Olivier Couraud, the creator and founder of french skincare brand Olivier Claire, has said Indians are paying more and more attention to their skin.
“India is a country that makes the French dream… its economy is experiencing exceptional momentum, the luxury hotels and their spas are sublime and their customers travel all over the world which contributes greatly to the global reputation of the Olivier Claire brand,” Couraud told IANS in an e-mail interview.
The brand has made its entry in India in association with Roseate Hotels and Resorts. Couraud is expecting a good response for the brand in the country.
“It is a market in great evolution. Indians are paying more and more attention to their skin — the properties anti-pollution, anti-age and naturally lightening of our products correspond to a real waiting,” he said.
Why did Olivier Claire enter the Indian market now?
“This is an extraordinary opportunity, thanks to Marie Hélène Abbo whom I have known for a very long time and who has been in charge of brands of the Pierre Fabre laboratory and her association with Chandani Kathuria, student of the Grande Ecole, Business School in France, and their expertise on the Indian market.
“I found a trust and an expert duo to distribute The Olivier Claire, premium cosmetics brand in India,” said Couraud.
Signs are being spruced up and prayers performed as shops in the Indian capital open their shutters after two months with the gradual easing of a stringent lockdown.
Markets were allowed to reopen recently after the government signaled economic activity must resume, even as the fight against the COVID -19 pandemic continues. Traffic is humming on once-deserted streets as buses and auto rickshaws have been given the go-ahead to operate.
However, people in the city of nearly 20 million — one of the worst-hit in the country — remain hesitant about venturing out as cases of coronavirus touched record highs in recent days.
Shop owners, hoping to slowly emerge from the economic pain imposed by a weekslong shutdown, have instituted new rules to cope with the pandemic.
“We’ve restricted it to three people at a time for browsing, and then we have new checks and measures in place where we first check the person’s temperature, we give them hand sanitizer and we have started giving everyone a pair of gloves as well,” said Rajni Malhotra, owner of Bahrisons Booksellers, a 65-year-old landmark in one of the city’s most iconic markets.
The city is only partially open — shopping malls, restaurants, schools and colleges still remain closed and offices can only have limited staff. Even in markets that have opened, only half the shops open every day to avoid crowding. Delhi accounts for about 10% of India’s infections.
“We have a twofold challenge — to reduce the transmission rate of the disease, and to increase public activity gradually,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in an address to the country two weeks ago. “Coronavirus is going to be part of our lives for a long time. But we can’t let our lives revolve around it,” he said.
Shop owners even sanitize customers’ purchases to reassure people still wary of entering markets. Among those that sold some goods is a store that sells kitchen equipment — in Delhi, like much of the world, cooking and baking have been therapy for some of those confined indoors.
However, a sense of unease remains as once-buzzing markets see only a sprinkling of customers, who mostly visit shops selling groceries and other essentials.
“There is this feeling that complete your work fast and then return home,” said Aparajita Pant, a city resident who had come to buy food for her pets.
“Earlier one would like to linger around, there are so many interesting shops here but as of now, there is that cautious approach, at least in me,” she said.
That is not good news for some shop owners. Not a single person had walked into Leena Mehra’s shop selling handicrafts and silver jewelry during the first two days.
“It’s depressing. We have to open the shop, we don’t have any choice,” she said.
“We know it is difficult for us to sell this product to the consumer because right now the mindset of the people is not at all in this direction, but we will try,” she said.
The pandemic has left its mark on a city whose love for shopping and being well turned out made it a retailers’ paradise.
“One would take more efforts to get maybe a little better dressed, but now you come here, avoid jewelry, avoid wearing even a watch, I am not even wearing my earrings,” Pant said ruefully.
Even budget accessories and clothes being sold from small stalls tucked in the market’s narrow lanes have few takers. That is disappointing for low-income workers who say they desperately need to start earning again.
“Everybody needs money. If customers don’t come and this atmosphere persists, it will not be easy to face the problem created by this pandemic,” said a despondent Lucky Arya, as he helped set up a stall to sell summer clothes.
The wait for customers is also long for auto rickshaw drivers waiting on sidewalks.
A once-familiar sight as they skillfully negotiated their way through Delhi’s often chaotic traffic, they too have been scarred by the pandemic because of new rules allowing only one passenger instead of the customary two to ensure social distancing.
With the prolonged lockdown has come the opportunity to devote extra time to personal wellness. As pollution levels seem to be dropping, and many people are protected from harsh sunlight, use this time to follow Glowing Skin And Face Tips and give your skin additional care with summer fruits.
Seasonal fruit like watermelons, mangoes, kiwi, etc. not only provide us numerous health benefits through consumption, they are also good for our skin in several ways. As per Dolly Kumar, Founder & Director, Skinella, here’s how to incorporate them into your skincare routine.
