Minerals from the Dead Sea are famous for their skincare properties which help in removing dead skin and dullness. Now this goodness is available in a jar in the form of the Fabeya Dead Sea Mud Mask. This face mask is also unique because it is PVA free, and therefore it claims to be non-drying. Read on to find out whether this face mask managed to impress me or not!
The Fabeya Dead Sea Mud Mask has a creamy, muddy consistency and spreads easily on the face. It has a strong scent that tends to irritate the eyes and lips a little, but the brand has already instructed that the product should not be used near the eye or lip area, so all is good. Once applied on the face it provides a cool, slightly tingly sensation to the skin and takes approximately 15-20 minutes to dry up completely. The brand also recommends washing this product off with warm water, which is something that you should keep in mind because it does not wash off easily with cold water.
Coming to the results, this mud mask provides an even, natural radiance to the face and my skin looked visibly plumper and supple after just one use. The product contains Organic Soy Phytosterol which is known to combat wrinkles, and I feel that this is the ingredient that helps in plumping up the skin. Also, when the product dries up on the skin it does not feel any different than other masks, but once you wash it off, there is no stretchy feeling on the skin, unlike most of the other masks that I have tried. This makes this mud mask perfect for those with dry skin.
This mud mask is available in a 140gm jar priced at INR 499. This is fairly reasonable considering the quality, quantity and efficacy of the product. With regular use once or twice a week, this product will reduce wrinkles and increase the radiance of the skin. Do try it out this Diwali to get the festive glow!
If there is one brand which has gained a lot of recognition within a few months of its inception and rightfully so, it is MamaEarth. By now, many of you must be aware that this brand not only makes safe and effective products for babies and mamas, it also has an expanding skincare range that can be used by all women. One of their latest launches is a range of face washes, and I couldn’t resist myself from buying their Charcoal Face Wash that claims to provide pollution defence and control excess oil production. So did the product live up to its claims? Read on to find out!
This face wash contains two of my favourite skincare ingredients – activated charcoal and coffee. It is hypoallergenic and free of SLS and Parabens, thereby making it safe for all types of skin. The formula is black and slightly runny in consistency, it lathers quite easily and sucks out the grease and gunk from the skin quite efficiently. After using the product, my skin feels squeaky clean and even has a slight glow. Since the product is meant for oil control, it can be a little drying if you don’t have oily skin but works really well at keeping my combination skin shine-free for several hours. The activated charcoal does a fine job at thoroughly cleansing the skin while the coffee helps remove dead cell and restore the natural radiance of the skin. Other key ingredients include aloe vera extracts, tea tree oil, and light kaolin which definitely help at cleansing the pores while leaving the skin hydrated. The face wash has a very natural scent that reminds me of tea tree oil and charcoal, which means that the brand has not added any strong perfume in the formula, thereby making it suitable for sensitive skin.
The packaging is in the form of a sturdy tube with a flip cap that clicks into place, preventing any leakage, and a 100ml tube is priced at INR 249. This product is slightly expensive but is definitely worth the investment for those with greasy and acne-prone skin, especially those with a busy lifestyle. This face wash receives 5 sparkling stars from me and I am excited to try out other face washes from the brand really soon!
So I recently received a few products from Fabeya, a natural skincare brand that has a wide range of face and body scrubs and gels with fascinating ingredients catering to different skin types, and I immediately fell in love with everything in the package. I received the Activated Charcoal Face & Body Scrub, the Organic Papaya Gel, and the Apple Cider Vinegar Body Scrub & Polish, and all three products are made with natural, no-nonsense ingredients, with no parabens, sulphates, alcohol, phthalates, or artificial colours in them. Not only are these products a perfect example of the clean skincare I have been talking about these days, they are also perfect for the hot and sultry Indian summer. So without much ado, here are my thoughts on these three gems.
Activated Charcoal is a skincare ingredient that probably needs no introduction. Everybody knows about its efficacy at sucking out all the gunk from the pores, leaving the skin squeaky clean. However, what makes the Fabeya Activated Charcoal Face and Body Scrub Unique is the fact that it is super creamy and extremely gentle compared to any other activated charcoal products that I have tried. Most charcoal products are not suitable for those with dry or sensitive skin, but this soothing scrub with tiny exfoliating particles should suit all skin types. As I mentioned, the product is super creamy and hydrating and offers a cooling sensation to the skin while the tiny beads provide mild exfoliation. It is an extremely comforting product to use at the end of a long day and leaves the skin looking brighter, rejuvenated and bump-free. This is probably my favourite product out of the three and I will definitely recommend it to everybody.
