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Best Hair Care Tips For Healthy & Shiny Hair In Winters

Best Hair Care Tips For Healthy & Shiny Hair In Winters

Winter season has come which takes quite a huge toll on our hair. It is the season of very dry, frizzy and unmanageable hair which are more prone to breakage, damage and hair fall.

Follow these simple and easy ways to take care of your hair this winters.

Eat well & stay hydrated

Our hairs are made up of protein components. Any kind of hair treatment, mask, and oil will never benefit our hair until and unless our hairs are not healthy from within. So, it becomes crucial to feed your hair with proteins, vitamins and minerals via your daily diet.

Drinking 8 glasses of water regularly, hydrate our hair shaft from inside and make them shiny outside.

Amla(Indian Gooseberry) for our hair

Amla has certain medicinal properties and is also sufficient in Vitamin C & iron, which makes it a miracle remedy for our hair. Amla stimulates hair growth and also strengthens hair follicles.

You can use amla in your hair care routine either by having it in any form for e.g. amla pickle, amla murabba, amla juice, amla powder; or by using amla in your hair masks. However, consuming amla is much more beneficial than applying topically on our hair.

Hot oil treatment

Hot oil treatment conditions deeply our hair and strengthens them at the same time. For this treatment, you can use any oil which works best for your hair. Heat the oil to a temperature suitable for applying onto hair. Do not overheat the oil.

Leave the oil on hair overnight for deep nourishment and then wash your hair in the morning. The treatment will make your hair extremely soft and shiny. Do the hot oil treatment twice a week to get maximum benefits from it.

Moisturising shampoo & conditioner

A moisturising shampoo & conditioner is best for this season. They cleanse our hair very gently and don’t strip the required moisture of them at the same time. Always look for the labels of shampoos and conditioners while buying them.

Do not shampoo your hair more than 2-3 times a week in winters.

Not keeping your hair wet

In winters, it takes a lot of time to air dry our hair. If our hair is wet for long periods, water penetrates the hair shaft very easily and breaks the keratin bonds in our hair, leaving them more prone to fall.

But it does not mean that you are left only with a hair dryer to dry your hair. Instead after washing, towel-dry your hair and go in direct sunlight. It will dry your hair in a maximum time of 10 minutes.

If you keep your towel-dried hair in direct sunlight for 30 minutes, it will leave your hair very soft, shiny and straight too (This is my favourite trick to have shiny and silky hair).

Dandruff-treatment

Dandruff is also a major culprit in winters due to which our hair keeps falling to an extent. For the dandruff remedies, use lemon in your hair masks to fight against it.

You can also rinse your hair with lemon water after washing them. Squeeze a full lemon into a cup of water for lemon water rinsing of hair.

Quick tip: As you know that our hairs are very weak in winters which make this season not suitable for any kind of experimentation(colouring, perming or rebonding) on our hair.

The Ultimate Guide To Sunscreens

The Ultimate Guide To Sunscreens

Sunscreens act as a barrier and protect ourselves from harmful UV rays. They are available in a variety of forms like lotion, cream, gel and spray.

Today’s introductory post is only about sunscreens for all the people who are new to the cosmetic industry. Let’s get started.

Why is it advised to use sunscreen?

Sun rays comprise of visible light, UVA, UVB, UVC and Infrared rays. UVA rays cause allergies, sun tan, blemishes, fine lines, photo-damage and early ageing on our skin. UVB rays cause pigmentation, sunburns and rashes. UVC rays are blocked by ozone layer of earth and thus don’t reach the earth’s surface. Infrared rays also cause premature ageing of the skin.

UVA rays damage up to 3 layers of our skin whereas UVB rays damage only the top layer of our skin. Do you know that 90% of wrinkles occur on our skin because of harmful UV rays? So it becomes crucial to use sunscreen.

Why do we need to wear sunscreen on daily basis?

Sunscreen is extremely important to wear on a daily basis because UV rays can penetrate through glass windows very easily. Whether you are outside or inside your home, your skin is in continuous contact with UV rays.

