Ravinder Bhogal on holistic beauty

The former beauty and food writer, whose London hotspot, Jikoni, celebrates the finest seasonal Anglo-Indian fare, shares her holistic beauty rituals

by Psychologies

My skin is very sensitive, so I have to be careful with the products that I use – and I absolutely swear by Jurlique. I love the Purely Age-Defying Ultra Rich Cleanser, £25, and the Moisture Replenishing Day Cream, £29, is my hero product – super-hydrating and nourishing. I feel naked without it on my face.

I also rely on some traditional family beauty recipes – my favourite mask is a simple mix of 1/8 tsp ground turmeric, 1 heaped tbsp chickpea flour and natural yogurt, which is a gentle exfoliant. I mix them to make a paste, then spread it on my face and rinse after 10 minutes. My skin is brighter and feels rejuvenated.

I keep my hair glossy with amla oil, a wonderful conditioner you can buy in Indian food stores or online. Simply leave in overnight and shampoo out in the morning. I love quality green tea, such as Lalani & Co, from £12, which is high in antioxidants. Wrap the used tea leaves in muslin and refrigerate, then use as an eye pack.

I’m all for everything in moderation, but I try to add nuts, lots of fresh, organic vegetables and fruit and spices, such as juice mixed in some orange juice is a great skin and immunity booster. I also try and eat lots of oily fish and green, leafy vegetables, such as cavolo nero, Brussels sprouts and broccoli.

If I can’t find the time for a massage (I love a good Thai massage and have also recently been looking into reiki; a friend has recommended Sushma Sagar from PUSH Mind and Body), I make time for self-massage. I spend hours on my feet, so I regularly massage them and my ankles with almond oil.

To unwind and get those ear-grazing shoulders to drop after a hot day in the kitchen, I run a bath with Aromatherapy Associates Deep Relax Bath & Shower Oil, £45, then meditate or pray before I sleep.

For more information on Jikoni visit jikonilondon.com. You can follow Ravindher on Twitter @cookinboots 

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