With a country of millions obsessed with fairness, India is far from reality when it comes to taking into account the adverse effects of steroid-heavy whitening products and services. Some of the strong topical steroids found in skin lightening creams include Alclometasone, Beclomethasone, Betamethasone, Desonide, Desoximetasone, to name few. All of these cause Topical Steroid Damaged Face (TSDF), a type of skin damage. Further, over use of these steroids often makes it difficult to treat simple skin problems.
To usher in the new world infused with fresh perspective, it is imperative to educate and sensitise the public on health and not ‘colour’. Indian government has decided to step forward and propose regulation to drive awareness on the hazardous effects of prolonged usage of steroids. The Indian Association of Dermatologists, Venereologists and Leprologists (IADVL) has suggested the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) and Ministry of Health to regulate the market better in order to protect consumers from TSDF. With this in mind, beauty brands, spas and dermatologists are now advising skin brightening solutions, instead. We speak to medical experts and brands in the industry for their take on the matter.
In Hair, we interview international hairdresser, Paul Jones, who has re-written the norms of the industry. He shares his joys and tribulations, which have stood him well and made him the hairdresser who has emerged victorious. On the home front, we have Sumit Malkotia, Creative Director, LOOKS Salon, Delhi and one of the seven L’Oréal Professionnel ID artist. His primary objective is to train and inspire newcomers. Senior Hairstylist at Bella Madonna Salon, Gurgaon, Sushant Maini aspires to take his craft on the international platform. Mumbai-based Celebrity Hairstylist, Amit Yashwant decodes the most talked about hair makeover of Bollywood actor, Tiger Shroff for his latest blockbuster, Baaghi 2, in an easy to achieve step-by-step guide.
In Beauty, Mumbai-based celebrity make-up artist, Swarnalekha Gupta, quit her corporate job to pursue her passion. Dr Viral Desai, Celebrity Cosmetic Surgeon, DHI India and CPLSS India, shares his views on the trending aesthetic procedure, Brachioplasty. Shahnaz Husain shares her views on channeling artificial intelligence in beauty. Industry professionals and brands share an insight into the emerging beauty trend, camouflage make-up. Priyancka Jaiin, Owner, Invogue by Priyancka Salon in Kolkata, revealed professional tips and tricks to flaunt trendy nail art.
In the Spa section, we present the design concept of Ayurah Wellness Centre at Aleenta Phuket Resort & Spa in Phang Nga. Dr Seema Dixit, Spa Manager, Shine Spa, Sheraton Grand Pune, shares her views on the wellness industry of India, and Ritesh Mastipuram, Founder of O2 Spas, comments on the dired need for wellness in India.
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