by Zanita Careem
The world’s oldest surviving system of natural medicine ayurveda offers the skin the best treatment. Skin isn’t just a dead layer covering our body, it is the body’s largest organ and its most sensitive.
Healthy living makes healthy skin. Beauty problems such as acne, dark-circles under the eye, and puffiness can be reflection of internal imbalances over the year, the skin care industry has evolved from merely pampering senses to offering treatments that are technologically and technically advanced.
Ayurveda is an ancient healing modality that dates back more than, 5,000 years. The traditional medicine practice hails from the Indian subcontinent, but today it is widely practiced around the world, renowned for its health benefits and ability to promote well being to aid body, mind and skin. Dr. Shanika Arcscularatne MD of Christell Skin Clinic is no stranger to the medical beauty business. Following her mother’s footsteps, Dr. Shanika gave up a lucrative career in the government medical centre and ventured into cosmetic medicine.
According to Dr. Shanika, the characteristic of good skin are the texture, tone, evenness and brightness. She has started this new venture providing Sri Lankans with the best aesthetic and holistic therapies in the Chrysteli clinic.
“Our brand Chrystell is a reflection of luxurious services that we strive to offer. Skin care haircare, anti aging treatments are some of the treatments we offer’ said Dr Shanika, There are many competitors in this field,but Dr Shanika’s popularity is due to the correct procedures excecuted for her clients in a professional matter.
At the Christell Skin Clinic, this new exciting portfolio of professional skin and body treatments with Ayurveda Wellness promises a holistic, physical and psychological wellness experiences, combining the ancient traditions of Ayurveda with the sciences of modern integrative medicine said Dr Shanika
She believes the world’s oldest forms of healing, Ayurveda is rooted in the belief that the body should be detoxified of all impurities -external and internal- in order to attain a state of complete wellbeing.
She says the new line of treatments is designed to help clients achieve a truly transformative mind, body and spirit experience; one that promises renewed energy, a relaxed body, and relief from persistent ailments.
Why did Christell clinic start auruveda?
As a western medical practitioner we use the newest technologies and Medicines to treat a patient. But sometimes the root cause needs to be addressed in a more holistic way rather than just by popping pills. For example some patients come to me to treat acne which we successfully do. But if the root causes stress, rather than giving them Tablets for this we do Ayurvedic medical destress treatments, which would give a complete cure .
How will skin clinic Christell go hand in hand with auruvedic medicine?
Our goal is to make people beautiful INSIDE OUT through sustainable holistic medical wellness therapies. while we use the modern medical technologies and medicine to treat a certain condition , we will use the medical sciences of Ayurveda to amplify its benefits so we don’t use pills to solve every little thing.
All treatments from the Christell Luxury Ayurveda Wellness menu are carefully designed and overseen by the Christell Skin Clinic’s certified Ayurveda Medicine and Surgery specialists. Following an initial consultation to determine each client’s individual Prakthri (body constitution) and Dosha (body humours), a personalised treatment plant is also formulated, to be carried out a team of trained therapists.
In accordance our principles, female clients will be attended by clinic’s female therapists, and male clients by male therapists.
Christell Luxury Ayurveda Wellness offers a broad portfolio of nourishing and healing body treatments, including those that promote reduced inflammation and overall skin hydration, skin nourishment and improved complexion, body exfoliation for glowing complexion, weight loss, skin cleansing, and improved blood circulation. The new menu also includes relaxing and tension-relieving massages and therapies to treat recurring back pains, neck, shoulder, and head massages, as well as other stress relief and curative joint pain treatments. Of the face treatments offered are face massages, herbal face masks, and various other procedures for dry skin and skin discoloration.
“Sri Lankans have a tendency to lean towards all things traditional, and irrespective of the many Western treatments that have seemingly surpassed this ancient science, Ayurveda has withstood the test of time, as an effective holistic healing system for many of our modern-day afflictions,” said Prof. Ramani Arsecularatne, . “With Christell Luxury Ayurveda Wellness, we hope to offer a certified alternative for those looking to find health and wellness solutions outside of, or even in tandem with Western treatments.”
Prof. Arsecularatne and Dr Shanika with many years of experience, together with a trained team of skincare therapists and consultants, employ only US FDA approved technologies and treatments to incorporate a menu of scientifically proven and holistic procedures; from modest BOTOX to exclusive dermal therapies, and laser skin rejuvenation treatments to non-surgical body contouring and toning. Since its founding, the cosmetology and luxury wellness clinic has expanded its services by opening a full-service salon and beauty clinic, Christell-Cutting Station at One Galle Face shopping centre, in collaboration with The Cutting Station. Christell Skin Clinic now also currently operates in the Maldives too, and has also opened the internationally-acclaimed Elixir Clinic’s first global franchise here in Sri Lanka.
