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Celebrating the Story of MissPalettable

Because we can’t get enough clean beauty.

Pop culture may have you believe that the so-called ‘pregnancy glow’ is practically a given, but the opposite was true for Mukta Purain. Here, the co-founder of clean beauty platform MissPalettable reveals its unexpected backstory, how she feels about elitism in wellness culture, what’s next in the industry, and more. Listen in.

Q

Let’s start with the basics. What is MissPalettable? And who is the MissPalettable woman? 

A

She enjoys using products that are palatable to the skin. She’s bright, fun, and individual but also conscious, independent, and open-minded – that’s who I think of. The online platform, meanwhile, curates independent clean brands sourced from all over the world. But we steer clear of ‘green’ branding because we think beauty shouldn’t be so serious. Most of our brands are female-founded, too, and usually not available anywhere else except on MissPalettable. That’s also why our customers return – there’s always something interesting, something new. 

Q

Can you talk us through your journey from banker to beauty entrepreneur?

A

I was actually in finance, working as a foreign exchange trader. That was in a prior life in Singapore, before I moved to Dubai because of my husband’s job. Only one year later, I was pregnant and never ended up returning to finance. I like to say I gave birth to two children simultaneously: my son and MissPalettable. My skin changed a lot during the pregnancy, as is the case for many women. But for me, those changes were drastic. I saw a lot of sensitivity develop, and almost everything I used led to redness and allergies. And of course, I saw an increase in hyperpigmentation, too. 

Only your usual, mainstream brands were available in Dubai at the time, and they were just not working for me. I had to research others, which is what led me to K-Beauty. I started having Korean skincare products shipped over, and my skin improved. The redness disappeared, and I realised they are all about hydration and correcting inflammation. The formulations incorporate a lot more natural skincare ingredients and are lighter than Western beauty brands, too. But it was a whole process getting these products to Dubai because the awareness around Korean brands was nearly non-existent back in 2016 – even Sephora didn’t carry any. The birth of MissPalettable practically happened on my couch, with me watching TV and complaining about the shipping time and costs.

Q

Can you talk us through the process of how you curate the brands carried by MissPalettable? How extensively are they tested?

A

There are a few different approaches when it comes to testing. One is with brands that I have used and loved, and therefore want them on the platform. I then reach out and bring them onboard. And on the other side are brands getting in touch to possibly be listed on MissPalettable – that’s where the curation process truly happens. My first step is always research. I like working with brands that have a strong philosophy, a strong story, a strong founder’s story. And I prefer working with founders directly. I try every single product if the brand passes the research phase, testing each for at least two weeks. If I don’t like the products or love the brand, how can I expect my clients to? Matters like importing the products and looking into registration certificates follow – we’re quite regimented that way. That’s why we’re transparent with our customers, and that’s why they trust the fact that we only carry trustworthy products.

Q

And how do you tackle testing a product that isn’t suited to your skin type? 

A

I have extremely dry and sensitive skin, but I have a Marketing Manager in my team who has oily skin, so it works perfectly for us. There’s a Korean skincare brand that we’ve been testing recently, and I felt it wasn’t hydrating enough for my parched skin. That’s when I knew it may be suited to someone with oily or combination skin. She tested it, she loved it, and we then had a detailed discussion about it. What type of customer or skin type would benefit most from it? Do we already have something similar on the site? It’s a thorough process because we don’t want any brand to cannibalise another. You also don’t want too many brands of the same type or style. Otherwise, customers get confused – you want to give them options without overwhelming them.

Q

Sensitive skin is a source of misery for so many women, whether it’s due to allergies or climate conditions or – in your case – pregnancy. Any DIY tips you can share? 

A

I recommend looking for ingredients such as aloe vera, calendula, and chamomile, and avoiding the likes of fragrance and harsh exfoliants. Personally, I struggle with dark circles because of my Asian skin – it’s genetic. I wish there was a foolproof way to get rid of them, but there isn’t. However, the one thing I like doing, especially as a green tea lover, is refrigerating the teabags in a Ziploc bag after I’m done with them. I use them as an eye mask whenever I feel I need a quick pick-me-up because green tea contains caffeine and is an antioxidant. It does help, especially if you haven’t slept properly and wake up with puffy eyes.

Q

Wellness culture – clean beauty included – can often feel elitist, but the products listed on MissPalettable feel accessible and are surprisingly affordable. Was that a conscious decision? 

A

I feel like there’s a spectrum within the clean beauty space, and certain brands sit on one extreme. But we’re in a more balanced place in the sense that we’re not here to clean-shame you. For example, there have been a lot of conversations around what products qualify as clean. Does that mean everything else is dirty? No. People don’t realise that the term is derived from clean eating, which is simply eating real and wholesome foods. Of course, there’s no real definition of clean beauty because there’s no regulatory authority in place, so customers should do their own research – even if a brand claims to be clean. One thing we stand by is that nature and science can coexist, the two don’t have to be at odds with each other.

Q

If you were writing the Clean Beauty for Dummies guide, how would you explain the term? 

A

Clean beauty doesn’t mean cruelty-free, and cruelty-free doesn’t mean clean beauty. Similarly, clean beauty doesn’t mean vegan, and vegan doesn’t mean clean beauty. People get confused, which is understandable. Cruelty-free basically means a brand doesn’t test on animals, vegan means the ingredients used are not derived from animals. That’s the difference. The reason cruelty-free is significant is because there’s only one country in the world where animal testing is mandatory, but that one country happens to be a huge commercial market for many brands. Nars and Bobbi Brown, for example, started off as cruelty-free brands, but are not anymore. That’s why thorough research into a brand is so important for us. As for my take on clean beauty? Every single ingredient within a formulation serves a positive purpose.

Q

MissPalettable launched in 2017, a time when clean beauty wasn’t particularly known in this part of the world. What challenges did you face?

A

We didn’t have too many options when I started. There were two extremes – you had Sephora and department stores like Harvey Nichols, which carried high-end products, and then you had drugstores. Oh, and a few natural brands through Organic Foods and Café. That was it. You didn’t see a lot of e-commerce in the region either because people were sceptical about using credit cards online. There was also a bit of a herd mentality at the time; women were using whatever Kim Kardashian was using. These were just some of the hurdles I encountered. 

Nothing happened at first because nobody knew about us, so a lot of time was spent in building brand awareness. And once that happened, there were so many stereotypes to break. Not many people knew what clean beauty was, so I used terms like ‘natural’ and ‘organic’. But the association there was someone who is vegan, into yoga and journaling, and living this minimalist lifestyle. What if you were someone who went partying in DIFC after a long day at work? They wouldn’t see the appeal of clean beauty. I felt the need to educate customers on the fact that beauty shouldn’t depend on one’s lifestyle. It’s about options – Korean skincare products in particular, which are lightweight and so easy on the skin.

