Preventing pimples the Himalaya Herbals way

Guess I’m going to have a long affair with Himalaya Herbals!

I’ve never had any real skin concerns but dry skin, which I was born with, but using heavy moisturiser always helped. However since past few months the blessing of trouble free skin was taken away from me. Which reminds me of joke we used to make in school whenever any girl had pimples, “Sins of past life are bursting on your face” :-D. Now I really had to do something quick to hide the sins of my past ;-).

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Before you read on hoping to discover some miracle pimple relief product, know that nothing can stop pimples from appearing if they are to appear, however you can always prevent them from increasing in number and rotting and popping.

The first change I made in my routine was to completely let go of face scrub, cause you do not want to irritate pimple covered skin, so the first rule is ‘Be gentle on your face’.

The next was to change my face wash (I had been using Za true white face wash for 5-6 months) to a gentle soap free face wash, luckily had Himalaya’s Purifying Neem Face Wash available in house(husband’s :-P), which made a quick different in appearance of new pimples; they reduced in numbers, it did not make my skin very dry and since pimples were not increasing at the same rate, I continued to use it twice daily.

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Although it was preventing new pimples to occur, my old ones stayed and a few new ones kept popping along. This is where I made the third change into my pimple prevention regime, I bought home Himalaya’s Purifying Neem Pack and started using it three times a week. Now I wrote in the start that you won’t find any miracle product in this post, but this is the best face pack I’ve ever come across; totally does what it claims, prevent the recurrence of pimples and additionally made old pimple fade away in just two week of using! Although it says for normal to oily skin, it did not make my skin very dry and after every use my face started looking cleaner and cleaner.

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Now here are the three simple tips from me which I learnt while fighting the battle of pimples:

1. Be gentle, stop using harsh products, totally dump face scrubs till skin is pimple free
2. Use a gentle soap free face wash; I cannot think of anything other than Himalaya’s Purifying Neem Face Wash
3. Use pimple preventing face pack at least twice a week; cannot recommend anything better than Himalaya’s Purifying Neem Pack

Now that my pimples are slowly fading I’m going to restart my scrub a week routine, greedily eyeing Himalaya’s Purifying Neem Scrub!

Note: I do not suffer from pimples all the time so the tips mentioned in this past may not work for permanent pimple suffering, sorry!

Zaina

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Himalaya Herbals: Revitalizing Night Cream and Clear Complexion Whitening Day Cream

Hello, it’s me. I was wondering if after all these months you’d like to meet…

This song at the moment sound perfect as I return to dear blog after so many months, so late but not too late(I hope).

And without wasting much time in wondering lets get straight to the good things I have to talk about Himalaya Herbals Revitalizing Night Cream and a few things about Himalaya Herbals Clear Complexion Whitening Day Cream.

Current skin concerns: Dry, pimples and a bit of patchy

Last few months I’ve ignored the skin care, so when the results started showing in form of pimples on face I had to do something. I started using Himalaya’s Purifying Neem Face Wash which is known for preventing pimples, pimples reduced but it made my dry skin very dry. So I needed some moisturisers at night, this is when I first got Himalaya Herbals Revitalizing Night Cream, which from the first night( 😉 ) made a big impression.

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Himalaya Herbals Revitalizing Night Cream doesn’t make big claims, it would Renews skin cells, Hydrates skin, Repairs daily damage; simple daily skin needs, which is what I was looking for. Cream is very light, very moisturising and doesn’t make skin oily, smells of flowers but not too strong(wish Himalaya made scent free products). Very little amount is required to cover full face, and I wake up with soft skin in morning. For my extra dry skin this night cream worked so well that I used it in day also(I hope it is not illegal to use night cream in day :P), as it was working so well I thought let’s try the day cream from same range.

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Himalaya’s Clear Complexion Whitening Day Cream which claims to Hydrates skin, Lightens skin tone, Clears complexion; now I’m only interested in ‘Hydrates skin’ part cause we all know nothing can change the color of your skin :D. I’ve been using it for a week, can really say that day cream is not as awesome as night cream. Again very little amount of cream is needed to work full face, to me it smells a bit of fuller’s earth and looks also of same colour(though it is not present as per ingredients list). The only issue with day cream is when I go out my face starts to sweat and looks oily, which makes it good only for indoor and winters. Oh the day cream also has UV protection, no no not SPF but breakthrough herbal sunblock CINNABLOC™, can’t say if this really works against sun.

Himalaya Herbals Revitalizing Night Cream costs 200 Rs. for 50 grms and Clear Complexion Whitening Day Cream 250 Rs. for 50 grms and are easily available at stores and online. Added advantage, both creams are alcohol and parabens free, also did you Himalaya Herbals is cruelty free, yay!

Have you tried any of the face creams from Himalaya Herbals, which is your favorite?

Zaina

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Tinted Moisturizer – DIY

My beauty notes are going to be super quick, which contain super quick recipe for my own personalized tinted moisturizer!

Why would I need to make my own tinted moisturizer, here are few(there are many but mainly two) reasons:

  1. Blessed with super dry skin; hence no BB cream, tinted moisturizers ever worked for me alone, I always had to layer with a heavy moisturizer first
  2. My heavy coverage foundation is nearing it’s best before date

See how difficult life is? Hence I came up with a quick, easy, everyday tinted moisturizer. What you will need? 1. your favorite moisturizer and 2. your favorite heavy coverage foundation(liquid). My current moisturizer is Pond’s Silk Cream into which I will mix L’Oreal Paris Infallible Liquid Foundation. You can work out the proportion of two ingredients according to the need; I mix one drop of foundation to the amount of moisturizer which will be enough to cover my face and neck.

DIY Tinted Moisturizer

Mix two moisturizer and foundation on back of your palm with finger and apply. No layering, no blending, no worries of going overboard on normal work days. It is better to mix on the go, whenever you require to put it on, not needed to be mixed and stored in much quantity. The coverage can be changed from light to medium by increasing the amount of foundation and you will have your own personalized tinted moisturizer!

Would you dare to try this DIY? I would love to hear your experiments to discover your perfect tinted moisturizer.

Ciao!

I love I Love… Raspberry & Blackberry

This post is not about raspberry pie or about blackberry phones, it is about the amazing shower creme ‘I Love… Raspberry & Blackberry’! I got this shower creme last month for € 6 (~ 500 Rs) 500 ml. Although I bought it last month, I did not start using it immediately. I was yet to finish my Avon NATURALS Raspberry & Hibiscus Shower Gel, which was snatched from me at airport security check, (ya I know to check in such stuff and not carry in cabin language and all that…). I had shampoo, conditioner and shower gel; the scanner allowed shampoo and conditioner but threw red alert at my shower gel, security lady said you cannot take this, I said ‘ok keep it’ and thought I will now use I Love,,, Raspberry & Blackberry 😀

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Anyways it doesn’t matter how I started using it but what matters it how amazing this shower creme has turned out to be. I have to confess(again) I bought it only for the mention of ‘raspberry’ in its name, but it works so well for my extreme dry skin. I’ve been using it for 2 weeks now, and have noticed my skin is not as dry as it used to be(which means skin break out, and I scratching all the time). I’m not using body lotion also as much as I used to apply everyday(sometimes I think I may as well start drinking body lotion instead of applying heavy layers on skin 2 times a day). The another best part is the fragrance which is true to its name, the shower creme smells nice and the fragrance stays for 2-3 hours after bath, great right?!

Ingredients:

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And finally! Here are some real raspberries and blackberries…

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Ciao!