The Fabeya Organic Papaya Gel is a soothing, light-weight gel with a delicious fruity scent. Papaya is known for its calming and brightening properties, which makes this gel perfect as an after-sun treatment. Just pop it in the fridge for some time and then apply a generous layer to your sun-burnt skin, the gel will cool down the skin and reverse the sun damage at the same time. You can also use this as the last step in your nighttime skincare routine to seal all the serums and creams in place, or can apply it as a soothing face mask for around 5-10 minutes and then rinse with some water. This product is perfect for those with sensitive or extremely oily skin as it hydrates and brightens without being too heavy. If your skin is suffering from the harsh summer sunlight then you must incorporate this product into your skincare routine.
Apple Cider Vinegar is packed with a ton of benefits for the skin, is rich in anti-toxins, and is supposed to be excellent at fighting acne and brightening the skin. The Fabeya Apple Cider Vinegar Body Scrub & Polish is the first apple cider vinegar scrub that I have tried and I must say, I am thoroughly impressed. The product comes in the form of a hydrating cream with tiny walnut shell particles embedded in it. The scrub particles are gritty enough to remove dead skin, ingrown hair, or a tan with ease without being extremely harsh. The cream in itself has a mild cooling effect on the skin and leaves the skin looking visibly smoother and brighter after each use without making it dry. This product is excellent for taking care of the skin of the body, which often gets neglected when compared to the skin of the face.
Needless to say, I am in love with all the three products and will definitely be trying out more products from Fabeya. All their products come in gigantic 340 ml tubs that are priced around the INR 400 mark, but are currently available on Amazon at INR 299. Affordable and all-natural skincare couldn’t get any better than this. So if you are looking for smooth, healthy-looking and bright skin this summer then do give Fabeya a shot, I am sure you won’t be disappointed!
Ask any Indian grandma how to cope with dry skin in the winter months and she will lovingly direct you towards a bowl of honey. Honey helps in retaining the skin’s moisture in the cold weather and adds a bounciness and youthfulness to the skin, which is exactly what the Seer Secrets Honey & Geranium Pore Refining Multi Cleanser is also able to do. This extremely gentle face wash is a boon for those who suffer from dry, irritated, chapped, or sensitive skin and here is why I say so.
The proof of the pudding is in its ingredients and this face wash has coconut extracts, raw honey, geranium oil, and rosewood essential oil as its key ingredients. These ingredients make sure that while the cleanser removes dirt from the pores, the skin does not lose its natural oils and suppleness. The formula is in the form of a honey colored gel that does not froth a lot and feels very mild on the skin. This lack of excessive froth makes sure that the product is not dehydrating at all.
This gentle formula is suitable for those who have been struggling with sensitive skin that reacts to harsh chemicals in face washes. I also love its sweet, refreshing scent that is very relaxing.
The product comes in a bottle with a pump that makes it so convenient to use. The price of INR 387 for a 100ml bottle is a little steep but if you have never found the perfect product for dry and sensitive skin then your search will definitely end with this product. A must buy for the cold weather in my opinion!
Can a girl ever have enough face washes in her skincare stash? No! Our skin always wants more pampering, which is why I was overjoyed when I was contacted by Estrella Professional to try out their Nutribios Natural Anti-Acne Neem Face Wash. I have been testing out this product over the past week or so and can’t wait to tell you guys more about this amazing face wash. But first, in case you do not know about Estrella, here are a few tit-bits about the brand.
About Estrella Professional – Estrella Professional is a well-known brand in the skincare, hair care, and body care space that has partnered with various salons and service providers in the past. Some of the partners that the brand is associated with include Naturals, Limelite, Essensuals by Toni & Guy, YLG, At Home Diva (Quikr) and Getlook. Recently, the brand has stepped into the consumer space as well, with a large number of products such as Face Washes, Cleansers, Day Creams, Night Serums, Shampoos, Hair Masques, Hair Serums, Body Butters and much more. The Estrella Nutribios Natural Anti-Acne Neem Face Wash is one such product from the consumer range that is currently available on Amazon.
