Some skincare ingredients are so amazingly effective that they have stood the test of time and have managed to retain a spot in skincare recipes ranging from age-old grandma’s concoctions to modern pharmaceutical skincare ranges. Oatmeal is one such ingredient that is known to be extremely gentle yet excellent at relieving the skin from irritation and itchiness caused by rashes, allergic reactions, and other skin conditions. In fact, it is so gentle and effective that oatmeal baths are even recommended for infants suffering from skin infections. Dermavive, an Australian brand that has recently launched in India, utilizes this time-tested ingredient in the Dermavive Moisturising Lotion that contains Natural Colloidal Oatmeal. The brand sent me the product to review a few days back and here is my review of this moisturising lotion.
The Dermavive Moisturising Lotion has Natural Colloidal Oatmeal as its star ingredient. As I mentioned before, oatmeal is a scientifically proven skincare ingredient that helps to maintain the natural pH balance or acidity of the skin, reduces dryness, and creates a protective barrier on the skin. Therefore, this lotion is particularly suitable for those with dry, sensitive and irritated skin although it can benefit those with all skin types. The lotion has a thick texture but spreads easily on the skin and sinks in within seconds without leaving a white cast. It does not leave any greasy feeling on the skin but still provides intense hydration that lasts for hours and makes my skin feel super soft and smooth.
Since this product is meant for irritated skin, the brand has not added any artificial fragrance in the lotion. It has a mild natural scent that does not linger on the skin post application. The finish that this lotion leaves on the skin is really impressive, it does not feel like you have applied anything on the skin yet the skin feels really supple and hydrated. Also, the product helped to calm down a few rashes I had developed on my arms due to wearing some artificial jewellery, hence it does live up to its claims of relieving irritated skin. Even though this product is specifically targeted towards dry and irritated skin, its non-greasy texture, intense hydration and mild and light-weight formula make it perfect for all skin types. In fact, the brand claims that this product can be used on children and babies as well.
The Dermavive Moisturising Lotion with Natural Colloidal Oatmeal is currently available on Amazon and Flipkart in India and is priced at INR 800 for a 120ml tube that is travel-friendly and comes with a flip lid. The price may seem a little steep but trust me, it is an excellent investment if you suffer from recurring skin issues and most skincare products don’t suit your skin. Overall, I am really enjoying using this product and would highly recommend it to all of you. No matter what your skin type, regular usage of this lotion will definitely improve the texture and look of your skin. So do give it a try and let me know your thoughts about this moisturising lotion.
If you are an avid stalker of celebrity skincare secrets then you must have heard of the benefits of Rosehip Seed Oil by now. This multi-tasking skincare ingredient is what you need in your life if you are on the wrong side of 25 and your skin is beginning to age. To find out what the hype over this oil was all about, I recently picked up the Ryaal Rosehip Seed Oil and here is how this product fared for me.
This 100% pure rosehip seed essential oil comes in the classic Ryaal packaging – a blue bottle with a dropper. The product itself is a golden oil with a nutty fragrance that is not too thick and sinks into the skin pretty quickly. It does leave behind a slightly oily cast on the skin but nothing too stark – you can pair it with a mattifying day cream or foundation during the day and use it as a part of your moisturising routine at night without looking like a grease ball (unless you have extremely oily skin to begin with).
Coming to the properties of the product, rosehip seed oil indeed does it all! It is rich in fatty acids, Vitamin A and Vitamin C and acts as a moisturiser as well as a toner. I have been using this oil as a part of my moisturising routine (post toning) and have noticed its exfoliating properties already. It has a noticeable peeling action and I could see that my dead skin was flaking off faster than usual while my pimples seemed to dry up more quickly. My skin also looked smoother than usual, which could be due to the fact that rosehip seed oil diminishes pores and plumps up the skin to prevent the appearance of wrinkles. I know that it sounds too good to be true, but if you religiously incorporate this facial oil in your skincare routine then I am sure that you will observe such positive results too.
Overall, I do not have anything negative to say about this product. It is quite affordable at INR 289 for a 15ml bottle that will last you for months if used in the right quantity. My skin has been behaving really well since I started using this oil and it is perhaps the most enjoyable part of my skincare routine at the moment. If you have been suffering from dry or dull skin and are looking for a multi-tasking solution then you must try out this gem of a product!