Q

Is Korean skincare still the focal point?

A

We’ve shifted focus, bringing more cosmetic brands and ayurvedic brands on board. Like I said, the idea wasn’t to go from five to fifteen skincare brands that were all similar in formulation. And I’m the reason behind the shift – my interest and forte has always been on the makeup side. It’s selfish in a way, but it’s because I want more clean makeup options here and we now have a lot of fun brands in the pipeline. That’s our joy – finding lesser-known brands with unique backstories. I also find that most recently launched clean beauty platforms primarily focus on skincare, not makeup.

Q

What one product on MissPalettable do you wish more people would try, and why?

A

I’d say the makeup in general. Yes, it’s not going to have the pigmentation of, say, a Huda Beauty product, but give it a shot. The lipsticks by Lily Lolo and Hynt Beauty are amazing. The BB cream by Lily Lolo? It really smooths out the skin and preps it for foundation. Hynt Beauty’s concealer offers full coverage – it even covers up my dark circles! Again, the stigma is that clean makeup brands aren’t as high in quality, but ours have been very popular with customers who have sensitive skin. What I also like is that they’re all working to be more inclusive, to increase their colour range.

Q

What, according to you, is the next big trend in beauty?

A

Circular beauty, or upcycled beauty, is going to be huge. There are several brands in the start-up phase that are formulating products using waste. We’ve already seen it happen in fashion, and that’s now starting to happen in beauty. Of course, it’s still early days, but it’s something to look forward to. Inclusivity is also a big one. Right now, especially in the United States, you see emerging beauty brands founded by African-Americans, Asian-Americans, and even South Asians – all promoting their side of the story. That’s where it’s getting a lot more interesting.

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Talking Sustainabili-tea with Laura Erguy

The co-founder of Namastea on searching for some of the best tea in the world.

As tea consumption continues to rise, many brands are looking for ways to modernise the traditional beverage. With increasing populations plus disposable income and a penchant for the Instagrammable, a key driver behind increased tea consumption in the Middle East has been boba tea. But that doesn’t mean traditional tea is on the way out; the reality is quite the opposite: the Middle East and Africa are the world’s second-largest consumers of tea, after Asia Pacific, with black tea coming out as a strong preference, as well as teas geared towards health and wellness.

One such brand is Namastea, dedicated to providing the highest quality tea available to the Gulf region with an eye trained firmly on the future. “Tea is an old and traditional beverage with a lot of existing brands. Our main challenge is to modernise its consumption and educate our consumers on the different options out there,” says co-founder Laura Erguy. We spoke with Erguy to find out more.

Chasing the Premium

“We realised that most teas in the Middle East were often lower quality than what we could find elsewhere and consumers did not know the many benefits of tea,” shared Laura. “So, we decided to source the best teas and really put the focus on each blend[‘s] main ingredients to highlight their benefits on our wellbeing, while maintaining an affordable price and cute packaging.”

Aimed at young, health-conscious tea drinkers, Erguy is on a mission to provide a premium tea and promote a healthier lifestyle. “We would like our customers to appreciate our level of quality and feel part of a healthy community with our brand.”

NAMASTEA

Good Morning Energizing Loose Tea

AED 40.00

NAMASTEA

Midnight Rendez Vous Rejuvenating Loose Tea

AED 44.00

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NAMASTEA

Sun Kiss Immunity Loose Tea

AED 44.00

And the effort shows through. Just as single-origin coffees tend to have a distinct, exotic taste that is bolder and more robust in comparison to blends, Erguy — who co-founded Namastea with her sister almost four years ago — revealed all Namastea teas are sourced exclusively from Sri Lanka, one of the world’s top producers of tea. “Sri Lanka is the only country in the world to function with an auction system that ensures that every single batch of tea produced is checked, ensuring consistency, transparency, and homogeneity of the products.”

“Sri Lanka is also the first and only country to have received a global ozone-friendly certification thanks to their sustainable production methods.”

The Power of Sustainability

Originally from France, the Erguy sisters founded Namastea out of a love for Sri Lanka and its tea, and a desire to share it with their world. “We both started our careers in the cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries. After many trips to Sri Lanka, we discovered the incredible health benefits of tea and realised that this was often unknown or not fully understood. We decided to create a modern and colourful brand to modernise this ancient beverage, as well as focus on its incredible powers.”

The sailing distance from Sri Lanka to the Gulf region is usually between one to three days, meaning the tea’s footprint from food miles is drastically reduced too. “Our teas have not traveled the world before reaching your cup,” says Erguy. Apart from sourcing sustainably-produced tea, Namastea’s teabags are fully compostable and biodegradable; plus, all the flavours are 100% natural and fruit-based, with special limited editions as well as an ever-expanding lineup.

NAMASTEA

Barely Moody
Tea Bags

AED 20.00

NAMASTEA

Pretty Berry Rejuvenating Tea Bags

AED 20.00

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NAMASTEA

Sweet Dreams
Tea Bags

AED 20.00

“We started with only loose leaf teas, but gradually introduced a teabag as well in order to cater supermarkets’ needs and [offer] more convenience for some of our consumers,” says Erguy. “Our favourite tea is Pretty Berry,” says Laura, “because it is a unique creation in our range that you would not find in any other brands. It has a very tasty flavour, almost like a candy (without the guilt) and can be drunk cold or hot.”

According to Erguy, the unique natural flavours added to the tea blends can last up to three years, though she recommends consuming the teas long before then. “The natural flavours added to the blend tend to disappear after that period. However, the tea itself does not expire and will still be safe to drink after three years.”

By providing consumers with the highest quality tea from Sri Lanka, Namastea is helping to modernise the traditional beverage and educate consumers on the different options available.

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40 Powerful Quotes to Celebrate Your Inner Beauty

Beauty inspiration from the inside out.

We all have moments when we don’t feel our best. Maybe you had a bad day at work or didn’t get the result you wanted. When these things happen, it’s easy to start focusing on our outer appearance and how it doesn’t measure up to your expectations. What if I tell you to consider this: instead of trying to change how you look on the outside, you can refocus your mindset by celebrating your inner beauty.

But how specifically can you channel your inner gorgeousness? Start by accepting compliments graciously. Instead of downplaying a compliment or shrugging it off, confidently smile and say, “Thank you!” This helps you see the positive things that others see in you and reinforces your self-worth. 

Another way to increase self-confidence is by practising positive affirmations. These can be short statements like “I am beautiful” or “I am worthy”. Repeating these phrases to yourself daily can help train your brain to focus on the positive and ignore negative self-talk. Finally, don’t be afraid to show your inner beauty to the world! Do whatever makes you feel confident – the more you exude inner beauty, the more others will see it.

