What is your ACNE trying to tell you?

By Aishwarya Kaushal, Sunday, 13th October 2013

Acne, medically known as Acne Vulgaris, is a skin disease that involves the oil glands at the base of hair follicles. It commonly occurs during puberty when the sebaceous (oil) glands come to life – the glands are stimulated by male hormones produced by the adrenal glands of both males and females.

Most of us have suffered from the demon in our teenage years and some of us may well be affected by it even in adulthood. There are a million topical “cures” of acne flooding the market including face washes, packs, toners, lotions, treatments etc. But, have you ever wondered what your acne is trying to tell you in disguise?

The place of your zits can tell you a lot about what is wrong with your body.

1. Forehead : Acne on this area signals a problem within the digestive system. Eat less processed or junk food, reduce the amount of fat in your diet, step up your water intake and opt for cooling foods like cucumber and watermelon.

2. Center Of The Forehead and Middle Of The Eyebrows : This shows liver dysfunction. Cut out alcohol, dairy and greasy food. This is the zone where food allergies also show up first so keep a check on your ingredients. Besides this, do a 30 minute light workout and sleep well so your liver can rest.

3. Temples : Anything around the eyes ( including dark circles ) points to dehydration. So, drink up!

4. Nose : Pimples on the nose may be due to a heart problem. Check your blood pressure and Vitamin B levels. Decrease the intake of spicy and pungent food, cut down on meat and get more fresh air. Besides this, look into ways to lower cholesterol, like replacing “bad fats” with “good fats” such as Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids found in nuts, avocados, fish and flax seeds. Also, since this area is chock full of dilated pores, check that you do not apply expired makeup and use non-clogging products on your face.

5. Ears : There might be something wrong with the kidney function. Again, drink up. Cut down on aerated drinks, coffee and alcohol as all these will cause further dehydration.

6. Cheeks : Zits on the cheek signal respiratory system issues. Do you smoke? Have allergies? This is your problem area for both. If neither of these is the issue, don’t let your body overheat, eat more cooling foods, cut down on sugar and get more fresh air. Also, keep the body more alkaline by avoiding foods that make the body acidic ( meat, dairy, alcohol, caffeine, sugar ) and adding more alkalizing foods like green veggies and wheatgrass juice. Another thing that most of us forget – Dirty cell phones and pillow cases are two of the top acne culprits and this area is what they affect the most.

7. Sides Of The Chin : This shows hormonal imbalance. This the signature zone for stress and hormonal changes. And while both are sometimes unavoidable, you can decrease their effect by getting adequate sleep, drinking enough water, eating leafy vegetables and keeping the skin scrupulously clean. Another interesting point; breakouts in this area indicate when you are ovulating ( and on which side ). To prevent pimples that occur during or before your periods, use an anti acne face wash during PMS, preferably something with Salicylic acid and/or Benzyl Peroxide.

8. On The Chin : This area indicates problems with the stomach. Increase your fibre intake, reduce the toxin overload and drink herbal teas to help with digestion.

9. Neck : Pimples on the neck may be due to an underlying illness. Zits here can be a sign that your body is fighting bacteria to avoid illness. Give it a break, take a yoga class, take a nap, take time to breathe deeply, drink plenty of water and know that everything will be fine!

I hope this was helpful.

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How To Smell Fabulous All Day! :D

By Aishwarya Kaushal, Sunday, 8th September 2013

Hello people! Today I will be sharing with you my tips on proper hygiene and how you can smell good all the time! There have been so many instances when we have been around people who don’t smell pleasant and we just want to hold our breath or move far away! It is not a very attractive trait to have, is it? So, I will help you be someone people always want to be around!

1. Shower!

As basic as it sounds, it is the first and the most important step to smelling good. Showering removes dirt, sweat, dead skin, impurities and body odor. If you’re someone who sweats heavily, you may need 2-3 showers a day. Bar soaps are usually very drying on the skin so it is advisable to use a body wash. You can use something that smells delicious as it will make the bathroom experience relaxing and won’t make showering seem like a chore.

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These ones are by The Body Shop. You can find more affordable alternatives like Lux, Dove, Nivea, Fiama Di Wills etc. Lux makes an amazing Fine Fragrance Elixirs range and Dove makes really moisturizing washes that are great if your skin is dry.

If you have to use a bar soap, I suggest this one by Nivea.

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It is good to shower once in the morning and once at night. Bathing at night will make you feel clean and fresh and it will also help you sleep better.