Define your style with cargo pants
You are unlikely to miss someone wearing cargo pants in a crowd of people. Cargo pants are loose or baggy pants with several large pockets originally designed for outdoor activities and rough work routines.During the World War era, military uniforms were needed to allow soldiers to carry more personal belongings and amour, hence the need for an outfit with a lot of deep pockets, ‘cargo’ pants.
The pockets at the side of the pants are what distinguish them from other pants as well as the quick-drying synthetic cotton material.
Other names include cargo trousers, combat pants or combat trousers. They come in different sizes and shapes. The mantra of wearing these pants is ‘as long as the waist fits, the rest does not matter’.
However, there are several types including jogger pants, which like any other cargo pants contain numerous pockets, but some of these pockets are just decorative, not functional.
Slim-fit cargo pants are designed to be fitting and are tapered at the ankle, while EMT ones are loose since they are designed for comfort and durability.
Other types include tactical, denim, hiking and high-end cargo pants.
Gents can achieve a casual official look with a polo shirt and slim-fit cargo pants. The other types match well with a t-shirt, fitting or oversized, and can give a ‘hot’ casual outfit.
In Kenya, the prices vary depending on where you want to buy your clothes. If you are ordering them locally from Kenyan online sites, be ready to part with Sh1,500 to Sh2,500.Cargo pants have made major comeback among the fashion conscious.
Corridors of Time : Artistic narratives of Heritage and Nature
Royden Gibbs and Dillai Joseph Rodrigo inspire a spirit of conservation to aid efforts of WNPS.
Experience the captivating beauty of Sri Lanka’s heritage and nature through the exquisite fine art of Royden Gibbs and Dillai Joseph Rodrigo in the upcoming exhibition, “Corridors of Time.” This remarkable showcase promises to transport art enthusiasts on a journey through time, archaeology, architecture, history, human form and culture, with an exploration of the intricate narratives that bind heritage and nature in this enchanting island nation.
The “Corridors of Time” exhibition will be held at the Harold Peiris Gallery, located in the heart of Colombo. The grand opening is scheduled for 2nd November 2023, and the exhibition will run until 5th November 2023. Art enthusiasts, collectors, and anyone with an appreciation for the beauty of Sri Lanka and its cultural heritage are encouraged to attend. Visitors will have the opportunity to engage with Royden Gibbs and Dillai Joseph Rodrigo, gaining insights into their creative processes and the inspirations behind their exhibits.
The “Corridors of Time” exhibition is a collaboration between two visionary artists, Royden Gibbs and Dillai Joseph Rodrigo. This unique partnership brings together their distinctive artistic styles, blending contemporary interpretations with deep-rooted Sri Lankan traditions. Their artistry harmoniously converges to depict the rich tapestry of Sri Lanka’s heritage and the awe-inspiring beauty of its natural landscapes.
Royden Gibbs, a Sri Lankan artist, exhibited locally and internationally and is celebrated for his mastery of intricate details and subject matter, showcases his profound connection to Sri Lanka’s cultural heritage in this exhibition. Through his paintings, Royden captures the essence of ancient temples, historical sites, and traditional rituals, inviting viewers to delve into the heart of Sri Lanka’s past.
This one-of-a-kind exhibition will showcase Royden Gibbs finest, unseen works. He is renowned as one of Sri Lanka’s top watercolorists, who also works in diverse mediums, receiving well-deserved awards and recognition.
Several structures painted by Royden have regrettably ceased to exist at present. These artworks hold significant historical value, and their recognition has been duly acknowledged by the esteemed institution, the Post Graduate Institute of Archaeology. Royden’s use of watercolour and acrylic brings vibrancy, drawing inspiration from light. Capturing essence, this shift expands the creative palette.
Dillai ‘s ethos fosters a renewed connection with nature, beautifully conveyed through her paintings, which inspire a profound love for the natural world. Her bold use of colours and innovative techniques breathe life into her work. Dillai discovers the extraordinary in everyday scenes, employing palette knives and textures to emphasise and exaggerate her unique perspective.
“Art has the power to evoke emotions, provoke thoughts, and inspire action,” says Royden Gibbs. “Through ”Corridors of Time”, we hope to ignite a sense of pride and responsibility among our audience, urging them to protect the cultural and natural treasures that make Sri Lanka so extraordinary.” Each piece tells a story, inviting viewers to embark on a journey of discovery.
