Tehmina is an English actress living in LA, where she's rapidly making her mark. She appeared alongside Josh Harnett in The Lovers and also in Ben Affleck's Oscar winning film Argo. She's been in many other productions too, including 24: Live Another Day and CBS's Training Day and Oscar nominated project "Training Of Men" where she worked with Clive Owen and Julianne Moore.
Vogue has quoted Tehmina as "a bright young thing, straddling the world of film with incredible style".
She's shared some of her health, lifestyle and beauty secrets with DHB...
Tehmina, you’re an English actress who’s enjoying great success in Los Angeles. How do you stay feeling grounded and relaxed?
Having opportunities to feel relaxed and grounded is rare. It's a full time mix of daily hustling, seeking out opportunities, auditioning to land the next role, shaking off the rejection and trying to maintain a healthy, balanced lifestyle. But I will say, a good workout, hike or time with friends balances me out and gives me that feeling.
What’s your beauty routine like? Do you have any can’t live without products or brands?
I cannot live without moisturiser. My routine is simple - I wash and moisturise and use the occasional face mask every month, which I do myself at home. I get so overwhelmed with all the products on the market, that it confuses me, so I keep it simple using natural or organic products. Plus drinking lots of water. My favorite moisturizer is an organic extra virgin olive oil with rose & plant extracts cream from Linea Bianca & Rossa.
What’s does a healthy diet look like to you?
Avoiding processed food and sugar, limiting the amount of times I eat out to once a week and making sure I add lots of good fats into my diet.
What’s the strangest thing you have done in the name of beauty?
I ironed my hair on an ironing board to try and get rid of the curls. It wasn't the smartest move - it just made my hair incredibly dry and frizzy.
Do you go to spas or retreats to relax and if so, where is your favourite?
My mum's a skin care specialist in London. Her treatments and massages are unbelievable. As soon as I step off the plane, she'll give me a hot stone massage for the body to revitalize and give me various treatments for the face, to hydrate my skin and replenish it with vitamins.
Do you enjoy cooking and if so, do you have a favourite healthy recipe book or chef?
I have started to cook a lot more. I think I was a little lazy to cook but now I enjoy having the control over the food that I eat, so that I can maintain a healthy, balanced diet. One of my favorite dishes I've mastered is a bolognaise sauce! It’s taken many trials and errors but I enjoy the process of not following a recipe and adding ingredients myself and just seeing how it turns out.
Where’s your favourite healthy restaurant or café?
I veer towards organic food and meat that has been farmed without using hormones and antibiotics. Living in LA, we're spoilt with the number of places to eat, which serve organic and healthy food.
Here are a few places I love:
You are of Indian descent. We’ve long admired the ancient wisdom of Indian woman when it comes to natural beauty and self care. Do you have any Indian health and beauty secrets to share?
To oil your hair weekly, to maintain beautiful shiny and strong hair. The female members of my family have drilled this into me for years!
Where in the world is your favourite place to go on holiday?
I’ve always loved Morocco and India. I love escaping anywhere in the world to soak up the culture and take a trip away from the daily norm.
Which country serves your favourite food?
This is a tricky one as I love so many dishes from different parts of the world, so I couldn't just say one place. Japan for sushi, Italy for pasta - oh the list goes on and on!
What advice would you give your 16 year old self?
To embrace who I am as a person, both inside and out.
To remember that imperfections are what make us unique.
And drink lots of water!!!.
Thank you Tehmina x