Inner beauty is about self-confidence and being empowered. It’s about knowing your worth and being proud of who you are! In a world where beauty is often defined by what’s on the outside, it’s refreshing to read quotes that celebrate the beauty of your inner self. Here, we’ve collected 40 of our favourite quotes to help you appreciate your unique beauty. Whether you’re dealing with insecurities or need a little boost of confidence, they will remind you that true beauty comes from within.

  1. “Beauty is how you feel inside, and it reflects in your eyes.” – Sophia Loren
  2. “Adornment, what a science! Beauty, what a weapon! Modesty, what elegance!” – Coco Chanel
  3. “The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mode, but the true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows. The beauty of a woman grows with the passing years.” – Audrey Hepburn
  4. “Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.” – Khalil Gibran
  5. “To me, beauty is about being comfortable in your own skin. It’s about knowing and accepting who you are.” – Ellen DeGeneres

  1. “People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.” – Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
  2. “Beauty is about enhancing what you have. Let yourself shine through.” – Janelle Monae
  3. “No matter how plain a woman may be, if truth and honesty are written across her face, she will be beautiful.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
  4. Live quietly in the moment and see the beauty of all before you. The future will take care of itself.” – Paramahansa Yogananda
  5. “A woman whose smile is open and whose expression is glad has a kind of beauty no matter what she wears.” – Anne Roiphe

  1. “The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair.” – Audrey Hepburn
  2. “What you do, the way you think makes you beautiful.” – Scott Westerfeld
  3. “I’m convinced that inner beauty radiates from within, making someone even more attractive.” – Ellen DeGeneres
  4. “Inner beauty should be the most important part of improving one’s self.” – Priscilla Presley
  5. “I think the definition of beauty is somebody who’s comfortable in their own skin and celebrates that they’re unique and different.” – Drew Barrymore

  1. “The real sin against life is to abuse and destroy beauty, even one’s own – even more, one’s own, for that has been put in our care, and we are responsible for its preservation.” – Katherine Anne Porter
  2. “Outer beauty turns the head, but inner beauty turns the heart.” – Helen J. Russell
  3. “Everything that is made beautiful and fair and lovely is made for the eye of one who sees.” – Rumi
  4. “True beauty resides within a good heart, not in superficial things like hair, makeup, or clothes.” – Unknown
  5. “Inner beauty, too, needs occasionally to be told it is beautiful.” – Robert Brault

  1. “The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes because that is the doorway to her heart, the place in which love resides.” – Audrey Hepburn
  2. “Beauty is not about having a pretty face. It is about having a pretty mind, a pretty heart, and most importantly a pretty soul.” – Unknown
  3. “Beauty shouldn’t be about changing yourself to achieve an ideal or be more socially acceptable. Real beauty, the interesting, truly pleasing kind, is about honoring the beauty within you and without you. It’s about knowing that someone else’s definition of pretty has no hold over you.” – Golda Poretsky
  4. “Beauty lies not in a flawless complexion but in the stories that are told by each transitioning line on a woman’s face.” – Alyscia Cunningham
  5. To me, beauty is natural beauty. If you’re naturally yourself, you’re beautiful.” – Young MA

  1. “Natural beauty really entices men. They will tell you this time and time again, and studies consistently prove it.” – Helen Fisher
  2. “To experience sublime natural beauty is to confront the total inadequacy of language to describe what you see. Words cannot convey the scale of a view that is so stunning it is felt.” – Eleanor Catton
  3. “Beauty is not something you buy; instead, beauty is what lies within.” – Byron Pulsifer
  4. “I love natural beauty, and I think it’s your best look, but I think makeup as an artist is so transformative.” – Marina and the Diamonds
  5. “Being natural is incredibly empowering for women because it’s just who you are. You’re embracing all the beautiful things about you from your head to your toes. Because when you mask so much of your natural beauty, people don’t get to see that.” – Rozonda Thomas

  1. “Beauty is the illumination of your soul.” – John O’Donohue
  2. “Outer beauty attracts, but inner beauty captivates.” – Kate Angell
  3. “A pure heart is superlatively rare and even more attractive.” – J. S. B. Morse
  4. “Inner beauty, too, needs occasionally to be told it is beautiful.” – Robert Brault
  5. “We see the beauty within and cannot say no.” – Dave Eggers

  1. “True beauty is when someone radiates that they like themselves.” – Aimee Mullins
  2. “Our hearts are drunk with a beauty our eyes could never see.” – George W. Russell
  3. “Beauty lives with kindness.” – William Shakespeare
  4. “Beauty is not something you buy; instead, beauty is what lies within.” – Byron Pulsifer
  5. “Beauty is power; a smile is its sword.” – John Ray
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A Beginner’s Guide to Meditation at Home

Everything you need to successfully start meditating at home.

In our fast-paced, constantly-connected world, finding ways to relax and de-stress is more important than ever. We’re constantly bombarded with notifications, emails, and calls, and finding a moment of peace can be tough. That’s where meditation comes in.

If you’re new to meditation or have been meaning to start a regular practice but don’t know where to begin, this guide is for you. Meditation is a brief respite from the chaos of the world, a chance to clear your mind and just be. 

The practice of meditation can take many forms, but the goal is always the same: to still the mind and achieve a state of relaxation. And the benefits are well worth the effort. Studies have shown that meditation can help to reduce stress and anxiety, improve sleep, and boost cognitive performance.

Getting Started with Meditation

One of the great things about meditation is that it can be done anywhere, anytime. That said, finding a space in your home that is quiet, comfortable, and free from distractions is important. If possible, try to find a room or area that you can dedicate solely to meditation; that way, whenever you enter that space, your mind will automatically begin to calm down and centre itself. 

If you don’t have an entire room you can use for meditation, that’s perfectly fine — any quiet corner will do. Just make sure to remove any clutter or distractions from your chosen space before starting your session. You might also want to dim the lights or light some candles to create a peaceful atmosphere. Finally, sit comfortably on the floor or in a chair with your spine straight and your eyes closed. Once you’re settled in, you’re ready to begin meditating.

When it comes to forming new habits, one of the most important things is consistency. The same goes for meditation. To make meditation a part of your daily routine, aim to meditate at the same time each day. That could be first thing in the morning before starting your day, during your lunch break at work, or right before bedtime. 

It’s also helpful to keep things simple in the beginning. Don’t try to meditate for hours on end; start with just five or 10 minutes of mindfulness each day. As you get more comfortable with the practice, you can gradually increase the length of your sessions. 

Remember: the goal is not necessarily to reach some higher state of consciousness; simply being present and aware of your thoughts and surroundings is enough. 

The Gaggler Picks for Top Meditation Essentials

To further set the mood, the Gaggler lists all the essential items to help you get started on your journey to enlightenment.

