Combat Acne Problems With Natural Herbs

Acne is caused by the over production of sebum by our glands that block the skin pores along with the layer of dead cells on it. The growth of bacteria occurs at an alarming rate, further resulting in inflammation and redness of the skin. Ayurvedic treatment to combat the acne problem has served great benefits to people. There are certain herbs being used as a part of skin care products. Keep reading to find out more about this natural remedy.

Eucalyptus Oil

Including over 600 species, the genus Eucalyptus has been used as a medicinal treatment by a large number of people. The oil is extracted by performing the steam distillation of tree leaves. Lately, its properties have been utilized for the acne treatment and are an effective ingredient in many face washes, ointments, and toners. The studies conducted on its species such as Eucalyptus maculata, Eucalyptus viminalis, Eucalyptus globulus reflects their capacity to fight against bacterium Propionibacterium acne problems. The redness is caused by the action of bacteria and fungi. The oil has two ingredients eucalyptol and chalconoids which protect the skin against fungi and microbes and also suppresses inflammation. Eucalyptus oil as an ayurvedic treatment for acne has proven to be extremely beneficial for the skin.

Lavender Oil

A natural herb, Lavender Oil is known for its analgesic, antibacterial and antiviral properties. When applied alone, the effect of lavender oil is too strong, therefore, mix it with grapeseed oil to dilute it. Then apply it directly on your skin. Its action kills the bacterias grown on the skin. By penetrating deeply into the skin, it reduces pain, redness and inflammation. Apart from fighting against the acne, the lavender oil also nourishes the skin and thereby, promoting the skin health. Hence, many people use lavender oil as an effective acne treatment.

Neem

Since the ancient times, Neem or Azadirachta indica is used for its medicinal properties for a lot of problems. It is a part of many medicines and beauty products. As an ayurvedic treatment, it has properties like antibacterial, antifungal and anti-viral that combats against the acne problem. It also has the healing capability. Taking 5 to 6 Neem leaves early in the morning help to get rid of all types of acne problems. Neem as the ayurvedic remedy for acne is used by people of all the ages. It prevents pimples, blackheads, cysts, rashes and other related skin problems. Neem oil is available in the market as pure oil, powder or in capsules and does not pose any harmful side effects on the skin. It fights against the bacteria that blocks the skin pores and thus do not allow our skin to breathe. Kama Ayurveda provides a huge number of Ayurvedic products to get rid of problems pertaining to skin, hair and other treatments.

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Seabuckthorn Oil

Another herb used for acne treatment is Seabuckthorn Oil owing to its anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties. It is rich in its nutrient content with the presence of high amount of essential fatty acids. Apart from this, the oil also contains vitamins E, A, D, C, and K. Fighting against acne, it has the capacity to regenerate the worn out tissue and heals the epithelial layer which gets destroyed due to bacterial and fungal infection. The oil is incorporated into many face washes and acne treatment creams and ointments.

Tea Tree Oil

Extracted from Melaleuca alternifolia, the Tea Tree Oil is used in Australia as an effective remedy for a number of skin disorders. However, the soil is sold in many parts across the globe as a part of skin care products and ointments. Since it has a lot of anti-viral, anti-microbial, antiseptic properties, it fights against all kinds of acne issues. These properties limit the spread of bacterial infection on the skin. But when taken internally, its toxic nature causes stomachache, fatigue, vomiting and even hallucinations. It is more effective as benzoyl peroxide during clinical trials and thus prevents the acne. It is a proven ayurvedic treatment for pimples.

Apply these herbal products to get rid of acne problems without any side effects.

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Author bio:

Shivangi Agnihotri is an energetic writer having a keen interest in writing on fashion, beauty, health and latest trends in the industry. She has written for different brands from varied industries. Her other hobbies are reading, writing and traveling.You can reach her on shivangii.agnihotri@gmail.com

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Aroma Essentials Facial Mist-Lavender

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I know I have been keeping busy for a month , so not much regular with my blog posts. If you follow me on Instagram, you maybe knowing I had gone for a birthday family trip last weekend to Gwalior. I have also decided to write travelogues from now on as I want to share my travel life with you as well. 🙂

So moving on with that, I am back with another review of a herbal product from a brand named Aroma essentials. I received their samples for review and thought to share about the facial mist as the summers have already touched the Delhi NCR now and we need something to freshen up.

Why you need a facial mist?

