10 Makeup Blunders To Avoid!

By Aishwarya Kaushal, Monday, 6th January 2014

Hello everyone,

Today I am going to be taking you through 10 of the most common makeup mistakes that I wish people could avoid.

There are many YouTube videos and blogs that you can follow for makeup inspiration. Pick up any magazine and you will see a flawless face on the cover. No, celebrities don’t wake up in the morning looking that pretty. A lot goes into making them look as we see them. They have a crew of makeup artists, hair stylists and wardrobe stylists following them. However, on a daily basis we should aim to look and feel our best.

So, as promised in my last post, here a few of my personal makeup pet peeves and how to get past them :

1. Miss Cake Face :

This is one of the most common makeup mistakes. Cake face isn’t pretty. We don’t need absolutely full coverage on a daily basis, even if you suffer from acne scarring. It looks highly unnatural and attracts further attention to the skin.

The sun is NOT your friend. It will highlight any problem you have. Instead of caking on concealer, use a BB cream, tinted moisturizer or a sheer coverage foundation and spot conceal. This will not only even out your skin tone but also conceal any problem areas. Let your foundation cover most of the problem first then you can conceal if you need to.

Also, full coverage makeup is suitable for the night and flash photography. You can get away with a lot more at night time. If you have good skin, please don’t feel the need to use foundation, concealer and powder. Flaunt your lovely skin by highlighting your under eye area and using some powder to reduce shine.

2. Miss Glitzy Face : 

Too much glitter on the face can look creepy and unnatural. You should always use glitter/glow on one aspect of your face and own it. If you want glowing skin, keep everything else relatively matte. If you’re wearing glitter eye shadow then skip the gloss and wear matte lips. Dewy skin with sparkly eyes and glossy lips can sometimes look too much. It may look beautiful in magazines and on runways but it doesn’t translate so well in real life.

3. Miss Color Bomb Face :

Too much color on the face can look clownish. It is safe to stick to neutrals on a daily basis. Something that you can do to make your features look harmonious is match the color of your lipstick to your blush. You could also use your bronzer as eye shadow to create uniformity.

4. Miss Excessive Face :

A good rule of thumb to follow is to either play up your eyes or your lips. There may be exceptions like black smokey eyes with red lips which can beautiful during the night. But, on a daily basis, heavily kohl-ed eyes with bright lips can be a bit much. If you want a loud mouth, keep your eye makeup minimal with just a bit of defining on the top lash line and mascara. It will not distract from your beautiful features while still highlighting what you want to put forth.

5. Miss Different Colored Face :

I cannot stress the importance of matching your face to the rest of your body. Your face and your body have to look like they belong to the same person. Please accept your complexion and skip the fairer foundation or darker foundation, unless your body is tanned and the face is not.

6. Miss No Lashes :

Do NOT skip mascara! Mascara is a very important step in your daily makeup. The effects are beautiful! It opens up the eyes and makes you look more awake. I see so many girls with beautifully Kohl-ed eyes but no mascara! Why? Oh why?

7. Miss Red Teeth :

I will agree I have also suffered from this horrendous disaster. The best way is to use matte lipstick. If that isn’t your cup of tea then use gloss sparingly. Another wonderful trick is to take your finger and wrap a tissue around it and clean inside your inner mouth with it, that way, the lipstick that would’ve gotten on your teeth is now on the tissue.

8. Miss What Happened To Eyebrows? :

Eyebrows are such an essential part of your face that often get neglected! They frame your face in a wonderful way when done right. Do not over pluck them but do not leave them bushy and untamed. You can fill them in with brow powders, pencils, gels, brow pens etc. and set them with brow gel or hairspray. If you’re lucky and have dense brows naturally, just give them a brush through with a spooly and set them with brow gel/hairspray. Essentially, the color of your eye brows should match the color of the roots of your hair.

Always remember, if your eyebrows look great, people are going to notice how beautiful your eyes are but, if your eyebrows look wrong, they’re going to notice how bad your eyebrows are!

9. Miss Flaky Face :

Flaky dry patches on the skin are not attractive. Anything you apply over a dry patch will cling and only highlight the problem. Applying a good moisturizer suitable for your skin type is so important. Also, using a primer will help minimize pores and make the foundation glide on your skin. Your makeup will look fresh and last longer this way.