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PALM LIGHTS

7 Chakra Candle Tealights

AED 180.00

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SAANTE

7 Chakra Balancing Pillow & Room Spray

AED 95.00

SAINE

Lemongrass Essential Oil Spray

AED 85.00

RUT ESSENTIALS

Earth Ceramic Diffuser

AED 37.00

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C&S ACTIVE

Ecosoft Bra

AED 180.00

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C&S ACTIVE

Ecosoft Short

AED 160.00

EARTHISTIC

Mantra Banana Meditation Mat

AED 180.00

PALM LIGHTS

Sandalwood Artisanal Incense Sticks

AED 50.00

With all these items on hand, you’ll be well on your way to creating the perfect meditation space in your home. Just remember to keep it simple — less is more when it comes to designing your space. The most important thing is that it feels peaceful and calming so that you can fully relax and enjoy your practice.

The Gaggler team is passionate about finding and sharing great products with our readers. We take pride in researching and testing products to find the best of the best, and we only recommend things that we love and think you will too. 

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We’ve Made Skincare Resolutions for 2023

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Happy New Year to you and your skin! After the holiday season’s festivities, your skin is likely feeling dry, dull, and possibly even breaking out, so now is the perfect time to start some new skincare habits in order to bring the life back to your complexion. Here are the five skincare resolutions that everyone should make – and stick to.

Drink More Water 

This sounds like an easy one, but so many of us don’t drink enough water throughout the day. Did you know that dehydration is one of the main causes of dullness and fine lines on the face? Essentially, a lack of water can actually cause you to look older. There are so many more skin benefits to drinking water – it not only helps to reduce lines, but hydrated skin cells are also plumper and firmer which, in turn, gives youglowing and visibly firmer skin. Skin cells are more efficient in repairing damage that causes ageing when they are hydrated, too, so drinking more water actually has anti-ageing benefits. 

hydrated

A top tip to ensure you are drinking the recommended two litres (or three litres in the warmer months) of water a day: invest in a large reusable water bottle and set yourself a goal for how many times you refill it per day. Also, most fitness apps (i.e. Garmin, MyFitnessPal, Fitbit) have a water-tracking option where you can set a goal and input your intake each day. It’s a great way to hold yourself accountable.

Wear Sunscreen Daily

We all know that it’s important to wear sunscreen on the beach and by the pool. We want to avoid burning and increasing our risk of skin cancer, but not everyone is aware that sun damage can happen through the mildest exposure to the rays and even when it’s cloudy. Here’s why you want to protect the skin on your face from sun exposure: UV rays can damage the skin’s elastin and collagen, leading to premature ageing. This damage only shows years down the line, but just because you can’t see it today does not mean it isn’t happening.

Sun exposure also causes pigmentation, sometimes called “sun spots”. You can reduce the appearance of pigmentation with certain products or regular skin peels, but it is much easier to prevent the effects by using sunscreen every day. The great thing is that many skincare brands now produce lightweight facial sunscreens with very high protection, such as the Clinique Super City Block Daily Face Protector SPF 40. This can be applied over your moisturiser and under makeup without feeling heavy on your skin and is perfect for daily use.

Add a Serum to Your Skincare Routine

The most basic skincare routine usually involves a moisturiser, but do you use serum? A serum is applied underneath your moisturiser and gives you extra skincare benefits that you just can’t get from a moisturiser alone. There are so many options when it comes to serums for every skincare concern and every budget, which means you can personalise your routine to exactly what you need. For example, if you want anti-ageing benefits, The Regenerating Serum from La Mer helps to diminish lines and wrinkles. GlamGlow’s SUPERSERUM, meanwhile, is fantastic for reducing open pores and refining the skin’s texture.

Skincare Routine

Start Using Facial Massage Tools 

Tools such as a jade roller or gua sha stones not only feel amazing on your skin, but also help with lymphatic drainage and relaxing facial muscles which, in turn, helps to reduce both puffiness and lines. They also help your skin serums and moisturisers absorb better, so use them as part of your nighttime skincare routine to really get the best out of their benefits. If you prefer to use a facial massage tool in the morning, keep yours in the fridge for an instant pick-me-up in themorning. Unsure of where to start? Follow @fit_faces on Instagram to learn some great techniques from Natalia Broberg. 

Facial Massage Tools

Change Up Your Nightly Routine

Your skin cells repair themselves at night, mostly between the hours of 11pm and 2am, which is why a good night’s sleep is so important when it comes to keeping your skin youthful and preventing premature ageing. To help this process even more, you can add in extra products and moisture to your nighttime skincare routine to create the optimal environment for skin cell repair.

Night creams such as Resilience Multi-Effect Night byEstée Lauder give you double the richness and benefits of the day cream to nourish skin while you sleep.The brand’s Advanced Night Repair serum actually helps in the repair process and reduces the ageing effects of daily skin damage, so it’s another great addition for your nighttime skincare routine. These are just examples, but you can add richer creams, oils, and repair serums to really give your skin a helping hand and wake up with beautifully glowing skin. Now go forth and stick to your skincare resolutions!

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Super City Block Broad Spectrum SPF 40, CLINIQUE

The Regenerating Serum, LA MER

Superserum, GLAMGLOW

Resilience Multi-Effect Night, ESTÉE LAUDER

Advanced Night Repair, ESTÉE LAUDER

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Infuse Your Style With the Energy You Need

Meet the woman behind KimonoGirl.

If you’ve been keeping up with the latest trends, you may have noticed that energy fashion is having a moment. But what exactly is energy fashion? it’s is all about dressing in a way that supports your personal well-being. This trend is based on the belief that the clothes we wear impact our mood and vitality through energy. 

When choosing energy fashion, comfort and functionality are key. The goal is to select clothing that makes you feel relaxed, confident, and free to move. Natural fabrics like silk, cotton, and linen are often favoured for their breathability and gentle feel. Bright colours and fun prints are also popular choices, as they can help energise and uplift the wearer.

One brand leading this new trend is KimonoGirl. Margeri Ottis, founder and CEO, is the woman behind the fashion brand. Margeri was born and raised in Estonia, and at the age of 10, she became interested in Buddhism after reading a book called Meditation for Children. As she grew older, she began to expand her knowledge of both spirituality and art. Adopting this open-minded approach to life allowed her to tap into her inner source of power.

Margeri’s journey began with a yearning for something more. After living with monks in a temple in Nepal and attending ayahuasca ceremonies, she felt called to explore her spiritual side. However, when she found herself at the top of the corporate ladder in London, she realised that the corporate world was not where her true passion lay. 

woman wearing red kimono

For over a decade, she worked in sales and business development for some of the world’s biggest banks. In recent years, however, she became increasingly frustrated by the inequalities of the corporate world. Finally, heeding her inner calling, she left the corporate world behind and embarked on a journey of self-discovery where she found her true purpose. 

When Margeri first came across a kimono, she was instantly captivated by its beauty, but it wasn’t until she began wearing them herself that she realised their true power. For Margeri, kimonos represent a unique form of feminine expression. They are a way for women to feel both powerful and beautiful. 

