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Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisturiser With SPF 15 Review

Hi Gracies!

I have normal/combination skin type… during a whole year. But my skin tends to appear oily during monsoons. Thanks to the excess humidity in northern parts of India. For this reason, I have to buy skincare products specially made for oily skin type during this season. Read following posts:

Today I am going to give an honest review on Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisturiser. I am using this moisturiser from last year. That is why I feel the urge to share my experience with all of you.

Price of the product: Rs. 349 for 115  ml

What the product claims:

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All-day moisturization. Lightweight, non-greasy formula keeps skin moisturised for 12 hours. Sun protection. UV SPF 15 sunscreen.

  • Won’t clog pores.
  • Alcohol-free
  • Allergy-tested
  • Fragrance-free

My experience about Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisturiser SPF 15:

Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisturiser SPF 15 comes with a pump dispenser which makes this product convenient and hygienic to use. At first, I found the packaging of this product too cute. The pump dispenser of this product comes with a lock which makes it travel-friendly. You can carry it in your handbag without the fear of spilling.

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The product has a soft, creamy texture and no fragrance at all. People with a sensitive nose will love it. The consistency of this product is neither too creamy nor too flowy. The oil-free moisturiser blends into my skin very easily. I feel my skin moisturised for long 7-8 hours after applying it.

As the product states, a non-comedogenic product(a non-comedogenic product does not clog pores). My facial pores don’t feel clogged after using it. The texture is so light that I don’t really feel that I applied something on my face. I did not experience any breakout on my face since I am using this product.

DSCN3587Though the product has an SPF of 15 but it does not completely protect our skin from harmful UV rays. Visible sunrays contain UVA, UVB and UVC rays. UVA rays cause all types of skin damage like pigmentation, tanning, rashes, blemishes, fine lines and premature ageing. UVB rays cause sunburns and skin cancers. UVC rays don’t reach earth’s surface.

A product stating only SPF(Sun Protection Factor) protects our skin only from UVB rays and not UVA rays. We get protection from harmful UVA rays only with a sunscreen stating PA factor. So, you need to apply a sunscreen with an SPF and a PA factor after this oil-free moisturiser.

Pros:

  1. Blends easily in skin.
  2. Pocket-friendly.
  3. Travel-friendly.
  4. Doesn’t clog pores.
  5. Not allergic to skin.
  6. Lightweight on skin.
  7. Consistency is too good.
  8. An Oil-free moisturiser which is made from humectants. Humectants increase the water content of skin without making skin greasy.
  9. Amazing as a make-up base.

Cons:

  1. Does not contain PA factor. So you need to apply a sunscreen with both SPF and PA factors.
  2. The face does not look matte. T-zone looks a bit shiny(not greasy) after applying this moisturiser. People with normal skin type may find this moisturiser bit greasy.
  3. The moisturiser contains Parabens like Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben. Parabens are used as preservatives in cosmetic products.

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Will I repurchase it?

Yeah, definitely. I used this product in both seasons i.e. summers and monsoons. My face looked a bit shiny in summers though the shine goes away after some time. But in monsoons, I found this moisturiser extremely amazing.

 

Get That Selfie-Ready Radiant Glow Naturally

Glowing and radiant skin fills us with a confident attitude. A good posture, friendly gestures are required for a great personality but nothing can combat the requirement of healthy, glowing, radiant and a confident face.

Everyone deserves to look tremendous with a radiant face. So, go ahead and follow simplified tips stated in this post to reach the sense of satisfaction within you.

Use of Vitamin C improves skin texture

Vitamin C helps in reducing sun damage, pigmentation, scars, skin discoloration, black or brown spots. It also boosts collagen and improves skin texture giving you a radiant glow. Regular intake of Vitamin C enriched food and  a multivitamin tablet with Vitamin C sufficiency provides all these benefits to your skin from inside.

Topical usage of Vitamin C also gives your skin a healthy glow from outside. You can either include a Vitamin C serum or a Vitamin C rich essential oil (for e.g. orange or lemon essential oil) into your skincare regime. Though topical usage of citrus essential oils increases the photosensitivity of skin. Therefore, it is advised to use these essential oils at night.

Choose your food carefully

What kind of food we are eating makes our skin accordingly. If we have a healthy diet which includes fruits and veggies, it will illuminate healthy glow from inside. Because fruits and veggies contain antioxidants which release free radicals and toxic elements out of our body. So, the result will be healthy & glowing skin. Vice versa, oily and packaged food will make our skin uneven, discolored and more prone to acne.

