Biotique bio aloe vera face & body sun lotion review

Hi beautiful!!

Autumn has arrived in India and there is a slight dip in temperature,specially at night, which is making me crave tea all the time.But the Sun is still shining brightly and daytimes are usually hot.

In summers,I had combination-oily skin and preferred using gel sunscreens for a matte and cooling effect.But nowadays my skin has turned drier and I am having combination-dry skin. :-\ I never skip sunscreen,specially for my body.Face can be covered with a scarf which I usually do to combat pollution,dust and sun. Infact,most of the Indian girls look like a dacoit during summers sporting covered faces. 😛 😀

In search of a slightly moisturising sunscreen for my body,I ended up with Biotique bio aloe vera sunscreen.It actually saved me time,now that I can skip moisturiser for my body.

Availability: Easily available in nearby stores and online.

Price & quantity: INR 199 for 120ml. (y) Pretty reasonable and this bottle will last you for atleast 2 months based on the usage.I apply it only once on the exposed parts before going out.My work is usually indoors so I needn’t reapply.

Ingredients: Aloe vera,sandalwood oil,sunflower oil,almond oil,zinc and rest is lotion base.This is going to be my favourite as it is entirely herbal and preservative free.Also,this is dermatologically tested.

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Fragrance: I could smell sandal.After applying it,the smell will go away in a minute.It is not overpowering.

Texture: White runny liquid which feels light on the skin and leaves a cooling sensation.Also,it doesn’t feel sticky.

Packaging: Biotique has come a long way in terms of packaging.Now it is sporting white and green bottles.This plastic bottle is white in color with self color design on it.The label has all the details about the product.It has a green cap screwed on the top.Even though it looks sturdy,but if by mistake you leave the cap even minutely loose,then it will leak.Also after opening the cap and using it,there is always some product sticking around the opening,which looks messy. So for travel,I will say wrap this lotion in a plastic for safety.

Claims: SPF 30 broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen.

My views: I have been using this regularly after bath in the morning.This sunscreen has kept my skin moisturised and I haven’t tanned a single bit with this.Also,I use this like I use a moisturiser.Even after 2 months,my bottle is half full. 🙂 This hasn’t caused any reaction nor it disturbed my eczema skin.

SPF 30 is normal for daily use that involves 1-2 hours in sun i.e. public transportation or quick market tours.  In India usually people prefer public transport.Since this is broad spectrum.this will prevent sunburns or ageing.

This bottle says it is for normal to oily skin for face.I usually don’t use this for face but once I tried this.This worked quite fine when my skin was dry. Yes! you read it right.I will say this works for dry skinned beauties as well,but if you are having flaky dryness,stay away as this will make it look worse. :-\ My T-zone needed little compact powder after using this.My suggestion will be use this for body.For face,opt for gel sunscreens for oily to combination skin and liquid or cream based for normal to dry skin.

Overall verdict is 4/5.I would have given it full if its packaging been more safe.Otherwise,at this price,you are getting broad spectrum sunscreen so a definite buy. 🙂

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Hope you are keeping up well.Stay healthy and cheerful always.Happy Halloween to all. 🙂

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Elisir skin serum review

Heya!

All the festivities around the corner,shopping,skincare and haircare,has finally stressed me out to a point that I just want to lay down on the bed and sleep.But then I remembered,it has been a month and I have to review a serum which was sent to me in September.

You know my association with organic and herbal world and infact,I am delighted to see that there has been an influx of people going green within last few years.Nowadays,people don’t care about fast results but are willing to wait for the results to show up using organic ingredients.

And this has been possible due to startups being operated by individuals who felt the need to create awareness about the sideffects of chemicals.One such startup I am talking about today is IWOWD skincare,started by lovely Ankita Das.

This brand was founded in August 2015.‘IWOWDskincare’ is a natural skincare startup. They want everyone to be conscious of what we put on ourselves. Keeping this in mind they have started this 100% natural skin-care brand. Their flagship product is called ‘Elisir’. It is all natural, preservative free face serum which intends to heal sun damage (tanning, sun spots, blemishes etc.,), reduces scars (acne etc.,) and rejuvenates for a brighter, even and firmer looking skin.

To know more about them,follow their website and facebook page.

I have recently forayed into the world of serums and honestly,this is my second serum which I have tried.I am posting this review after using it as prescribed for a month.

Price and quantity: INR 1099/- inclusive of all taxes for 30ml bottle.This is pretty cheap considering other high end brand serums available,that too with chemicals in it.

Packaging: Comes in a tinted glass bottle with a screwed on dropper cap.I find the packaging simple and easy to use due to the dropper system.It has label around the bottle which has the logo ,ingredients,directions to use and description. It would have been better if they mentioned the price on it as well.Since it is made up of glass,it may not be travel friendly.

Fragrance: I couldn’t make out any particular scent but I can say for sure,the smell seemed natural.It is not overwhelming so sensitive noses needn’t worry.