Where to apply sunscreen?

A sunscreen lotion should be used on all of the exposed body parts like your face, hands, arms & feet. Not only females, even males should also use sunscreen on regular basis.

You should reapply your sunscreen after every 2-3 hours of application. Whether your sunscreen shows high SPF and PA labels but every sunscreen wears off after 2-3 hours. Because you are sweating, touching and wiping your face on a consistent basis.

How to choose a sunscreen?

  • for oily skin – use a mattifying, gel-based or non-greasy sunscreen.
  • for dry skin – use a cream-based or moisturising sunscreen.
  • for normal skin – use any sunscreen suitable for your skin type.

What are SPF and PA factors?

SPF means Sun Protection Factor. It is the measure which tells you about for how long your sunscreen lotion can protect you from UVB rays. SPF 1 means you are safe from UVB rays for 10 minutes. SPF 15 means you are safe from UVB rays for 150 minutes i.e. 2:30 hours.

PA factor tells you about how much effectively a sunscreen can block UVA rays. More ‘+’ signs PA factor shows, more it is effective in blocking UVA rays.

What is a broad spectrum SPF?

Sometimes, your sunscreen lotion does not indicate any PA factor and only states that it is a broad spectrum sunscreen. It means the product provides protection from both UVB as well as UVA rays.

How much SPF and PA factor sufficient in a sunscreen?

SPF 30 blocks UVB rays up to 97%. Any sunscreen higher than SPF 30 provides only little more protection. For e.g. SPF 50 blocks UVB rays up to 98.8%. So, a sunscreen with SPF 30 is more than sufficient for your need.

PA factor showing a minimum of 2-3 ‘+’ signs is efficient in blocking most of the UVA rays.

The difference between physical & chemical sunscreen?

Physical sunscreens usually leave a white film on our skin which disappears after few minutes of application. Whereas chemical sunscreen is absorbed by skin more easily and does not leave a whitish cast on your skin.

Physical sunscreens have ingredients like Zinc oxide and Titanium whereas chemical sunscreens have a combination of these ingredients: oxybenzone, avobenzone, octocrylene, octanoate, homosalate.

Effective Skincare Routine For Oily/Acne Prone Skin

Effective Skincare Routine For Oily/Acne Prone Skin

Having a good skincare routine is a must in our day to day life. It becomes extremely crucial when it comes to oily/acne prone skin.

First of all, know your actual skin type before reading this post. The following blog post is an explanatory guide for people on how to and what to use on oily/acne prone skin. So, let’s get started.

Cleansing

Acne occurs on oily skin because of overactive sebaceous glands and blocked pores. Therefore, it becomes very important to cleanse your skin thoroughly on daily basis. Before buying a cleanser, try to look at its specifications whether it is made for dry, normal or oily skin. A cleanser made for oily skin is the best deal for you.

Foam based cleansers work well for oily skin while gel based cleansers do not provide any benefit to the oily skin. If you face the problem of severe acne, then salicylic acid cleansers and benzoyl peroxide cleansers are best in reducing acne-causing bacteria on the skin and clearing blocked pores.

But these kinds of cleansers should be used only according to a doctor’s recommendation. Because only a doctor knows the best cleanser among a variety of cleansers available in the market.

Exfoliation

Exfoliation is another technique to do an in-depth cleansing of pores. It is mandatory to use only a gentle exfoliator on acne prone skin with very minute/small beads rather than a face scrub with harsh/irregular beads.

Whenever we hear exfoliation, grainy face scrubs comes to our mind. But they are not a suitable option for acne prone skin because they can easily pop a pimple and can also spread a pimple causing bacteria on your entire face.

Gram flour(besan) mixed with honey or rose water also serves the purpose of gentle exfoliator. Make a thick paste of this mixture. Apply it on your entire face and do circular movements with this paste as you do with a scrub.