Exercise Regularly

This is my most favourite step to get a radiant glow. Believe it or not but it is true, a regular workout does give you a healthy glow. If you find it difficult to set a long workout routine. Start with 10-15 mins of daily workout session (Believe me, planning your workout sessions this way will always work). As you progress, you will notice a visible difference in your skin.

Invest a little time in skincare routine

Skincare is a must if you want that radiant flawless glow. On regular basis; cleanse and moisturize your face twice a day. If you have oily skin then also apply toner on your face after cleansing and before moisturizing. Mild exfoliation is required once or twice a week to showcase the regenerated layer of skin cells. Applying face masks 2-3 times a week also helps in replenishing flawless skin.

Make hygiene your priority

Nobody can deny the importance of hygiene to get a clear flawless skin. Clean your bed sheets and pillowcases on a weekly basis. Sanitize the things on a consistent basis which you use mostly like your mobile phone and your makeup brushes. Always wash your hands before touching your face. Dirt and germs accumulate on all these things and gets transferred onto our face. 

 

Choosing Skincare Products For Your skin Type

A skincare product proves its efficacy on your skin only if it is made specifically for your skin type. If you don’t know your skin type then you need to read this post. Today, we are going to figure out what kind of skincare products should be appropriate for your skin and also we are going to give you few tips to take care of your skin. Let’s get started:-

Oily Skin

  • Use foam based cleansers on your skin.
  • Oily skin tends to appear dull due to excess sebum or oil on face. Use mild exfoliants on a consistent basis (2 times a week) to gently exfoliate your skin.
  • If you have acne-prone skin, use a cleanser/toner with tea tree oil because of its anti-bacterial properties.
  • Always use an alcohol-free toner. Alcohol dries out the uppermost layer of skin. You can also use a toner made from natural ingredients.
  • Use oil-free/gel-based moisturizer on your face.
  • Using a clay-based mask on your skin. It absorbs excess oil from your face giving you a glowing look.
  • Using benzoyl peroxide creme(with 2-5% strength) on acne spot kills acne-causing bacteria.
  • Use mattifying/gel-based sunscreen after applying moisturizer on your face.

Dry Skin

  • Use gel-based/sulphate free cleansers on your skin.
  • Using a humidifier will keep your skin soft and supple.
  • Dry skin does not have enlarged pores. So the people with this skin type don’t need to use a toner.
  • Mild/gentle exfoliation is required to remove dead or flaky skin from your face (once a week).
  • To lock moisture into your skin, use an oil-based/emulsion-based moisturizer/moisturizing lotion on your face.
  • Never use a clay-based moisturizer on your skin.
  • Using an antioxidant serum before application of a moisturizer on your face will give your skin extra moisture.
  • Use a lotion based moisturizer after applying moisturizer on your face.

Combination Skin

  • Apply an oil-free/gel-based moisturizer on your T-zone and a moisturizing lotion on your cheeks.
  • Use a clay-based mask on your T-zone to avoid excess shine and a moisturizing face mask on your cheeks.
  • Apply emulsion based moisturizer/a moisturizing lotion combined with an antioxidant serum on dry areas.
  • Use a toner made from natural ingredients as it has less irritating ingredients for e.g. a rose water toner or a cucumber toner.
  • Use gentle exfoliator on your face once a week.
  • Use benzoyl peroxide creme(with 2-5% strength) on acne spots to kill acne-causing bacteria.
  • You can use skincare products made for oily skin on your T-zone and skincare products for dry skin on dry areas of your face.
  • Use either mattifying or lotion based sunscreen according to your skin.

Normal skin

  • You can use a gel-based cleanser in winters and a foam-based cleanser in summers.
  • Use either a hydrating toner or a toner with natural extracts.
  • Mild exfoliation is must once a week.
  • Use a hydrating lotion for your face.
  • Face masks should neither be extremely drying nor be extra moisturizing for this skin type.
  • Use an antioxidant serum or a hydrating face mist before applying moisturizer on your face.
  • Use a sunscreen lotion according to the season.

Few tips to take proper care of skin:

  1. Always wash your face either with normal or lukewarm water. Hot water tends to open pores making them more prone to breakouts.
  2. Eat lots of veggies and fruits to replenish radiant glow of your skin from inside.
  3. Don’t touch your face more often. Hands contain a maximum amount of germs and bacteria as we touch and operate a lot of things during a day. Touching face with bare hands transfers all that bacteria onto our face and hence causes acne to pop out.
  4. Don’t wash your face more than 2-3 times a day.

