My Current Winter Skincare Routine

I have switched up my skincare quite a bit recently to adapt to the cold weather. An updated skincare routine post was therefore overdue! So here is how I am pampering my skin on winter mornings and nights to keep it soft and glowy until the summer sun shines again!

My Current Winter Skincare Routine

AM Skincare Routine –
My AM routine starts with washing my face with The Face Shop Dr. Belmeur’s Daily Repair Foam Cleanser. This face wash gently cleanses the skin without stripping it dry and is perfect for the cold and dry weather. I am usually in a massive rush in the mornings, so I skip toner (guilty!) and directly go in with my Magic Dust Vitamin E Face Serum which makes the skin super soft and hydrated without feeling heavy at all. I then go in with a generous layer of the Tvakh Triple Protection Sunscreen, a lightweight and hydrating sunscreen that is a staple for me throughout the year because it doubles up as a moisturizer too. For my under eye area, I use the Mama Earth Eye Cream because it is super hydrating and affordable. I slap on my Organic Harvest Happy Lips Lip Balm and I am done with my skincare! While applying my makeup, I am currently enjoying mixing some rosehip oil with my foundation because it prevents my makeup from clinging to the dry patches and provides a beautiful sheen to the face. Rosehip oil is a great facial oil for me because it somehow reduces my acne and hydrates the skin without making it greasy, therefore being a perfect final touch to my AM skincare.

My Current Winter Skincare Routine

PM Skincare Routine –
Evenings are when I tend to pamper my skin a little bit more because I have a little more time and because skincare helps get rid of the fatigue of the day. I remove my makeup with the Garnier Micellar Bi-Phase Water and then cleanse my face with the Dr. Belmeur Face Wash. I then use the Tvakh Vitamin C toner and apply my Magic Dust Serum. I then apply a very generous layer of the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel and my Mama Earth Eye Cream and Organic Harvest lip balm and am ready for some much-needed sleep! On alternate days, I use the Vya Naturals Rose Water as toner and add the Dr. Sheths Daily Peel to my PM skincare regimen. On the days when my skin is suffering from breakouts, I add the Skin Salad Charcoal Mask to my PM regimen, and if my skin is feeling dehydrated then I use a Dear Packer Home Remedy Sheet Mask after my serum.

Overall, this skincare routine has been working fairly well for my skin at this point of time and these products are the ones that I can recommend without batting an eyelid. If you have acne-prone, combination but dehydrated skin like mine then you can try out this skincare routine and let me know how it works for you! I would love to hear your take on these products and your go-to skincare routine at the moment 🙂

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Greenberry Organics Fresh Cucumber Mint Toner | Review

The Summer Gods are glaring down upon us and my skin keeps begging for something refreshing. Since I adore the Rose Water Face Mist from Greenberry Organics so much, I decided to try out their Fresh Cucumber Mint Toner to keep me cool in the heat. Read on to find out how I feel about this product.

Greenberry Organics Fresh Cucumber Mint Toner | Review

This refreshing toner is a green mist with a refreshing mint scent (which I love but those with a sensitive nose may find a little bothersome). Upon spraying on the face, it has a cooling, tingly, minty sensation on the skin which lasts for at least 15 minutes. This product is an excellent toner that leaves my pores feeling tighter and it has also reduced the greasiness of my skin, thereby making it perfect for those with oily skin who are suffering in the heat and humidity of the Indian summer. Also, my skin has been behaving quite well with hardly any breakouts since I started using this product. While this is definitely a combined result of all the skincare products that I use, the oil controlling properties of this toner have definitely helped in preventing breakouts.

Greenberry Organics Fresh Cucumber Mint Toner | Review

The formula contains a bunch of skin-loving ingredients such as Rose Water, Aloe Vera, Cucumber extracts and Witch Hazel extracts. The bottle is pretty sturdy, leak proof and travel-friendly while the spray comes out in the form of a fine mist that is perfect for the even coverage of the skin. This product claims to be a toner and makeup remover combined in one and while I wouldn’t use it on its own to remove my makeup, it definitely helps in getting rid of the residual makeup left on my skin after cleansing.

Greenberry Organics Fresh Cucumber Mint Toner | Review

To sum it up, this toner is really good for those with open pores and acne-prone, oily skin. It will help to dry out existing breakouts and will control oil production to prevent future breakouts while being extremely cooling on the skin. The product is priced at INR 400 for a 100ml bottle but is usually available on Amazon at around INR 250, which is a great price for the quality and quantity of the toner. A great buy for the summers in my opinion!

Click here to buy the Greenberry Organics Fresh Cucumber Mint Toner.

Vya Naturals Caffeine Eye Cream | Review

While drinking coffee can make you lose your sleep, applying it under your eyes has the exact opposite effect and it makes them look well rested and puffiness-free. The Vya Naturals Caffeine Eye Cream utilizes the efficacy of this ingredient to fight dark circles, puffiness and other under-eye issues. The brand was kind enough to send me this product to review and here is how it worked for me.

