Jeans that double up as skincare!

Jeans have long been the top choice for women who want to look fit and sexy. These ubiquitous denims don’t only up your ‘cool’ factor, they also provide a zillion body shaping benefits that lift, push up and literally contour the wearer. However, till now their benefits were only temporary – take off the Wranglers and your body sprang back to square one. But hope is at hand as a slew of denim brands are infusing their jeans with skin and body care ingredients that can combat cellulite, reduce fat deposits and tone your thighs on a permanent basis.

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It’s a dream premise – getting the perfect body simply by wearing the right jeans, whose active ingredients work as we carry on with our daily lives. Amazingly though, this may not be an empty promise. Clothes infused with skincare ingredients have existed in various cultures, including India, Greece and Turkey, for several centuries and their benefits have often been ratified by modern science. After all, what could be a better way to maintain a continuous delivery of skincare ingredients to our body than something that’s worn right next to the skin?

However, the challenge till now was to find a way of infusing the cloth fibres with formulas that would not wash out at first rinse. Also, there needed to be technology that would keep up constant interaction between the skin and the cloth, without the cloth feeling uncomfortable or clammy (imagine wearing jeans soaked in aloe vera juice for 8 hours, if you could actually feel the juice against your legs?). Fortunately, the answers to these problems are increasingly becoming clearer with innovations in nanotechnology and micro-capsules… which is what these three leading cosmeceutical-clothes brands have brought into use. Take a look and tell me if you would hand over your body to them for some toning up?

Wranglers Denim Spa Therapy for Legs

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Wranglers new Denim Spa Therapy for Legs jeans come with circulation-boosting, cellulite-reducing and hydrating ingredients (such as aloe vera and olive extracts) infused into the denim to smooth and moisturise your skin. The jeans feel super-comfortable and according to brand statistics, almost 75 per cent of 160 women involved in a trial said their thighs were more attractive after 4 weeks of everyday wear. The skincare ingredients are expected to last 6-8 washes, after which the jeans need to be sprayed to reload the effects. Price: 99.95 euros / US$130

Mohicano Jeans Denim Therapy 

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The well known Chilean brand has also launched jeans with anticellulite properties drawn from nano-particles of aloe vera that are incorporated in the cotton fibres. When these particles come in contact with the skin, they release a hefty punch of vitamins, amino acids, enzymes and antioxidants that reduce the appearance of cellulite and stretch marks, while stimulating cell growth, collagen and elastin.

According to Mohicano, this specially treated denim increases skin’s hydration by about 11.5 percent when the jeans are worn for at least six hours every day for 15 days. As an added bonus, the fabric is hypoallergenic, which makes it ideal for sensitive skin. The nano-particles remain active for up to 40 washes, after which the jeans lose their beauty benefits and become just a regular pair of denims. Price: US$85

LeRock 

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This hip Italian brand has taken the beauty benefits a couple of steps further with jeans that promise to knock off 0.7 inches from your hips and thighs every time you wear them. The Eve LeRock jeans, created in collaboration with French cosmetologist Florence Bombard, are loaded with a patented drug that includes three components: caffeine, escin (also known as horse chestnut) and vitamin E. Caffeine dissolves fat storage and prevents excess water retention; escin promotes microcirculation and protects the skin; while vitamin E is an antioxidant that fights cellulite.

How does this work? The fabric is equipped with microcapsules that release when they come in contact with the skin and continue to be activated with the natural friction that happens while walking or sitting. Simple! Eve LeRock jeans remain effective for approximately 28 days or four washes, after which the fibres have to be recharged with the fluid that’s provided in a 50 ml bottle.

Bizarre celeb beauty secrets (that you can recreate at home!)

It’s no secret that international models and Hollywood A-listers go to great lengths to look their best on the red carpet. But unlike leech facials or umbilical cord injections, some of these beauty tricks are actually doable by your average non-celeb. Well, if it works for a super model… !

celeb-beauty-secretsEva’s kitchen

Desperate Housewife or not, one can’t deny that Eva Longoria has simply the most flawlessly glow-y complexion in Hollywood. Her secret? A homemade mask made of 4 parts coffee grounds, 4 parts olive oil and 1 part lemon juice. Piece of cake!

Emma Stone’s grapeseed fixation

The Help actress, who always seems to have flawless skin, reveals that her look doesn’t come courtesy expensive creams – it’s actually the work of grapeseed oil. In fact, the 24-year-old is allergic to many beauty products, so she uses the pure vegetable oil as a moisturiser all the time. Emma jokes that the oil, which costs around US$3 from most supermarkets, makes her smell like grapes “pretty much all the time.” Which, I think, just makes her even more appealing!

Make like Moss

Kate Moss preps for a big night out by dipping her face into a bowl of ice cubes and cucumber slices to tauten up her skin and create a fabulous glow.

celeb beauty secrets 2Kerr goes coco

Australian beauty Miranda Kerr believes that beauty comes from within. So, she has a daily shake made from natural juice and a supplement of chlorophyll and spirulina to help maintain her clear skin. Besides this, she “doesn’t go a day” without four tablespoons of coconut oil – spreading it over her salads, cooking or cups of green tea. Now it might seem like coconut oil is fattening (and it is when taken excessively) but the composition actually makes for more energy and leaner bodies. That’s because it’s composed of lauric acid rather than saturated fat, which has unbelievable health benefits like fighting off bacterial infections, cleansing our bodies, and boosting metabolism, besides warding off breast and colon cancer.

