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Ruchy Reborn

Ruchy Khurana

So, two years ago I quit my job. I took that terrifying leap without a safety net. With a stupid mix of over-confidence and ignorance, I was convinced that it would be a simple thing to find another job… who was I kidding? There are no jobs - not in my field, anyways. 

 

Ok, thats a lie. There ARE jobs in my field. The problem was I just didn't want them. With each online application, job description and interview, I felt more and more repelled by the idea of working in the same field. I felt like a part of me was shrivelling up and dying each time I opened my browser to search. So I stopped searching. 

 

I decided to take a break from job hunting. I deserved a break, didn't I? And so I did - break. 

 

I did a bunch of different things. I booked a european trip that spanned from Scotland to England and to France. I spent time with family and friends from out of town. I generally reacquainted myself with waking up without an alarm clock, showering on alternate days (more lies… way less frequent than alternate days) and getting back in touch with people i had lost track of. I renounced all my bras and stopped using concealer and corrector.

 

Another interesting thing happened: without the schedule and routine of a job, I suddenly had an abundance of time on my hands. Sure, some of this time was spent zombie-like in front of Netflix, but most was not. 

 

Before this time, I didn't have any hobbies or interests. I would panic if anyone asked. Umm.. reading? “Film”? Seriously, who has time for hobbies? BUT NOW - I could find time. 

 

Here’s what I decided to jump into (things to keep in mind: I am a 90 year old woman in a 36 year old’s body, who has been TOLD she looks not a day over 29):

 

—Knitting

—Crocheting

—Writing

—Recipes (Not cooking. Recipes)

—Podcasts/True Crime!

—DIY (not well)

—Crafts (not well at ALL)

—Research (body care - hence the business, but thats another blog for another time)

—Online dating (yes, weird interest. Move along)

—Travel

—Makeup trends (but not necessarily on my face)

—Pinterest (You guys! How come no one told me about Pinterest before?)

 

My interests are mainly sedentary - I can see that - but they make me so HAPPY and FULL. I’ve expanded my outlook on life and on myself. These little things made me cheerful and curious and generally a better person. 

 

Career wise, my business idea actually sprang from this time of my life when i was exploring new things. Some of my DIY work (the better aspects of it) centred around natural beauty and skin care. I researched and tested and experimented till I had a skeleton of an idea. Again - another blog for another time. 

 

This time to focus and breathe was probably the best gift I have ever given myself. 

 

I now understand the predominantly European concept of a gap year. The time off from the ceaseless planning and coordinating of our lives offers a chance to break, regroup and refocus. Once those eyes are clear, theres a chance that we start seeing the right path, with clarity (or, at least, the next path that takes us to the right path).

 

And at the VERY least, we learn how to knit terrible hats for our families to keep their heads warm and crafty. 

 

Ruchy 

xx

Oil Cleansing - A Primer

Ruchy Khurana

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The pharmacy is my happy-place. Hand me $100 and in 25 minutes and I’ll come out armed with tons of “essential”, wondrous products that will keep me entertained for weeks on end. 

Heart shaped cotton pads? Sure! 

French fry slicer? Yes please!

PJ bottoms styled to look like jeans? Why not! (True story)

My decades long love affair with the pharmacy began when I was in my teens - I was (and am?) awkward, shy and covered in “bad” skin. In those days, I would pace up and down the facial cleanser aisle looking for that one miracle product that would transform my skin into an even toned and acne free masterpiece. In those days, I would gravitate towards anything that proclaimed to be Oil Free or Astringent. The logic was, my oily skin needed to be stripped down in order to regain normality. I would scrub, exfoliate, and basically attack my face with the harshest alcohol based products on the shelves. 

It didn't work. 

All that negative attention aggravated my acne and made my combination skin flare up and peel. I was devastated (in that pure, endless way teenagers often are). 

Fast forward a few decades to today. I am still somewhat shy and awkward and I am still prone to adult acne. The difference? I’ve learned how to treat my skin with the love and dignity it deserves. In return, it has begun to love me back. Heres the irony: that substance which caused me so much angst in my early years is the very thing that solved the problem. 

OIL. 

The Oil Cleansing Method (OCM) hails from the ancient Indian system of medicine called Ayurveda. I am sure there is a very long and interesting history of Ayurveda which I need to get more familiar with, but my experience of this discipline stems from stories my parents used to tell me. These stories always revolved around a line of children, patiently waiting for the daily massage from their grandmother. The grandmother would lovingly and expertly massage oil into the children’s hair and skin and then send them off for a bath, one by one. Perfect skin for everyone. 

With this hazy scene in mind, I learned more about the OCM. Briefly, the idea is this: the best way to clean off daily grime, clogged pores and makeup is to use oil. Truly, nothing gets makeup off better than an oil blend. Even my award winning mascara and eyeliner - built to survive on my face through a war - crumbles in defeat when faced with the OCM. Here is how its done:

  1. On a dry face, rub a loonie sized amount of oil in circular motions all over. Take your time (although the makeup comes off in a few seconds). 
  2. While this is going on, wet a face towel with hot hot water. 
  3. Wring out the towel and lay it over your face. Give yourself a little steam… enjoy the feeling for a second. 
  4. Wipe. Rinse. Repeat.

One of the reasons I adore this process so much is that its so relaxing after a long day. A mini spa that I think I deserve! Also, because you can be very gentle with the circular motions, I find there is less pulling at the sensitive skin around my eyes and I don't lose as many precious eyelashes as I used to. BIG WIN. 

The oils I selected for the blends were chosen for their cleansing and hydrating properties. I found oils that are non irritating and light and very, very lightly scented. The blends were heavily tested (you’re welcome, family/friends) and I use them myself every day.

I also found that the oil cleanser is multi purpose:

—Use an extra drop when you are finished cleansing as a night cream replacement

—In the winter, use it on your legs to prevent alligator skin

—Smooth it on after a wax for a smooth finish, reducing the irritation and redness. 

After a week or two of an adjustment period, you are likely to find that your skin feels balanced and smooth. I found a more even skin tone was apparent in just a few weeks, and it does wonders for the appearance of fine wrinkles. You might have a glow… you might be able to fly. Just kidding - you’ll definitely be able to fly. 

  If you are ready to turn conventional logic on its (oily) head, I hope you give the OCM a try. It’s fantastic as a makeup remover and moisturizer and feels luxurious and decadent. 

Just like a pair of pyjama jeans. 

Ruchy

xx