In continuation to yesterday’s post, today I will talk about the Greenberry Organics Bio Active Intense Night Cream, the evening counterpart of the Bio Active Bright Day Cream. This night cream was also sent by the brand to me and I found the ingredient list very intriguing. It has Jojoba Oil to soothe dry and irritated skin, mulberry extracts that act as anti-oxidants, almond oil to help clear the skin, and organic murumuru butter that is rich in essential fatty acids. Needless to say, this cream sounds like a super-food for the skin and indeed, it is exactly that.
This night cream is even thicker and richer than the day cream from the range and has an extremely soothing floral scent that helps me fall asleep at night. You need to use the tiniest bit of the product on the face, otherwise, you will be left with a crumbly or streaky finish. Just take a small amount of product, rub it between your fingers to warm it up, and then dot over the face and massage in with a circular motion. This cream is almost like a body butter, but for the face, so you have to be careful not to use too much product, but personally, I love the rich and intense hydration that it provides to my face. With the smallest scoop of product, I am able to see the cream sink into my face within minutes, making the skin super soft and smooth. Even when I wake up in the morning, my skin looks radiant and healthy. On the days when I get inadequate sleep, I usually suffer from dull skin but this night cream prevents that as well. I also feel that just within a week of use, the cream has slightly lightened the spots on my face, which is quite amazing.
Overall, I am happy with the product because it lives up to its name of being “Intense” in the hydration department. Even though I have combination to oily skin, my face does not feel greasy after applying this product, making it the perfect winter night cream for me. I also love the fact that the product is so gentle on my face and does not cause any tingling or itching at all. I will highly recommend this product for those with flaky or irritated skin who are in immediate need of hardcore moisturization. Priced at INR 675 for a 50gm tub, this cream may seem expensive but it will last you a really long time if you use the right amount of product. Also, it is currently available on Amazon for INR 600 only, so do grab yours now to pamper your face with some TLC.
Disclaimer – Product sent by the brand but all opinions are honest and my own.
Sometimes, I buy skincare products on a whim and the Plum Grape Seed & Sea Buckthorn Light Stay Day Cream was such an impulsive buy. Even though this day cream is best suited for dry skin, I bought it regardless of the fact that my skin is oily to combination, thinking that it will be a nice treat for the winter days ahead. Luckily, this cream suited my skin like a dream, so much so that I immediately placed an order for the Nurturance Night Cream from the same range as well. Usually, I’m not too matchy-matchy about my day and night skincare routine but using these two products in conjunction has worked quite well for my skin and here is how.
The day cream has a thick consistency, as opposed to the lotions from Plum, and is also pretty creamy. It spreads fairly easily on the skin though and you only need a few dots of the product to cover the entire face. It has a slight oiliness to it, but not in a bad way – more like the lightweight oiliness of serums. Also, this does not create a thick film on the face and gets absorbed fairly quickly, leaving the skin hydrated and glowing but not greasy. I love the fact that this cream has SPF 30, which I need at the moment because I am starting to incorporate Vitamin C in my skincare regimen. Overall, this cream is the perfect product for the cold season ahead when you need to give a little extra nourishment to your parched skin. It seems like the product replenishes the natural oils of the face without causing excessive oiliness and the cream should suit all skin types except extremely oily skin.
The night cream from the range is also extremely nourishing without being heavy on the skin and sinks into the face beautifully. Along with many natural oils, the product also contains sea buckthorn extracts which are supposed to be an excellent source of Omega 7 fatty acids which repair the skin, while the grape seed oil acts as a powerful anti-oxidant. The only thing I don’t like about this night cream is the bulky glass jar which is not travel-friendly at all. I wish that this product had a more compact packaging like the convenient tube of the day cream. The day cream and the night cream can be purchased as a combo pack for INR 1000 (current discounted price is INR 815), which seems pretty affordable to me for the quality of the products.
All the Plum products are paraben-free, phthalate-free and SLS-free and are also extremely gentle on the skin. I love these mild yet effective skincare products that have a faint fragrance that uplifts my mood in the morning and at night. So if you are someone who is planning to pamper your skin a little bit extra during the winter months then do give this range a shot.
You may or may not like makeup but everyone needs a little bit of skincare, and the more natural your skincare products are, the better. This is why I was extremely thrilled to receive two amazing face washes from Aaranyaa, a brand that relies on natural ingredients to bring out the radiance of the skin. Aaranyaa sent me their anti bacterial Neem Tulsi Face Wash, as well as their Tea Tree Face Wash, and I couldn’t be more grateful. I have been carefully testing out these products from the past few days and here are my thoughts on both of them.
