Rustic Art Aloe Vera Gel | Review

Guest post by Sneha Narayanan from Sneha’s Expression (snehaexpression.wordpress.com)

Today, our guest blogger Sneha talks about a product that really helped her acne-prone skin. Read on to find out what she thinks about the Rustic Art Aloe Vera Gel.

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION AND USES:
Rustic Art’s Aloe vera gel is an all-purpose gel. It has no added colors, no fragrance, and is naturally fresh. It can be used as a moisturizer or an astringent and it heals acne, infections, inflammation, minor cuts, and burns. It also balances excess oil, and can be used as an antiseptic, an aftershave or a nappy rash cream too!

INGREDIENTS:
Aloe Vera, Lemon Extracts, Natural Preservative of TCLS (Tumeric oil, clove oil, lemongrass oil)

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MY EXPERIENCE:
I had acne a few months back and started using this gel after trying the variants from Patanjali as well as Aloe Veda, and I must say I have got hooked to this. As I have used three tubs of Rustic Art’s Aloe Vera gel and am about to open my new tub, I decided to review this amazing gel.
I have oily and sensitive skin. No cream or moisturizer suits me except this. It balances excess oil and also has antiseptic properties. I use this gel as a night cream. I wash my face and apply it before going to bed. I also apply a thick layer under the eyes, so you can also use it as an under eye cream for dark circles. It’s lightweight and soothing.
You can also apply it as a day cream. It’s a must for all oily-skinned beauties. It doesn’t have any chemicals or parabens, which is an added bonus. My brother uses it as an aftershave and it works well for that purpose too.
While this gel is good for removing zits, it may not be as effective for severe acne. When I was undergoing treatment for Acne Vulgaris, the doctor prescribed me Doxycycline, and I used this gel as a moisturizer and it worked well.
The only drawback is the packaging because if two or more people use the same tub, it may be unhygienic.

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Shelf life: One year

Color: Transparent

Smell: Odourless as no perfume/fragrance is used.

Price: INR 200 for 100 gms

It is available online. You can purchase it through different online portals like Amazon, Nykaa, Flipkart etc.

RATING:
4.5/5 (0.5 deducted for packaging)

Hope you found this review useful! Click here to buy the Rustic Art Aloe Vera Gel.

The Benefits of Tea Tree Oil in Skincare

Tea Tree Oil is a powerful anti-bacterial ingredient that is extremely effective at curbing acne and skin infections. Needless to say, this magical essential oil is the star ingredient in a number of skincare products that are targeted for oily and acne-prone skin. Hence, there are a number of ways in which Tea Tree Oil can be incorporated into the skincare routine. Here are some of the benefits of tea tree oil in its various forms –

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Tea Tree Oil Concentrate – Tea tree oil concentrates are the purest forms of the ingredient available in the market. The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil is an excellent choice because it combines 15% tea tree essential oil with tamanu oil that helps with healing and renewing the skin. The best way to use tea tree oil concentrates is to apply the oil directly to active acne with a cotton swab. As an overnight spot treatment, tea tree oil will help in drying out angry breakouts within a day or two and is therefore perfect when you are prepping your acne-prone skin for a special event.

Tea Tree Oil Masks – Tea tree oil face masks help to suck out all the dirt, grime and sweat from the pores while providing a cooling and soothing sensation to irritated skin. These face masks typically combine the purifying properties of clay with the anti-bacterial action of tea tree oil to ensure the all-round health of the skin. Using a tea tree oil face mask once or twice a week is a great way to prevent new breakouts and to nip acne in the bud.

Tea Tree Oil Scrub – The addition of tea tree oil to scrubs adds anti-acne properties to the exfoliating product. Tea tree oil scrubs will unclog your pores while calming your skin and shrinking the acne. These scrubs remove the dead skin and provide a smoother and more youthful look to the skin. These scrubs are perfect for those with dull and acne-prone skin. I personally enjoy The Body Shop Tea Tree Squeaky Clean Scrub because it leaves my skin thoroughly refreshed and rejuvenated as well as acne-free.

Tea Tree Oil Face Wash – Tea tree oil face washes are some of the mildest ways of adding tea tree oil in your skin regimen. If you are new to the ingredient then a face wash containing tea tree oil is a good way to acclimatize your skin to the oil. Tea tree oil face washes are great at removing excess sebum in the morning or at the end of the day while reducing the appearance of pimples. You can also use a tea tree oil face wash to wash your makeup brushes, its anti-bacterial properties will kill any bacteria on your brushes and will prevent acne caused by dirty makeup brushes.

If you are someone with oily and acne-prone skin, tea tree oil can prove to be your skin’s best friend. You can choose to incorporate any or all of these tea tree oil based products in your skincare routine to get back your flawless, glowing skin.

Click here to buy tea tree oil online in India, to kick start this wonderful skincare journey!

