DearPacker Lab Collection Masks | Review

A few days back I reviewed the DearPacker Home Remedy Masks and I couldn’t stop raving about them. Today, I will be reviewing another variant from the brand, the DearPacker Lab Collection Masks. Read on to find out whether these sheet masks managed to impress me or not!

DearPacker Lab Collection Masks | Review

The DearPacker Lab Collection Masks are available in 3 different formulations on Nykaa.com – Anti-Pollution & Clearing, Anti-Aging & Firming, and Anti-Dry & Hydrating. I picked up the Anti-Pollution & Clearing and the Anti-Dry & Hydrating variants. Unlike the home remedy masks from the brand, the Lab Collection masks have a more “professional-looking” packaging. The sheets themselves are more opaque and are made of cotton as opposed to the home remedy sheet masks that look more translucent and feel more jelly-like. The lab collection sheet masks are also bigger in size, and so I had to fiddle around a bit with them to make them fit my tiny face.

As for the formulations, these masks did not feel as hydrating on my skin as the home remedy masks and they tend to dry up faster as well and lose their squishy feel within 10 minutes. They do make the skin look brighter and hydrated but they do not have that wow-factor which the home remedy masks have, at least not on my skin. In fact, I noticed a few bumps on my skin the day after using the Anti-Pollution & Clearing Mask, although I cannot be hundred percent sure that the mask caused this or whether it was a good thing (toxins coming to the surface) or a bad thing.

DearPacker Lab Collection Masks | Review

Overall, I would say that if you are looking for good sheet masks then it might be a better idea to go for the DearPacker Home Remedy Masks instead of the Lab Collection Masks. The Home Remedy masks are available at the same price (INR 100 per mask) and they come in a number of variants, so you will be able to pick up something that will be perfect for your skin type. I am definitely going to stock up on the Home Remedy Masks but won’t be repurchasing the Lab Collection Masks.

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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.

How To Get Rid of Dark Circles: Long and Short Term Solutions

Guest post by Trysh Sutton.

Dark circles under the eyes can really stand out when we’re sleep deprived or have particularly thin skin around the periorbital area. They’re also more likely to show up with age but there also exists a hand-full of other situations that can cause this unsightly discoloration.

Apart from the obvious concealer, there are several other long and short-term approaches to ridding yourself of dark circles so you save some money on concealing or save your concealer for a rainy day instead of having to constantly use it.

Short Term Solutions

Sleep

A lack of adequate sleep is a well-known trigger for dark circles in many individuals because blood vessels in the area dilate and become more visible when we’re tired. In some cases, fluid can also collect in the area and form undereye bags, especially when sleeping face down.

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Tea Bags

Tea bags are a beauty industry secret famous for reducing dark circles and under eye bags, especially in the mornings.

The combination of tannins and caffeine help to constrict blood vessels in the area, thereby making them less visible.

To use tea bags for your dark circles, steep the tea bags in hot water as you normally would, put them in the fridge/freezer to cool and then place one over each eye.

Hydrate

When the body becomes dehydrated, fluid retention can occur and one of the places that the retention will present itself is under the eyes. Therefore, like many health and beauty problems, drinking adequate water could possibly be the answer for your under eye bags.

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Be Gentle

The skin and blood vessels around the eyes are very sensitive. Whether you’re constantly rubbing the area or tend to be particularly rough when removing your makeup, damage can occur quite easily so it is important to be very gentle when touching with that part of your face.

Long Term Solutions

Blood Testing

Lack of certain nutrients, particularly iron and vitamin B12, can manifest as dark circles around the eyes. There are other symptoms you can look out for, however, the only way to be entirely sure is to get a blood test done by your doctor.

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Derma Roller

A derma roller is a small, handheld device that has hundreds of tiny needles that create micro-injuries in the skin to jump-start collagen production in the area.

This collagen production increases the thickness of the skin which will reduce or clear your dark circles if thin skin is the culprit.

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Retinol Creams

A retinoid is a vitamin A derivative that is hailed for its long list of benefits for the skin, one of which is boosting collagen production.

Like a derma roller, the increase in collagen production can lead to a thickening of the skin around the eye which can reduce the appearance of dark circles, if caused by thin skin.

Prescription retinoids usually give the best and fastest results but otc retinol creams are still pretty effective.

Cosmetic Procedures

There are several cosmetic procedures that you can take as a last resort for your dark circles. One of these is a fractional CO2 laser which is a procedure where the top layer of the skin is heated, boosting collagen production to create make it thicker and better able to hide the blood vessels underneath.