Aaranyaa Neem Tulsi Face Wash – This face wash comes in a bright green packaging and is meant for combination to oily skin. It contains the goodness of Neem and Tulsi, which are known to have powerful anti bacterial properties and are excellent at combatting acne. The product comes in the form of a clear green gel and has a herbal smell. It lathers quite easily and cleanses the skin very effectively. It leaves my face feeling fresh and squeaky clean, without a stretchy feeling that some face washes tend to cause. I have noticed that this product keeps the oil under check for at least 4-5 hours and I believe that with regular usage, it might completely eliminate excessive oil production. This face wash is an excellent option for those with regular hormonal breakouts because it is not overly drying yet removes the greasiness very effectively.
Aaranyaa Tea Tree Face Wash – The Tea Tree Face Wash is meant for normal to dry skin and contains tea tree oil, which is an all in one cure for most skin issues. This face wash is gentler on the skin than the Neem Tulsi one and it leaves the skin more hydrated. I am thoroughly impressed that Aaranya has created a face wash with tea tree oil which is suitable for dry skin because most tea tree oil ranges that I have encountered are meant for oily skin. I usually have oily skin but sometimes I suffer from dry patches and this face wash is perfect for those days. In fact, I even asked a few friends with dry skin to try this out and they loved it! The antibacterial properties of tea tree oil in a moisturizing face wash is something new for me and I am enjoying it a lot. As an added bonus, this face wash has a citrusy scent and a cool green packaging which I absolutely adore!
These face washes are priced at INR 195 for a 110 ml tube and are perfect for daily use because they are Sulphate Free. I am so glad that I got an opportunity to try out this new brand and I will definitely be purchasing more products from their collection. If you enjoy herbal skincare then these face washes will surely impress you, and with two different face washes for different skin types, there is something for everyone. I honestly do not have anything negative to say about these face washes and I am in skincare heaven right now! 🙂
You can buy these wonderful products at Aaranyaa’s website. I am sure you will love them as much as I do.
Summer has arrived early this year in India and I already find myself reaching for my face wash more often. I have been meaning to try the Cetaphil face wash for oily and acne-prone skin for quite some time now, however, my local pharmacy did not have it in stock. I had to settle for the Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser instead, which is recommended for all skin types.
This product cleanses the skin without leaving it dry. It does not contain any irritating ingredients and the mild formula is suitable for sensitive skin. It leaves my skin feeling refreshed and soft and is excellent for removing the sweat without stripping the natural oils from the face. However, it does not help much with reducing oil generation, which is the primary concern for my acne-prone skin. If you want a product that helps with blemishes and pimples then this one is not meant for you. You can probably use some face wash that is formulated for oily skin in the mornings and nights and can use this one if you feel the need to wash your face during the day. Its gentle formula is perfect for unclogging the pores that suffer from heat and humidity. Those with dry skin can use this as a regular face wash, without any need for another product.
I also love the packaging of this face wash, it comes with a flip lid that prevents leakage and the wide bottle avoids the wastage of the product stuck at the bottom. The consistency is slightly thick and jelly-like which is also great for traveling. Moreover, you can use this product without water by simply wiping it off with a tissue. If you are out and about then this trick makes cleaning the face very simple, although I prefer using water. Priced at INR 215 for a 125 ml bottle, I think this is the perfect summer cleanser for those with dry skin.
I hope that this review was helpful. You can but this face cleanser here.
I will definitely try out the Cetaphil Oily Skin Cleanser and will report back to you guys.
I am usually very lazy when it comes to moisturizing my body and therefore opt for lightweight body lotions that get absorbed into the skin quickly. The Vivel Cell Renew Body Lotion – Deep Smoothing is one of my favorites for this precise reason, it is light yet potent enough to make my skin supple and smooth.
It is a non-greasy formula with tiny green vitamin E beads that burst on the skin to provide nourishment. To be very honest, one of the primary reasons that I always repurchase this product is because it has a granny smell that I love! If you are a nostalgic soul like me who associates scents with memories then you will understand where I am coming from. It is a strong, sweet smell that reminds me of something that my Grandma used when I was a child.
A 2ooml bottle of this product is available at a very affordable price of INR 250. They also have a night replenish lotion that I am dying to try next!