  • You can spritz it and instantly hydrate your skin
  • Remove dirt and grime by wiping afterwards with a cloth
  • Refreshing and cool during summers
  • Handy if you are outdoors and don’t have water to splash on your face

About the brand: Aroma Essentials is a range of skin care products that may make a useful addition to your daily skin care regimen. These include cleansers, sunscreens, moisturizers, exfoliants, facial cleansers, toners, retonoids, herbal and nutrient supplements and cosmetics.
Natural handmade skin and hair care products-All their products are freshly handmade in small batches using the finest natural ingredients. They do not use harsh chemicals like petroleum or mineral oil. The color and scent of their products occur naturally from their ingredients and essential oils. No artificial colors and scents are added. Store in a cool dry place, away from sunlight.

Their Phone no.: +91 077609 88272

Email: aromaessentials.madhu@gmail.com

Availability: You can buy their products by contacting them on their Facebook page & Instagram account @aromaessentials. The owner, Madhurima, will reply to your queries and messages therein. Their products are also available at selected places in India as given below  and internationally, they ship also.

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Price & quantity: INR 200 for 50ml.You need  2-3 sprays for your face and neck. Depending on how much you use daily, the product can last you a month or maybe more. They take additional 100 INR for shipping within India, so best to order 2-3 products at once.

Ingredients: English lavender oil, distilled water, lavender buds, saffron extracts along with aquaxyl which helps improve the water contact with the skin.(Has peppermint additives for summers).The shelf life is 6 months.They also have another variant named Rose.

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Skin type: Any even sensitive skin

Fragrance: Has a peppermint smell, which goes away in a minute

Packaging: Comes in a spray bottle which is transparent. It has the label and pricing on the bottle. Also they usually label them personally that shows each product is having a handmade touch. The bottle is sturdy and travel friendly. It is a very simple packaging and I am not the type of girl who goes by the looks. If you are someone, who loves fancy items on their shelf, then this may not be your eye candy. 😛

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My views: I never understood the importance of mists before I started using them. They are a savior to my dry skin or when I am feeling dull or sleepy. 😛

  1. It moisturized my skin and the dry patches became less noticeable.
  2. The mist is fine so easily dries up.
  3. Peppermint fragrance freshens up instantly.

I have small patches of eczema on my face and this mist didn’t irritate them at all. Infact, lavender is good for eczema as an anti-inflammatory agent.

Overall verdict is you can definitely try this mist if you want something earthly, that doesn’t cause a reaction to your skin or your pocket.

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Nivea Men Sensitive Aftershave balm as primer!

Hey beautiful!

After coming across many youtubers and bloggers talking about this, I decided, let me share what I feel about this men’s product.

I was on the lookout for a budget primer and I came across reviews of this product. Trust me! I was scared when testing this on my sensitive combination skin. So, let’s move on to how it fared for me.

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Price & quantity: INR 235 for 100 ml. I got it from Amazon.in at INR 191. (Discount lover! 😛 ) Compared to other primers, this is cheap and has ample quantity.

Availability: Available in drug stores and also online all over the world.

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Fragrance: ‘Manly’ is the word. Traditional aftershave lotion smell. It vanishes after a minute.

Texture & color: It is runny, white in color. Glides easily on the skin. Takes time to seep into the skin but you can work with your foundation or bb cream after applying it.

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Packaging: Comes in a white plastic bottle with labelling and usual instructions. It has a screwed type cap which is sturdy. No leakage so travel friendly.

Description: The extra gentle and alcohol-free formula contains soothing and healing ingredients like Chamomile, Vitamin E and Provitamin B5 that help care for sensitive, just shaved skin. It is quickly absorbed into the skin and leaves it feeling soothed and moisturised.

Skin compatibility dermatologically approved.

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How It Works

Redness-free and irritation-free skin that improves over time.

How to use product

Apply liberally on the shaved area and massage into skin.For best results, shave with the Nivea Men Sensitive Shaving Gel or Foam.

My views: I had used a BB cream, as its texture is thicker than foundations and can be used to test whether it glides easily or not. Primer is supposed to make a smooth canvas on your face, fill in pores and hold your make-up for longer time.

I apply my primer on moisturised face. At first sight, it made me look oilier. I had used it as I use my moisturiser. Waited for a minute to let it sink in, but it didn’t quite do so. So I went ahead with my BB cream. I blended everything with my fingers and I must say, it does work. The BB cream easily blended on my skin. My face didn’t have the flaky patches. I got the dewy finish which I prefer during winters. You can top it up with compact for matte finish.

What I felt-

  1. Smoothens the skin
  2. Fills in small pores. Don’t know about large ones as I don’t have any.
  3. Moisturises the face as it doesn’t have any alcohol,so no more drying effect.
  4. Provides a cooling effect
  5. Controls oil easily in winters for 4-5 hours for combination skin
  6. Didn’t cause any reaction on my eczema-prone sensitive skin.

