till she applied pressure there and I almost collapsed first in pain and then in relief when those joints opened up. After the massage is done I was told to go in for a shower, but this time I decided I will not use soap instead just wipe the excess chocolate with plain water. And since it was Tuesday, it did not matter as I knew all I had to do was go home  and get into pajamas. When I woke up the next day my skin was definitely feeling soft and as I write this article after two days I can confirm my skin is super soft. The winter dryness has vanished like magic, though I have been having strange chocolate cravings since the treatment but that I can live with as long as my skin glows and feels soft. So I highly recommend you go in for this treatment to do away with the winter blues 🙂

Benefits of Coconut

Going organic and going green seems to be the new mantra these days and if you are not doing that you seem to be a social pariah. This holds true for everything from what you wear to what you eat and what you apply on your skin. As intimidating as it sounds it really is not so tough as we have a lot of natural ingredients which are easily available and simple to use with great benefits, one of them being Coconut. Coconut has a ton of health and beauty benefit, in fact each element from the Coconut water, to Coconut milk to eating coconut have its own individual benefits. Here we have noted a few of the benefits.

1. Coconut is a potent anti-bacterial and anti-fungal it is a great cleanser of our guts.
2. They can boost thyroid function by up to 20% which means it helps boosting our metabolism and energy production.
3. Coconut water is again an amazing substance, this stuff has an array of health benefits firstly it is low in carbs and sugars and one of the best hydrators, fluid replacers known to man.
4. Eating coconuts also supports the development of strong, healthy bones  and teeth.
5. It also helps hair to become more healthy and lustrous.
6. The oil is excellent for keeping one young and beautiful. Its antioxidant properties slow down the aging process by  protecting the body from harmful free radicals.

So now that we know a few of these amazing properties of Coconut we got Dr. Jaishree Sharad to share with us a few tips, so as to use Coconut to its full potential for beauty treatments to help us during this winter.”The various benefits of coconut milk are known for its immediate skin brightening. With the winter season in full swing, it is essential to stock up on products that retain moisture, so that you aren’t plagued with the dry and flaky ‘winter itch’. An ideal product, beneficial for all skin types, is one that has coconut milk as its base ingredient. I advise the best ever practice of adopting the all-weather Cleanse – Exfoliate – Moisturize routine the au-natural way!”


~STEP 1~
Exfoliate: Fatty acids present in coconut milk ensure that you can use it to exfoliate your skin, without stripping it of its natural oils. Make two very effective full-body scrubs by mixing equal parts of coconut milk with sugar or mixing roasted and chopped almonds and honey in coconut milk and apply it on your face and neck. Leave it on till it dries a bit, before washing it off. You will be left with supple, glowing skin that you can confidently flaunt to a rapt audience.
~STEP 2~
Cleanse: Fatty acids present in coconut milk are a reason why it makes a great cleanser. Coconut milk can be used to clean your skin of the dirt that collects on it in the course of the day. Lotions, on the other hand, are a popular means to remove make-up. Thus, it is only natural to opt for a coconut milk based lotion, since you will be able to free your skin not only of all cosmetics, but grime and dirt too.
~STEP 3~
Moisturize: Coconut milk is all our skin needs for daily moisturization. The natural miracle fruit is known to have eminent soothing properties that help instantly replace lost moisture in dehydrated skin. The natural collagen found in coconut is an excellent remedy for dry skin as its plumps the skin rendering instant softness. It is also a good ingredient to add into face masks. Another trade secret is that coconut milk based lotions are highly recommended in moisturizing our feet, elbows and knees – essentially, any part of your body that could use some extra moisturization. The easy and quick absorption property of coconut milk based moisture onto our skin is advantageous in case of being used on the feet.

Blissful surrender: Spa Review, The Palms Spa



Usually, when I go in for spa reviews it is in the middle of a hectic week and I always end up changing the appointment to the shortest treatment available. This time however to my absolute delight, I ended up booking the appointment on a day which happened to be a sudden declared holiday. So besides wanting to kill all the people on the road from my commute to Andheri to Colaba I reached really enthusiastic for my treatment. I sit down with a cool welcome drink in the serene white reception and take out my blackberry to start checking mails. I am completely aghast to see there is no network. Well yes, that is the point the of relaxation I am told by my hostess, while I sheepishly put my phone back. She continues to give me a quick brief on the products used in the treatments.

SOTHYS- A pioneering brand in the world of beauty salons and spas, Sothys has been recommended by professionals for over 60 years.  Sothys world renowned Digi-Esthetiques forms parts of all their treatments. The method combine finger pressure, modelling and drainage to reinforce the efficiency of the treatment.

RAMBURI- Using age old knowledge of herbs, vegetables and fruits Ramburi creates spa products that use naturally active ingredients for visible results. All Ramburi products are made In Thailand.

CNANN- Containing no synthetic chemicals only the finest quality natural ingredients are utilised to create this highly luxurious range. CNANN products contain natural healing and rejuvenating properties of organic botanical and essential oils.

Finally I am taken to my therapy room to start The Palms Spa experience. We begin with a hand and foot scrub. This is the first stage of the treatment done with hydrating milk and honey. The entire process is about 30 mins long and I can feel the grime being scrubbed away from my skin. After this I am wrapped in a yogurt, honey and pomegranate body mask and while I am lying down my therapist gives me a light head massage. Needless to say after this point it is very difficult for me to keep track of anything but get lost in absolute bliss. From here starts my 60mins Balinese body massage. I can safely say I could feel the stress fade away as she worked her soothing fingers through the knots in my body. I think I took a short nap during this, for next thing I was informed is that it is time for my shower, while she prepares the room for my facial. Half in a daze I go ahead for my shower. I promise by now I felt like my body was feather light. The final step of my treatment was the raspberry and rhubarb facial. The after effects of which were for everyone to see as I received compliments wherever I went for the coming week.

All in all I cannot wait to go back and try their other treatments, specially the Jet Lag Package which is designed for frequent travellers and is meant to revive the body and mind. They also have executive Spa experiences for men which are great gifting options to the special men in your life.