Meet Twisha Vasandani who talks about her lockdown story with Mums and Stories. “I have been a part of the beauty industry for more than 12 years now. Incidentally the lockdown hasn’t brought too many changes to my working schedule. I have been working from home, even before the lock down as it is a startup. I was required to travel only for meetings, which I used to schedule around my son’s school timings.
Now, the meetings are telephonic which again are mostly team meetings than client ones, so I am able to take the liberty to schedule it even at 10 pm. Initially, it was a little difficult, the settling in period, calls would keep coming, I had errands to run and a hyper 6-year-old who might need attention at the same time. Then some time management kicked in and I started slotting the chores and work and surprisingly found enough time to draw and play snakes and ladder with my son.
To talk about myself, well, I am a passionate person. It is what drives me as an individual. I have to be madly in love with the things I do in life, be it baking or my work or even a yoga session. I need to be consumed by it or I just don’t care. Unfortunately, for me, there isn’t a middle path.
Regarding the ongoing global crisis, I have come across some of the most beautiful realisations in life. Like for instance, I feel that children understand a lot more than we give them credit for. Initially, i was hesitant to talk to my 6 year old about COVID, thinking he wouldn’t understand the technicality of a disease. But surprisingly, he now knows about virus and contamination and why taking care of oneself is important. I also realized that doing mundane chores is a blessing. I never found time to sit and pity myself or discuss endlessly ki áb kya hoga?’ There was work all the time that required to be completed- like the house required to be cleaned, mouths had to be fed and brand communications had to go out.
I also feel people had started to notice nature again! I hope it is here to stay. I sincerely hope we find ways to live in harmony again. It’s so important to be sustainable, find ways for a circular economy, reduce wastage and give back to Mother Nature.”
As Twisha works for with the beauty industry, she shares her tips for healthy skin. Firstly I don’t believe in the mainstream beauty standards or thriving to be ‘flawless’. Skin needs to be healthy, hydrated and happy!
However if it needs to be specified, then please cleanse – exfoliate and moisturize (even oily skin need moisturizers) and this needs to be set to your daily routine.
Secondly always wear a sunscreen when going out – try using a physical sunscreen like a zinc oxide based one than a chemical one, as it is less harmful for the environment. Sun exposure is the biggest cause for premature ageing and pigmentation. Thirdly use Vitamin- C based products which are great for glow while retinol is great for anti-ageing but if you combine them together or layer them, will make them loose their efficacy. So, always ensure that you use Vitamin- C at day time and Retinol at night.”
Lastly as someone who loves wearing sarees shares, “Saree is the most sustainable fabric ever known to mankind! It is a zero wastage attire, slow fashion and incredibly versatile. These are the reasons why I like to promote a saree, but for me personally, it’s about going back to my roots. It is connecting with my nani, my dadi, my mom…most of my saree are their sarees. It is a sense of belonging, – a source of happiness. And when find your happy place, it shows on your skin.”
As a final point Twisha adds that we need to be more accepting of ourselves, which can be a life changer.”