May 1, 2010
With the trend of looking ageless and youthful till eternity, more and more women are opting for high-end cosmetic products. These luxury skincare products contain certain ingredients that claim to stop the signs of early ageing and slow down the sagging of skin.
Smart packaging, exotically perfumed products, repeated advertising and celebrity endorsements of such products, automatically get the attention of the average working women. These luxury skincare products claim to be made from caviar, royal jelly, crushed pearls, sea minerals and many more are said to be extracted from rare plants and herbs which erases wrinkles and promotes a youthful glow. Here is a list of what all these luxurious ingredients can do for your skin.
Gold: Yes, flecks of gold are used in many face gels and face packs. It is said that gold speeds up the blood circulation and cellular processing thus activating regeneration. It also works deeply into the skin and restores elasticity. Its anti-inflammatory properties decreases skin inflammation, slowing down melanin secretion and reducing age spots. As it works at the cellular level, it helps to regenerate a firm skin and gives a feeling of tightness to the skin.
Caviar: Caviar possesses antioxidant properties that protect the skin from ultra violet damage. It contains a lot of amino acids, mineral salts, structural proteins and a whole lot of vitamins A, D, E, F, iron which are easily absorbed in the skin.
Pearl: Pearl powder has been used in traditional Chinese medicine to maintain youthfulness. This has now been incorporated in many ranges of cosmetics like compact, blusher, eye shadow, lipsticks and in skin whitening creams and lotions.
Saffron: Saffron adds a delicate flavor to make variety of food and desserts but it has its application in beauty products as well. Saffron soaked in milk and consumed gives virility and stamina to the body. Saffron is widely used in cosmetics to promote fairness of skin. Its anti-bacterial properties are used in creams to relieve acnes, dark patches and blemishes on skin.
Ageing process cannot be reversed but these exotic ingredients claim to reduce the speed of sagging and wrinkled skin. If you have a yearning desire to look younger with the passing of age and have the means to afford them, then they will surely help you reach your beauty goals.
©Nayna 2007-2010. All Rights Reserved.
April 19, 2010
It is time for celebration. An Abyss Of Imagination, Creativity Unleashed will be celebrating 3 years in few days. It has been a cumbersome journey of stress and unlimited bouts of sheer ingenious work. Drilling out fresh ideas, pursuing dreams and putting readers first are only a miniscule portion of the factors to be kept in mind while writing an article.
We have covered over 500 posts to satiate the infinite urge of every reader. We have made put forth ideas, theories, remedies and provided guidance in almost all aspects of the human life.
We are grateful for the support that we have received from our audience with their positive and not so positive feedbacks. The positive ones have boosted our spirit while the less encouraging ones have made us aware that you cannot please everyone in this world.
The feedbacks from our readers have been tremendous and so we have decided to feature their contributions and submissions. We will be publishing incidents that have changed your life, inspirational tales, paranormal events and anything else that you feel will help others under new category – Readers Write
We will edit your submissions to check for spellings, grammatical errors and we will polish it up to match up to our creativity level. Your name will feature in the story of course, unless you chose to remain anonymous. There will be no word count restriction. Write to your heart’s content and we will publish it for free. Type in your story in the comments box at the end of this post and be sure to type in your correct email id otherwise how will we notify you.
So join in and celebrate our third anniversary with words that will inspire, encourage and uplift the minds and hearts of people. Well, that’s what we aim to do always.
©Nayna 2007-2010. All Rights Reserved.
September 29, 2009
Spas in Mumbai have been mushrooming at every neighborhood corner and mall. Each of them tries to create a niche and attract the naïve, over-worked and stressed Mumbai people.
Most of the exhausted, middle and upper working class seeks out spas within their residential area so that they can enjoy some luxury without having to wrestle the humongous traffic that Mumbai is famous for.
I too fall in this category of people who want to unwind and desire to be transported few miles away into a galaxy where they can live like royalties and have attendants looking after their every need.
The Ayush Therapy Centre started by Lever was truly a divine place to settle in on a Sunday afternoon. I said “was” because their branch at Khar West closed down and moved to Lokhandwala near Fame Adlabs. The setup at Ayush was well-maintained, hygienic and the therapists really understood your physical and mental requirements before assigning any type of massage. Their packages were reasonably priced and they were trained in the art of customer satisfaction. The best part of their immaculate service was serving a glass of lukewarm water which seemed like a concoction of freshly ground cumin seeds and herbs, after a steaming yet relaxing shower. That’s a true sign of customer service which builds into strong customer relationship and retention. A customer automatically develops an invisible bond of royalty. Value for money four out of five rating based on my experience.
