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Date: 16 June 2016

Take your skincare practice to the next level with a selfie marma massage. Ananda's Director of Spa Training, Gregory Ugrin, shows you how to connect the dots - By Parizaad Khan Sethi

No one ever said skincare was easy. Certain formulations take to your complexion instantly, like they’ve always been BFFs, but sometimes we get dealt hard cards by the beauty gods. It often turns out that a few seriously amazing products are just not your type. Very similar to men, actually.

If you ever make a bad beauty match, and are getting ready to toss the offending concoction into your product graveyard, pause long enough to read our cheat sheet below. This will help you repurpose various skin and hair products, so that a bad hookup needn’t turn out to be a complete disaster. The general rule is that you can try a product meant for the face on the body, but not vice versa.

(PS: treat these as experiments; if a product really doesn’t work for you and creates irritation or breakouts irrespective of where you use it, give up on it. Life’s too short!)

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It starts (as everything does) with cleansing; try Ananda Cleansing Cream for Normal and Dry Skin or the one for Oily Skin. Dab on the Wild Rose Toner.

2

Ground and center yourself with three deep belly breaths. Briskly rub palms together for a full thirty seconds to awaken healing energy in the hands, and gently place cupped hands over your eyes. Tune into the tingling sensation of warmth and light flowing from your hands into your eyes and third eye, and relax.

3

Depending on your skin type, choose a moisturizer which will assist in the massage. Try Ananda Facial Moisturiser For Normal & Dry Skin or Oily Skin.

4

With light strokes, apply moisturizer to the entire face, neck and décolleté. Using the numbered points as your guide, with your middle and index fingers first locate marma points 1-9 and try to sense the energy center. Stimulate the marma point by massaging

5

When massaging each point, use light pressure for the delicate skin near your eyes, and deeper pressure in areas where you sense any muscular tension, such as between the brows. You can revisit key marma points up to three times, as desired.

6

End the cream massage with point 9, the Hridaya, the marma point over the heart center. Complete the moisturizer application with gliding strokes including your face, jaw, neck and décolleté.

7

For an energy boost, with dry hands, or using your favorite Ayurvedic hair product, give yourself a quick scalp massage with firm pressure from all ten fingers. Complete your head massage with several firm presses to the final marma point, located on the very top of your head — the Adhipati.

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Parizaad Khan Sethi

is a beauty and wellness editor based in New York. She was the former beauty editor at Vogue India and now serves as a contributing editor for the magazine. At age 5, Parizaad fell in love with an old cream blush she found in the back of her mother’s drawer, and has been in awe of the transformative power of beauty ever since. When she’s not writing about beauty, she researches advances in skincare as a hobby, and is constantly guinea-pigging herself in the name of beauty.