In a world where women are often expected to conform to masculine standards, kimonos provide a refreshing alternative. That’s why she founded The KimonoGirl, an energy fashion brand dedicated to empowering women through wearing energy-infused kimonos. She launched the company in February 2022, developing it since July 2021. 

We sat down with Margeri to find out what drives her passion for energy fashion and why kimonos are a girl’s new best friend and these are what we learned.

What prompted you to create a line of kimonos?

I feel like every day, we as women are faced with so many demands and expectations. We’re told we have to be perfect wives, mothers, daughters, employees… the list goes on. And it’s easy to feel like we’re not doing enough, or that we’re not good enough. 

I wanted to create something that would help women remember their inner goddess — the part of them that is strong, powerful, and beautiful. Our kimonos are made with absolute integrity from exquisite fabrics. Each piece is individually created with incredibly skilled hands and blessed with love and gratitude. When you wear one of our kimonos, I hope you’ll feel like the goddess you are.

How will your kimonos help empower women?

As any woman knows, feeling good about yourself is not always easy. We all have days where we feel less than our best, and it can be tough to shake off that low energy. However, there is one easy way to help elevate your mood and feel great: by wearing energy fashion. 

Energy fashion is designed to help boost your positive vibrational levels, so that you can feel more love, power, gratitude, inspiration, and worth. All you need to do is put on a kimono and let the positive energy flow!

What do you want to bring to the world through your brand?

Since we first launched our business, we’ve strived to continually improve our products and create even more value for our customers. We’ve evolved our energy-charging rituals to create even more powerful and elevated boosts of energy, and we’ve extended the range of mindfulness tools available through our fashion line. 

Energy fashion has truly changed the landscape of the fashion industry, and we want to be known as the pioneers of this new style of fashion. Our most important features are our magical kimonos, which are infused with healing energy and high frequencies to balance and heal the wearer. Our mission is to provide women with the tools they need to live their best lives, and we’re grateful to be able to do that through our unique product line.

What do wearers say about their experience when they put on a KimonoGirl kimono?

They love the experience and the luxury. When you put on one of our kimonos, we want you to feel a shift in your energy field. Our kimonos are made with high quality materials and are charged with high frequency energy. This combination creates a kimono that is not only beautiful, but also elevates the wearer’s body and mood.

When you slip into one of our kimonos, we hope you feel a sense of joy, peace, and love. We believe that when you look good, you feel good — and we want nothing more than for our customers to feel their best. Our kimonos are meant to be enjoyed and cherished, and we hope they bring you as much happiness as they have us.

What values does KimonoGirl hold on to?

When it comes to our brand, the most important aspect for us is our WHY. KimonoGirl exists to provide a platform through beautiful energy-charged kimonos that will make you feel not only beautiful but also empowered and elevated. 

We believe that every woman deserves to feel like a goddess, and our kimonos are designed to help you tap into your inner power. Our mission is to spread confidence and positivity through fashion, and we hope our kimonos can help you discover your unique beauty. 

The right clothing can make you feel more like yourself and give you the boost of confidence you need to take on your day. That is what I want our kimonos to do for our customers. I want them to feel beautiful, strong, and feminine when they put on one of our kimonos.

We put a lot of time and energy into each one of our pieces to make sure they are not only aesthetically pleasing but also have good energy. I believe that what you wear should make you feel good not only about yourself but also about the world around you.

What’s your favourite KimonoGirl kimono?

I have to say that I absolutely love all four of the kimonos in our first collection. Each one has its own unique properties and powers, so it really depends on your mood as to which one you’ll choose for the day. 

Earth Kimono: Earth is all about grounding, foundation, and substance. If you feel disconnected from your life path or like you’re not rooted in your identity, then earth energy may be what you need. 

Air Kimono: Air represents intellect, mental intention, and connection to the universal life force. If you’re seeking clarity or struggling to find your place in the world, air energy can help you to see things from a higher perspective. 

Water Kimono: Water is all about intuition, healing, and inner reflection. Water has long been accorded cleansing power and is regarded as the most powerful as well as the most life-sustaining element. If you’re in need of some emotional healing or regeneration, water energy can help. 

Fire Kimono: Fire symbolises incredible energy and passion. Fire is the source of freedom and creativity. If you’re feeling stuck in a rut or like you’ve lost your spark, fire energy may be just what you need to get back on track. 

No matter which kimono you choose to wear, you’ll feel like I’m embodying something special and powerful.

KIMONOGIRL

Earth Element Kimono

AED 3,125.00

KIMONOGIRL

Air Element Kimono

AED 2,765.00

KIMONOGIRL

Water Element Kimono

AED 2,395.00

KIMONOGIRL

Fire Element Kimono

AED 3,675.00

What has been most challenging about bringing KimonoGirl to the world?

I think the most challenging thing for me about explaining the kimonos to my customers is that we are creating a new concept in the fashion market. The phrase ‘energy fashion’ is something that people are not familiar with, so it is a challenge to communicate and educate people about it. People are comfortable with things they already know, so anything new — whether it is a product or a concept — is always questioned. 

I try to be as friendly and patient as possible when explaining it to people so that they can understand what we are trying to do. Hopefully, once they see our products and how they can help them, they will be more open to the idea of energy fashion.

Kimonos are unique because they are specifically designed to work with your body’s energy. They are also versatile and can be worn for many different occasions. I believe that once people understand these things about our kimonos, they will be more interested in purchasing them.

woman wearing blue kimono

Choosing your energy

We’re constantly surrounded by energy, and whether we realise it or not, that energy affects us in profound ways. That’s why it’s so important to surround ourselves with positive energy as much as possible — and that includes the clothes we wear.

When you wear clothing that have been created through a positive pathway of energy, it gives you the ability to tap into your own feminine divine — the part of you that is strong, beautiful, and capable of anything. It’s this connection to our feminine power that allows us to feel confident and unstoppable in the face of whatever life throws our way. And when we feel good about ourselves, we can show up fully in our lives and relationships and be the best versions of ourselves possible. 

Every woman has the power to unlock and live her feminine divine. With Earth, Air, Water, and Fire Kimonos from Kimonogirl, you can express your unique personality while feeling magical, beautiful, empowered, and inspired. Made with love and positive vibrations, these kimonos will help you live your best life.

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In Conversation with Isabella Goeres

The founder of Saine talks health and healing.

In today’s world, it’s sometimes hard to focus on the things that make us feel good, but what if we could add a dose of wellness to our lives that would enrich us in ways we never thought possible? That’s where wellness comes in. Wellness is about taking care of yourself.

It’s about being in tune with your body and mind, and knowing what you need to be at your best. Wellness is about taking time for yourself and ensuring you have the energy to care for your family and friends. It’s knowing that you’re looking out for your mental health as much as your physical health. It’s about being present in your life and taking time every day to connect with yourself and those around you.

