My daily Autumn/Winter skincare routine

Heya!

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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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. 🙂

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.

Bio organic & natural nature inspired body lotion review

Heya!

I know I didn’t post anything for over a while.I wasn’t keeping well,courtesy the weird monsoon over here.Humid weather took a toll on me.

However,I did manage to come up with a review for another herbal product from India.But this time,it is our body I am talking about.Free from any chemicals,this body lotion will keep your skin soft and freshen you up,literally.

I got this as a sample from the BON team.If you are following my posts regularly,I have done 2 more reviews of their products earlier.The links are given below.I have been liking their products actually and intend to buy them once my sample gets finished. 😛 

BON aloe vera gel reviewlink

BON aloe vera cinnamon orange gel review- link

So let’s find out whether the Nature Inspired body lotion worked for me or not.

Availability: You can order through their online store or websitesite . Within India,they have opened a store in Tamil Nadu as far as I know. They do ship internationally but it will take 11-14 days as written on their site. 

Price & quantity: Rs. 320 for 100g.Free shipping within India. This is reasonable.

Ingredients: Organic Almond oil, Calendula oil, Chamomile oil, Organic Aloe Vera gel, Rose oil, Vegetable Jojoba oil, Organic Neem oil, Natural Glycerine, Organic Coconut oil, Organic Corn oil, Wheat germ oil, Certified Shea Butter, Vitamin E & Natural Preservative. Contains No Harsh Chemicals. No alcohol, No animal products, or sulphates.

Fragrance: It is quite fresh actually,almost like you are walking on a grassland and sniffing grass. 😛 I can’t make out the smell but its really freshening herbally.The smell is indeed organic like.

Texture: Pale green color lotion like consistency.It isn’t runny.

Packaging: Comes in a plastic flip-flop bottle which I find convenient and hygienic to use.It is travel friendly too.

Their claims: This organic body lotion of ours is really Nature Inspired. Enriched with a unique blend of avocado and aloe vera, two ingredients known to have remarkable properties in moisturizing the skin, this body lotion is a great skin therapy on its own that will keep the skin’s moisture level balanced and the skin conditioned on a daily basis. In addition to the fantastic healing properties, this lotion comes with an elegant aroma that is has a mild perfumery tone. This elegant craft is a 100% Handmade Body Lotion.

Directions: Take required quantity of Bio Organic & Natural’s Nature Inspired organic Body lotion on the palm of your hand. Apply on towel dried skin after a shower/wash & massage gently focussing on the dried areas of the skin. Better result may be seen upon regular use.

My views: I used it at bedtime when the AC was on.My skin tends to get drier in ACs so tried it to test whether it stays true to its claims.And I am happy to state it does.

My skin did feel soft in the morning and the smell lingers if you smell it closely. 😛 This will work for normal to dry skin.But if you have flaky or excessing dryness,you may need to apply it more.

On my eczema hands,it didn’t pose any problem but I do need more thicker creams for my hands.

The body lotion is perfect for everyday use.When I use it after bath,then I don’t need to reapply it throughout the day.I would say,switch to herbal alternatives because this lotion actually works,so if you find it ,grab it.

PS: I am sharing honest reviews and I haven’t been paid to do a review.For me there is no bargaining when it comes to doing a review on skincare and make up.

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Hope I was able to help you decide whether to go for this or not.If you have any questions,do ask me in the comments section below.Till the next time,bye,cya, :-*

Bio organic and natural aloe vera gel review

Heya !!