Vya Naturals Caffeine Eye Cream | Review

About the Brand: “Vya Naturals products are formulated using natural ingredients that are not only safe and non-toxic but also effective. All formulations are original, created by the brand, and tested on people, not animals. Vya Naturals uses therapeutic- grade essential oils, natural plant-based butters, natural clays and plant-based waxes. And
they definitely DO NOT use parabens, sulfates, artificial colors, artificial dyes, mineral oils, formaldehyde, animal ingredients, artificial scents, phthalates, chemicals, fillers, mineral oils, or petroleum.
The brand name stands for
Vimal (pure)
Yajus (reverence)
Ayush (healthy life)

Vya is reverence for a pure and healthy life.”

Vya Naturals Caffeine Eye Cream | Review

About the Product: “Vya Naturals Caffeine Eye Cream reduces puffiness, dark circles, fine lines and wrinkles in the delicate skin around the eye area.
It is formulated with caffeine-rich green tea and green coffee extracts that de-puff and reduce swelling while increasing circulation to alleviate and brighten dark circles.
Other key ingredients include oils of rosemary, avocado, and rosehip which help in moisturizing the under eye area and delaying the formation of fine lines.
To apply, take a small amount using your ring finger and apply under the eye area by gently patting from inside to outside.”

Vya Naturals Caffeine Eye Cream | Review

My Experience with the Product: The Vya Naturals Caffeine Eye Cream comes in a beautiful blue bottle with a pump and is extremely travel-friendly. The formula is in the form of a light-weight cream that literally melts into the skin of the under eye area. A little goes a really long way with the product and you need the tiniest drop for both the eyes. The cream does not sting the eyes and does not have a noticeable scent, making it perfect for those with sensitive eyes. Right from the first use, this cream left my skin feeling extremely hydrated and removed that uncomfortable stretchy feeling that comes from getting insufficient sleep. While it is too early to comment on whether it will completely eliminate my dark circles, my under eye area has definitely become brighter than before and the fine lines have also reduced in just a few weeks. I have a strong feeling that with regular usage for a couple of months (twice a day), I will have a very smooth under eye area with hardly any fine lines.

Vya Naturals Caffeine Eye Cream | Review

While I am not wise enough to comment on all the ingredients, I do know that caffeine, avocado, and rosehip oil are some of my skin’s favourite ingredients, which is why this product works beautifully for me and I am sure it will work well for you too if you are diligent about using it daily. This product is perfect for those who want some intense hydration for the under eye area without that heavy/sticky feeling that some eye creams leave behind. It works really well under makeup and concealer applies really smoothly on top of it and creases less than usual. This eye cream is priced at INR 750 for a 30ml bottle but Vya Naturals is currently running an offer on Amazon where you can buy it for only INR 599! I think this is a great deal and this would be a great investment for anybody. Your under eye skin is one of the most delicate parts of the body so do try out this product to take care of it.

Click here to buy the Vya Naturals Caffeine Eye Cream from Amazon at a discounted price.

Greenberry Organics Detox Charcoal Face Wash | Review

Another day, another Greenberry Organics product on the testing table. But what can I do? All the products that the brand sent me are so amazing that I feel that I need to tell you guys about them asap! Today I will be talking about the Greenberry Organics Detox Charcoal Face Wash that is enriched with the goodness of tea tree, mulberry & grapefruit.

Greenberry Organics Detox Charcoal Face Wash | Review

This face wash provides the perfect daily detox to the skin. It contains activated charcoal whose adsorption properties help to suck out all the dirt and grime from the pores, making it the perfect ingredient to fight the pollution, smoke, and dust that our faces are exposed to each day. Furthermore, the tea tree and grapefruit extracts help to combat acne while the mulberry extracts reduce dark spots and brighten the skin with regular usage.

The face wash comes in the form of a black gel that lathers quite well and cleanses the skin really thoroughly. I usually use a makeup remover prior to washing my face but just to test out this product, I skipped the remover and went in straight with this face wash on a full face of makeup. I was super impressed with how this product removed every last bit of makeup, leaving my skin squeaky clean.

Greenberry Organics Detox Charcoal Face Wash | Review

What truly amazed me about this product is its oil controlling properties. I suffer from fairly oily skin and my t-zone gets shiny within a few hours no matter what products I use. This face wash is the only product that keeps my whole face, including my t-zone, non-greasy throughout the day! Even though it keeps the oil at bay, it does not leave the skin feeling dry or stretchy, in fact, my skin feels quite soft and hydrated after using this face wash. This is super impressive because most face washes for oily skin cause at least a mild amount of dryness on the skin but not this one. It also does not tingle or irritate the skin, so it is suitable for sensitive skin as well and should work for all skin types except perhaps extremely dry skin. Do keep the face wash away from your eyes though, it stings the eyes pretty badly 😛

Greenberry Organics Detox Charcoal Face Wash | Review

The face wash comes in a plastic bottle with a flip cap that dispenses the right amount of product. The packaging is pretty sturdy, however, when I received the bottle, a very teeny amount of the liquid had leaked out through the sides of the cap. This could have been due to rough handling during shipping because once I washed the lid and screwed it on tightly, I did not see any more leakage. Other than this small issue, I cannot find any other negative about the product and I will definitely recommend this product to all those who suffer from oily skin. The price point of INR 400 for 100ml of the product seems justified considering the long-lasting effects of this face wash and the small amount of product that is needed per wash. Also, this face wash works better at oil control than some of the luxury skincare items I have tried so I would not mind paying 400 bucks for it in the least. Overall, I am highly impressed with this product and I am sure that if it can keep me oil free in the humid climate that I live in then it will certainly work for all of you as well!