How To Determine Whether You Have Dry, Oily, Combination Or Normal Skin type

Everyone desires to do proper care of his/her skin but skin care starts with carefully figuring out your actual skin type. After knowing your actual skin type; you can properly fulfil the demands of your skin, you can choose skin care products accordingly and also you can follow a suitable skin care routine to have glowing and radiant skin.

Skin type keeps changing with effect to a particular season, age, temperature and health. So after figuring out your skin type once, do not stick yourself to a specific beauty regimen all your life. You need to keep changing your beauty regime according to your skin type with regard to a particular season, age, temperature and health.

Personally speaking, I have oily skin in summers and in monsoons but my skin tends to appear normal in winters and in the spring season. Though figuring out your skin type is a bit confusing process but I tried to simplify this process for you with following procedures:-

  1. Bare-faced sleeping method

    Cleanse your face with a mild face wash at night. Now gently pat dry your skin and do not apply any moisturizer or a night care product on your face. Go to bed neither with artificial air conditioner nor with an artificial heating device on in your room. Examine your skin in the next morning in front of the mirror. If you are having oil all over your face, then you definitely have oily skin type. If your whole face is dry, then your skin type is dry. And if your T-zone ( the facial area comprising forehead, nose, around nose and chin) looks a little bit oily and your cheeks seem to be dry then you probably have normal/combination skin.

  2. Bare-faced blotting method

    Cleanse your face with a mild face wash and gently pat it dry. Do not apply any skin care product on your face. After 1 hour, have a close examination of your face using blotting sheets. If blotting sheet appears to have a lot more oil, then your skin is oily. If blotting sheet is dry, then you definitely have dry skin. If Blotting sheet contains oil only from T-zone and cheeks appear to be dry then you must have normal/combination skin.

Tip for washing your face: While washing your face, you need to do gentle massage with face wash for a minimum of 20 seconds and a maximum of 30 seconds. So that dirt particles, external pollutants and makeup particles come out of pores easily.

Symptoms for different skin types:

Oily Skin:-

  • Pores are visibly enlarged especially on the tip of nose and on cheek area around the nose.
  • Tends to breakout easily.
  • Either dull or shiny complexion.
  • Skin is usually acne-prone, have blemishes and blackheads.

Dry Skin:-

  • The skin has visible fine lines.
  • Pores are usually small.
  • Dry and flaky skin.
  • More sensitive to harsh products.
  • Sometimes skin tends to appear red easily even after washing the face.
  • Skin feels tight and stretchy after washing.

Normal Skin:-

  • Has almost no or little imperfections.
  • Radiant and glowing complexion.
  • Pores are barely visible.
  • Almost no sensitivity to skincare products.

Combination skin:-

  • The skin appears shiny or dull only on T-zone.
  • Pores are visible only on cheek area around the nose.
  • Tends to breakout easily on T-zone.

16 Amazing Add-on Ingredients For Your Face Mask (Part-2)

In the previous blog post, I discussed the different types of base material you can use for a face mask. If you missed the previous post, you can read it hereToday I am going to share all the ingredients you can add to your face mask to increase its efficacy. You can add as many ingredients into your face mask according to your need.

One thing you need to keep in mind that you should use these ingredients at least a month to see their effectiveness. The consistency of your face mask should not be much thick or much flowy.

Essential Oils

Essential oils have miraculous properties to beautify our skin. Every essential oil is meant for a different purpose and for a different type of skin. You need to have full knowledge about these essential oils before applying them on your face.

Rose water

Rose water is the natural and best toner for our skin. It controls excess sebum secretion, cleanses dirt from clogged pores, gives clear complexion, slows down the aging of skin and also maintains ph balance of the skin.

Honey

Honey is full of antioxidants, that is why it helps in keeping our skin healthy, moisturized and young. It also helps in giving even skin tone, does mild exfoliation of the face and treats acne.

Green tea

Green tea is packed with antibacterial and antioxidants that is why it helps in fighting acne, excess oil secretion and keeping our skin young. It also helps in soothing puffy eyes, treating under-eye dark circles and toning our skin.

Yogurt

Yogurt is a great moisturizer for dry and sensitive skin and it is full of antioxidants. It is also beneficial in giving relief from sunburns and giving clear complexion.

Raw milk

Raw milk acts as a great moisturizer for all skin types. It also lightens skin tone, cleanses face, removes tan, treats acne and adds radiance to our skin.

Cucumber

Cucumber is beneficial in fading undereye circles, toning, soothing puffy eyes, rejuvenating skin, controlling excess oil secretion and treating blemishes.

Tomato

Tomatoes are helpful in shrinking large pores, giving you blemish free skin, restoring natural glow of skin, healing acne, preventing aging signs and removing dead skin cells.

