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Stay young forever

Try these innovative skin tighteners to control ageing and look youthful and radiant always, says Suparna Trikha.

india Updated: Sep 25, 2008 14:42 IST

In today’s world, even 35-year-olds are worried about ageing, not realising that worrying itself could lead to a stray wrinkle here and there. The answer to ageless beauty lies not as much in beauty products and injectables like botox and miracles of plastic surgery as it does in simple lifestyle.

The other day, I was sitting with the chairman of a well-known domestic airline. His skin looked completely dehydrated and I was trying to suggest some solutions. His exquisite chamber overlooked a plush green expanse of never-ending trees, beautifully trimmed bushes and the rarest of flowers.

What surprised me was that there was a huge window but but no balcony to breathe in the fresh air. Hydrating your skin with fresh air and keeping it away from the maladies of air conditioning is extremely important.
A five-minute skin cleansing, toning and moisturising routine and having a healthy lifestyle can work wonders for your skin. Here are some wonderful skin toners and tighteners that can be created from natural ingredients.

Apple cider oily and combination toner
200ml apple cider, 1tsp powdered camphor, 1 drop witchazel
Mix all the ingredients and store in a bottle and use it to wipe skin three times a day. The ingredients will help tone and clean the skin as well as increase blood circulation.

Honey and rose toner for
dehydrated and dry skin
200ml of pure rose water, 2tsp raw honey, 2 drops lavender essential oil
Mix all the ingredients well and store in a bottle in the fridge. Wipe the skin with this three times a day for cleansing, toning and moisturising.

Egg white skin souffle
2 egg whites, whipped till it peaks and put in freezer, 1tsp honey, 1tsp china clay
Clean the skin and mix these ingredients and brush onto the skin with a broad flat brush and relax. Let it dry completely [avoid talking] and wash off with ice water and pat dry. This is excellent to fade out fine lines and wrinkles.

Papaya porcelain mask
2 cubes mashed papaya, 2tsp grated cucumber, 2tsp fullers earth, a pinch of powdered camphor BP, 1 egg white, rose water to mix to a smooth paste
Mix all the ingredients and apply on a clean skin. Let dry and wash off with lukewarm water and pat dry.

Honey age care
3 tsp raw honey, 2tsp fresh cream, 50 gms beeswax, 1tsp wheat germ oil, 1tsp olive oil
Heat the beeswax in a double boiler and add all the ingredients except the fresh cream, stir in well and let cool. On cooling add the fresh cream and stir well until it becomes a smooth consistency. Pour into a glass air-tight jar and refrigerate. Massage for 20 min. You can safely store this in the fridge for up to 10 days. It is an excellent skin polisher and hydrater.

Suparna Trikha is a Delhi based natural beauty expert. She can be contacted at suparnatrikha@yahoo.com