I hope this review was helpful. You can buy the Greenberry Organics Detox Charcoal Face Wash on Amazon (click link to buy). 

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

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.

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

Seer Secrets Lemon Cypress Japanese Mint Deodorant Cream | Review

In the recent years, there has been a lot of uproar against deodorants that contain Aluminum because of the health hazards associated with the metal. Today I will be talking about a unique deodorant that comes in the form of a cream and is Aluminum Compound Free. This product is the Seer Secrets Lemon Cypress Japanese Mint Deodorant Cream which contains active Silver ions and claims to be a much better alternative to regular deodorant.

Seer Secrets Lemon Cypress Japanese Mint Active Silver Ion Deodorant Cream Review

First of all, full marks to Seer Secrets for the packaging. The actual jar of the cream comes inside a long, cylindrical can, both of which have a cool yellow and silver design on the label. I am definitely going to reuse the outer can for storage. As for the actual cream, it is white in color and has a refreshingly sweet scent that is reminiscent of crushed lemon candy. This pleasant scent lasts in the underarm area for 2-3 hours and keeps mild body odor at bay. However, if you suffer from really bad body odor then this cream won’t be able to mask it completely. Moving on to sweat absorption, I have noticed that the cream continues to absorb sweat for a good 4-5 hours, but this time can be extended if you apply a larger amount of product to begin with. These properties make it a perfect daily deodorant for those who do not want something super strong and are going to stay in a relatively cool environment all day. If you are planning on hitting the gym or are heading outdoors on a sunny day then I would recommend something stronger.

Seer Secrets Lemon Cypress Japanese Mint Active Silver Ion Deodorant Cream Review

Another thing that I love about this deodorant cream is its wonderful cooling action on the skin that lasts for at least an hour. This, along with its hydrating nature, makes it the perfect treat for the underarm area, which is often one of the most neglected parts of the body. I have already begun to notice improvements in the skin of the region after a few days of use. It has become softer and slightly brighter than usual. This product also claims to have a mild whitening action with regular use, which may be useful for those who suffer from darker underarms caused by aerosol sprays. What I appreciate about the brand is that they have provided the detailed benefits of each of the ingredients, which makes me trust the product even more. The cream contains Zinc and Silver Ions that act as anti-bacterial agents and are embedded in Kaolin clay which helps to absorb dirt. The lemon and cypress essence helps to reduce the wetness and the body odor while the Japanese Mint cools the skin and prevents itchiness and irritation. In fact, the brand states that the product can also be used to treat mild fungal infections and rashes on other parts of the body such as the neck and the toes. This is an added bonus for those who are fans of multi-tasking products.

Seer Secrets Lemon Cypress Japanese Mint Active Silver Ion Deodorant Cream Review

This delightful deodorant cream is priced at INR 324 for 100gms and is available on Amazon. Pricewise, I think it is quite affordable considering the price of regular deodorants and how little of this product you need each day. As for the performance of the cream, it does exactly what it claims to do and the natural ingredients speak for themselves. This is definitely a must buy in my opinion and has left me thoroughly impressed. I am surely going to check out more products from Seer Secrets soon and will hopefully have some more amazing recommendations for you guys! Until then, do try out this deodorant cream and let me know if you love it as much as I do 🙂

I hope that this review was helpful, you can buy the Seer Secrets Lemon Cypress Japanese Mint Active Silver Ion Deodorant Cream here.

FabIndia Rose Geranium Face And Body Gel Scrub | Review

If you like the scent of roses then you must purchase the Fab India Rose Geranium Face and Body Gel Scrub. This gel scrub literally smells divine and reminds me of Gulkand, which is a sweet preserve of rose petals used in some Indian desserts. I haven’t purchased a lot of skin care from Fab India but this is one product that definitely deserves a mention on the blog.

Fab India Rose Geranium Face and Body Gel Scrub

The scrub has the consistency of a soft gel with walnut granules embedded in it. These particles are gritty enough to remove dead skin from the face and body yet mild enough to be suitable for sensitive skin. A lot of “mild” scrubs in the market have disappointed me by their non-existent exfoliating action but this scrub is everything I expect from a gentle scrub. It also contains rose essence and some nourishing oils that leave the skin soft and supple after every use.

Fab India Rose Geranium Face and Body Gel Scrub

100ml of this product is priced at INR 390 on the Fabindia website. A little expensive, but you only need a tiny bit of the product each time and the luxurious feel this scrub provides makes it worth the price. The only thing that could make this scrub even better would be a tube instead of a jar for the packaging. Other than that, if you are on the hunt for a gentle but effective scrub then this one will definitely get the job done.

I hope that this review was useful. You can buy the FabIndia Rose Geranium Face and Body Gel Scrub here.

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