2. Wash Your Hair!

Washing your hair every other day will keep your hair smelling good all the time and also make them look better and not greasy. If you get greasy hair on the second day then you can use dry shampoo or baby powder sparingly to keep your hair looking fresh and smelling clean.

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Just take some powder in your hands and rubs them together. Massage it into the roots and comb properly to distribute the product. Remember to start with a tiny amount and build up if you need more.

3. Exfoliate!

Exfoliating will remove dead skin cells, improve blood circulation and promote healthy skin renewal. It will make your skin feel smoother and get rid of any body odor. There are many body scrubs available in the market.

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You can find many scrubs to suit your preference or make your own at home. Read HERE to see how!

However, over scrubbing will bruise the skin or make it red! There is no need to scrub more than twice a week. For gentle daily scrubbing, you can use bath tools like these.

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Remember, it is imperative to scrub your armpits too. They are usually neglected by most people while bathing. Clean underarms will minimize body odor by a huge extent and also prevent darkening of the skin.

4. Hair removal!

Sweat does not stink! Sweat only stinks when it is mixed with bacteria and dirt. This is the reason it is important to stay clean.

Hair will trap bacteria and help it thrive. Hair will also keep the area wet which contributes to bacterial environment. It is important to remain clean and dry. So, removing hair will also be beneficial. It is important to exfoliate before any method of hair removal to get a close shave/wax.

5. Moisturize!

After deep cleansing or hair removal, you want to lock in the hydration so that your skin remains soft and smooth. Skin, when moist, reacts very well to moisturization and roughly within 3 minutes of a shower is the best time to moisturize.

There is a plethora of amazing moisturizers available in the market which suit every need.

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There are moisturizers available for less intense hydration and also ones for deep moisture.

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If you are someone who does not like using heavily scented lotions, moisturizers or butters or you have sensitive skin, you can just use baby oil, olive oil, coconut oil or almond oil.

6. Deodorize!

This is also one of the most crucial steps in smelling wonderful. Antiperspirants contain Aluminium salts like Aluminium Chloro hydrate and Titanium Dioxide that help control sweat production. We should remember that stopping sweat is not natural and harms the body in the long run. Aluminium salts are also linked to Alzheimer and Cancer. So, never sleep with your antiperspirant on and always wash your armpits before sleeping. Use antiperspirant on days when you’re going out and about and skip when you’re just at home. You can use a light deodorant at home. Avoid ones that contain Alcohol as they will darken the underarm skin over time.

Some of my favorites are :

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The Nivea Pearl and Beauty range is my personal favorite. It smells like how pearls would smell if they had a smell! They keep me feeling dry and fresh all the time.

If you’re someone who is sensitive to aerosols and does not want to breathe in harmful chemicals then there are other options available for you like roll-ons and solid deodorants.

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The right one is a natural deodorant without Aluminium salts.

During a long day, if you feel like your deodorant has stopped working, use wet wipes to wipe it all off and wait for your skin to dry. Then reapply your deodorant.

7. Perfume!

Using your perfume over a moisturizer will actually enhance its staying power. Perfume vanishes from dry skin faster. You should apply your perfume on the pulse points which are :

-Inner Wrists

-Behind Ears

-Back of the Neck

-Back of the Knees

-Inner Elbow

-Behind Ankles

Here are some fresh and light fragrances :

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To make your perfume last even longer, layer your fragrance. Use a body wash, moisturizer and perfume in the same scent and this will ensure it stays on. Also, carry a small bottle of your perfume along with yourself for regular touch ups during the day. But, remember to not drown yourself in perfume! Many people around you may have sensitive noses!

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8. Clothes!

ALWAYS wear fresh and clean clothes. Do not repeat clothes until they are washed and dried or dry cleaned. You can also use a scented detergent to help make your clothes smell amazing.

Keep scented soaps wrapped in plastic inside your cupboard and this will help spread the smell of the soap onto the clothes.

If you sweat a lot and your clothes begin to smell then you can always carry an extra shirt to be extra cautious.

9. Fresh Breath!

It is not just about making your body smell great but also your breath. Brush your teeth twice a day and brush your tongue. Many of us aren’t aware of the fact that bad breath originates from the tongue. So, it is important to brush your tongue too. Bad breath is a huge turn off for many people. Rinse your mouth with an alcohol free mouthwash after brushing your teeth and carry breath mints. Also carry a small bottle of mouthwash so you can rinse after eating something strong like garlic or onions and still smell fresh.