Dry skinned beauties may need a moisturiser underneath. Oily skin can skip moisturiser entirely. Girls who have sensitive skin, can try this.For summers, I need to test it, but I guess, compact will be necessary.

Overall verdict: You can buy this! This is cheap, works well and is travel-friendly. It fills the pores to some extent and is good for all skin types.Here’s the link if you don’t find it in Indian drug stores:

Nivea for Men Sensitive After Shave Balm – 100 ml

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Do tag me if you have used this.See you all in my next post,take care,bye 🙂 :-*

Pure Suds Lavender & Chamomile Face Gel Pack review

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You know my affiliation with the herbal world. 😛 So here I am with the review of the face pack,which was sent as a full-size sample with my haul from Pure Suds.

My skin is sensitive combination type,which needs extra care during winters.I usually avoid using face packs as either they cause tingling sensation or they cause redness.I have used this and in a position to share whether this product fared for me or not.

Availability: Currently they are taking orders through their facebook page ,mobile and E-mail.You can view their product listing from the facebook page.They do ship outside India , but only in Sri Lanka and Nepal.

Phone no.- 09784591628

Email- puresudssoapery@gmail.com

Price & Quantity: INR 250 for 90 g.The quantity will last you a long time as usage wise,only small amount is required during application.They take the payments through bank transfer only.

Ingredients: Attached in the pictures below.

Texture,color and fragrance:  The gel is more on the runny side.It looks dark green in color and when applied on the face,you do look like Shrek. 😀 😛 Fragrance is more on the flowery side but has a freshening feeling to it.It is not overpowering.

What the brand claims: This gel pack is composed of floral waters of lavender and chamomile with green clay and extracts of Pomegranate and Green tea which sooth the skin from sunburns, acne-prone skin, Dark spots and dull skin.

It is mask suited for all skin types as lavender and chamomile balance the skins sebum secretion and prevent our skin from either drying too much or becoming too oily.

One can experience instant brightness, Hydration, Glow, and a soothing calmness after a 5-10 minute application. Wipe off with a damp cotton or rinse with normal water.

Packaging: Comes in a transparent tub with golden screw type cap.The label is attached on the side which gets torn off when you twist the cap. 😦 The plastic can be deformed easily so not exactly travel friendly.I really liked the golden cap though.

My views: I applied this face pack with a brush and kept it for 5 minutes.This face pack is runny in nature so with the brush,it becomes easier to apply and also product wastage is less.I take out some product in a bowl,then use it so as to avoid contaminating the tub.

Within a minute of application,I sensed a tingling feeling,but after washing off my face,there was no redness. Weird,no?For the first time,my sensitive skin stayed calm and quiet.I would say this can suit sensitive skin.The brand claims it is for all skin types,so can’t comment on that but my combination skin felt soft and hydrated.Also,my T-zone didn’t seem too oily that day.Perfect for before party prep-up.I did notice a glow on my face.

Regarding scars and acne,I can only say,wait for atleast a month to show the results.I don’t have much such issues on my face.

My rating would be 4/5.The product does what it claims atleast in my skin-type.Price & quantity is sufficient.The packaging can definitely be improved .You can try this product if you are looking for a quick pampering to your skin,that is herbal. 🙂

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Skincare & Makeup haul

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I usually don’t write about hauls as I shop in bits and pieces.But this time,a fellow blogger requested me to do a haul post and coincidently, I had shopped a lot in October(GOSF 2015)  and November.

I had shopped practically from all the leading online sites like Amazon,Flipkart and Jabong.Also,I collaborated with Pure Suds,who specialises in handmade organic skincare .Currently they are offering winter discount of 30% on all their products.So don’t wait!!!I did buy some stuffs from local area.

From Flipkart,I bought a bronzer from Freedom makeup.It retails for INR 450,but I stole it for INR 290. :-P. It is actually a compact powder,but having a shade of a bronzer.Also it has fine shimmer in it,so perfect for bronzing.Who would want shiny compact powder in their kitty? 😛

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From Jabong,I bought a huge tub of aloe vera gel (500g)as my Patanjali aloe vera gel was getting finished.Also I wanted to try some other brand.I had 336 Jabong credits which were expiring by October end so perfect timing to splurge.It retails for INR 321 and total cost was 421 after adding handling charges,so I used my credits and paid INR 85 only. 😀 We girls love deals. 😛 Also,I treated myself to a brown kohl from MUA called Malt choclate,which has fine glitter particles which don’t show much.It costs for INR 300 but I got it for INR 166.

