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‘Minimal makeup looks are my current favourites’

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National crush Rashmika Mandanna is basking in glory with the success of the cult film Animal. She is one of the most busy actresses in Indian cinema now, with back-to-back shootings and releases. But, acting and movies apart, one thing that always mesmerises Rashmika is her constant style and incredible skin texture—flawless. Be it films, promotions, or even a regular Instagram post sitting at home, she always boasts skin with a smooth, velvety texture, akin to the finest silk. The audience, in general, draws a lot of inspiration from their favourite stars, be it the way they talk, walk, eat, or conduct themselves in public. The Pioneer got a chance to exclusively speak to the Dear Comrade star Rashmika Mandanna about her skin care regime, mental health, beauty, and more, as she recently came on board ITC Fiama Sandal Range Brand Ambassador.
Excerpts from the interview:
K. Ramya Sree
Have there been any standout beauty moments from your films that have left a mark on your own approach to skincare and beauty?
Well, I’ve always been drawn to the allure of natural and simple appearances, particularly the timeless elegance of the no-makeup look. In one of my recent films, I kept an extremely simple look with minimal makeup. I think for now that is my current favourite.How do your daily choices, like what you eat and how you stay active, play a role in keeping that radiant glow on your skin? Any insider tips?
As an actor, I am very mindful of ensuring that I maintain a proper routine for my physical health, as taking care of myself plays a crucial role in maintaining a healthy skin glow. When it comes to fitness, I like to maintain a straightforward and manageable routine. My daily schedule focuses on either one or two activities, like strength training, yoga, swimming, and walks, at least three days a week, and I do try to make time for them. Alongside that, maintaining a balanced diet and staying well-hydrated with plenty of water, along with a good night’s sleep, are super important.

What is your take on the latest skincare trends? And spill the beans: has there been a trend that has worked for you in the past year?
I’m really pleased to see the beauty industry putting more emphasis on natural products. Speaking from my own experiences, I’ve personally benefitted from including products including sandalwood and patchouli in my bathing routine. These natural ingredients have not only helped keep my skin healthy but have also brought a comforting touch to my daily skincare and body care routine. It’s truly captivating to observe the beauty and body care industry evolve, focusing on trends that prioritise both physical and mental well-being.

When you’re on the movie set versus your everyday life, how does your approach to skincare and beauty change? Any behind-the-scenes tips or tricks you’d like to share?
When I am on the set, I am extra vigilant about what I eat and drink. I usually maintain a balanced diet free of junk and oily foods. Hydration is of utmost importance to me, so I ensure I drink water at regular intervals and use a moisturiser to keep my skin hydrated. Sunscreen is an essential part of my skincare routine. Shooting on set or not, my day ends with a long, indulgent shower, which helps me unwind after a long day at the shoot.
When not shooting, you jet off on some vacation. What’s your skincare like during your vacations?
When I am on vacation, I prefer letting my skin breathe. Even though my skincare routine remains constant, when I travel to places or countries with extreme weather conditions, I adjust the quantity and tweak my skincare lineup, adding or subtracting products as needed.

How do you manage your mental well-being while working in the competitive film industry?
Prioritising self-care has been of paramount importance to me. It helps me maintain balance and resilience as an actor. Amidst the hustle and bustle, I find solace in simple yet rejuvenating rituals. A relaxing shower has become a cherished part of my routine. After a tough day, a moment of tranquility in the shower allows me to unwind and clear my mind. Additionally, I make time for activities that nourish my soul, such as meditation, yoga, and spending quality time with loved ones. By prioritising self-care and mindfulness, I’m better equipped to navigate any challenges while taking care of my mental well-being.

Lastly, what sparked your interest in teaming up with ITC Fiama as the brand ambassador for the sandalwood oil and patchouli soap?
Since childhood, I have always seen sandal soaps in a certain ritualistic and ancient way, more so owing to my Coorgi roots. Sandalwood oil holds a treasure trove of my childhood memories and brings me a profound sense of serenity amidst my erratic shooting schedules. I find solace in the soothing aroma of sandalwood oil too, as it helps me to unwind after a hectic day. I
am proud to be a part of this exhilarating journey to redefine the emotion, promise, and perception of sandal soap, as my personal daily routine includes a
long indulgent shower that relaxes me and makes me feel completely at home, leaving me de-stressed and rejuvenated.

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