10. Take Care Of Your Limbs!

Put some talcum powder inside your footwear to keep your feet smelling fresh and use hand cream to keep your hands soft and smelling great!

I know it seems like a lot of steps but once you learn to incorporate them into your daily routine it is actually not a lot of work. Plus smelling great is always a tick box for most people and is always an attractive quality to have.

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Oily Skin?

By Aishwarya Kaushal, Monday, 19th August 2013

Hello everyone!

So today I am going to write about one of the most common skin issues – Oiliness! I will share with you some of my tips on how to help deal with an oily face and how to make the best out of it.

Oily skin is the result of overactive sebaceous glands that secrete excess oil onto the surface of our skin. It might be due to hormones, teen age, heat, humidity, excess scrubbing, pregnancy, menopause, birth control pills or it may be hereditary.

Oily skin is usually accompanied with large pores and acne. Your pore size will majorly depend on your parent’s pore size. However, there are some remedies to shrink your pores and reduce acne which we will discuss further.

First of all, Oily Skin is B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L 🙂

Each one of us that has it and hates it should remember the multiple benefits of oily skin

– We will show signs of aging like wrinkles, age spots, fine lines, dull skin, dry skin much later that the normal/dry skinned.

– We always have an undeniable glow to our faces! 🙂

– Oily skin looks supple, well moisturized and soft all the time.

– Oily skin tans evenly.

Having said all that, I know it can be troublesome. So now we shall talk about some of my tips and ideas on keeping us fresh and matte for longer.

1. Eat right :

A) Start with what you put inside. An oily plate will result in an oily face. In order to avoid an oil explosion on your face, it is advised to eat fresh fruits everyday. Having a colorful plate of food ensures that you eat all the nutrients you need.

B) Consume food that is rich in Antioxidants like berries, spinach, carrots and other vibrantly colored fruits and vegetables. Also, include Omega-3 Fatty Acids your diet by consuming tuna, salmon, mackerel, walnuts, hazelnuts and almonds. It helps improve the texture of your skin.

C) Avoid too much sugar and concentrate on more protein and complex carbohydrates.

D) Minimize your intake of animal fats and dairy products.

2. Drink right :

A) Always have a bottle of water handy. Water helps blood circulation and keeps the brain active too. Dehydration may result in excess oiliness as the sebaceous glands may go into overdrive and compensate for the lost oil. Drinking water will also keep you fresh throughout the day.

B) Avoid soda ( carbonated drinks ). Our skin needs Oxygen to look beautiful and not Carbon Dioxide. Sodas have absolutely no nutritional value. The Phosphoric Acid in them may decrease the body’s ability to use calcium hence weakening bones. Caffeine may cause jitters, insomnia, high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, elevated blood cholesterol levels, vitamin and mineral depletion, breast lumps, birth defects, and perhaps some forms of cancer. Plus excessive sugar. Need I say more?

C) Avoid sugary drinks too. It is a proven fact that sugar increases insulin levels, which can lead to high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes, weight gain, premature aging and many more negative side effects.

D) Avoid alcohol.

3. Cleansing :

A) Always wash your hands before washing your face. Wash your face no more than twice a day.

B) When looking for a face wash, look for words that say “Oil Control”, “Deep Cleaning”, “Mattifying”, “Foaming”, “Oil Free” etc. Avoid the ones that say “Hydrating”, “Moisturizing”, “Creamy” etc. Look for face washes with Salicylic Acid as it helps in controlling oil. If you also suffer from acne then look for ones containing a very small percentage of Benzoyl Peroxide.

C) Some recommendations :

– Pond’s Skin Mattifying Oil Control Face Wash. Detailed review HERE : Rs 119/- ($1.93)

– The Body Shop Seaweed Deep Cleansing Facial Wash – Rs. 595/- ($9.65)

– Pond’s Smooth Pores Pore Tightening Face Wash – Rs. 75/- ($1.22)

– The Body Shop Tea Tree Facial Wash – Rs. 595/- ($9.65)

– Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash – Rs. 425/- ($6.89)

– Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser ( Normal to Oily skin ) – Rs. 495/- ($8)

D) Remember to rub the face wash into your skin for at least 20 seconds in the most oily places in light circular motions. Then wash off with lukewarm water. Make the last few splashes with cold water as it helps close the pores.

E) Do not expect miracles from your face wash. No face wash can keep you matte forever. It will just help regulate surface oil secretion and provide a smooth base for further skincare.

4. Toning :

A) Oily skin benefits from astringents and toners. They tighten the skin and help shrink pores. However make sure they do not contain Alcohol or Acetone as they may cause skin darkening and are very drying for the skin which may result in excess production of Sebum (oil).

