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Deepika Padukone's beauty basics

CS caught up with her to find out her beauty secrets, her thoughts on ageing and how she stays in touch with her athletic side:

Deepika Padukone
Who: Deepika Padukone
What: On her beauty secrets 
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Positive plans
I don't do much for my skin actually. But before leaving home in the morning, I make sure that I apply a moisturiser and an SPF to protect my skin. Also,
I consciously drink a lot of water and try and have balanced, healthy meals throughout the day. I try and pack in a workout as well as it's very important for blood circulation and it makes you feel good. You feel very happy and positive.

Moderation is okay
What is dieting? I think the concept of dieting is misunderstood. People feel that dieting means starving, but it is actually just eating healthy and eating correctly. I eat healthy and don't starve myself. Of course, I indulge once in a while. I am a human being and have my tendencies to want to eat chocolate and dessert. But anything in moderation is okay. But to tell you the truth, I don't just have a sweet tooth. I think all my teeth are sweet! (laughs) Earlier, I had a weakness only for chocolate. But now, I like all kinds of sweets and desserts.

Ageing gracefully
I do believe in ageing gracefully, but I also think that it is important to take care of yourself. I think Indian women have a tendency of neglecting themselves. For them, it's always about their husbands, children, family, relatives and work. They rarely make time for themselves. And your ‘me’ time is very important.

Let’s work it out
With my busy shooting schedule, it is a little difficult to find time to play badminton often. And that is all the more reason why I enjoy my workouts. They keep me connected with my athletic side. But I would love to play a sport more often. Working out or playing a sport gives you a natural glow, but more importantly, it gives you a certain focus and discipline in life. That is a very distinct difference between those who are sports people and those who are not. It teaches you how to handle everything — yourself, pressure and competition. It gives you some grounding.

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