To be honest,Sunday is the day when I am the laziest and I ignore my skincare and haircare so that I get to sleep.But my swimming lessons in the early morning,even on the weekends is robbing me off my sleep.:-( I took a pledge today that health is first priority so I am limiting my sleep to 6 hours daily.That means no more late night TV shows. (Sorry Orphan Black!Find yourself another fan. :-P)

I did a hairspa at home on my smoothened hair.No! I didn’t use the expensive Loreal range on my hair,rather I looted my kitchen. 😛 It’s just a strategy of the salons to make you buy their products,scaring you into believing that smoothening will go away if any other product is used. Bleh!Don’t get fooled.Read articles on the net,and you will know why I am saying this. 🙂

Enough rambling!I was sent this gel from the BON team for review purposes and after a month’s usage,I am ready to share my opinions. 🙂

Price: INR 119 for 100g which is dirt cheap. 🙂

Availibility: Currently they are taking orders only through their site. You will numerous ranges-Skincare,haircare,home,pets etc.

Texture: This one won my heart truly. Earlier I used to apply Patanjali aloe vera gel but after using this,I am changing my staple gel to BON aloe vera gel.This gel doesn’t contain artificial colouring agent like in Patanjali.Also,this is very light and glides easily on the skin.You need 5 dots on your face to cover it completely.Skin absorbs it right away.

Packaging: Plastic transparent jar with a white screwed cap.This also got a dent on its side and a slight leakage due to shipping. 😦 So may not be travel friendly.Overall simple packaging which I love the most.

Fragrance: No

My views: I use this once a day after my bath.After applying the toner,I dot my face with this and its gone instantly.This gel is sufficient in moisturising my combination skin and I am ready to go outside with a sunscreen on top of this.I used this on my trip to Kashmir where its chilly.There also this baby survived the test.So for normal,oily and combination skin,this will work all year round.Dry skin beauties may need to add moisturizer after applying this gel.

I have sensitive skin,so after applying this,I didn’t find anything wrong .No redness or tingling feeling.Infact it cools down my skin and reduces the redness.However,do conduct a patch test first.

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Seeyou all in my next post,XOXO :-*

Bio organic & natural(BON) aloevera cinnamon orange gel review

Hey lovelies!

You know how much I love Aloe vera and its products. In fact after knowing its numerous benefits,I prioritized its presence in my beauty stack. Also,anything organic is my beloved. 😉

Today I am going to review one such related product sent to me as a sample by the BON team.I promised them of an honest review and so here I am after a month of usage.

Firstly,their products are all handcrafted and use organic ingredients only.Also,they have variety of products ranging from skin care,hair care to pets,mom & baby.If you want to know more about them,here’s the link.

http://bonorganics.com/home/

Availability- Currently they are operating only through their website and cater to 34 countries including India. 🙂 So availability is not an issue.

Price- INR 150 for 100g and INR 290 for 200g which I find reasonable.Shipping costs are additional.

Packaging- Plastic transparent tub with a white lid screwed on top.There’s a label on the topside and on the side . It is a simple packaging but prone to dents during shipping which happened in my case. 😦 Also,some of the product got leaked. So,may not be travel friendly.

Texture & Smell-It is an orange gel having faint orangish smell.The gel is very lightweight and gets easily absorbed into the skin.

Ingredients-Picture attached below.

My views- It claims beautification, fairness enhancement and its ability to freshen, which also tones and softens the skin.Frequent use prevents chapping, drying, wrinkling or cracking of the skin. Bedtime use prevents premature ageing of the skin.

After using it,I did find my skin to be soft and my dry patches are moisturised.Since I use it at night,I find my face glows when I wake up in the morning.It immediately imparts a brightening effect to the face on application.I don’t have open pores that much so can’t comment on its toning effect but when I apply it,it has a cooling effect on the skin.

I follow the 5-dot rule when applying it and little goes a long way.The gel is easy to blend into the skin and doesn’t make the skin oily.It is good to use in summers but for winters ,a heavy moisturiser maybe required afterwards.So this is good for normal,oily and combination skin.Dry skinned beauties may need additional moisturiser.It didn’t affect my sensitive skin so for me this worked,but do test it before in small quantity on your face if you have sensitive issues.