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I got my first professional brush set from BS-MALL and Real techniques miracle sponge from Amazon.in. These are my prized possessions. 😛 The brush set costs INR 1390 for 5 face and 5 eye brushes,but I got the deal for INR 1000. Also I got a free leather pouch for the brushes.The Real Techniques miracle complexion sponge retails for INR 720 including shipping.The price keeps on changing depending on sellers.Guess,how much I paid? INR 455. 😛


Around Diwali,I bought a mason jar candle of INR 85,though its MRP is INR 250,having sandalwood scent,but unluckily there’s no scent on burning. 😦 Nonetheless,it looks beautiful when lit.The candle was purchased from SRS .Also,I visited the art and crafts fair Shilpotsav,held in my city,around Diwali and I came home with this cute little drawer box,which is apt for storing daily wear baubles or small makeup items.Lot of bargaining was done for this purple glittery box.Finally it ended on INR 300.

Lastly,I spent on organic skincare from Pure suds.You can find them on facebook.I was sent 2 full size samples to try if I purchased some products from their range.I got the Body butter – 899/ and Mango lip butter- 150/- . Full size sample: 1) face gel pack lavender chamomile 2) hand and foot scrub.All these were sent in cutesy boxes with ribbons.

I will do a review post on the eyeliner ,bronzer and pure suds haul soon.Hope you liked my haul post.Do share whether you want me to do such posts more. 🙂

Till the next time,byee,take care,keep on splurging. 😉

My daily Autumn/Winter skincare routine

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It’s been a long time since I posted something. I am so sorry. 😦 I was caught up with the festivities around here.It involved home decorating,lighting the balconies with lamps and earthen pots and ofcourse, decorating yourself. 😉 If you are following me on Instagram, you may have seen me posting a video on my room decor and a picture of me in traditional attire and makeup for Diwali,an Indian festival of lights.

Now that I am finally over with them,let me post a skincare routine for women suffering from combination/dry/sensitive skin for autumn to winter season.Hope this helps you. 🙂

I follow a very simple daily skincare routine as I beleive we women,juggling from home to office don’t have so much time to pamper ourselves on a daily basis. :-\ I will post a weekly home facial routine soon for that extra time we reserve for ourselves on the weekends. 😉

I cleanse my face twice a day with Avene emollient cleansing gel for dry to sensitive skin.This cleans the face well but may make the skin bit drier.If I have makeup on,I remove it first prior to cleansing with coconut oil.

After cleansing ,I spray the Avene thermal springwater on my face and neck to tone the pores and also cool down my skin and reduce the redness.I have eczema patches on my cheek,so this has helped it a lot.I let it air dry.

I follow this with Patanjali aloe vera gel.I massage it gently all over my face and neck and wait for a minute or two to let it get absorbed.Aloe vera gel is good for dry flaky skin or sensitive skin.Actually for all skin types. Oily skin women may stop their skincare routine at this.Aloe vera gel moisturizes your skin,soothes the sensitive skin and reduces itchiness and dryness.It doesn’t clog the pores. I have done a post on goodness of aloe vera gel.Do check it out here.

Since I have dry patches,I apply Nevlon moisturizing cream on my dry patches for additional moisturization.I use this for daytime as this is readily absorbed into the skin without causing greasiness.For nightime or at home days,I use Avene Trixera+ selectiose emollient cream on the dry patches only,since this is very rice in nature.This is good for eczema people as it reduces the dryness.Check my instagram for 1 month result,where my flakiness disappeared after applying this.

For luscious lips,I have been using a natural lip balm from Puresuds.This is highly moisturizing and keeps my lips hydrated for 6-8 hours without eating/drinking and for 4-5 hours with drinking/eating.

This entire process takes approximately 4-5 minutes. 🙂 Isn’t that simple! You must have noticed that I am using Avene products a lot.In no way am I promoting or advertising for them.I am using the products as they are genuinely good for sensitive/problematic skin.I have seen the results and also my dermatologist suggested me to use.However,they are costly,atleast in India.But good things come at a price. 😛

Also,Nevlon ,Puresuds and Patanjali are Indian brands,so you may not find them in your country or online.But you can use their equivalent.I am sure aloe vera gel is hugely available worldwide,so is the lip balm containing shea butter or mango butter.You can use any moisturizing cream that suits you.

I have been following this routine for more than a month,and my skin texture has improved,so is the glow.Earlier I used to have serums in my routine but now I have kept it simple.

If you want me to review any of the products used above,do write in the comments section below. I will be happy to post on them.

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Do watch out for the weekly home facial routine I will be posting soon. 🙂 See you all in my next post,byee,take care lovelies. 🙂 

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Elisir skin serum review

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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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