Because you’re a mere human, you need to treat yourself right. It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life, but it’s essential to take time out for yourself to stay healthy and happy. And when it comes to maintaining your wellness routine, it’s crucial to ensure that your mind and body get the attention they deserve. Furthermore, there’s a lot we can do to improve our overall well-being. We can eat healthier, exercise more, and sleep better. But as necessary as those things are, there are also tools that can help us on our journey.

One such tool is the products by Saine, a wellness brand devoted to promoting wellbeing. It offers pure and natural products, bringing you closer to your roots. Developed over generations, it carries traditional wisdom in a modern, minimalistic aesthetic. It can be hard to take care of ourselves in our busy lives. We are constantly bombarded with messages telling us what we should be doing and buying, but often, we don’t have time for it all. That’s why Saine offers products that give back some of your time by making it easier for you to take care of yourself.

Conversation with Isabella Goeres

Isabella Goeres started Saine in April 2021 after moving to Dubai from her home country of Switzerland. She was used to working in the fashion industry, but as a nature lover, she missed her connection to nature in the transition. To help her reconnect with nature, she started practising yoga intensely and sewing products that would enhance her well-being, which soon became favourites among her friends and family.

After some time, Isabella decided to create Saine and give more people in Dubai the possibility of using natural wellness products in order to improve their wellbeing. Her vision is to reconnect people with nature through simple but effective products that make them feel good about themselves (and their surroundings). We sat down with Isabella, getting to know her better and tapping her insights as an entrepreneur.

What motivated you to pursue Saine?

At Saine, we believe in the power of natural ingredients to make people happier and feel better. Our products are pure and natural, bringing you closer to your roots. We’re proud to be able to provide such an essential service: helping people realise their potential and live a life they love.

We know that everyone has a dream, but so many of us never get around to realising it because we’re too busy taking care of everyone else. Our products are designed to help you take care of yourself for once – to ensure that you can give yourself what you need without feeling guilty about it!

What’s the inspiration behind Saine products?

I decided to create/sell this product because I believe that the healing power of nature is something that we need to pay more attention to. We are currently observing a trend towards natural products and healing techniques. People are more aware of how they can improve their health by eating healthier foods, living more consciously, and looking after themselves naturally.

Saine products support this lifestyle by offering what nature already provides us in a very stylish and minimalistic way. Our products are produced locally with only natural ingredients. And their wisdom has been passed down from generation to generation. This is what I wanted to create: traditional healing in a state-of-the-art and eco-friendly way.

bottles of essential oils

How do Saine products enrich the lives of its users?

Saine products are made from the purest of materials, each to help you in your own way. Though different, they all share the same values: natural ingredients, wisdom, and durability. Saine products can be used for years because everything is washable, and the fabrics and colours are carefully chosen for their high quality.

Our essential oils and sprays are crafted safe for your skin and the environment. The result of all this hard work is a product that promotes wellness because it makes you feel close to nature, giving you a greater sense of connection with your roots and traditions.

What is your vision of success?

In my business, success is when people come back to me saying that they love my products for different reasons. And that my products are making a difference in their lives. This is what I strive for every day. My goal is to make sure that every person who uses my product feels like they’re getting the best care possible and that they have access to quality products at affordable prices. I want my customers to know that what they buy from me will be worth it.

How does Saine stand out from the crowd?

What makes Saine different is our commitment to purity and natural ingredients. Our products are free from harsh chemicals and synthetic fragrances, so you can feel good about using them. In addition, we only use sustainable and ethically sourced ingredients, so you can be sure that your purchase supports a responsible business. 

Saine has the power to help you live a better life by giving you a hand with your health and well-being needs. We are committed to providing quality products that support your wellness. We believe that when you feel good physically, mentally, and spiritually, you can achieve anything! The Saine product concept was relatively unknown in Dubai when it started. It’s a new product range that customers here have yet to experience fully.

gift set of wellness products

What does wellness mean to you?

Wellness is the state of being happy, healthy, and functioning at your best. When we have a positive outlook on life, we feel better. When we feel good about ourselves, we tend to be more productive and efficient in our everyday lives. When you are healthy and happy, you can enjoy all aspects of life more fully.

You can focus on your work without feeling sick or tired all the time. You will have more energy for socialising with friends and family members without having to make excuses for not wanting to go out because you’re too tired from working hard during the day. We know that feeling good is the best way to live. And with wellness tools like Saine products, we’ll be on our way to feeling better than ever. 

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Feeling Lost? Consider These Life Coaches in Dubai

And find your perfect fit.

The demand for life coaching is constantly growing and finding the right one may be challenging. An excellent life coach can guide you through a transformational journey to help you improve your life, achieve your personal and professional goals, and become the best version of yourself.

Getting a life coach involved to help with reaching your goals can help to give you a neutral outsider’s perspective on where you can do better in your life – whether that’s incorporating better habits, changing the way you think about problems or certain aspects of your life, or supporting you with building concrete strategies to achieve your goals. Here, we reveal some of the best Dubai-based life coaches who truly impact people’s lives with their work.

1. LIVVITY – Maximize Your Wellbeing by Szilvia Vitos

Szilvia Vitos is a certified transformational life and wellness coach specialising in leadership and emotional intelligence coaching. She’s the founder and general manager of LIVVITY – Maximize Your Wellbeing. Szilvia stepped into the health and wellness industry following her passion after 15 years of corporate experience in various executive management roles in the logistics industry.

Today, she loves working with people and organisations to help them achieve their goals, and is recognised for her outstanding leadership and mentoring skills that are practised in Fortune 500 companies. Her transformational leadership skills have had a remarkable impact on the teams she was responsible for in big corporations, and she is passionate about sharing her knowledge and mentoring other leaders for success.

Besides leadership, Szilvia has always been passionate about living a healthy lifestyle, and she combines these skills in her life coaching practice for long-lasting, maximum results. With her holistic approach, she ensures that the root cause of the underlying issue is being identified and resolved. When working with organisations, her areas of expertise are transformational leadership and employee engagement (well-being). As for individuals? She helps leaders elevate their lifestyle, ignite the energy flow, and increase productivity as a direct impact.

Szilvia Vitos, 055 123 3223, [email protected], livvity.coach

2. Self-Driven Life Coaching by Aida Uzunovic

Aida Uzunovic is a certified personal and business coach, NLP coach, and timeline therapist, helping her clients to become self-driven. Her coaching covers a variety of problems ranging from relationships to anxiety and depression. She spent 17 years working in finance, legal, and analytics, after which she explored the rewarding world of coaching and changed her career to inspire people and change lives.

