Tips On Beauty Without Cruelty

Face Mask

Deepika Vohra served as the head of the Department of Beauty Culture at the International Polytechnic for Women at New Delhi. She also ran a beauty clinic at Delhi's Vasant Kunj for some time from where she relocated to New York for five years. Exposure to the world capital of beauty and cosmetics gave her an opportunity to compare the Indian beauty industry with the razzle dazzle of the New World. Reading and researching beauty culture has always been a hobby with her. The tips for beauty given below were selected from her repertoire of nature based recipes which are time tested to deliver.

How do you recognize your skin type?

NORMAL SKIN is finely textured with no visible pores, spots, or blemishes, soft and velvety to the touch, and unwrinkled. Normal skin has to be treasured and preserved, as it is liable to change, if neglected.

OILY SKIN is caused by overactive sebaceous glands that give rise to large open pores. Larger pores, in turn, lead to blackheads, blemishes and acne. The appearance of blackheads and blemishes is due to clogged oil and dirt in the pores which is not removed instantly by cleansing. Oily skin begins to have an oily shine within a few minutes after wash or make-up. This makes it difficult to hold make-up. However, oily skin has an advantage of ageing very slowly, but deep cleansing must be thorough.

DRY SKIN is a sensitive skin type which comes in blotches, tends to peel off easily and feels tight after a wash. Lack of moisture results in dry skin and this skin type is more prominent around the eyes, mouth, lips, sides of mouth, and forehead. Cleansing, toning, moisturizing form an integral routine of this type of skin. Dry skin is highly susceptible to diet, extremes in weather and harsh perfumed skin care products. Dry skin also has another disadvantage. Wrinkles appear faster giving you a prematurely aged look. A generous application of moisturizer will produce a skin which would be on par with the 'enviable' peaches and cream complexion.

COMBINATION SKIN as the word 'combination' suggests it is mix of two different skin types on one face. More often this skin type is the result of a badly cleansed and neglected skin. It is easily recognizable as it is oily down the T panel, that is the forehead, nose, chin. The skin gets this oily look down the T panel while the rest of the face appear and feel dry. Combination skin needs scrupulous cleansing. It is a good idea to use a face mask for oily skin down the T panel and a mask for dry skin for the rest of the face. This method of treating the combination skin works ideally to give a perfect, balanced effect.

SENSITIVE SKIN this type of skin is extremely delicate and vulnerable. It is easily susceptible to freckles, itchy spots and blotches. Dermatitis and allergies caused by chemical cosmetics are common problems of a sensitive skin. It is best to discontinue the usage of strong and harsh skin care products as well as perfumed creams and moisturizers

Face Mask

Masks are excellent beauty revivers and they provide the skin with instant rejuvenation. They nourish, rejuvenate and stimulate, refine, cleanse and peel off the outer skin layer, soothe and calm inflammation, clear acne, loosen blackheads, act as an anti-wrinkle treatment and natural face-lift.  While selecting a mask carefully select the mask best suited for your skin type. Masks must always be used on a clean skin and should be evenly applied. Mask application must be avoided around the eyes and mouth. Once you know your skin type and its limitations, you can decide on a face mask made from a variety of fruits, flowers, vegetables and dairy products.

Vegetable and fruit based cleansing masks

Extract the juice of potato and add Fuller's Earth to make a thick paste. Apply on face and rinse off.

Cucumber juice combined with Fuller's Earth also helps to cleanse deep down dirt and grime from your skin.

Mashed strawberries have excellent cleansing properties

Ripe, mashed papaya, leaves skin clean, smooth and shining.

Boiled and mashed turnips combined with a little yogurt also cleanses the skin.

Other natural cleansers include aloe, lemon and ginseng.


Cucumber Mask( For sluggish & tired face)


  • 2 cup mashed cucumber
  • 1 white egg
  • 2 teaspoon skimmed milk powder

Mix well to a smooth paste. Apply all over the face and leave for 20 minutes before rinsing with warm water. Use chilled water for final rinse. Blot dry.

Honey Mask


  • 1 table spoon Fuller's earth
  • 1 table spoon honey
  • 1 table spoon rose water
  • 10 drops orange juice

Mix all the ingredients together. Apply on face and wash off after15 minutes.

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