About The Product–The Estrella Nutribios Natural Anti-Acne Neem Face Wash is a unique blend of herbs and natural ingredients that are known to heal acne scars and to eliminate pimples. This face wash contains Neem and Vetiver, that are known for their purifying properties, tea tree extracts, which are anti-inflammatory and extremely effective against acne, and cinnamon, which has anti-bacterial properties (check the image below for complete ingredient list). Together, these ingredients are claimed to control the production of sebum, reduce the appearance of acne, and lighten the scars left behind by pimples to reveal clearer and brighter skin.
My Experience With The Product–The first thing about this face wash that caught my attention even before I cracked open the packaging was the refreshing and almost citrusy scent of tea tree oil. This rejuvenating fragrance can be the perfect pick me up in the morning. The face wash itself is a clear gel with a green tint that has a semi-liquid consistency. It lathers really well on the skin and you do not need more than a tiny bit of the product for every wash. The formula is extremely gentle and does not cause any irritation to the skin or the eyes. Despite being so gentle on the face, the cleansing action of this product is commendable and it gets rid of any traces of makeup, oil, and sweat with extreme ease.
The face wash is also quite effective at sebum control and keeps my face shine-free for up to 6 hours. However, it does not dry out the skin at all and somehow manages to ensure that the skin retains the perfect amount of natural oils to look hydrated and glowing but not greasy. I also had a few bumps on my skin when I first started using this face wash which would normally have turned into horrible red pimples within a few days, but this product shrank the bumps and prevented a painful breakout. Overall, ever since I have started using the product, my skin has been extremely well behaved. Although the scars from previous breakouts have not vanished, they have definitely lightened slightly, and no new pimples have appeared on my face. I am happy to report that after using this facewash twice daily for about ten days, I feel confident to step out of the house without any face makeup 🙂
Overall Verdict – Not only has the performance of this face wash thoroughly impressed me, but the price point of INR 379 for a huge 200ml bottle is also very appealing. For a salon brand to bring out an extremely affordable homecare range is quite unique and impressive. This face wash is the perfect product for all those with oily to normal, acne-prone skin and it will not burn a hole in your pocket as well. If you compare it to similar products such as The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil Face Wash, the Estrella face wash not only works much better on my skin but is also a fraction of the price of the former. Therefore, if you are looking for professional, reliable, and budget-friendly skincare then this face wash from Estrella Professional is a must buy for you!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Years before the benefits of clay were recognized by international skincare brands, a humble product could be found on the Indian dressers, one that provided the goodness of kaolin that is known to cure several skin issues. I still remember my mother showering praises upon the Lacto Calamine Daily Nourishing Lotion for controlling acne and healing blemishes. This oil-balancing lotion, being one of the products that I received as a legacy from the beautiful women of my family, has always held a special place in my heart.
Today, this product comes in two variants, the original formula meant for normal to oily skin and a new version that is more suitable for dry skin. The formula for normal to oily skin is what best suits my needs because it offers oil control and reduces the appearance of acne. Some of the ingredients of this lotion are kaolin, known for its oil absorption and exfoliating properties, zinc oxide, known for controlling acne, and glycerin, which is an effective moisturizer. Basically, this combination of ingredients is all that someone with blemish prone skin could ask for.
I recently ran out of my favorite Body Shop Tea Tree Oil Mattifying Lotion and couldn’t find it in stock on any online store. This is when I decided to fall back on the trusted Lacto Calamine which I always buy backups of. This product is equally good at oil absorption when compared to the lotion from The Body Shop but is slightly more hydrating and gentle on the skin. It keeps my face non-greasy for hours, and after using it for approximately a week, I can notice that my blemishes have faded a little as well. This is a water based product that is extremely light weight and if you want to make it more potent, you can add a small drop of tea tree oil to the lotion before application. Additionally, it forms a great base for makeup and makes my foundation last slightly longer too!
There is only one thing that I would like to change about the product – the dispenser. It currently comes in a wide necked bottle that always dispenses more product than I need, and I would love a smaller opening with a flip cap instead. Other than this minor qualm with the packaging, I adore everything about this lotion, from its pleasant earthy scent to its mattifying action. If you have oily skin then I would highly recommend trying this lotion as your daily moisturizer to see visible improvements in the texture of your skin within a few weeks. Priced at INR 110 for a 60 ml bottle, this product is proof of the fact that there are so many gems at the drugstore that get outshined by the dazzle of the fancier brands although they are equally good in terms of quality and performance. Hopefully, this blog post will allow some of you ladies to save your money and give a chance to this oldie but goodie!
I hope that this review was helpful, you can buy the Lacto Calamine Skin Balance Daily Nourishing Lotion here or at any drugstore in India.