“We believe that art should not only be admired but also understood,” says Dillai. “Through our conversations with visitors, we hope to foster a deeper connection between our art and the stories we aim to tell.”
Fifty percent of proceeds from the exhibition will be dedicated towards conservation efforts driven by The Wildlife and Nature Protection Society (WNPS), the third oldest non-governmental organisation of its kind in the world, and the oldest conservation body in Sri Lanka. With a heritage spanning over 129 years, the WNPS is deeply intertwined with the rich natural history of this captivating island nation and continues to work alongside communities to safeguard the unmatched beauty and diversity it offers even today.
“Art is universal; it transcends the power of the written word and serve as a powerful medium that drives conservation. We are confident that these outstanding portrayals of our natural world will communicate the importance of conserving these vibrant and life-giving resources and help us create new avenues to protect them for the posterity of future generations,” stated Jehan CanagaRetna, the President of the Wildlife and Nature Protection Society.
Whipping up the best cakes in town!
She is known for her commitment to high quality cakes with innovative designs and ethically sourced ingredients . Her cakes are also renowned for their pretty designs that are elegant and understated with an emphasis on skilled craftsmanship and most importantly luxuriously delicious. Dedication to perfection, good taste and understanding of what people want and the skills to translate tingredients to sugar are her trademark.
Q Tell us about your background and why you started ?
A I come from a family where cooking and baking have always been a big part of our lives. My father inspired my love for baking, and we often spent quality time experimenting with new dishes and perfecting our baking skills. This passion eventually led me to start my own journey in the world of cake making.
Q What is your area of speciality?
A My specialty lies in creating custom-designed cakes for special occasions, especially weddings. I love the challenge of turning a couple’s vision into a delicious and visually stunning cake that adds a magical touch to their celebration.
Q Where did you get your inspiration and idea from?
A My inspiration primarily comes from my family, especially my father, who instilled in me a deep appreciation for the art of baking. Additionally, I draw inspiration from nature, art, and current trends in the culinary world, which help me come up with unique cake designs and flavours.
Q What do you find the most challenging aspects of cake making?
A The most challenging aspect of cake making, in my opinion, is achieving perfection in both taste and aesthetics. Balancing the flavours and textures while creating intricate designs can be quite demanding, but it’s also what makes the art of cake-making so rewarding.
Q Which cake is your favourite and/or your preference?
A It’s tough to pick a favourite because each and every cake I create holds a special place in my heart. However, if I had to choose, I’d say I have a soft spot for classic vanilla bean sponge cakes with fresh fruit fillings. They’re timeless and universally loved.
Q How has your journey been since then until now?
A My journey in cake making has been incredibly fulfilling. I started as a hobby and gradually turned my passion into a profession. Over the years, I’ve had the privilege of creating cakes for numerous weddings and special events, and the positive feedback from my clients has been a driving force in my career.
Q What is the hardest thing about being a cake maker?
A The most challenging aspect of being a cake maker is managing the pressure that comes with creating something so significant for someone’s special day. The expectations are high, and any mishaps can be devastating. It’s a constant quest for perfection.
Q How do you stay up to date with the latest trends?
A To follow trends with the latest cake trends, I follow industry blogs and social media accounts, and network with fellow cake artistes. I also experiment with new flavours and designs to keep my skills fresh and innovative.
Q Cakes for weddings? What are your preferences for the magical making?
A When it comes to creating wedding cakes, I prefer to work closely with the couple to understand their vision and style. I love incorporating personal touches into the cake design, such as elements from their love story or cultural traditions. It’s all about making their day truly magical and memorable.
Q Any cake disaster stories?
A One memorable cake disaster story involved creating a multi-tiered cake for an outdoor wedding on a scorching hot day. Despite our best efforts, the room temperature soared, causing the cake tiers to shift and the fondant to droop. It was a frantic race to rescue the cake, and we had to do some last-minute repairs. Thankfully, it all worked out in the end, but it was a nerve-wracking experience.
Q What are new wedding cake trends that you have seen in 2023 in terms of cake designs and flavours?
A In 2023, we’ve seen a trend toward minimalist and elegant cake designs with a focus on natural elements like floral and botanical motifs. Couples are opting for unique flavour combinations, such as vanilla, and lemon, and experimenting with more exotic flavours like passion fruit. There’s also a growing interest in eco-friendly and sustainable cake decorations and packaging to align with the overall theme of environmentally conscious weddings.
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