Toner

Toners are cleaning solutions which are used after face wash and before moisturisers to clean away excess oil, dirt and left away traces of makeup. Make sure you are using a toner which is alcohol-free and contains acne-fighting ingredients like salicylic acid and glycolic acid.

Toners with glycolic acid or salicylic acid are helpful in preventing blackheads and minors pimples. Though they alone can’t help our oily pores stay clear and keep our pesky/stubborn pimples at a bay.

Spot-treatment

If you are suffering from persistent acne, then you are advised to use cream/lotion made for spot-treatment recommended only by a doctor.

I have used benzoyl peroxide cream on the acne spots to clear off pimples on my face. They are very safe and easy to use. Benzoyl peroxide creams and cleansers are long-term solutions for stubborn acne.

Salicylic acid creams are also used as a spot-treatment for scars/blemishes left by pimples.

Vitamin C serums are also very good to fade spots on the face. You can apply these serums as a spot-treatment or they can be used entirely on the face.

Moisturisation

Oily skin needs moisturization as equally as dry skin or normal skin would need. If a moisturiser leads to breakout then it is simply not meant for your skin.

Moisturisers come in two different variants, comedogenics and non-comedogenics. Comedogenic moisturisers are made with oil which can easily breakout oily/acne prone skin. Non-comedogenic moisturisers are made with humectants and are totally oil-free. Non-comedogenic moisturisers never clog our pores.

Neutrogena Oil-free Moisturiser and VLCC Lavang Moisturiser are very great and affordable products for oily skin.

Sunscreen

The final step to skincare routine for oily/acne prone skin is sunscreen lotion or a sunblock lotion. A sunscreen/sunblock lotion helps our skin from harmful effects of UVA/UVB rays. The difference between a sunscreen lotion and a sunblock lotion is that a sunscreen lotion is applied 10-15 minutes before heading out of the house. However, you can use sunblock lotion just a few minutes before you are going outside.

It is recommended to use a sunscreen lotion not only when you are outside but also when you are inside your home. Because harmful UV rays can penetrate easily through window glasses.

It is advised to use a mattifying and non-greasy sunscreen lotion on oily/acne prone skin. SPF 30 and PA++ are sufficient factors to look in a sunscreen.

8 Easy Ways Coconut Oil Can Replace Different Beauty Products

8 Easy Ways Coconut Oil Can Replace Different Beauty Products

Coconut oil is one of those products which everyone uses in their daily routine. It can solely replace many beauty products lying in your dressing.

Always try to look for unrefined and cold-pressed coconut oil to reap the maximum benefits from it. In this post, I am gonna share my personal ways to use coconut oil as various beauty remedies.

Night-time Moisturiser

Whenever applied as a night-time moisturiser on the skin, the antioxidants and fatty acids present in the coconut oil heals our facial tissues very effectively. It treats skin’s dryness pretty well and also gives a radiant glow to our skin.

Body Lotion

In winters, my body’s skin tends to appear very dry and flaky due to hot showers in this season. I tried out many lotions to treat my dried skin issue but they did not help me at all. The problem with these lotions is that they keep our skin soft only for few hours. But it is not the case with the oil. It keeps my skin soft for at least 2-3 day.

Makeup Remover

Coconut oil works great as a makeup remover and also an organic version of it. It can remove your waterproof makeup very easily. You only need to dab some amount of this magic oil and rub it on your face for about a minute. Afterwards, just clean all of the oil with a clean tissue.

Bath Oil

Does hot bath in winters make your skin dry and irritated? Don’t worry. We have a quick fix for this problem. Just put a teaspoon of coconut oil in a bucket of warm water and your skin will thank you for this extra love.

Shaving Cream

Coconut oil can also be used as a shaving cream. For this, you only need to slather some oil on the part you want to shave. You will experience a smooth shave after using it on the skin and also you will notice a silky smooth skin after the shave.

Frizz Control Serum

Winters always tends to make my hair bit frizzy and unmanageable. But coconut oil solved this problem of mine as well. For this quick fix, put 3-4 drops of oil on your palm and then gently apply it to your frizzy hair. It will instantly tame your frizz in a minute.