Potato

Potato treats dark circles, wrinkles, facial blemishes, sunburns very effectively. It is also helpful in lightening skin tone and soothes puffy eyes.

Turmeric

Turmeric is a miracle product for our face and body. Turmeric is very good in controlling excess oil secretion, treating blemishes and wrinkles, fighting age signs and removing stretch marks.

Lemon juice

Lemon acts as a bleaching agent, lightens skin tone, removes blemishes and dark spots, treats acne and removes blackheads.

Coconut water

You can use coconut water for moisturizing your skin, boosting collagen, reducing pigmentation, cleansing & toning of the face and also for removing sun tan.

Coconut milk

Coconut milk is rich in vitamin A and vitamin C. Vitamin A is helpful in preventing age signs and vitamin C is good in treating UV damage. This is the reason we use coconut milk for treating age signs and sunburns.

Coconut oil

Coconut oil is a good moisturizer for dry, flaky and sensitive skin. You can use coconut oil to fade under eye circles, treat blemishes, control age signs, prevent dark spots and remove scars from your face.

Almond oil

Almond oil is a rich source of vitamin E. Almond oil is helpful in giving you glowing skin, reducing dark circles, slows down aging process, treats Psoriasis and Eczema, faces away undereye circles and wrinkles, and a great moisturizer for all skin types.

Olive oil

Olive oil is also rich in vitamin E. Olive oil is beneficial in rejuvenating skin cells, moisturizing dry and sensitive skin, reducing under-eye dark circles, prevents premature aging, reduces stretch marks, treats pigmentation and blemishes. If you have oily skin, you can lessen the amount of olive oil on your face. Using oil on the face does not mean that your sebaceous glands will secrete more oil. Though it will slow down the natural process of oil secretion for sometime.

An Ultimate Guide To Make Face Masks at home (Part-1)

Face masks are helpful in giving you glowing, healthy and youthful skin. You already have heard and read about it a lot. But if you don’t know the technique of making face masks at home and you don’t want to buy expensive face masks then you are at right place.

Face masks can be made easily from kitchen ingredients. There is no rocket science in making these but you need to keep few things in mind regarding your skin texture, season, age and the basic properties of each ingredient used in making face masks. You can also read next part here. So, without wasting any minute let’s get started:-

The base material of each mask

Base helps in binding face masks. It can be either in powder form or in pulp form. You can mix and match any base to add extra advantages into your face mask. Popular bases used in face masks are:

  • Gram flour or Chickpea flour

    It is commonly known as besan in the Hindi language. Gram flour should be used by people having dry, sensitive, combination or normal skin. It is good to use gram flour in winters and spring season.It helps in removing tan, reducing facial hair, scrubbing away dead cells, skin lightening.

  • Fuller’s earth or Multani mitti

    Multani mitti is formed from clay. That is why it helps in removing excess oil from face. It is suitable for people having oily, combination or normal skin. During summers and rainy season, our sebaceous glands tend to secrete excess oil. This is the reason, it is preferred to use multani mitti in these seasons. It  is helpful in fighting acne, skin tightening, pore cleansing, removing dirt and sweat, treating sunburns and rashes, even out skin tone. Multani mitti face pack is not advisable to women who have crossed 40 years because after a certain age our skin tends to loose its natural oil. Applying multani mitti on such kind of skin will make your skin more dry and lifeless.

  • Sandalwood Powder

    Sandalwood powder is obtained from sandalwood tree. It has same texture like multani mitti. It is referred to people having oily prone, combination or normal skin. It is good to be used in rainy and summer season. There are various benefits of sandalwood powder like anti-tanning, anti-ageing, skin softening, acne treatment, clear complexion and prickly heat solution. Sandalwood powder is also not advisable to women above 40 years.

  • Corn Flour

    Corn flour is acquired from corns and it is different from corn starch. Corn flour is beneficial for all skin types. It is helpful in skin softening, skin lightening, anti-ageing, pore cleansing. A face mask made using corn flour can be used in any season.

  • Wheat flour

    Whole wheat flour has benefits of making our skin tight, cleanse, moisturize, scrub away dead cells, reducing facial hair. A face mask made using wheat flour is appropriate for all skin types and in all seasons.

  • Pulp

    Fruit pulp also acts as an amazing base for our skin. Each fruit has different kinds of benefits to your skin. You can use different fruit pulps to boost the effectiveness of your face mask. Fruit mask is appropriate for all skin types and in all seasons. Aloe vera gel is also a good option for your face mask base.