Ramp up the runway quotient

Backstage, models and make-up artists have been known to concoct a powerful face pack consisting of aspirin and honey. The salicylic acid within the aspirin sloughs away dead skin cells and unblocks pores while the honey soothes and softens. Dreamy!

Glow like a Kardashian

A spoonful of sugar helps your skin glow, according to Kim Kardashian, who adds the sweet stuff to her body wash “for a gentle exfoliating experience”.

Gaga over spinach

Lady Gaga claims that drinking spinach juice works wonders on her skin. Dermatologists and nutritionists concur: The phytonutrients in green leafy vegetables such as spinach help the detoxification and biotransformation systems in the body, which is a crucial element in clear and glowing skin.

Gisele’s bed head

This Brazilian beauty often has a sexy, come-hither “bed hair” look in public… and she doesn’t need an army of stylists to achieve the same. Gisele washes her hair at night, ties it up while it’s still damp, then goes to bed. When she wakes up in the morning it looks nice and wavy, so all she needs to do is add a bit of hair serum for a shine.

celeb beauty secrets 3Laundry locks

A celebrity cannot afford to have one hair out of place on the red carpet. So, stylists sometimes use spray-on laundry starch on their tresses, which helps control fly-aways and prevents frizziness even in the steamiest of situations.

Jennifer Lopez’s appetite killer

J-Lo is known for her slender frame and legendary curves but she has an unusual method for maintaining the same. The singer-dancer-actress sniffs grapefruit oil for 15 minutes (there is always a vial on her person somewhere) to reduce cravings and stop her reaching for the chocolates.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever done in the pursuit to beauty? Would you be tempted to follow any celeb fads? Tell me below!

6 super-weird beauty tricks that work wonders

When you have been backstage at enough red carpet affairs and fashion shows, nothing surprises any longer. Putting cellulite cream on the face? But naturally! Getting into a bubble bath after making up your face for a party? Of course! Using Pepto-Bismol as a face mask? Duh! Here are some of the staple beauty shortcuts that I have personally seen in operation over and over again. And each one of them delivers fab results!

bathGet steamy to set your makeup

It sounds counterintuitive but almost every celeb I have met swears by the ritual of applying makeup and then stepping into a hot bath for 10 minutes (no bathtub? Stand near a hot shower!). The steam sets makeup, while the mega-dose of moisture makes skin look plump, fresh and dewy.

Dodge a double chin

Want to get rid of a pudgy chin in a jiffy? Rub a caffeine-rich cellulite cream along the entire jawline. How does it work? Caffeine, being a diuretic, will suck out all excess fluids and reduce puffiness. The effect will only be noticeable for three or four hours but that’s long enough to parade around a party or get through a hot date. Just make sure this stuff goes nowhere near your eyes!

pepto-facialA Pepto-Bismol facial

A tablespoon of the anti-acid Pepto-Bismol (or Gelusil or Digene) not only takes care of your insides before an anxiety-provoking event, it can also save skin. That’s because it contains bismuth subsalicylate – an antibacterial active agent that’s very similar to salicylic acid. So, smooth on some Pepto-Bismol onto your face, let it dry for 20 minutes, then rinse with plain water to help tighten skin, shrink pores and dry out zits. However, it  dries out the skin so use occasionally and not a substitute for a daily acne regimen!

Erase the acne

Have you noticed that celebs never look cakey on the red carpet? That’s not because they always have perfect skin – it’s just that they know how to banish even the reddest zit instantly. Instead of piling on concealer, they dab the spots with nasal spray and Visine (Clear Eyes and All Clear work just as well) eye drops. These contain vasoconstrictors, which shrink blood vessels, thereby taking away the redness and bringing down inflammation – the effect is akin to that of a topical steroid.

De-bloat with apple cider vinegar

Feeling like a bloated mess and nothing fits? Mix 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with half a glass of water and drink up! Within 30 minutes, the vinegar’s enzymes will slow down your gastric juice production and start flushing away the bloat.

Lash booster

Forget all those controversy-laden lash boosting concoctions – simply dab a bit of flax seed oil on your lash line every night. Flax seeds contain Omega-3, -6, and -9, along with B vitamins and lecithin to repair lash damage and stimulate their growth.

The New Silk Route: How a Fabric Makes You More Beautiful

Once considered the gold standard for luxury textiles, silk is fast gaining a brand new identity – as the hautest new ingredient in foundations, perfumes, skincare and haircare products. From  Guerlain’s Lingerie de Peau foundation to Elemis’ Japanese Silk Booster Facial and Vidal Sassoon Silk Essence Hair Treatment, these mulberry-derived fibres are popping up in luxe goodies everywhere. But how exactly does a fabric work in beauty products?

In haircare, the filaments usually take the form of hydrolyzed silk proteins that are derived from degummed silk worm cocoons. These form a transparent film on the hair that increases the elasticity of your tresses, boosts shine, binds moisture and step up volume  – the perfect antidote for dry or damaged locks.

Skincare products call on silk proteins, which are a natural, water-soluble source of acid derived from liquid silk. These precious acids aid moisture absorption and help heal damaged or stressed complexions.

In a foundation, silk filaments are used to create a micro-mesh, which gives the pigments an elasticity that helps them bond and move with the skin. This allows the foundation to give lasting coverage.