Availability: Currently they are taking orders through their facebook page and transactions through bank transfer.Since it is a startup,their website will get fully functional within sometime.They do not ship internationally so if you have a friend residing here,tell them to buy it for you. 🙂

Ingredients: Contains Argan oil,grapeseed oil,rosehip oil,jojoba oil,evening primrose oil,avocado oil,lavender oil and geranium essential oil.

Usage:Oily skin-1 drop in day and 2 drops at night

Dry skin-3 drops in day and 4 drops at night

Combination skin-2 drops in day and 4 drops at night.

Texture:Yellow in color and lighter in flow.It gets readily absorbed by the skin so apt for daytime use.

My views: This serum actually works!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😛 That explains a lot.

My skin was undergoing a weird behaviour.I spotted mild wrinkles on my forehead,dull and dry skin.After using it for more than 2 weeks according to combination skin,i saw my wrinkles fading away.I am not saying they vanished now.But fading is a great sign that if I continue to use this,they will go away.

Since only few drops are needed,this serum will last you for a long time.Mine hasn’t even reached till half.

Also my skin is soft and brighter.Overall I noticed a clear complexion.Also,my skin felt moisturized.It gets easily absorbed into the skin so no need to worry about soiling your pillows.

It is also good for acne prone skin as it didn’t break me out.Regarding blemish reduction,I will say that if its an old scar or blemish,then wait for sometime

I have sensitive skin.This serum didn’t cause any redness or itching.So good for people having sensitive skin.However,patch test is recommended.Also if someone is allergic to nuts,latex,grapeseed,nursing & pregnant mothers,should refrain from using this.

I would rate this 4.5/5 as it is herbal,all rounder skin serum,has detailed usage instructions,hassle-free to use and available at a good price.

PS: This is my honest review. 🙂

Hope to see you all in my next post.Enjoy your Navratris and Durga puja and stay wow. 🙂

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Avene Trixera+ Selectiose emollient cream review ( for dry/sensitive/eczema prone skin)

Heya!!

Today I will be reviewing the most sought after cream in dermatology and would like to share whether it stays true to its claims or not.

If you are following me closely,you would know that I have sensitive combination skin which turns drier during fall-winter season.This year I vowed to take extra care so as to not to flare up like last year. :-\  I got myself this cream and I must say,this is going to stay with me forever.

Availability: This is available only online as far I know,on all the renowned sites like Amazon,purplle etc in India.However,if someone knows any store in Delhi-NCR,do let me know. I got this from Abu Dhabi. This cream comes in 2 variants-200 and 400 ml.

Price & quantity: It is sold for INR 1500 for 200 ml on these sites but currently it is selling cheap for INR 1425 on Fortishealthworld.com, Keep a lookout for discounts online. The customs have made this a pricey affair so if possible get it from abroad like I did. For 200 ml ,this is indeed very costly but when it comes to skincare related to eczema,I can’t take any chances.

Fragrance: It doesn’t have any and it is also mentioned on the tube.

Ingredients: 

• Avène Thermal Spring Water (50%) – Calms redness and irritation, soothes and softens

• Selectiose® (1%) – Helps control the skin’s inflammation response

• Lipidic-Trio (Essential fatty acids, Ceramides 3, Plant sterols) – Restores the skin’s barrier

• Glycine – Relieves itching

Packaging: It comes in a cardboard box which I threw away. Sorry. Inside it,there is a pamphlet which has details about the brand and their products description from Trixera+ line. The pamphlet is very helpful as you can choose products based on your skin. The tube is simple plastic white tube with flip cap. It is sturdy so no spillage.

Texture: White cream which comes out easily of the tube. It doesn’t feel heavy on the skin.It glides on the skin like a dream.

Usage: Apply 1/2 times in a day on very dry areas of the face and body.

What it claims:

• Patented Selectiose® reduces skin hypersensitivity and irritation and controls skin inflammation response

• Relieves itching

• Restores the skin’s barrier

• Prevents moisture loss and soothes irritation

• Suitable for infants, children and adults

• Fragrance-free, paraban-free

• Avène Thermal Spring Water to soothe and soften skin

• Hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic

My views: I have been using this judiciously and reviewing this after 15 days. After cleansing my face,I use it on my cheeks  which have a mild flare up now. I prefer this at night as it makes it look bit greasy and sticky.Also,at night skin products work the best as your skin is free from any pollution effects. I spread it on my cheeks gently and then start dabbing it lightly so as to not to irritate my skin further.

Only a pea sized amount goes a long way when you are applying on small areas like cheeks or chin. So I would say this tube will last me for a long time.

Honestly,this cream is not a miracle cream which will make your dryness or eczema go away in a jiffy. But in these 15 days,my skin looks smoother,less itchier and flaky.Also my skin looks softer.The redness has also reduced. I still have the flare up,but it is not noticeable now. 🙂 It hasn’t broken me out so that is a sure sign that it doesn’t clog the pores. I will keep on using this and will update after a month on my instagram.