B) Rose water and cucumber water are both good for toning the skin. They are not extremely drying and leave the skin feeling fresh. You can make cucumber water at home by grating cucumber and squeezing the water out from it through a muslin cloth. Keep it in a spray bottle in the refrigerator. Refresh your stock every few days.

You can also make an acne fighting and oil regulating spray with Tea Tree Oil. Tea Tree Oil is readily available in the market. Mix about 4-6 drops of Tea Tree Oil into about 50 ml of water. Shake well and spray it onto your face after washing or whenever you need to freshen up during the day.

C) Other options available in the market :

– FabIndia Tea Tree Toner – Rs.135/- ($2.19)

– The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Toner – Rs. 795/- ($12.90)

– Kiehl’s Cucumber Herbal Alcohol-Free Toner – Rs. 700/- ($11)

– Nivea Visage Oil Regulating Toner – Rs. 149/- ($2.42)

– VLCC Skin Defence Punarnava Astringent – Rs. 110/- ($1.78)

D) Always remember to do a patch test. Some of these toners and astringents may sting and cause redness. It takes trial and error to decide what works for YOU. Each one of us is different and has different skin types and hence different needs.

5. Moisturizing :

A) Oily skin also needs moisture, just in moderation. If we do not moisturize our sebaceous glands will over compensate for the lost moisture and we will end up looking like an oily mess!

B) Look for moisturizers that say “Oil Free”, “Light”, “Gel” etc. Use a pea sized amount to moisturize your whole face. Remember, the less layers of product you have on your face, the better.

C) Again, what may work for someone, may not work for you and vice-versa. It takes trial and error to find one that works specifically for you. Some of the moisturizers are :

– L’Oreal Anti Shine Icy Gel – Rs. 499/- ($8.09)

– Vicky Normaderm Total Mat Anti-Shine Mattifier – Rs. 790/- ($12.81)

– The Body Shop Sea Weed Mattifying Day Cream – Approximately Rs. 1000/- ($16.90)

– Lotus Herbals Alphamoist – Rs. 175/- ($2.84)

– Lotus Herbals Acne Gel – Rs. 233/- ($3.78)

– Neutrogena Oil Free Moisture – Rs. 299/- ($4.85)

– Fab India Vitamin E Skin Hydrating Cream For Oily Skin – Rs. 165/- ($2.68)

– Lacto Calamine For Oily to Normal Skin – Rs. 125/- ($2.03)

– Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel – Rs.1534/- ($24.88)

6. Scrubs and Masks :

A) It helps to steam your face before doing an at home facial because the heat helps open up your pores driving out impurities.

B) Scrubbing will help get rid of blackheads and whiteheads. Oily skin benefits from scrubbing because it gets more dead skin build up trapping impurities and dirt. But, over exfoliating will result in angry sebaceous glands. Scrub no more than twice a week.

C) Always remember, the purpose of scrubbing your face is NOT to scratch your skin but to remove surface impurities and reveal new ‘un-dead’ skin. Scrub your face with light circular motions and always extend it to the neck and decolletage area.

D) Face masks will also help draw out impurities. They will scrub chemically as opposed to physical exfoliation that we perform ourselves when we use a scrub. They will also help revitalize dull skin. Clay masks do wonders for oily skin. They should be done once a week or once in two weeks.

E) Here are some of the options to choose from :

– Nivea Pure Effect Total Face Cleanup – Rs. 199/- ($3.23)

– The Body Shop Vitamin C Microdermabrasion – Rs. 1395/- ($22.63)

– Clinique 7 day scrub cream – Rs 1700/- ($27.58)

– Kama Ayurveda Kumkumadi Brightening Face Scrub – Rs. 795/- ($12.90)

– Garnier Pure Active Blackhead Uprooting Scrub – Rs 150/- ($2.43)

– Kiehl’s Pineapple Papaya Facial Scrub – Rs. 1700/- ($27.58)

– Lancome Pure Empreinte Masque – Rs. 2200/- ($35.69)

– Himalaya Gentle Exfoliating Walnut/Apricot Scrub – Rs. 115/- ($1.87)

– Clarins Extra Firming Face Mask – Rs. 2900/- ($47.04)

– The Body Shop Sea Weed Ionic Clay Mask – Rs. 1195/- ($19.38)

– The Body Shop Tea Tree Face Mask – Rs. 895/- ($14.52)

– Himalaya Neem Face Pack – Rs. 65/- ($1.05)

– Forest Essentials Facial Ubtan Multani Mitti – Rs. 595/- ($9.65)

– Vichy Normaderm 3 in 1 – Rs. 390/- ($6.33)

7. Sunscreen :

A) Never Skip Sunscreen! Even on a cloudy day.

