After a 25 year long career in Bollywood, Kajol still remains perpetually beautiful – a laidback beauty who could have easily given in to the pressure to go under the knife to compete with the newer set of actresses, but being the strong woman that she is, Kajol decided to take a different approach to skin care. The Olay Total Effects brand ambassador talks to Masala! about keeping it real and simple. Despite a hectic work schedule, being a mother and a wife, Kajol never sacrifices on her “me-time”. She shares her beauty mantra to protect the skin from early signs of aging, her no nonsense diet and the truth about aging gracefully. take note, ladies; it doesn’t get any more honest and candid than this!
Tell us about your skincare routine
I follow a consistent routine to maintain good and healthy skin. Step one is eat right. I avoid junk food which is deep-fried snacks and aerated drinks. Step two is exercise regime. You sweat, you glow. Step three is external skincare. I apply a layer of sunscreen, 15 minutes before stepping out in the sun and taking off my makeup before climbing on my bed. It’s absolutely necessary to follow a regular skincare routine. Also drink lots of water. Eight glasses at least every day. I cannot stress that enough.
Since taking over your role at Olay, what have you learnt about anti-aging that you weren’t aware of before?
I have been associated with Olay officially, since 2009. But I’ve known about Olay for such a long time, because Olay used to be one of those favourite creams that everybody had a bottle of in their houses. And it was like a safety measure for the skin that everyone had along with them. So I was really happy to talk about it and become an official ambassador for the brand. I started using Olay when I saw the first signs of ageing on my skin – dark spots and patchy skin and today I’m glad I didn’t wait till later. Olay helped me keep my skin looking young. And it’s been a very long time since then; seven years. I’m really happy to be here right now.
What products have been life changing for you?
Olay Total Effects of course! It is a one-stop solution to fight all 7 signs of ageing - dark spots, dullness, lines & wrinkles, dryness, uneven skin tone.
What can girls in their 20s do to prevent early signs of aging?
I would say to all the young generation is that you have something on your side that nobody else does. You have youth, you have fantastic skin, make use of it, and protect it so that you don’t lack it later. It is never too early to start.
Name a woman who in your opinion has aged gracefully.
I truly believe beauty is a person’s point of view. A lot of people are amazingly beautiful on the inside; when that confidence shines through on their faces; it’s like ‘Oh My God! I don’t know what is it about this woman’. She’s so attractive—and it can’t be her straight nose and fabulous lips. It has to be something beyond that. It’s the expression in the person’s eyes; the way a smile lights up her face; the way she looks at you; the way you react to her that makes you say... she’s just fab!
What are your top tips of anti-aging for our readers?
Cleanse, tone and moisturise!