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Beauty, the organic way

Going the natural way to pamper yourself is more complicated than it sounds. The new mantra is ‘go organic’. Sujata Reddy on some chemical-free options.

india Updated: Mar 16, 2009 18:01 IST

Going the natural way to pamper yourself is more complicated than it sounds. The new mantra is ‘go organic’. These products are theoretically free of all synthetic ingredients. They do not come with a ‘no side effects’ tag though the chances of rashes or allergies is negligible.

“As they are made from natural extracts of plants, fruits, vegetables and leaves, organic products are mild and gentle. They blend with most skin types,” says Dr Jaishree Sharad, director of Skinfinity Clinic and vice-president of the Cosmetic Dermatology Society of India. Organic extracts do not rip off the moisture or alter the pH of the skin. The right combination works in elevating skin texture.

Oils well
Tea tree oil works as an anti-bacterial and anti-fungal element. A face wash or moisturiser with this ingredient is the key to a clear face. Jaishree recommends products with shea butter, cocoa butter and avocado oil for those with an extremely dry skin, especially those suffering from eczema. Grapefruit and grape seed oil reduce excessive oil content in the skin and act as cleansers, she says.

Pamper zone
Kiran Bawa of Iosis Medispa includes organic honey and aloe vera in some treatments. “Though vegetables and flowers that are sprayed with pesticides and other chemicals can be used for skin-related treatments, organically grown veggies offer superior results,” says Bawa.

Organic vegetables are not difficult to lay hands on and are available off the rack in departmental stores such as Foodland Fresh, Body Shop and Fab India, says Bawa. She swears by cucumber juice combined with coconut water. The mix is ideal for the summer, and is also amazing to taste. Those with acne could try a face pack made with sandalwood powder mixed with rose water.

At the grassroots
Dr. Purnima Mhatre of Gorgeous Clinic goes a step further and advises clients to begin at the grassroot level, with an organic diet. Consumption of organically grown rice, pulses and vegetables go a long way in enriching the skin and body.

“They are specially grown food items which are devoid of all chemicals and hence do not cause toxicity in the body,” says Mhatre, proposing fruit extracts to rejuvenate and brighten the skin. Jaishree, however, warns that there are those rare few who may be allergic to organic treatments. A patch test on the elbow should help you determine whether you fall in the ‘risk’ category.