Three mom-daughter duo share beauty tips passed down through generations

While we regularly consider household heirlooms as tangible objects like jewelry and garments, beauty secrets and techniques can’t be not noted of this equation. These traditions are keepsakes, not just for their utilitarian functions but additionally for fostering bonds and preserving cultural practices. In Indian tradition, the easy act of a mom oiling and brushing her little one’s hair, strengthens the connection. Often accompanied by heartfelt conversations, the mundane exercise types fond reminiscences which are carried on for generations. However, kids discovering inspiration of their mother and father’ beauty kits and rituals isn’t one thing distinctive to India, however a world phenomena.

Bazaar India speaks with three mother-daughter duo—Bollywood’s beloved Konkona Sensharma and Aparna Sen, Navya Naveli Nanda and Shweta Bachchan, and entrepreneur and influencer Diipa Büller Khosla and Sangitha Khosla—who share their household beauty secrets and techniques, beloved merchandise, and one thing that they’re keen to strive earlier than the 12 months ends


Konkona and her mom Aparna discovered widespread floor of their shared fascination with straight hair. “We have fairly the ‘Bengali hair’, which is frizzy and curly. “As a child additionally, I keep in mind pulling my hair, attempting to moist and straighten it,” reminisces Konkona. Aparna remembers that she as soon as awakened nine-year-old Konkona early within the morning to f ix her hair. “I might get the hairdresser and make-up artist to straighten her hair with a dryer. I actually felt sorry for her afterwards. I feel I passed that on to Konkona, and now we have many jokes about this—two girls who share this widespread affliction.” In her youthful days, Konkona rebelled in opposition to the strain to decorate up incessantly, however now she finds pleasure in it often. “When I used to be youthful, I used to be not as comfy in my pores and skin as I’m at present. This was a time once I joined movies the place there was a number of give attention to the way in which one regarded,” she shares. For Aparna, beauty is about aesthetics. “I like my home, movies, and environment to look good.” The mom daughter duo have all the time put a number of significance on inside beauty. “Looks will disappear, and one must maintain adjusting in accordance with age, so that’s what I’ve imbibed and actually admire,” Konkona tells Bazaar India. Some of their trusted practices and merchandise are double cleaning, Johnson’s child oil, Bio-Oil, a mix of glycerine and rose water, L’Occitane bathe oil, and extra. One beauty hack that Aparna passed on is a home made paste of masur dal combined with milk or cream, a squeeze of lemon and coconut or olive oil. “Another factor I’ve informed them is utilizing an egg masks,” Aparna provides. A mani-pedi session is one thing that they each get pleasure from and plan to do earlier than 2024 ends. “It’s very time consuming so it could be nice to do it alongside together with her,” says Konkona. Before signing off, Aparna says, “My beauty tip is to train, I’ve practised yoga all my life and respiratory workout routines assist the pores and skin. If you are able to do aerobics, nothing prefer it!”


I’ve by no means been a wash-and-go sort of particular person, says Shweta Bachchan, recalling her pores and skin points rising up. “My mom has all the time taken care of her pores and skin. I had horrible pores and skin, with scars to indicate— a fallout of my PCOS [polycystic ovary syndrome]. I’m paranoid about my pores and skin and it’s an enormous joke in my household. My youngsters name it mama ‘lotions and potions’!” shares Shweta. Oiling hair and utilizing a conventional pumice stone on the soles are a few of the rituals passed down to Shweta from her mom [Jaya Bachchan]. She tells Bazaar India that beauty is a phrase used very loosely lately, and to her, it’s extra about taking good care of oneself—it’s as vital as taking good care of your bones or eyesight. Between the mom daughter duo of Shweta and Navya, the previous is a skincare and make-up junkie. Owing to her delicate pores and skin, she makes use of merchandise which have labored with out giving her a flare-up. “When Navya grew up and struggled together with her pores and skin, it was one thing we bonded over. Of course, none of my recommendation was taken. My son and I’ve inherited eczema, and at instances it’s debilitating. So, after we discover one thing that works, it’s shared 3 ways,” she explains. Some of her favorite merchandise embody Cetaphil lotion, Sebamed lip balm, and sunblock from Isdin. Talking in regards to the current discoveries. Shweta says, “Navya not too long ago launched us to barrier lotions and we’ve by no means regarded again.” Navya says Shweta and she or he have found the ability of manifestation within the final 12 months. “It’s actually modified our method in direction of conditions and life total, positively making us extra assured,” shares Navya. She provides that she want to strive a few of the haircare developments utilizing her favorite Loreal merchandise and the oil/hair spa remedies together with her mum. Sharing a tip with the readers, Navya concludes, “It’s a tip my mother taught me—to combine highlighter with my cream. It provides an additional glow to the pores and skin.”


A beauty ritual that Diipa remembers is their weekly champi. “I keep in mind my mother used to therapeutic massage a mixture of various Ayurvedic components and hair oils into our scalps to assist strengthen, develop, and add shine to our hair,” she remembers. Diipa describes how the normal follow has been passed on to her daughter with a twist. “Now I proceed this custom with my daughter with a extra refined model of the age-old champi system with science-backed formulations and oils to raise this childhood follow.” Describing a few of her trusted hacks, she says, “I used to make use of ghee to unravel every thing earlier and now the Dewy lip remedy—everybody has it, from my husband, mom to finest good friend.” She urges everybody to put on sunscreen all the time. “If you wish to stop your pores and skin from untimely ageing and injury, all the time put it on even on a cloudy day or if you’re merely staying at residence.” But, what does beauty imply to her? “Beauty to me means taking what you have already got and bringing out the beauty in it. It means authenticity, individuality, and taking pleasure within the traits that make you distinctive.” She says that one ought to use skincare and make-up to uplift what they have already got, as an alternative of attempting to cowl or change it. Something that Diipa and Sangitha are keen to strive collectively is, “Abhyanga, an Ayurvedic full-body therapeutic massage remedy with dosha-specific heat and herb-infused oil. Traditionally, it has been mentioned to assist promote blood circulation and stress-relief,” Diipa tells Bazaar India. “Honestly, one factor I found earlier in my profession as an influencer is that haters are going to hate. At first it affected my psychological well being—I used to be all the time anxious to put up and afraid of how individuals would reply. But now I solely give attention to the constructive,” she concludes. 

This article initially appeared in Harper’s Bazaar India, 2024 May print problem.

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