In a world that is rife with competition, every woman has started focusing more and more on her internal and external beauty. And it’s a great thing! Looking after oneself is the key to success before anything else. Now imagine the daily struggle of looking and feeling good for Bollywood starlets in a world filled with glitz and glamour. With their film and photo shoots requiring heaps of makeup every day, actresses need to take good care of their skin, whether it is through applying face packs via the use of homemade recipes or tailoring their eating habits. Nontheless, it is a mission. From Hema Malini to Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Sonam Kapoor, here are the beauty secrets these leading Bollywood ladies swear by. Take cue and follow suit!
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
Whether she is at home or a shoot, the former Miss World has glowing and radiant skin. She only believes in homemade recipes to keep blemishes, acne and eye bags at bay. The Jazbaa star uses a face pack made from ingredients such as besan (gram flour), turmeric and milk. While these ingredients help to keep her skin uni-tone, they also aid in flushing out toxins from the body. Aish uses cucumber paste to keep her skin hydrated.
The 52-year-old dancing queen of Bollywood does not look her age on bit. Besides this, Madhuri has often been in the spotlight for her thick and voluminous hair. Madhuri apparently oils her hair on a daily basis, incorporating a myriad of oils into her skin routine including olive oil, castor oil, almond and coconut oil. She suggests mixing all together in a bowl and then applying the blend thoroughly on the tresses, staring from the roots all the way to the ends. As far as non-wrinkly and pigment free skin is concerned, Madhuri uses herbal masks twice a week.
Glowing skin and thick hair define this yesteryear actor’s everlasting beauty. The 70-year-old actor swears by hot oil massages with coconut oil which includes Amla – the Indian gooseberry, Tulsi – Indian Basil and Neem leaves. She is in favour of combining all of them together in order for the mixture to become thick and long lasting. These ingredients also protect one from fungal as well as bacterial infections.
Her beauty regimen is no secret. Anushka is an avid user of homemade face packs that comprise a bevy of ingredients. From neem powder for pimple control to yoghurt and rose water for hydration, she makes use of all these cost-effective and basic products. Anushka also advises the use of milk, which helps to remove impurities, scars and rough patches on the skin.
You are what you eat! Detox juices have long been encouraged by health nutritionists. And Sonam abides by this life rule. She drinks a glass of hot water and lemon with a spoonful of honey every single day. The B-town fashionista recommends having it first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. This drink helps to release all the toxins from the body, which in turn assists with healthy and glowing skin. Moisturising is key in Sonam’s pre and post-makeup routines.
Kareena Kapoor Khan
The Pataudi wife drinks eight to 10 glasses of boiled water every day. According to her, this helps to drain all the harmful pollutants from the body. Her beauty secret to live a stress-free life is heading for a hot oil massage on the scalp. This helps to relax and keep the mind calm and composed.
This bronze beauty has always stressed on the importance of drinking water and a good night’s sleep. She advises everyone to drink at least 10 glasses of water daily. This helps to drain out dangerous toxins and bacteria from the skin. Also, this beauty secret keeps the skin hydrated by adding the required amount of nourishment to the skin naturally.
While her young age definitely contributes to the starlet’s fresh beauty, she too takes care of her skin on a regular basis. Alia applies face pack made from dry neem and Tulsi leaves. In her viewpoint, the regular use of this detoxifies the skin and removes impurities. Take cue from this diva who is known to make waves – both, in the acting and beauty world.
This is one beauty hack that is extremely essential but not many women follow it, often citing tiredness or laziness as the reason. Kriti of Dilwale fame makes sure to remove makeup at the end of the day before hitting the sack. She then washes her face with cold water and applies toner as well as moisturiser also. Kriti is also against using face washes which contain several chemicals in them.
This action star uses milk to clean her face. Sonakshi also recommends a face scrub prepared from ground almonds and coupled with milk. She also adds a pinch of turmeric to the milk before cleansing her face because the former has many anti-inflammatory properties. Sona massages her face with ice regularly to get rid of open pores. And, she never to remove her makeup before calling it a night!
Well, it is not just her hot bod that people die for! It’s her flawless and glowing skin too. Whether it is for her body or face, Shilpa never uses soap and is strongly against it. In fact, to remove makeup, she uses baby oil or coconut oil. She also relies heavily on yoga to keep her mind, body and skin fit. Shilpa encourages drinking aloe vera or grapefruit juice too. Sometimes, she goes completely vegan too!
She bagged the Miss World title for a reason! Priyanka never falls behind when it comes to taking good care of her hair and skin. She strictly follows the C-T-M routine. Apart from this, PeeCee has tailored eating habits too. Fruit juices and green veggies are on top of her list alongside drinking ample water throughout the day.
Kat uses a mineral clay face pack for her skin concerns. Applying mineral face pack on skin eliminates excessive oils that may lead to breakout. She is also very disciplined when it comes to her eating schedule and makes sure to include boiled vegetables and wheatgrass powder in her diet. To keep her metabolism kicking, Katrina also drinks green tea.
And there you have it! While all thirteen of these gorgeous ladies certainly have beauty on their side, it's good to know that they all have their own methods for maintaining their skin that could easily be replicated by any of us. One thing's for sure, good health and proper nutrition are key to keeping up an effective skincare routine.