Another wonderful place for Ayurvedic massage is the Kerala Ayurvedic massage centre located at Prabhadevi. Here too great care is taken to understand the ailments of a person and appropriate herbs are mixed in oils and massaged into the body. The only drawback here is lying on slippery hard benches for massages. Value for money three out of five rating based on my experience.
Couple of months old is yet another spa called Iosis located at the junction of Khar Danda. It calls itself Medi-Spa and includes slimming centre, massages, salon and spa treatments. Initially, it didn’t advertise much and the information was leaked out through friends at the club and gym. The ambience creates larger than life experiences with candles, dimmed light fixtures and kneeling life-sized statues. Their brochure lists a lot of services and over-enthusiastic girls across the counter explain them. When I inquired I wasn’t aware that this spa was a part of Shilpa Shetty’s business venture. She did appear on the walls and brochures but then all celebrities endorse anything and everything nowadays.
Later, I came to about it when one of my relative was badly treated at their opening ceremony. A relative of mine too had signed up for a massage package and had asked the masseuse to take an appointment on a particular date. At the appointed time when she reached there, the receptionist said that she had no appointment and told her to come back tomorrow. The rude attitude didn’t go well with my aged relative and she asked her to call the masseuse who took the appointment. She waited patiently to be attended to. In the meantime, the owner of this spa was hustling bustling around to get the inauguration ceremonies done (although, there were no guests around). She instructed her staff to move the chairs, indirectly hinting that my relative should get up. After waiting for twenty minutes with no help from the receptionist, my relative had no choice but to leave, labeled more as a trespasser than a member of this brand of luxury spa.
The massages done here have exotic names but are very average. The aroma therapy massage is a joke because there is no fragrance of any aromatic oils. You will actually have to ask the attendant, “Are you using aromatic oil? What fragrance is it?” One of the best aroma massages that I have relished was at the spa, Taj Fort Aquada, Goa. This divine experience is engraved in my mind and body so deeply that it is almost unerasable. They had an amazing combination of oils which by mere inhalation relaxes you. Before the onset of the massage, you already feel rejuvenated. Here their aromatic facials, hair treatments too are commendable.
Facials at Iosis when compared with facials at VLCC or Lakme salon fall short. They seem to be using imported products from Germany but somehow they don’t seem to give effective results. While the facials at VLCC and their products are truly valuable. Lakme salon at Juhu too provides facials that have value for money and give the desired effect.
Staff management at VLCC is extremely good. While the staff at Iosis forgets to jot down appointments, give payment receipts of another customer and then scratch it out and write down your name. They perennially never have hot water. So after a massage you either take a chilled shower or go out with oil-stained body and take a shower at home. Value for money – one out of five rating based on my experience.
VLCC centre at Juhu has recently launched a day spa experience. I have yet to try it out. If anyone has had the opportunity to experience it, then do write in. Our readers would love to know.
So what should you keep in mind before signing in for spa and salon packages?
1) Take a trial offer. Make sure the products and treatments agree with you. The Swedish massage at Iosis was the worst massage of my life. The masseuse refused to reduce pressure while giving me a massage inspite of constantly telling her that it is causing immense pain. As I complained at the reception of the excruciating massage, I was told, my body is new to Swedish massage and I will just have to get used to it. The following three days, I spent in pain as my joints ached and I had fever. The body ache could be compared to the symptoms of viral fever. After consultation with my family doctor, it was clear that the pressure was too hard that didn’t suit my joints and nerve endings. It had nothing to do with getting used to a massage.
2) Compare prices with other spas and salons before signing on the dotted line.
3) If there is any pain or allergy caused after the spa treatment, immediately consult your doctor and do not take the advice of the salon or spa.
4) Make sure if there is an option for a refund. Most places don’t have this facility. Ask if your spa package is transferrable to a friend or relative. In a situation where some treatment doesn’t suit you and it’s already paid for in advance, then someone else could use it.
Most people look for services that provide value for money. They are even willing to pay a hefty sum for few hours of complete mind and body relaxation. But falling short on service is not an ideal way to develop customer loyalty. Of course, most spas don’t care what individual members think or feel about their services because their audience is aimed for a different class of people of a particular field of profession, but they should take a moment to think that their money too is hard earned and they are also paying customers.
©Nayna, 2007-2009. All Rights Reserved.