Vya Naturals Turmeric Brightening Scrub | Review

The ancient wisdom pertaining to skincare is nothing to joke about. Like our elders often say, they had it all figured out until we came along and messed it up! This holds true almost completely when it comes to skincare and haircare rituals and many modern brands are going back to our roots to come up with products that are contemporary in their outlook yet traditional in essence. The Vya Naturals Turmeric Brightening Scrub is an excellent example of this skincare approach. This scrub is a face mask and scrub combined in one and is packed with the goodness of wild turmeric, an irreplaceable ingredient of traditional skincare rituals.
Vya Naturals Turmeric Brightening Scrub | Review
The product comes in the form of a dry powder that needs to be combined with a wet ingredient to create a face pack. The brand recommends using rose water if you have oily skin and milk or curd if you have normal to dry skin. I like using this powder mixed in with yogurt even though I have combination to oily skin.
One whiff of this powder and you will feel like you are surrounded by sandalwood and essence from a pooja. The powder not only smells amazing but is also packed with the anti-oxidant and brightening properties of turmeric along with a combination of some age-old skincare ingredients such as milk powder and besan and some contemporary and unique ones such as beetroot extracts, carrot extracts, and strawberry extracts.
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The powder easily combines with the curd to form a smooth paste which I then apply all over my face. I also use the paste on my arms to get rid of the inevitable tan. I leave the paste on for around 10 minutes and then exfoliate using the same in a circular motion. When mixed with yogurt, the paste does not become overly dry on the skin and does not give a stretchy feeling. In fact, some of the moisture gets absorbed into the skin making it feel plumper than before. The walnut scrub particles are not too chunky but they exfoliate really well upon remoistening the mask and provide a medium exfoliation without being too gritty and harsh.
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Upon washing off the rest of the product, my skin looks visibly brighter, and with regular usage at least twice a week, the product helps in getting rid of stubborn tanning. Also, the antiseptic properties of turmeric help curb acne and other skin infections, making this scrub the perfect choice for the humid Monsoon weather. Using this product not only makes my skin feel healthier than before but its calming fragrance also makes me feel pampered and relaxed as if I am at a spa.
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Trust me, you will understand the purity of this product once you smell it and look at its texture. This is why I don’t mind paying INR 695 for a 100gm jar of this scrub. The product is effective yet gentle and does not dry out the skin at all. Basically, it combines the best of the old and the new and removes the hassle of sourcing and storing all the ingredients for making a DIY mask. So if you want a mild and effective way to sort out skin problems such as acne, dullness, and pigmentation then this turmeric scrub might be your saviour!

Plum Green Tea Clear Face Mask | Review

Has the monsoon humidity clogged up your pores yet? Yes? Time to stock up on some clarifying face masks and the one that I am loving lately is the Plum Green Tea Clear Face Mask. While I do love all my charcoal face masks, I sometimes feel that they are a bit too strong and a bit too trying to be used too often, which is when I reach for this product instead. Read on to find out my thoughts on the product.

Plum Green Tea Clear Face Mask | Review

This face mask has the signature green tea scent of the Plum green tea range. The formula is in the form of an extremely smooth and creamy mud mask. It glides on the skin and instantly provides a soothing, slightly cool sensation. For a detoxifying mask, this one is pretty mild, even though it clarifies the skin really well, making it perfect for those with slightly sensitive skin.

I leave this product on for almost 10-15 minutes, and by this time the mask dries up completely like a mud mask should and feels slightly “stretchy” on the skin. Upon washing off the product, my face looks visibly brighter and glowy and completely non-greasy.

Plum Green Tea Clear Face Mask | Review

What I love about this product is how gentle it is despite being able to pull out all the gunk from my pores. After a tiring day, it pumps back some life into my skin while calming it down and is also an excellent product for prepping the skin for a special event where you want to glow from within. The formula contains clay to soak up the excess oil, glycolic acid to exfoliate and brighten the skin, and green tea extracts to control acne – a perfect concoction for my skin type which is combination to oily and acne-prone.

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Priced at INR 490 for a 60 gm jar, this product is quite affordable for what it does and is something that I am thoroughly enjoying in the humid weather. If you are someone who does not prefer masks that tingle and stretch the skin too much, I am sure you will love this one. Also, the fact that it is a vegan, cruelty-free product makes me favour it over others that are not. A must-have for the monsoons in my opinion!

Click here to buy the Plum Green Tea Clear Face Mask.

Plum Green Tea Mattifying Moisturizer | Review

I feel that at the rate at which I use up my skincare products, I will have tried all the mattifying moisturizers that exist in the world soon enough. Although this may seem like a huge exaggeration, I am a fan of switching up my skincare and rarely ever buy the same product twice in a row. This is why when I exhausted my supply of The Body Shop Tea Tree Mattifying Lotion and Lacto Calamine, I purchased the Plum Green Tea Mattifying Moisturizer. This product is paraben-free, SLS-free, phthalates-free and contains green tea extracts and glycolic acid, which are excellent ingredients for oily, acne-prone skin. Lately, I have been using this product on a daily basis, and here are my thoughts on its performance.