Consume more fruit in your diet
It is true that your skin reflects what you eat. This means, if you eat healthily, your skin will show it all. Prepare a bowl of fruit salad with summer special fruit like; Papaya – rich in vitamins like A, B and C, and minerals like magnesium, copper and potassium; Mango – a rich source of vitamin A, C, E and K, beta-carotene, flavonoids, polyphenolics, xanthophylls and fibre; and Watermelon – Rich in vitamin A, B1, B6 and C along with ample amounts of lycopene, flavonoids and carotenoids.
Watermelon DIY Pack
Watermelon is a blessing for the skin, especially for those who are prone to acne or have sensitive skin. So, apart from taking watermelon juice on a daily basis, you can apply it on the skin as a mask by adding 2 teaspoons of yogurt to 1 teaspoon of watermelon juice. Apply this mixture on your face, keep it for 10-15 minutes, then rinse off with water. Using this refreshing face mask everyday can give your face a dewy glow.
Strawberry DIY Body Polish Scrub
Strawberries can keep the skin clean and clear. The ellagic acid content in them helps in preventing wrinkles, collagen destruction and also protects the skin from UV damage. You can make a homemade body scrub by mixing a handful of ripe strawberries pureed with 4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil and 5 tablespoons of sugar and squeeze in half a lemon. Apply this scrub on your body and let it stay for 10-15 minutes before rinsing. This will remove all dead skin cells from your skin.
Kiwi can do wonders for your skin by saving it from free radical damage, warding off wrinkles and promoting the synthesis of the collagen. Mash kiwi pulp and squeeze the juice out. Mix the juice with some olive oil and gently massage your face with it using strokes upward and in a circular motion. Let your skin soak it in for 20-30 minutes, then wash it off. Your skin will feel hydrated, light and instantly pepped up.
Grapefruit DIY Lotion
The high nutritional content and the refreshing scent of grapefruit makes it a favourite skincare ingredient for many. Rich in antioxidants and vitamins, the extracts of this fruit when applied topically can provide multiple anti-aging benefits like evening skin tone and fighting off free radicals. You can mix 2 tablespoons of grapefruit juice with one-fourth cup Shea butter and one-fourth cup Coconut oil to make it into a lotion. Apply it to keep your skin moisturized and supple. (IANS)
Eczema is a medical condition that causes the skin to become inflamed and irritated. It causes an itchy feeling on the surface of the skin, followed by a rash. The area appears dry and scaly, the skin turns reddish.
Staying indoors during the summer is helpful for Eczema patients as heat and sweat trigger the problem. But it is also important to maintain hygiene and prevent outbreaks even while being indoors.
A sudden Eczema flare-up could be a difficult situation to deal with especially when access to doctors is limited and visiting clinics is not recommended unless absolutely required.
Dr. Kiran Godse, Consultant Dermatologist, Hiranandani Hospital Vashi, shares a few tips to avoid Eczema flare-up in summer.
Drink plenty of fluids
Drinking water frequently is recommended for good skin and health. Water flushes out the toxins from the body, which can otherwise upset or irritate delicate skin. It’s important to drink plenty of water to not only stay hydrated but also avoid skin outbreaks.
Keep your skin moisturized
Dry skin is the most common trigger for Eczema flares. Make sure you follow a daily moisturizing routine. Choose products that are fragrance-free and dye-free, more greasy than creamy. The best way to lock the moisture in the skin is applying a thick layer of moisturizer within a few minutes of taking shower. Apply at night before sleeping as well.
Wear loose, breathable clothes
With the summer setting in, it is preferable to wear loose clothing regardless of an Eczema flare. Tight clothes irritate the skin by sticking to the surface and increasing the body temperature, making you prone to a flare-up. Wear breathable fabrics, pay attention to the colour of your apparel. Dark colours attract more heat while synthetic fabric causes skin irritation, making your skin extra sensitive and triggering an Eczema flare.
Do not scratch
Scratching your skin makes the problem will worsen as it breaks the top layer of the skin, causing bacterial infections and worsening the Eczema. Opt for a cool compress to be placed on the area to minimize the itchiness and provide relief from aggravation.
Keep the skin clean
While most of us maintain basic hygiene practices, it becomes even more important in warmer months when your body sweats the most. Taking a bath daily helps clear the bacteria from the skin. It also washes away the accumulated sweat and dust on the surface of the skin. Wash the body and infected area with a mild soap with no fragrances, harsh chemicals, or dyes. Also, make sure to change your clothes twice daily.
Follow the prescribed treatment: Eczema has no permanent cure, but it can be treated through proactive measures and following the treatment prescribed by your dermatologist. As prescribed by your doctor, creams and ointments may be used to ease the itchiness when experiencing a flare-up. (IANS)