Body Scrub

Stop spending your money on those costly body scrubs. Instead, make a one at home with the ingredients lying in your kitchen. This recipe only needs half a teaspoon of coconut oil and lemon. Add a spoonful of sugar to this mixture. If the consistency of this scrub is runny for you, add half a spoon of more sugar to it. Voila! your homemade scrub is ready to use.

Chapstick

Coconut oil can also be used to make our lips soft and supple. It works great as a chapstick.

Patanjali Honey Orange Face Wash Review

Patanjali Honey Orange Face Wash Review

Hi Lovelies,

From skincare to cosmetics; we all love to buy products which are hydrating and moisturising in winters. Since the season of dry and cold weather has come and it’s time to tweak my skincare routine.

This winter I bought Patanjali Honey Orange Face Wash to show my skin some love. In today’s review post, I will be talking about my experience with this face wash to all of you.

Price of the product: Rs. 45 for 60gms.

What the product claims:

Patanjali Honey Orange Face Wash is a unique blend of natural herbs and honey. It is a 100% soap-free deep cleansing gel, specially formulated for the oily, sensitive and acne-prone skin. Tulsi and Haldi are the natural antiseptics, it removes impurities and prevents pimples and acne. Mulethi gives freshness. Aloe and honey make soft, smooth and help to glowing skin.

Products Highlights:

  • Moisturizes, cleanses & rejuvenates skin.
  • 100% soap-free formulae.

My experience with the product:

face wash on handThe packaging of the product is nothing fancy with a flip top, designed with oranges and honeycombs on it. But, the tube of face wash is compact and sturdy for the purpose of travelling.

The face wash is orange in colour and has a thick gel-like consistency. It is lightly fragranced which will not irritate sensitive noses.

I would like to tell that my skin type appears to be normal in winters. Though the product claims that it is made for oily, sensitive and acne-prone skin. But it is a great blend for my skin too.

I found out that the product is good for dry, sensitive, normal, combination and a little bit of oily skin type. The face wash is good to be used in winters because it will not help extra oil/sebum secretion in summers.

The product lathers into a decent amount and does help fight acne a bit but not too much. After using this face wash; my skin always feels fresh and brightened up.

Pros:

  1. Affordable product.
  2. Easily available.
  3. Travel-friendly.
  4. Good face wash for winter/autumn/spring season.
  5. Does not dry out the skin.
  6. Lathers into a decent amount.
  7. Fights acne to some extent.
  8. Soap-free formulae.

Cons:

  • Though the product is made for oily skin but it does not control oil/sebum secretion on the face.

Will I repurchase it?

The product is a good handy option for everyone in winters. I would definitely like to buy it next time.

himalya herbals daily care protein shampoo

Himalya Herbals Gentle Daily Care Protein Shampoo Review

“Himalaya” is well-known and also a trusted brand here in India. Himalaya manufactures products in various categories like skincare, healthcare, general wellness, baby care and much more. That is the reason, you can easily find a product in this brand according to your need. Today’s review post is about “Himalaya Herbals Gentle Daily Care Protein Shampoo”. Read the whole blog post and share your personal experience about this product in the comments section.

Price of the product: Rs. 220 for 400 ml

What the product claims:

Himalaya Herbals Gentle Daily Care Protein Shampoo in enriched with natural proteins that provide necessary nourishment to hair. Fortified with herbal ingredients our shampoos are effective, natural and gentle on hair.

  • Amla softens and conditions hair.
  • Liquorice helps promote hair growth.
  • Chickpea provides daily nourishment to your hair keeping it soft, smooth and healthy.

My experience with the product:

The packaging of this bottle is sturdy and looks cool too. The shampoo comes in gel form and has a nice fragrance which is not overpowering. The product lathers into a rich foam when applied onto the hair.

The texture of my hair is dry and frizzy, due to which I always have to use a moisturising shampoo. Though this product cleanses my hair thoroughly but it always made my hair drier and unmanageable after every usage. I used this shampoo even with a rich conditioner but it too did not help my hair  at all.

