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BEAUTY Bazaar DR NIGMA TALIB COUNTS THE supply you with the tools to feel your best self. WHO’S-WHO of Hollywood’s A-list as her She’s a life changer.” clients. “Nigma’s plan will change your life,” “Our face is our office, because when you gushes Penelope Cruz on her website. meet someone, it’s the first thing people see,” “Nigma’s plans have completely transformed shares Talib. “It’s really important for all of us to my skin, she is truly amazing,” touts Sienna take care of our faces as if it were our office, Miller. The list goes on—Jeremy Piven, Kate because it really does show what you’re doing Bosworth, and famed makeup artist Charlotte on the inside by what it looks like on the Tilbury are all part of Talib’s fan club. outside.” Born in Nairobi and raised in North The London-based naturopathic doctor is America—mostly the United States and taking the beauty world by storm with her Canada—Talib grew up with a real estate book, Reverse the Signs of Ageing. Bucking the maven mother and a computer scientist trends of superficial enhancements like botox father, the latter whom she credits as the and fillers or purely topical cosmetic agents like person who led her to her chosen career gizmos to zap your skin to clarity, the path. “My dad is the one that doctor instead promotes her 28-day brought me to an ND when I was programme to naturally achieve young and he encouraged me to beautiful, clear skin. Having launched pursue this,” she says. this month in the United States after Being of South Asian descent, Talib successful releases in Canada and has a particular sensitivity to the Britain—where it became an Amazon beauty needs of subcontinental bestseller in the Beauty and Fashion women. “Indian women get hypercategory—the book combines expert pigmentation as they age. The skin is advice on what to eat, how to support already dark, and attracts more and rejuvenate hormones, at-home melanin than Caucasian skin,” she How celeb-favourite naturopathic DIY treatments, and recipes for explains. “And Indian skin can be younger looking skin, all with a holistic quite oily and acne prone as well.” She doctor Nigma Talib is challenging all approach. It is a complete lifestyle guide advises Indian women to go for to attain glowing beauty from the you thought you knew about beauty regular peels, and the application of inside out. botanicals like licorice, along with skin “I was always terrified of turning calming mixtures like turmeric ice 40,” says Talib, voicing the fear that many women have about ageing. (water and turmeric mixed and frozen) for the face, which soothes While age may simply be a number, the evidence of a life well-lived will inflammation and helps with discolouration. eventually rear its head, and like most women, Talib wanted to fight the She also recommends keeping an eye on the thyroid for beautiful hair, process. Luckily for the world, she’s in a place to do just that. which from age 30 and upward is affected by the change in a woman’s “A naturopath only studies for six months whereas a naturopathic hormones. “When you lose your hormone levels or your hormones physician has a medical background,” she explains via FaceTime. become imbalanced, you tend to have hair loss. You lose the lustre and According to her, a naturopathic doctor endures the same coursework as shine of the skin and hair,” she says. “Make sure your diet is sufficient in an MD through naturopathic medical schools, and also studies the iodine, selenium, and zinc, which are critical for a healthy thyroid.” sciences of natural medicine, including subjects like nutrition, Chinese Anemia can also be a culprit for lacklustre hair and also cause it to fall out. medicine, homeopathy, acupuncture, and intravenous injection therapy “Indian hair by definition is quite resilient. But it can look quite out of with vitamins. “We are trained to look at the root cause of illness,” she control if you’re anemic.” says. Talib has even had success in reversing infertility in women based on But before you begin, Talib urges you to read the book and complete her integrated approach to medicine. the 28-day plan, which includes changing the diet and coming off gluten, Her foray into a naturopathic approach towards beauty was quite dairy, wine, and sugar to reap results. Challenging indeed, as she stresses accidental. “What I kept seeing in my patients was, every time I that all these things are hair busters and kill the adrenal glands. put them on a programme—whatever programme they “Women start noticing in as little as 14 days that they’re losing Dr Nigma Talib needed to do—they would say to me, ‘People are asking less hair, their nails are more resilient, their skin is shinier,” me what I’ve done to my skin. I look younger, I’m she says. glowing’.” It’s due to this exact scenario that OscarShe hasn’t stopped at the book, and is slowly working winning actress Cruz became one of the doctor’s clients. on her own line of naturopathic products that include The Spanish beauty noticed how incredible Sienna topical botanical serums made from plant stem cells. Miller’s skin had become, and asked the British star for “Beauty is having the imperfect. Like having a slight her secret. “Dr Talib gives her patients power through curve to your nose—it’s not perfect, but it’s perfect for knowledge,” says Kate Bosworth, another one of her you,” Talib muses. “As long as your skin is clean and clients, via email. “If you are ready and willing, she will glowing, I think that’s beauty.” n EARTHLY 178 By Rebecca Suhrawardi IMAGE COURTESY: DR NIGMA TALIB DELIGHTS