Overall verdict 4/5 due to packaging.I am loving this product and have included in my routine. 🙂 If you want to buy it,follow the given link.

http://bonorganics.com/shop/product-categories-6/aloe-vera-with-orange-cinnamon/

PS: Due to a packing tape,my label got destroyed in the process of removing the tape so I couldn’t figure out the expiry date. 😦 BON team,if you are reading this,do let me know about its expiry. 🙂

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Till the next post,byee ladies,take care XOXO :-*

My current skincare routine-Sensitive combination skin (Summer time)

Heya beautiful ladies!!!

By this time you must have noticed that I am a weekend person,when it comes to posting anything.Weekdays are the most hectic part of my life,so it is quite tough to write anything during that time.Now,you must be thinking,”She should get a life.Who sits at home during weekends?” 😛 Well! I usually prefer my weekends at home,as in India,you don’t want to venture out in the heat and also,I am quite a lazy person. 😀

Anyway,today my post is about the skincare I am following currently.As of now,my skin is having small dry patches on the cheeks and an oily T-zone.Firstly,I don’t wear make-up on a daily basis so this skincare routine is different.So,I will include details regarding  minimal to no make-up skin only.

I would like to say that till date,I haven’t found a single product which controls my T-zone but doesn’t strip moisture from my dry cheeks. 😦 so I have to use more products. Infact,this is not wrong.You are using the products which suit your type.But,if anyone knows of an item,please….. please let me know of it,as I am getting tired in searching for that One product for my entire face.

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In the morning,I wash my face with lukewarm water.This opens up the pores.I apply Aroma magic aloe vera cleanser on my cheeks,neck  and chin and massage it gently.On my T-zone,I apply the Aroma treasures aloe vera face wash. This removes the excess oil and controls the shine for sometime.I wash everything off with cold water.I prefer using these 2 as they are mild cleansers and in the morning,you don’t want excessive cleaning of the face.After that I apply my Fabindia tea tree oil toner with a cotton ball, on my T-zone mainly.This controls the oil and prevents acne.I wait for a minute ,then apply aloe vera gel on my face and neck.During summers,no moisturiser works for me so I prefer aloe vera gel,which soothes the skin,prevents infections,nourishes the skin and is good for my eczematic skin.On my dry patches,I apply a little amount of aloe vera cold cream.A  little goes a long way when it comes to applying it,as it is effective in moistening the patches. Then I go for my Lotus Herbals sunscreen matte gel SPF 50.This is my go to sunscreen.It is my favourite because it actually mattifies the skin,sweat proof ,doesn’t make a whitish cast on face and also non-clogging.I apply just a coloured liner on my upper lids and a coloured lip balm.On my T-zone,I use compact powder and then I am out for the day.

In the night,first,I take a cotton ball,put 1-2 drops of coconut oil on it,and gently wipe my liner off.Coconut oil is an excellent make-up remover.Try it.Then,after washing with lukewarm water,I use the Clean & clear Blackhead clearing face wash on my T-zone,since this actually removes the blackheads,cleans the dirt and removes the oil.For my other parts,I use the Episoft cleanser.This cleanses the skin without irritating it.After washing everything off with cold water,I use the toner and aloe vera gel.Then the cold cream for my dry patches.I literally slather my lips with Maybelline Electropop tangy and fierce.This is my love.Keeps my lips soft for the entire night.

Once a week,I use the Ozone skin awakening scrub.If I am tanned,then I follow it with Just herbs almond complexion pack,which removes the tan and is good in oil-control.But I don’t use it often as it dries out my skin too much.Also,most days when I am too tired to use different cleansers for my skin,I use my DIY face cleanser.Does the job well.

Most of the products I have already reviewed  or explained earlier.But ,if you want,I can review the other products.Let me know of it in the comment box below.Also,all the products are available on major shopping sites like Amazon,Flipkart etc,specially for people residing outside India.

If your skin type is like mine,you can try this.Till the next time,Byeee… XOXO :-*

PS: I am an avid believer in the goodness of Aloe vera,so I can’t live without it.It worked for me during my eczema flare-up in the winters. :-\