I found that the shampoo is good for extremely oily hair and it should be mentioned on the bottle.

The product totally fails to prove all of its claims mentioned on its bottle. I bought this shampoo just because it claims to contain natural proteins in it. But it did nothing to help out my hair falling problem. Instead, it made my hair more prone to fall.

Pros:

  1. Affordable.
  2. Good for oily hair.
  3. Travel-friendly.

Cons:

  1. Makes hair drier and unmanageable.
  2. Does nothing regarding its claims.
  3. Bit harsh on hair.

Will I repurchase it?

I am totally disappointed with this shampoo and I am never ever gonna buy it at all.

W2 Strawberry Moisturiser Review

W2 Strawberry Moisturiser Review

Moisturisers are the essential part of our routine. So here I am, again writing a review post on a moisturiser I recently bought and used on my skin for quite a few time.

The product I am going to review is, “W2 Strawberry Moisturiser“. I recently got introduced to this brand via an online e-commerce website. I was bit confused before buying this product since the brand was new to me.

Price of the product: Rs. 85 for 100 gms.

Also, read:

What the product claims:

Moisturiser with a natural whitener, oil balance. Strawberry helps to remove dark circles and wrinkles. Rich in Vitamin A,C,K, Mg. Natural Protection from UV rays.

Product Highlights:

  • Works on both oily and dry skin.
  • Skin regeneration action.
  • Maintains oil balance.
  • Contains antioxidants.
  • Astringent action.

My experience with the product

dscn3900It is autumn season here in north India and I want a moisturiser which would suit to me in this particular weather. Since the product claims that it is suitable for both dry and oily skin types. This is the reason I wanted to give it a try.

The texture of W2 Strawberry moisturiser is not too runny and not too creamy. Therefore, it actually is a suitable option for dry, oily, normal and combination skin types. But, if you have extremely oily or extremely dry skin then it would not be a suitable option for you.

dscn3902The product comes in a normal tube. The packaging seems pretty fine and travel-friendly too. The moisturiser has a very soothing fragrance of strawberry which I bet everyone would like.

The moisturiser claims to balance oil on your skin and activates skin’s regeneration process but I did not find anything true about this. There is nothing special about these claims and my skin felt as normal as after applying any other moisturiser.

The product may have antioxidants because it states to have strawberry extract in it. But I am not very sure about this.

Pros:

  1. Blends easily into skin.
  2. Pocket-friendly.
  3. Travel-friendly.
  4. Amazing Fragrance.
  5. Suitable for oily, dry, normal and combination skin types.
  6. A must try- out option for spring and autumn season.
  7. Doesn’t clog pores.

Cons:

  • Its claims are not true about oil balancing and skin’s regeneration process.

Will I repurchase it?

Overall, the product is good. The texture of moisturiser is blendable and non-oily. So, I would repurchase it and also recommend it to you in spring and autumn season. The moisturiser is definitely not for girls with extremely dry skin or extremely oily skin.

Lacto Calamine Sunscreen lotion

Lacto Calamine Daily Use Sunscreen SPF 30 PA++ Review

Hello Gracies!

Welcome back to my blog. Today I am going to share my personal views on Lacto Calamine’s Sunscreen with you. Lacto Calamine is a well-known brand in India and its most popular product is Lacto Calamine Daily Nourishing Lotion.

Lacto Calamine’s sunscreen lotion comes in two variants: one is for dry skin and the other is for oily skin types. The one I am going to review is for oily skin types.

Price of the Product: Rs. 199 for 50 ml.

What the product claims:

Daily use sunscreen with Lemon Extract & Vitamin E has been specifically formulated with oil control benefits to provide you a non-greasy matte look. SPF 30 PA++ provides a complete protection against broad spectrum UVA & UVB rays.

Daily use gives you healthy and radiant skin.