Finding the perfect sunscreen is extremely tricky for oily skin. During the day you can skip your moisturizer and just use sunscreen as sunscreen in itself is emollient enough.

B) Sunscreens that are oily can play havoc on your already oily skin. So, it is essential to find a water / gel based one.

C) Here are a few to try :

– Lotus Herbals Safe Sun UV Screen Matte Gel PA+++ SPF 50 – Rs. 285/- ($4.62)

– Proactive Daily Protection Plus Sunscreen SPF 30 – Rs. 799/- ($12.96)

– Vichy SPF 50 Capital Soleil Mattifying Face Fluid Dry Touch – Rs. 890/- ($14.44)

– Vichy Capital Soleil Micro-Fluid Mat For Face SPF 50+ – Rs. 1250/- ($20.28)

8. Other things you can do to help decrease Shine and Acne :

A) Tea Tree Oil can be used as a spot treatment. It is drying and anti bacterial so it can help clear up acne.

B) DO NOT TOUCH YOUR FACE. I know it sounds weird but it makes all the sense. Only touch your face while performing your skin care routine with clean hands. Your hands have been everywhere and carry dirt and bacteria from whatever you touch. Whenever you touch your face, you are transferring bacteria from your hands to your face. Avoid playing with your face, resting it in your hands, popping pimples and blackheads etc.

C) Clean Your Phone. If you tend to develop more acne on one side of your face than the other, it could be due to your phone. Remember the last time you cleaned your phone? No? Well, do it now! Your phone goes everywhere with you. You touch it while doing anything and everything and it directly touches your face. Clean it with rubbing alcohol once everyday and use earphones instead.

D) Many of us develop hormonal acne around our mouth and chin area during PMS and that time of the month. To avoid a pimple from occurring or to make it go away quicker, use an acne wash or a face wash with Salicylic Acid a week before your periods.

E) Clean your makeup brushes. They gather dirt and bacteria from the surroundings and then directly touch your face. Deep clean your brushes with a brush cleanser or baby shampoo minimum once a week and spot clean then by spraying that Tea Tree Spray we made earlier onto them. A few spritzes is all it takes.

F) Sleep on a silk pillowcase. It makes the skin softer, hair shinier and less coarse. Also spray your pillowcase with the Tea Tree Spray to disinfect it.

G) Wear a scarf / hat when outdoors. Oily skin attracts dirt and tans quicker. So cover your face with something until you reach indoors. Also, wearing a wide-brimmed hat will prevent tanning.

H) Carry tissue papers. Have you seen those tissue boxes that most people keep in their cars? Those cheap tissues? They come in extremely handy for blotting your face. Just split the tissue from any corner into 2 full tissues of only one layer each and blot your face with the one thin layer. Touch up with your regular powder / compact.

I) Milk Of Magnesia is also a great mattifier that works like a dream on oily skin. Get it at any local chemist ( non flavored ). Shake extremely well and apply a very thin layer on oily areas. Let it dry and continue with your life! 🙂 It also helps your makeup stay on all day!

J) ALWAYS extend your skincare regime to your neck and decolletage area because the skin on your neck and decolletage is as sensitive as your face and shows the first signs of aging. The skin below the face is not too oily so use the appropriate products. Moisturize, scrub and apply masks as you would on your face.

K) Don’t sweat it! Oily skin is a boon! Learn to love yourself. Self love is the first love and you are PERFECT the way you are!

I hope these tips were helpful for you! Please like, comment, share and follow this blog! 🙂

PS. Skin Care for Dry Skin Coming Soon. Also, Makeup Tips For Oily Skin Coming Soon!

So Stay Tuned! 😀

POND’S Oil Control Skin Mattifying Facial Foam and POND’S Pure White Deep Cleansing Facial Foam Review!

By Aishwarya Kaushal, Saturday, 10th August 2013

POND’S Oil Control Skin Mattifying Facial Foam

What POND’S claims :

Don’t let oily-skin bring you down! This highly-absorbent Mineral Clay cleanser effectively sponges up dirt and makeup from your skin without over-drying it, keeping it ‘matte’ for up to 12 hours.

 
Special Ingredient

Mineral Clay

Nature’s most effective mineral for absorbing excess oil without drying your skin.