Aida Uzunovic, 058 589 1469, [email protected], self-driven.coach

3. Venture with Farah

Farah is a certified life coach and NLP practitioner based in Dubai. She may be the right life coach for you if you’re feeling stuck and looking for guidance on how to move forward, want to break free from external expectations, or looking to heal from toxic relationships. Farah has always been passionate about understanding how others think and view things.

Farah, [email protected], www.venturewithfarah.com

4. Sabine Therapies

As a spiritual life coach and certified NLP and RSCI coach, Sabine Poncelet helps clients navigate challenges, find deeper meaning, align with their soul purpose, and move towards their dreams. Some of the main areas where Sabine may be able to help you are: releasing judgements and negative self-talk, developing healthy relationships, understanding your true purpose, and navigating difficult life challenges.

Sabine Poncelet, 052 713 7052, [email protected], www.sabinetherapies.com

5. Rania Hatoum

Rania Hatoum is a certified co-active life coach and focuses on the “being” and “doing” aspects of her clients’ lives. Her passion is to not only help people realise their life purpose, but also motivate them to achieve the highest expression of it. Rania’s life purpose is to help people find their inner calling and live joyful, fulfilled lives.

Rania Hatoum, [email protected], raniahatoum.org

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Reasons You Need to Wear Sunscreen in Winter

Should You Wear Sunscreen in the Winter?

(Hint: yes.)

In my experience, the standard response to this question is:

“It’s winter – why do I need to wear sunscreen?”
“It’s cloudy and overcast, so no.” 
“I have no plans to go out today.”
Or my favourite: “Sunscreen is for Caucasians, and I am much darker, so why should I wear sun cream?”

Almost all skincare experts agree that if you live in a place like Dubai, you should wear sunscreen 365 days a year, especially if you are Caucasian (and even if you are not). But let’s delve further into the why.

What Is the Difference Between Solar Radiation and UV Radiation?

Solar radiation – or the sun’s rays – includes ultraviolet radiation (UV), infraredradiation (IR), and visible radiation (which enables us to see). In this article, we are only interested in UV radiation which, for our purposes, comprises of UVB radiation and UVA radiation.

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UVB radiation is the shorter, more energetic radiation and about 5-10% of total UVR. The inflammation of the skin (sub burn) and the resulting reddening of the skin (erythema) are mainly caused by UVB radiation. UVA radiation has a longer wavelength and less energetic radiation, and forms about 90-95% of total UV radiation. Therefore, the bulk of UV radiation reaching us is, in fact, UVA.

UVA, because of its longer wavelength radiation, penetrates our skin deeper and is responsible for photoageing (premature ageing of skin caused by sun exposure). UVA radiation is a longer wavelength radiation and penetrates our skin deeper, which causes the breakdown of collagen (what gives our skin its structure and resilience) in our dermis (second layer of the skin).  

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This can lead to premature ageing characterised by hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, loss of skin elasticity, and so on. Tanning is also mainly caused by UVA. Both UVA and UVB negatively impact the body’s immune system. It’s also possible for the skin on your eyes to burn, causing inflammation andcataracts (the latter in the long run), which is a major source of blindness globally. Most notably, both UVA and UVB have been implicated in skin cancer (UVR, including UVA and UVB, is a recognised carcinogen).

Sun Damage Can Be Worse than You Think

No amount of serum or anti-ageing product changes the fact that sun damage is cumulative. That means your skin does not ‘forget’ the number of times you forget to apply sunscreen. If it did, then we would not age. In fact, the main cause of extrinsic ageing (which is ageing caused by diet, lifestyle choices, and the environment) is exposure to UV radiation.

Some estimates attribute visible ageing by UV radiation to as much as 90%. Unfortunately, by the time we are adults, we will have experienced the bulk of sun exposure. Based on a 78-year lifespan, the Skin Cancer Foundation estimates that by the time we are 18, we will have experienced 23% of sun exposure – and this rapidly increases to close to 50% by the age of 40.

Where Does Sunscreen Fit In?

Sunscreen products can be effective in preventing sunburn. Scientific findings also suggest that they can prevent the damage linked to photoageing and protect against induced photo-immunosuppression (suppression of adaptive immune responses caused by exposure to ultraviolet radiation). Therefore, it’s really important that sunscreens contain filters that protect against both UVB and UVA radiation.

Why Should You Wear Sunscreen Every Single Day?

The temperature in our environment changes by season. In Dubai, the temperature can even go well below 10ºC in the winter. But temperature is not related to UV radiation. The factors that affect UV radiation (and therefore photo-damage) are geography, altitude, time of year, day and weather conditions, and reflection.

Weather conditions refer to cloud cover – while it may be hazy due to sandstorms during the summer months in Dubai, that’s certainly not the case in winter. The skies are clear, and that means there are no blockers for UV radiation. Similarly, surfaces such as snow, sand, water, and grass reflect UVR, which can hit us if we are not wearing adequate sun protection. If you like to go trekking during the winter, keep in mind that the higher the altitude, the greater the UVR exposure as the atmosphere is much thinner there.

Do I Need to Wear Sunscreen If I’m Not Caucasian?

There is no such thing as totally UV-resistant human skin. All people of all skin tones stand to benefit from sunscreen. As an Indian who’s concerned with the vanity aspect of sunscreen and how it delays photoageing– which not only includes wrinkles and fine lines, but also uneven skin tone and pigmentation – sunscreen is a really cheap and effective method to preserve the existing health and age of your skin. So, using it even if you are Asian might be the smartest skin investment that you make.

But Does It Matter If You Spend All Your Time Indoors?

Remember that UVA radiation is the enemy here and, unlike UVB (which cannot penetrate glass), UVA (which causes premature ageing) can penetrate glass – irrespective of whether it’s a car, a train, or an office window.

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Winter Skin Care Tips

5 Tips to Look after Your Skin This Winter

It’s time for a little TLC.

Think winter, think dry skin and moisture loss. Sadly, the cooler months require as much attention to your skincare routine as summer. If you haven’t already adjusted your skincare routine to match the weather (beyond simply continuing to apply sunscreen), you might want to consider these winter skincare tips to make your skin glow. 

Tip One: Exfoliate

Nobody wants to do a full-body exfoliation when it’s cold, but you accumulate more and more dry skin on the surface of your skin when you don’t. This makes skin look scaly, dry, and wrinkled – or older than it is. The problem is made worse with age as the rate of our natural outer skin shedding (desquamation) goes from 28 to 40 days.

Tip 2: Take Care of Your Lips

It is tempting to keep drinking scorching drinks in the winter, but doing so means that your lips are constantly exposed to hot surfaces and burn. This contributes to increasingly chapped lips that no amount of lip balm can seem to fix. Also, if you are South Asian, you may notice your lips become darker during the winter – I believe the excessive hot drinks makes this worse. Exfoliating your lips, even with just a simple mix of sugar and honey, will reduce the dryness. My favourite lip product is NIOD’s Bio-Lipid Concentrate, which evens lip colour over time.  