Product Highlights:

  • Sweat free.
  • Matte effect.
  • Water resistant.
  • Paraben free.
  • Lemon Extract helps in oil control.
  • Vitamin E helps reduce dark spots, pigmentation and is known to prevent premature aging.
  • SPF 30 PA++ helps protect skin from broad spectrum UVA & UVB rays.

My experience with the product:

dscn3889Actually, I got the 30 ml tube of this sunscreen lotion free with the 60 ml bottle of Lacto calamine’s lotion. Packaging wise the tube is sturdy and travel-friendly. The product is lightly fragranced which will not irritate anyone. 

Only a small amount of this lotion is needed for your entire face. It spreads very easily on the face. You need to blend it properly with your fingers because it does leave a white cast on your face.

SPF and PA content of this sunscreen lotion is sufficient to prevent our skin from harmful UVA & UVB rays. The product is enriched with lemon extracts and Vitamin E.

dscn3894The product actually is not helpful in controlling oil production on the face as it claims to be. The sunscreen lotion is not ideal to be used in summers. I would recommend it to be used in autumn or spring season. Also, it did not help me in reducing any kind of spot on my face.

The product also claims to be sweat-free, matte effect, water-resistant and paraben-free. But actually, the product is not sweat-free. Though it does give matte-effect on the face and is also water-resistant & paraben-free. 

Pros:

  1. Requires only a small amount.
  2. Blends easily.
  3. Good SPF and PA coverage.
  4. Moisturises Well.
  5. Gives matte-effect.
  6. Paraben-free.
  7. Water-resistant.
  8. Travel-friendly.

Cons:

  1. Leaves white cast on the face.
  2. Not Sweat-free.
  3. Overly-priced.
  4. Does not control oil production.
  5. Does not reduce dark spots, pigmentation marks or any aging signs.
  6. Not good for oily skin.
  7. Bit greasy.

Will I repurchase it?

Definitely a complete no-no. Though this sunscreen lotion is meant for oily skin but it did not suit to my skin in summers. That’s why I am using it now in autumn season. Also, I can buy any other good sunscreen lotion within the same price and have a decent quantity.

face oils

Why You Should Start Using Face Oils Right Now

Face oils are definitely very popular in the beauty world these days. But they are not new to anyone. People are using these oils on their face from centuries.

Swapping your moisturiser with the face oil will definitely add certain benefits to your skin. We are going to discuss “why you need to incorporate these beauty oils in your skincare regime” in this blog post.

Packed with anti-oxidants

Face oils are extracted from natural ingredients. Thus they are packed with lots of antioxidants. Antioxidants protect our skin from free radicals. Free radicals are capable of damaging our skin cells thus they need to be removed from our body.

Antioxidants limit and remove these free radicals from our body. Thus the topical application of face oil protects our face from certain damages.

Loaded with vitamins

Face oils being in natural form are loaded with different kind of vitamins. Vitamin A, B, C, E are a certain type of vitamins which are required by our skin. These vitamins help in improving the texture of our face by providing essential vitamins.

Though you can complete the nutritional intake of these vitamins via food. But topical application definitely gives extra benefits.

Slows down ageing of skin

Face oils keep free radicals and toxins away from our skin. So, topical application of these oils surely slows down premature ageing of the skin. You only need 4-5 drops of oil for your entire face. This much quantity will never leave your face greasy.

Does not clog pores

One of the biggest myth about face oil is that they clog our pores. This is totally not true. Face oil can penetrate through our pores very easily and does not make your face looking greasy at all.

Best for dry, flaky and sensitive skin

If you suffer from dry, flaky and sensitive skin and no moisturiser prove beneficial for your skin. Then you must try face oils. They are best for giving a hydrated and moisturised look on a dehydrated and lifeless face.

They also help in the soothing flaky skin.

Gives a clean and even skin tone

Face oils are helpful in clearing pigmentation and blemish marks; soothing inflamed skin and calming rashes on our face. Though it is obvious that different face oils provide different benefits. So, you need to choose wisely among a variety of face oils available in the market.