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The real red hot!

fashion-and-trends Updated: Sep 16, 2010 03:37 IST
Aroma Sah
Aroma Sah
Hindustan Times
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While we all know that scouring kitchen shelves for a beauty solution can have great benefits, the latest kitchen product to make it to the beauty list can leave many women stumped.

Scientists in Varanasi have come up with a recipe for a real hot pouty look — the Indian chilli is being used on lip-gloss and cosmetics as it promises as more natural looking colour. “A team of scientists at the Indian Institute of Vegetable Research (IIVR), Varanasi, has developed a special type of chilli whose natural colour could be used in lipstick and other cosmetic items, says, team leader Rajesh Kumar. The new chilli, minus the usual piquant taste, has been named “IVPBC 535”, also known by the name ‘Paprika’. In fact, cosmetic giant Estee Lauder at present is also manufacturing a lipstick of this quality with the brand name “Clinique Long Last Paprika”.

So as chilli, as the new beauty product gives us a stinging surprise. We speak to some beauty experts to tell us about some more ‘weird’ natural products used in beauty business.

Curdled up curd
Nirupama Rao, from Mary Kay cosmetics says, “Lactobacillus Ferment, the bacteria that turns milk to curd is used in our whitening ranges. It is a conditioning agent and gives moisture to dry skin. When used with other ingredients it brings luminosity to the skin.

Paprika for a fresh flush
Vandana Sundra from Eminence cosmetics says, “It may sound weird to use a paprika potion on your face but we have a paprika treatment. Paprika tones the skin, prevents pigmentation and helps to lighten the skin. It opens the pores, removes dead skin and is a permanent solution for the black /white heads and acne. It is kept as a salon only treatment.

Bamboo for refreshing the skin Nirupama Rao says, “Bamboo is very rich in anti oxidants and thus revitalizes and refreshes the skin and is used in beauty products. It has a very mild lingering smell, just the thing you would want from your beauty potion. Another interesting and effective ingredient is red tea. Just like a cup of hot tea soothes your body, red tea helps soothe your skin with its antioxidant properties.
(With inputs from PTI)

Beauty buzz
Paprika: The exfoliation with Paprika increases the circulation of blood which bestows a rosy glowing skin.

Ratanjot (Onosma Hispidum): Dr Hari Mohan Behl of Chandra Ayurveda says, “Ratanjot that is very commonly used as a cooking ingredient, can be used in developing as many as 15 to 16 shades and can be used in colour cosmetics.”