These tips and tricks will keep your under eye area looking bright and young. Do try these out to keep the concealer away!

Greenberry Organics Giveaway Announcement!

Hi Guys! I am excited to announce that I am currently running a giveaway on Instagram where one lucky winner will receive a jar of the Greenberry Organics Bio-Active D-Tan Exfoliating Scrub worth INR 575.

Greenberry Organics Bio-Active D-Tan Exfoliating Scrub

About the Product – The Greenberry Organics Bio-Active D-Tan Exfoliating Scrub is a wonderful scrub for removing tan, white heads, and dead skin from the face without irritating the skin. It has gritty particles embedded in a cream that provide medium to intense exfoliation while nourishing the skin. Click here to read my full review of the product. This scrub is available exclusively on greenberryorganics.in and the brand is running some great offers at the moment.

How to Enter the Giveaway – To enter the giveaway, please follow the following steps –

  1. Follow me on Instagram.
  2. Follow Greenberry Organics on Instagram.
  3. Like my giveaway post for this product.
  4. Comment below the giveaway post stating your favourite summer skincare tip and tag 3 of your friends in the same comment.

Terms and Conditions-

  1. The giveaway will be open till 1st June and the winner will be announced by 3rd June.
  2. Winner will be chosen RANDOMLY from all the eligible entries.
  3. Spam comments and DM’s will not be entertained.
  4. Giveaway is open only to Indian residents.

So do enter this giveaway to share my love for this wonderful product from Greenberry Organics.

Ryaal Mr. Beans Deep Cleansing & Illuminating Scrub Mask | Review

Scrubs can be quite tricky during the winters because the skin is already dry but that doesn’t mean that you let the dead skin sit on your face until the days get warmer. The Ryaal Mr. Beans Deep Cleansing & Illuminating Scrub Mask is the perfect solution to this dilemma because it combines the exfoliating properties of coffee with the nourishing goodness of honey. The brand recently sent me the product to review and here is what I think of it after a few uses.

Ryaal Mr. Beans Deep Cleansing & Illuminating Scrub Mask | Review

First of all, I love the name of this product and its super cute packaging which is basically a black plastic tub with a spillproof lid. The whiff of pure coffee will greet you as soon as you unscrew the lid, a perfect aroma to wake you up in the mornings and to relax you at night. The scrub has a semi-thick, semi-liquid consistency with gritty coffee particles embedded in the formula. These particles act as strong exfoliators so I wouldn’t recommend using this scrub every day, it is more suitable for using once or twice a week.

Ryaal Mr. Beans Deep Cleansing & Illuminating Scrub Mask | Review

I usually apply a layer of the product all over my face and let it dry like a mask, this typically takes around 5 minutes, then I wet my face a little and rub the product in a circular motion so that the scrub particles can work their magic. After I wash my face, my skin feels much softer to the touch and visibly brighter, my face feels smooth and non-greasy, but not dry.

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The ingredient list explains why this scrub works so well. The ground coffee helps to smoothen and brighten the skin while the wild bee honey, aloe vera extracts, and shea butter make sure that the skin does not feel parched after using the product. Also, the Kaolin Clay helps to suck out all the grime and grease. The presence of so many fresh ingredients makes this scrub a winner for me.

Ryaal Mr. Beans Deep Cleansing & Illuminating Scrub Mask | Review

Overall, this is an excellent all in one product because it brightens, scrubs, AND nourishes the skin. The price of INR 499 for a 125gm tub seems pretty reasonable too. The exfoliating particles are a little rough so this may not suit extremely sensitive or dry skin but it should suit all other skin types. This scrub will give you happy skin days all throughout winter and beyond, so do check it out asap!

I hope that this review was useful Click here to buy the Ryaal Mr. Beans Scrub from Amazon.

Plum Grape Seed & Sea Buckthorn Light Stay Day Cream and Nurturance Night Cream | Review

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.

Plum Grape Seed & Sea Buckthorn Light Stay Day Cream and Nurturance Night Cream Review

Plum Grape Seed & Sea Buckthorn Light Stay Day Cream and Nurturance Night Cream Review

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.

Plum Grape Seed & Sea Buckthorn Light Stay Day Cream and Nurturance Night Cream Review

Plum Grape Seed & Sea Buckthorn Light Stay Day Cream and Nurturance Night Cream Review

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.