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Lip Bio-Lipid Concentrate, NIOD

Tip 3: Use a Mild Soap and Don’t Take Scorching Hot Showers

Hot showers increase the rate of trans-epidermal water loss, which causes the skin to lose more water (moisture) and become dehydrated. Your skin will thank you for taking short and warm showers instead. Also, use a milder soap as the surfactants (cleansing agents) are less harsh on your skin. The mildest soaps (with fragrance) that I have used are from Forest Essentials – the brand makes excellent handmade silk soaps that I absolutely love. As the product contains very few hardening agents, I take it out of the shower and allow it to dry between uses. Otherwise, it will just turn into an unattractive puddle!

Forest Essentials

Silk Soap, Forest Essentials

Tip 4: Apply Moisturiser Straight Out of the Shower  

You have a couple of minutes when you come out of a shower before the rate of trans-epidermal water loss from your body starts to increase, so be sure to reach for your body and face cream to moisturise! Also, penetration of moisturisers is easier when the skin is damp. Damp skin in the winter is the perfect time to use body butter as the oil forms an occlusive layer (essentially, a film) on the epidermis, thereby preventing water loss.

Tip 5: Use a Mild Cleanser and an Overnight Face Mask

Our facial skin takes a real beating during the winter. The temperature indoors and outdoors can vary widely, and this difference can make your skin barrier very sensitive. Be kind to your skin and use a mild cleanser or cut down on your current cleanser. An overnight face mask adds more hydration to your skin without much effort.

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5 Expert Tips on How to Run a Business Seamlessly 

Are you ready to take the entrepreneurial leap?

As the founder of a relatively new business, My Eco Souk, I’ve firsthand learned the realities of kickstarting a start-up. This past year has been surreal; starting a business from scratch and running it seamlessly is no child’s play. One must run a tight ship and ensure the smooth functioning of all matters. No matter what business you’re in, you will always have competition. At first, it can seem intimidating to face a saturated market.

That’s why it’s more important than ever in today’s business world to stand out from the crowd. With so many businesses vying for attention, making yours stand out from the rest can be difficult. However, if you’re committed and informed, no obstacle is big enough to put you off your path. Some key factors can help you run a business smoothly, and I am here to impart some important lessons to those who want to take the entrepreneurial leap. In my personal experience, here are the ones I treasure the most.

Tips To Run A Business

Tip 1: A Strong Team Is Your Backbone

A dedicated team of like-minded and appropriately skilled individuals is pivotal to the functioning of any organisation. This could be your core team, a council, or even volunteers/interns/regular employees. A team that will back you up no matter what and work to turn your vision into reality is necessary. It is not a battle to be fought alone, but a team effort. 

Having a solid team of trusted individuals also allows various mindsets and ideas to flow and enter the discourse. It also increases chances of accountability as well as a division of workload. Moreover, having people to rely on can be significant while running a business, which may very well take a toll on a person’s emotional and mental well-being. 

There are countless benefits of having an excellent team to fall back on. Your team’s combined skill set and knowledge can help you to overcome obstacles that you might feel insurmountable on your own. They can guide you to see things from a different perspective, which is invaluable. Most importantly, they remind you that the world is not on your shoulders and that all the burden is shared till the aspiration is realised.

Pro Tips for Running a Business

Tip 2: Execution Is Key

Businesses need to be unique and ready to adapt to the ever-changing market. Ideas are constantly circulating among those involved in running a relevant business. However, it takes more than just ideas to be successful. It is essential to have a concrete plan that is executed promptly and effectively. 

A group of people who are good at generating ideas is excellent, but if those ideas are not turned into actionable plans, they will not amount to anything. Therefore, it is crucial for businesses to have great ideas and the ability to execute them properly. Execution brings a result – and the result, good or bad, can only add to your learning and experience. 

As a leader, it is essential that you take charge and pick which ideas you want to bring to life. Discussing with your team is a key part of this process; make sure everyone knows your vision and considers their opinions. It’s also crucial that you don’t spend too much time mulling things over without taking action – every execution has value, even if the outcome isn’t what you initially hoped for.

Growing a Successful Business

Tip 3: Be Adaptive to Changes

While working through an idea, you might often realise that it is not exactly going as you envisioned. This is very common when it comes to implementing ideas. Reality is far removed from one’s ideals, and many adjustments must be made. 

In cases like these, it is important to learn early on to take things in your stride. Not every plan is rigid, and not every process is set in stone. There are bound to be changes and last-minute decisions that might throw you off. What matters is to be flexible and grow around those changes instead of shrinking below their weight.

Accepting changes and working flexibly helps in the long run compared to being stubborn and sticking to a redundant way of doing things. Being ready and not letting inevitable bumps hamper your spirit will work out in your favour more than anything else.

Tips to Craft a Strong Business Plan

Tip 4: Networking Is Necessary

Networking is an essential component of any business endeavour. It allows for exchanging information, building relationships, and acquiring new skills and knowledge. Networking is not simply a process of acquiring new customers or clients; it is also an opportunity to learn about new platforms, resources, and strategies that can be used to grow your business. 

By engaging in networking activities, you will gain a better understanding of your industry and the competition, and you will be able to build strong relationships with other professionals who can help you grow your business. In short, networking is an essential part of any successful business venture. The more you expand your network and interact with individuals across the spectrum, the more perspective and the more ideas it brings you.

It is also an excellent way to invite collaborations and build long-lasting partnerships that are enormously important to getting ahead in this field. Networking does not have to be delegated to employees or interns. Actively participating in it as a leader can convey that you are an involved and eager individual, willing to take the reins into your own hands when necessary.

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Tip 5: Be Ready to Invest and Persist

Investing will be an integral part of your start-up. Ideas and execution require resources, and resources require money. Money and time will be key investments that you will have to gear up for while trying to make a business work – being patient is also necessary. Persistence is vital when it comes to investing. You cannot sow and expect to reap the next day. It will take time and understanding and, most importantly, faith. 

People often invest large amounts of time and money in a particular idea, hoping for instant success and profit. My time in the field has taught me otherwise. The marketplace is often unpredictable, and being consistent is the only thing that will get you far enough to secure any sort of achievement or recognition. 

In the one year I have spent as the founder of My Eco Souk, things have certainly not been a piece of cake. I have a long way to go before I can see myself as an established business owner. I will strive to learn and step out of my comfort zone. These were some of the treasured tips I gathered in the months that have gone by. Sharing it with fellow newbies in the start-up arena brings me immense joy because I also would have wanted someone to share these with me!

Garima Gupta is the owner and CEO of My Eco Souk, an online marketplace for sustainable and environmentally friendly products. Visit www.myecosouk.com or follow @myecosouk on Instagram for more information.

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