Plum Green Tea Mattifying Moisturizer Review

This light-weight moisturizer comes in a sleek white bottle with a handy pump. The texture of the formula is quite liquidy and the scent is incredibly refreshing, something that helps with waking me up in the morning. You only need a few drops of this product to cover the entire face and neck and the product literally sinks into the skin instantly. It mattifies my face without any tingling sensation or stretchy feeling on my skin. The formula is very gentle and is perfect for those with sensitive skin.

Plum Green Tea Mattifying Moisturizer Review

Although the product does a great job at mattifying my skin, my T-zone does end up producing more oil after a couple of hours. While the rest of my face remains non-shiny, my nose does look a little greasy on close inspection. Bear in mind that my face is literally as oily as a frying pan during the Monsoon season, so if you do not have extremely oily skin, the matte effect may last much longer on your face. I do love that this moisturizer is gentle and light weight but for the humid weather, I feel that the tea tree lotion from The Body Shop is more effective.

Plum Green Tea Mattifying Moisturizer Review

A 50ml bottle of this product is priced at INR 450, which is much cheaper than the variant from The Body Shop and the reason why I will definitely recommend this product to those who have fairly oily skin but nothing too extreme. Personally, I would whip this one out during fall/winter, when my skin does not produce oil like crazy and needs a bit more hydration. This is a great product for the price and will certainly help those who want a relatively gentle mattifying action.

I hope that this review was helpful. You can buy the Plum Green Tea Mattifying Moisturizer here.

Ponds Pimple Clear Face Wash | Review

There was a point in time when the Ponds Pimple Clear Face Wash was my go to daily face wash to keep the acne in check. However, Ponds changed the packaging of this product a few months ago and as far as I know, they changed the formula of the face wash too. I have had a hard time adjusting to the new formula and although it is a fairly decent face wash for the price, it is just not as good as the original formula.

Ponds Pimple Clear Face Wash Review

This face wash is specially designed for acne prone skin and the original formula did dry up my pimples pretty quick and reduced the production of oil. The new formula, on the other hand, does get rid of the greasiness but does not shrink the pimples as effectively as before. With the original formula, my skin would start behaving much better in a few days but this one only improves the condition of my acne but doesn’t get rid of them completely. My other major qualm with the product is its scent. The original formula had a fresh scent which I quite enjoyed but this one has a pungent herbal smell that lingers on my face, which I genuinely dislike.

Ponds Pimple Clear Face Wash Review

If you want my unbiased opinion, without comparing it to the original formula, then I would say that the Ponds Pimple Clear Face wash is one of the most effective budget face washes for acne prone skin in India. It does remove grease and dirt from the pores and makes the skin non-greasy for the next couple of hours. There are more effective face washes for eradicating acne but none are as affordable as this drugstore product. However, since I have been a lover of the original formula, I can’t help but compare this new version to its former self and that leaves me a tad disappointed.

Ponds Pimple Clear Face Wash Review

Personally, I won’t be purchasing this face wash again because of the new, annoying scent. If, however, you are not as sensitive to scents as I am and are on a tight budget, you may want to give this product a go. This is one of the reasonable options for students who are most prone to suffering from breakouts yet cannot afford luxury skin care. Priced at INR 69 for a 50gm tube, this face wash cleanses the face gently yet effectively and is definitely a boon for the oily skinned ladies (save for the scent).

I hope that this review was helpful. You can buy the Ponds Pimple Clear Face Wash here.

The Cure For Troubled Skin- Avene Cleanance Mask | Review

If your skin is oily and acne prone like mine then this product might be the answer to your prayers! The Avene Cleanance Mask is the face mask that I turn to every time I suffer from massive breakouts or when my skin generates excessive quantities of oil.

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This unique product combines the exfoliating powers of a scrub with the oil-absorbing potential of a mask to create a tube full of skincare goodness. You can either use it as a daily scrub or as a weekly mask for deep cleansing. To use as a mask, just apply the product to moist skin and leave it on for 5 minutes, then rub in the product with your fingers using circular motions and rinse with water.

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Avene’s Cleanance range is particularly designed for oily skin issues and this product fits the bill perfectly. The exfoliating particles are quite gritty and do a great job of removing dead skin cells. When used as a mask, the soft clay helps to absorb excess sebum, leaving your skin supple and extremely soft. The product is also enriched with Avene Thermal Spring Water that is supposed to help calm irritated skin.

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I really love this product but would like to throw out a word of caution that it does tingle a bit upon application and the scrubbing particles might be too harsh for sensitive skin. The only other con of this product is that it is priced at INR 1320 for a 50 ml tube, however, I would say that it is a product worth the investment, especially if your skin needs some major rescuing.

Buy it now at Nykaa.com to avail a discount of 15%.