Overall I am happy at how my skin is reacting to this. Avene is indeed a trustworthy brand and I did my research on it well before buying this stuff. Infact,I have bought many things from their range and soon I will post my thoughts on them too.This is not a promotion at all.If you are suffering from dry skin,eczema or sensitive skin,go ahead and buy this.This does work.

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Stay healthy and happy.See you all in my next post. Byeee XOXO :-* 🙂

Skin care tips for Eczema prone people-Autumn/Winter season

Heya!

After a 2 week long hiatus,I got some time to post this. I wanted to write about something different,which has always been my companion.Since childhood,I am having an on & off relation with it and now,I have come to accept it. It has changed my thinking about the way I look and carry myself in the world.

Yes! I am talking about a skin condition.If you have followed me since the beginning,I had written some posts regarding it and now that again the chilly weather is going to set in India,this is the perfect time to share with you. I have been suffering from Atopic Dermatitis/Eczema/Itchy dry skin rash condition. It usually starts from childhood and is genetic in nature.If you have someone in your family who has this or is suffering from Asthma,then you are at risk.

I know you are thinking,what’s the relation between skin and lungs? My doctor told me that usually if you suppress lung condition,it shows on your skin and vice versa.I have the skin condition and my brother had Asthma.Luckily,his case got over in his teens only. 🙂 My family line from mom’s and dad’s side,have these and so I inherited them pretty easily. 😛 My dad’s side had Asthma and Psoriasis and my mom’s side,well my mom herself has eczema. :-\

When my allergies were suppressed,I developed cold and cough which refused to go away easily.This happened when I was taking Allopathy meds.Nowadays,I am currently on Homoeopathy again and they have balanced the two.Sometimes the allergies go away,sometimes they are just hovering on the skin.

In India,people are not aware of this and usually mistake it for skin rash and apply steroids or prickly heat powder.In doing so,you are basically harming the skin more.I have vowed to stay away from steroids myself.

Eczema is not communicable disease and usually it comes & goes with seasons,food intake or any allergent you are allergic to.With these things keeping in mind,I want to share some tips to go through it and embrace it,rather than feeling low . I walk with confidence and don’t care what people think.Nobody is perfect but everybody is beautiful in their own way. 🙂

  1. Since it is dry skin condition,moisturizing is the key. Wherever,you have dry flaky patches,apply creams.Creams are thicker than lotions & oils and provide more moisturization so use it according to the degree of dryness you have.On my body,I use coconut oil after bath.It is light in nature and gets readily absorbed,providing shine to the skin and softness.I have done a post on this.You can read it for how to use as a moisturizer. I use Avene Trixera cream on my cheeks twice a day.It soothes the skin,makes it less itchy and red.
  2. Your skin barrier is broken so it has lost its capacity to hold moisture and so the dryness.To repair the barrier,Take vitamins and supplements for the skin,either in the form of fruits and veggies or tablets. My doctor suggested me to take Vitamin A tab half yearly for a week.Currently I am having collagen tablets once a day for the skin for a month.Also I am applying hand cream at night called Logifeel cream which has Glycolic acid.This is required by the skin to keep it hydrated.This has actually made my hands appear more softer.
  3. Avoid exfoliating when you have eczema.Your skin is already inflamed and doing this will aggravate the dryness further.
  4. Cleansing is equally important to remove the rapid buildup of dead skin which is causing the flakiness and dryness.I use cream based cleansers during Autumn/winter as my skin becomes drier.My favourite is Aroma Magic aloe vera cleanser.I have done a review on it.You can check it out here.Also I am using Avene Trixera emollient cleanser.I am having trouble understanding this one though as it is bit drying in nature,but soothes the skin and reduces inflammation.So I don’t know why is is called emollient.For the body I am using Nutraclin cleanser .This one is my saviour since last winter.Read here what I like about it.
  5. Dry weather causes loss of moisture from the skin.So cover the areas which are exposed when going out.I usually cover my face with a scarf.Humidifiers are good for indoors.Also keep yourself hydrated by drinking water.
  6. Avoid taking long baths in hot water.They may feel relaxing but renders the skin drier.
  7. Even if you don’t have outbreak of eczema on your skin,it is best to follow the skincare strictly.Prevention is your friend.
  8. If you can’t stay away from makeup,then go for cream based or water based foundations.They will provide the moisturization.Also choose products wisely after seeing the ingredients.
  9. Aloe vera is a natural remedy for dryness and sensitive skin.Also shea butter,kokum butter etc are good natural alternatives for artificial creams.You can try them.I did a product review on aloe vera gel available .Check it out here.

All the above are personally tested by me and so far,are working for me.If you want to know more about eczema or maybe suggest something to deal with it,do pen it down in the comment box below.Also,to know about any product mentioned above,let me know in the comment section and I will do a review on it happily. 🙂

See you all in the next post,byeee,take care..:-* and Love Thyself.