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Ingredients :

Myristic Acid, glycerin, water, propylene glycol, potassium hydroxide, palmitic acid & stearic acid, decyl glucoside, lauric acid, glycol distearete, glyceryl stearate, polyethylene, polyquatemium-7, DMDM hydantoin & lodopropynyl butylcarbamate, silica and Cl 74160, glycerin and water and thermos thermophillius ferment, glycerin and water and kaolin, perfume, disodium EDTA, Cl 17200, Cl 42090.

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My Thoughts :

The packaging of the product is easy and convenient to use. It comes with a lid that pops open and makes a very satisfying click when closing.

This is my Holy Grail face wash. I use it every morning to wash my face clean. 

It is very effective in removing makeup and my clean feels absolutely squeaky clean after using this.

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I would like to add that this is a face wash strictly for oily skinned beauties because it will be very drying for all other skin types. Even if you have combination skin it will make dry areas even drier. But that is a given since it clearly states “Oil Control” face wash.

It keeps me matte for 1-2 hours, which according to the grease-ball I am, is pretty good for a face wash. I do love how clean my skin feels after using this.

Whenever using a face wash, we should remember to rub it into our skin for at least 20-30 seconds to achieve its full benefits.

The consistency is thick and creamy. White base with tiny blue beads of “Mineral Clay” that help control the shine.

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The GOOD :

1. It will leave you squeaky clean.

2. Good for oily people.

3. A tiny pea sized amount is enough for your whole face.

4. Travel friendly packaging ( smaller size available )

5. Affordable

6. Easily available

7. Great quantity for the price.

8. Since it helps in controlling oil, it also helps prevent acne.

The COULD BE BETTER :

1. It is NOT meant for any other skin type other than oily.

Will I recommend and repurchase?

Yes absolutely! This is my 4-5 tube and I recommend it to everyone with severely oily skin.

Price – Rs. 119 for 100gm

POND’S Pure White Deep Cleansing Facial Foam

What POND’S claims :

Formulated with Activated Carbon and Vitamin B3, Pond’s Pure White is a deep cleanser that exfoliates dead skin cells, and draws out impurities and dirt from the skin’s surface, as well as deep within pores to reveal your natural, pure-white looking skin.

 
Special Ingredient

Activated Carbon

An extremely porous mineral that absorbs impurities without over-drying your skin.

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Ingredients :

Myristic Acid, glycerin, water, propylene glycol, potassium hydroxide, palmitic acid & stearic acid, decyl glucoside, lauric acid, glycol distearete, glyceryl stearate, polyquatemium-7, DMDM hydantoin & lodopropynyl butylcarbamate, niacinamide, charcoal Powder, carbon, perfume, disodium EDTA

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The packaging of the product is easy and convenient to use. I really like the all black packaging. It comes with a lid that pops open and makes a very satisfying click when closing.

This is one my favorite face washes. I use it every night before sleeping.

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After using this face wash, my skin feels refreshed.

It has a very strong fragrance that smells just like expensive perfume. I personally love it. It makes me feel like a spa massage on my face every night because of its wonderful scent. In fact, I love it so much that I wish their was an actual perfume the same scent as this! In the ingredients it does say it has perfume. So the strong scent might be too much for sensitive people.

It doesn’t help with oil control since it is not meant to do so. Also, I do not really care about the whitening aspect of this wash face. However, with continued usage it will contribute a little to evening out the skin tone. This is not a moisturizing face wash so it might be drying for dry skinned beauties.

It is good for clearing make-up too.

In my opinion, this is best suited for normal – combination skin.

The consistency is thick and creamy and it lathers up well. It looks charcoal grey.

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The GOOD :

1. It will leave you feeling refreshed and clean.

2. Good for normal-combination skin types,

3. A tiny pea sized amount is enough for your whole face.

4. Travel friendly packaging ( smaller size available )

5. Affordable

6. Easily available

7. Great quantity for the price.

8. Removes make-up

The COULD BE BETTER :

1. It is slightly drying.

2. Claims of whitening are high.

Will I recommend and repurchase?

Yes! This is my 3-4 tube and I use it every night, I love the scent and it makes me feel really clean.

Price – Rs. 150 for 100gm.

I use these two face washes everyday, They are a part of my daily skin care regimen. I like to use the oil controlling face wash in the morning to help with shine during the day and pure white at night to feel refreshed and ready for bed! 🙂

They are easily available at any general store that sells toiletries, pharmacies and New-U stores across the country.