While it’s impossible to quantify a mother’s love, there’s always a bountiful of knowledge and learnings that one inherits. Out of these gems, a mother-daughter relationship is always studded with beauty secrets and routines, which are sometimes passed through generations. From a face pack that keeps the skin radiant, to a no-chemical policy that invigorates and nourishes. We speak to celebs across professions who open their mom’s beauty box and share their home churned secrets with us, on the occasion of Mother’s day.
Nida Mahmood, fashion designer: saying no to anything synthetic
For designer Nida Mahmood, her mother, Safia Faruqi, opened up her world to organic beauty. “My mother used to use natural face packs and her skin is divine. I guess that’s because she never used synthetic stuff on her face. I have access to some of those magic potions.Use full cream from milk and mix it with a tiny pinch of freshly ground turmeric at night, for 15 minutes. Your dry lacklustre skin will feel refreshed and happy,” she says.
HOT TIP: Take dry orange peals, grind them in a regular mixer and use it either as pack or it can also double up as the most refreshing face scrub. It refreshes the skin and cleans all the dead cells.
Megha Kohli, chef: the secret to lustrous tresses
For chef Megha Kohli, who flaunts a proud mane, all the credit goes to mom, Aditti. “One beauty lesson that I learnt from mom is that I should apply curry leaf paste to my hair for half an hour and then wash it. This prevents hairfall and makes the hair longer and lustrous. Also, one should always begin your day with a glass of warm water, which has been soaked overnight with tulsi leaves. It prevents acne, and increases metabolism,” she says.
HOT TIP: One cool thing that I learnt from mother is that egg yolk is a pore vanisher. Try it to believe it!
Nelofar Currimbhoy, author: sticking to henna
Nelofar with mother, Shahnaz Husain
“When your mother is India’s beauty diva, you grow up with a wealth of beauty secrets, which become an integral part of your life,” shares Nelofar, daughter of beauty veteran Shahnaz Husain. “Start with a warm hair oil massage before applying the mixture. This will avoid dryness and give a wonderful sheen to your hair. Follow this by an application of a two cups of a good herb-enriched henna powder. Now, add a paste of six amlas (Indian gooseberries) , two eggs, freshly ground coffee, half a cup of full cream curd.To make a perfect paste consistency, add henna or water as needed. Leave it on for two hours. Wash it off and feel the amazing sheen of this natural colorant that will keep your hair full and bouncy forever.”
HOT TIP: Henna is best started when your first grey hair appears. The transition is gradual and repeated use makes the colour a deep burgundy. Go for it! Nature is always the best choice.
Gauri Karan, fashion designer: the sesame trick
Designer Gauri Karan. Photo: Waseem Gashroo/HT
“My mother is a very simple person, she keeps everything very natural. She uses very little makeup, and when we were kids, she used to make a lot of face packs that would include organic ingredients like besan, haldi and lemon. We used a lot of sesame oil on the body and the hair too. That’s something that I continue to do. She uses a lot of natural stuff, and believes in not putting chemicals on the face. She uses all natural things, not too many cosmetics,” says Gauri, sharing mother Pratibha’s secrets.
HOT TIP: Not only for the body, sesame oil is a wonder potion for the hair too!
Bahaar Rohatgi, artist: the goodness of coconut oil
From her mother, Raksha, Bahaar has learnt to keep it simple and as natural as possible. “My mother swears by virgin coconut oil for oral application on the hair, as well as for cooking. Sunscreen for the face and hands is also a must. She was always against blow drying and advised me that when your hair is half dry after the shampoo , untangle them with your own fingers from bottom to scalp.This will ensure one would have lustrous, long and strong tresses that is hard to find these days,” Bahaar says.
HOT TIP: For as long as I could remember, when it came to beauty tips, she believed less in external application and more on the state of mind. She always says, ‘stay happy, stress free and positive.’ Love with all your heart and surround yourself with genuine, loving people. It will reflect on your skin, hair and health. No amount of spa can replace this!