I hope that this review was helpful, you can buy the Plum Grape Seed & Sea Buckthorn Light Stay Day Cream and Nurturance Night Cream here.

Greenberry Organics Pure Rose Water Face Mist and Toner | Review

Greenberry Organics is a skincare brand that I have absolute faith in. Their face masks have drastically improved the texture of my skin over the past few months and have reduced my acne too. This is why I was super excited when the brand sent me a few of their products to try out some days ago. Be prepared for an overdose of Greenberry Organics products for the next few days because I can’t stop raving about all the items they sent me! Today, I will be talking about their Pure Rose Water Face Mist and Toner.

Greenberry Organics Pure Rose Water Face Mist and Toner | Review

You all must be aware of the antiseptic and antibacterial properties of rose water. I am sure that you also know that pure rose water helps in hydrating and soothing the skin and can be incorporated as a toner or a face mist in the daily skincare routine. So what is so unique about this particular rose water that makes it stand out from the rest? One whiff of this product and your question will be answered. As soon as you spritz this facial mist on your face, you will feel like you have been drenched by the concentrated nectar of a hundred roses. The luxurious and heavenly fragrance of crushed rose petals is evidence of the fact that this product is extremely pure and unadulterated. The reason why this toner has the concentrated goodness of rose petals is that this rose water has been extracted by the method of steam distillation. This means that fresh rose petals have been carefully distilled to create this product so as to retain all their benefits and natural juices. Most rose waters available in the market do not use this technique and instead simply mix rose oil with water. This is why other brands do not contain the fresh and saturated juices of the rose petals and are therefore not as beneficial for the skin.

The Greenberry Organics Pure Rose Water contains steam distilled pure and concentrated organic rose water and nothing else. With just one potent ingredient, this product is truly nature in a bottle. Not only does the scent of roses linger on the skin for hours, the skin feels hydrated throughout the day if you use this product before heading out. The spray nozzle releases a fine mist that evenly covers the face. You can spray this product on freshly cleansed skin or even over makeup to get rid of cakiness and to make your foundation look more natural and glowy. You can use it to freshen up your face throughout the day whenever your skin feels tired and can also use it as a toner after washing your face. I have also noticed that this rose water is slightly sticky in texture on the skin – this does not cause any discomfort and in fact, helps my makeup stay on longer if I use this mist prior to applying foundation on my skin. I think that this stickiness is due to the natural sweetness of rose extracts and helps seal the moisture in place as well.

Greenberry Organics Pure Rose Water Face Mist and Toner | Review

This is honestly the best rose water I have tried till date and makes every other rose water I have previously used pale in comparison. This rose water is free of preservatives, alcohol, and colorants and is a cruelty free and vegan product. I feel that the attention the brand has paid to create a product that is as close to nature as possible is truly commendable. The price point of INR 575 for 100ml of product seems justified to me considering the quality of the rose water and the sturdiness of the packaging which is also reusable. However, Greenberry Organics products often go on sale on Amazon and you can grab this facial mist at an even more affordable price. Overall, I have absolutely nothing bad to say about the product, which is very rare for me. 5 stars to this facial mist and kudos to Greenberry Organics for creating yet another wonderful product.

I hope that this review was helpful. You can buy the Greenberry Organics Pure Rose Water from Amazon by clicking this link.

P.S. –  If you enjoyed this blog post then please click this link and leave a comment on the nomination page to help me win the Indian Bloggers Award!

Disclaimer – PR sample sent by the brand but all opinions are honest and my own.

Biotique Bio Saffron Dew Youthful Nourishing Day Cream | Review

I usually talk a lot about products that are suitable for oily skin because that is my skin type but today I will talk about a product that works really well for normal to dry skin. The product in question is the Biotique Bio Saffron Dew – Youthful Nourishing Day Cream. This product contains Saffron or Kesar and turmeric extracts that are known to provide a glow to the skin. It also contains almond and pistachio oils that are extremely nourishing and hydrating.

Biotique Bio Saffron Dew Review

Texturewise, it is slightly thick but melts on the skin and gets absorbed really quickly. It is pretty light weight despite containing nourishing oils and leaves just a thin film of oil on the skin, which feels smooth and rich, not greasy and shiny. The cream claims to be suitable for all skin types but I would not recommend it for oily skinned people because the almond oil may be a bit too heavy if you already secrete too much sebum. For those with dry or normal skin though, this cream works really well and leaves the skin super soft, supple, and youthful. As an added bonus, it has the pleasant scent of saffron and sandalwood that gives it a luxurious feel.

