When we think of celebrities who are at the peak of their game in the current times, we cannot give Rashmika Mandanna a miss. An actress from the South who is a nationwide crush today, thanks to her blockbuster Pushpa and her groovy beats on the catchy song Saami Saami, from the film. While she’s on a roll with a solid line-up of films, she’s all set to excel and shine as an entrepreneur too as she makes her way into the beauty business. A quick chat with her was enough to reflect her inclination towards minimalistic beauty routines, while checking all the basic requisites – makeup removal, sunscreen, lip salves and the likes. We speak to her at length about her take on beauty, skincare routines and what’s missing in the beauty space even today. Here’s what she had to say.
Has the meaning of beauty changed for you over the years?
Yes, it definitely has. While I was always careful with what I put on my skin, over the years I have realised that what I put into my body is just as important. With rising issues in today’s world such as pollution, round-the-clock work, and an unhealthy lifestyle, I prefer having a far more holistic approach to beauty today.
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How much importance do you give to a beauty routine? Are you someone who follows a skin and hair regime religiously?
My life can get chaotic when I’m shooting, so I like to have a sense of control in my life wherever I can. Regular exercising, and following clean skincare, and hair care routines have always been an integral part of my day.
What does your skincare routine look like?
I like to keep my skincare routine simple with a few of my holy grail products. I start by cleansing my skin with Plum’s Green Tea Pore Cleansing Face Wash. Then I like to go in with a few drops of a Vitamin C Serum. I wait for that to sink into my skin before going in with an oil-free moisturiser and then I seal all that in with a sunscreen and a lip balm. At night, I use a niacinamide serum post cleansing followed by my all-time favourite green tea night gel.
What are some hair care practices you swear by?
Of course, hair oiling! I’ve been getting a weekly champi since childhood, and I try to keep up the habit as much as possible!
Has your beauty routine seen any kind of changes after you became an actress?
Not really, like I said before, I was always careful with the products I used. Now I focus on sun protection, eating healthy, and exercising in equal measure. Further, I am more aware of the kind of ingredients that go into the product and the science behind it.
What’s one skin and hair care tip that you’d like to share?
When it comes to skin, I swear by having an aloe vera gel handy. I just love the versatility of Plum’s aloe vera gel. When I’ve been shooting in the sun all day, I use it as a soothing mask; if my eyes feel a bit tired, I use it under my eyes to soothe puffiness. If you have hair that frizzes as easily as mine, aloe gel is your best friend. I love to use a little bit on stubborn flyaways or to ace the slick back hair look.
Name a few products that are essentials in your beauty vanity?
Well, because I tend to use makeup, a gentle cleansing balm is absolutely essential to take it all off at the end of the day. I also cannot do without my sunscreen, face wash, a face mist to freshen up through the day, and my trusty lip balm.
How do you feel about starting your entrepreneurship journey with Plum?
Plum has been one of my favourite brands because it does what it says. I am excited to represent and also come on board as an investor, supporting a brand that is passionate about adding real goodness to the world we live in! Plum has witnessed stupendous growth over the last few years and I am confident that the brand will become the ‘go-to’ vegan brand in time to come.
As an entrepreneur in the beauty space, what are some changes that you’d like to see/make in the near future?
I want to bring and witness more ‘realness’ in the beauty space. I would also like to knock down as many unrealistic beauty ideals as I can along the way. This gets reinforced by my association with Plum which also believes in striking false beauty standards and stands for manifesting real goodness through its initiatives.
Lastly, how does Rashmika Mandanna define beauty in one word?
In my opinion, goodness manifests as beauty.
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