Biotique Bio Saffron Dew

If you are in the market for a day cream that is nourishing but not overly greasy then the Biotique Bio Saffron Dew might be the perfect product for you. A gigantic 175gm jar is priced at INR 480 which is quite affordable considering that the cream contains natural ingredients including saffron. With the cold weather slowly creeping nearer, this cream will provide the much-needed hydration and glow to your skin and will make it baby soft!

I hope that this review was helpful. You can buy the Biotique Bio Saffron Dew here.

P.S. – If you enjoyed this blog post then please click this link and leave a comment on the nomination page to help me win the Indian Bloggers Award!

MamaEarth Under Eye Creme, Argan Hair Mask, and C3 Face Mask | Review

New mothers suffer from sleepless nights and hormonal imbalances that lead to hair fall, tired skin, and dark circles, among various other issues that are common post-pregnancy. Unfortunately, today’s hectic lifestyle and pollution have made these problems prevalent among women in general, regardless of whether they are mothers or not. Mama Earth is a toxin free and dermatologist approved brand that creates gentle products not just for the little ones but also for the mamas who take care of them. The brand kindly sent me a few of the products from their Mama range, because like it or not, even though I am not a mother, my skin and hair always needs some TLC. After carefully testing out these products here is my detailed review about them.

MamaEarth Review Packaging

The products that were sent to me by the brand were the Under Eye Creme for Mama, the Argan Hair Mask for Mama, and the Charcoal, Coffee, and Clay (C3) Face Mask for Mama. Even before I started using the products, I was extremely impressed by the packaging. Each of the items came individually enclosed in cardboard boxes that had some beautiful quotes regarding mothers printed on them. What is more, these cardboard boxes are specially designed to be reused as pencil holders. The attention paid by the brand to the tiny details is extremely commendable. As for the actual packaging of the products, the jars are sturdy, completely leakproof and have an attractive pink and green print on them. The fact that the brand has spent effort in creating hassle free packaging shows that it truly understands the needs of new mothers. It is rare for a brand to win my heart even before I test the products but MamaEarth managed to do just that.

MamaEarth Eye Creme for Mama Review

Coming to the actual performance of the products, I will start with the Under Eye Creme for Mama. This eye cream contains a lot of nourishing oils as well as the extracts of papaya, green tea, and cucumber, to name a few ingredients. Just like all the products from MamaEarth, the cream is Paraben Free, Mineral Oil Free, Phthalates Free, and SLS Free. It has a soft, creamy consistency that feels like a gel between the fingers. My first thoughts when I smelt the product was that it smells exactly like my favorite Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment that I always rave about. Lo and behold, this eye cream not just has the same fragrance but the same gentle, moisturizing effect on my eyes as the variant from Kiehl’s that costs a whopping 2500 bucks! This eye cream glides like a dream on the skin and does not irritate my super sensitive eyes at all. It is extremely hydrating and also tightens the under eye area, removing any sagginess. It has a mild cooling effect that is perfect for tired eyes and the formula is extremely nourishing. I will even go ahead and say that the tightening effect makes it better than the Kiehl’s eye cream, even though 50ml of this wonderful product is priced at INR 500 only. I haven’t used this product long enough to notice a visible reduction in my dark circles, but it definitely helps with puffiness and brightens the under eye area with regular usage. I guess this review makes it clear that this eye cream has become a holy grail product for me already!

MamaEarth Argan Hair Mask for Mama Review

Moving on to the Argan Hair Mask, this product is a mask that is designed to reduce hair fall and contains argan oil, avocado oil, milk protein, and curd extracts as some of its key ingredients. It can be used as a leave in conditioner or can be rinsed off like a regular mask. What makes this product unique is the fact that not only does it detangle the hair, it is also supposed to nourish the scalp and help with the growth of new hair. This is why you are not just supposed to apply it to the ends of your hair but to the scalp as well. I haven’t tried this product as a leave in conditioner yet because I have fairly oily hair but it has worked pretty well as a regular conditioner. I applied it to the entire lengths of my hair and even massaged it into my scalp. Post-rinsing, my hair was very soft and smooth and even seemed healthier than before. Since I have started using this product, I have noticed that my hair is not breaking as easily while brushing and is not getting as entangled and rough as before. This hair mask definitely provides the intense nourishment that damaged hair needs. One word of caution though, if you have extremely oily roots then you will need to rinse off the product really well after massaging it on the scalp, else it may leave behind an oily residue. This hair mask is priced at INR 599 for a 200ml tub, which is very affordable considering that it performs as well as some of the salon brands.

MamaEarth C3 Mask for Mama Review

Last but not the least is the C3 Face Mask that contains Charcoal, Coffee, Clay and Fruit Extracts. This is a fairly thick, black colored mask that glides quite easily on the skin and claims to exfoliate and lighten dark spots. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting any miracles from this product but it surprised me beyond measure. After only a few days of using it, the patches of pigmentation on my face left behind by acne had lightened drastically! Just like the rest of the products from the range, this mask is also extremely gentle and does not even tingle while application. You are supposed to leave a thick layer of the product on the face for 15-20 minutes and then rinse it off with water after rubbing it in circular motions for the scrub particles to exfoliate the skin. The scrubbing action is not too harsh yet effective enough to remove dead skin. Like I have already mentioned, within the first week of using this product, I began to notice that my skin was more radiant and my spots had visibly reduced. Very few products have ever managed to lighten the spots on my face, which is why this face mask has left me super impressed. Priced at INR 599 for a 100ml tub, this face mask is a boon for all those who suffer from blemishes and an uneven complexion.

I am extremely grateful to MamaEarth for sending me these products and introducing me to such a brilliant line of skincare. My personal favorites are the eye cream and the face mask although the hair mask works really well too. If you haven’t checked out the products from this brand yet then I will encourage you to do so asap. You can buy these amazing products on Amazon or from the brand’s website http://mamaearth.in/. Trust me, I have never been so confident while recommending a product to my readers. I can state with 100% certainty that whether you are a mother or not, your skin and hair will thank you once you pamper them with the goodness of MamaEarth.

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.

That Good Old Bottle Of Lacto Calamine | Review

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.

Lacto Calamine Daily Nourishing Lotion Review

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.

Lacto Calamine Daily Nourishing Lotion Review

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!

Lacto Calamine Daily Nourishing Lotion Review

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.

My Current Nighttime Skincare Routine

I do not remember my skin ever being flawless. I suffer from frequent hormonal breakouts that leave blemishes and red blotches on my skin. However, I am pleased to report that my current nighttime skincare routine has significantly reduced my acne and seems to be healing my skin really well! My pimples are drying up faster and new breakouts are significantly lesser in number. So, if you have oily skin and suffer from acne and blemishes then here is a skincare routine that may actually help!

Step 1: Aaranyaa Neem Tulsi Face Wash – The first step of my nighttime skincare routine is to cleanse my face and I have been using the Aaranyaa Neem Tulsi Face Wash for this step. It leaves my skin completely oil free and removes any traces of foundation without causing a stretchy feeling on the face. If I have any waterproof makeup on then I like to use coconut oil to dissolve it before I use this face wash. This product does its job well while being gentle on the skin and is definitely a favorite.

Skincare Routine Aaranyaa The Body Shop Greenberry Organics Mud Ash

Step 2: Greenberry Mud Ash 3 in 1 Face Care – Once my face is squeaky clean, I move on to exfoliating it. For this step, I use the Greenberry Mud Ash 3 in 1 Face Care, a product that is an Amazon bestseller and needs no introduction. It is a cleanser, scrub, and face pack combined in one and I absolutely love it! The scrub particles are quite gritty without being too harsh and help to get rid of the nasty whiteheads. On the days when I feel that my skin needs some extra detox, I apply this product all over my face and leave it on for 2-3 minutes and then wash it off. This face pack calms the redness of the skin and gets rid off any residual traces of grease very effectively.

Step 3: The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Lotion –  Moisturising is an essential step of skincare but the wrong moisturizer for your skin type can cause more harm than good. My skin continues to secrete oils even when I am asleep, therefore I need a mattifying moisturizer for the night as well. The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Lotion does the job for me and my skin feels hydrated but matte at the same time. I look much less shiny in the morning when I use this product, although I believe that it is supposed to be a day cream. I am almost out of this product and I am really freaking out because it has become a holy grail face moisturizer for me!

So this is my simple 3 step nighttime skincare routine that should work well for anyone who wants to keep the grease and acne at bay. If you wish to read my detailed review of each of the products then check out the links below:

Aaranyaa Neem Tulsi Face Wash Review

Greenberry Organics 3 in 1 Mud Ash Review

The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Lotion Review

What skincare products are you loving at the moment? Do let me know in the comments below!

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Mrinalini