10. Miss Powder Face :

Powder is very essential to set your makeup, especially for oily beauties. But, overload of powder makes you look dry and flat. Only powder shiny areas like the T-zone and to set your under eye concealer. Use a light hand and before touching up your powder later in the day, blot the oil on your face with blotting sheets or a single tissue, then apply the tiniest amount of powder on top.

Makeup should be used to enhance your natural beauty and give you a boost of confidence. A mistake is not the end of time and don’t give yourself hell over it. There is always a next time! 🙂

Also, NEVER sleep with your makeup on. no matter how tired you are. If you really are too tired to wash your face, tone and apply moisturizer, at least wipe it all off with a makeup wipe.

I hope you found this helpful.

Thank you very much for reading!

Read my last post :

10 Fashion Blunders To Avoid

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Quick DIYs For Beautiful Skin

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Quick DIYs for Beautiful Skin!

By Aishwarya Kaushal, Saturday, 24th August 2013

1. Exfoliate!

Instead of using a Loofah Mitt everyday in the shower, use bath gloves like these :

These gloves will help to deeply exfoliate your skin and when combined with a moisturizing body wash, they will leave your skin dream soft!

Using a bath brush will also help the skin age better as it will promote blood circulation, dead skin removal and skin renewal.

2. Dry Skin?

Try this mask for instant moisture and to soften the skin :

Mix one Whole Egg, 2 tablespoons Full Fat Milk and 1 tablespoon Honey together. Apply on freshly cleansed skin and leave for 15-20 mins. Wash away with lukewarm water and the last few splashes with cold water.

The egg white helps to tighten the skin and shrink pores whereas the egg yolk is an instant shot of moisture and softens the skin. An egg is full of proteins and vitamins A,D and E.

3. Oily Skin?

Only apply egg whites without the yolk. Leave for 10-15 mins till dry and wash away with lukewarm water and then with cold water. It will tighten the skin, shrink pores and inhibit excess sebum production.

4. Lip Scrub :

Mix together Honey & Sugar to form an instant all natural Lip Scrub! Rub into your lips slowly in circular motions and wash off. Your lips will be instantly moisturized from the honey and the exfoliating action from the sugar will leave them soft and plump. Say goodbye to chapped lips!

5. Body Scrub From The Kitchen :

Its important to exfoliate the skin before any method of hair removal. Scrubbing removes dead skin and helps grip the hair better. After exfoliation, you will get better results from waxing and you will also get a much closer shave.

No need to spend on expensive scrubs! Mix together one cup of Chick Pea Flour / Gram Flour ( Besan ), 1/4 cup of Milk, 1 tablespoon Honey and a pinch of Turmeric. Scrub your whole body with this ( you can also use bath gloves for better exfoliation ) and your skin will feel so soft you will not be able to stop touching yourself! 🙂

6. Relieve Puffy Eyes :

Thinly slice cucumbers and put them on closed eyes. Lie down for 10-15 mins. Cooled white potatoes do the same trick too! You can also keep spoons in the refrigerator and put them on your eyes for an instant cooling effect to reduce puffiness.

7. Rice Flour :

This mask will benefit dry skin, dull skin, oily skin, acne prone skin, prevent wrinkles and sun damage!

Just mix 2 teaspoons of Rice Flour and 3 teaspoons of Honey. You can also add a teaspoon of Green Tea for extra anti oxidants. Apply it on cleansed skin and leave on for 20 mins. Massage for 30 seconds and rinse off! Your skin will feel better and look brighter.

You can also mix the leftover with sugar to make an instant facial scrub!

8. Fade Acne Scars :

Mix 4 teaspoons Lemon Juice, 3 teaspoons of Plain Yogurt, 4 tablespoons Honey and 1 Egg White. Apply on clean face and let it sit for 15-20 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.

Lemon, Honey and Yogurt are all natural skin lightening agents.

9. Lastly, Drink Up!

We have been told and told to drink more water and for good reason!

a) Drinking more water can help relieve dry skin, eczema, psoriasis, wrinkles and spots.

b) Water significantly increases our ability to think and makes us energetic.

c) Water removes toxins from our body. Less water makes the heart work harder to pump fresh oxygenated blood to our organs causing severe health issues.

d) Drinking a glass of water before meals helps reduce weight since you will eat less. It keeps you fresh and healthy!

e) Dehydration is one of the most common cause of headaches so be sure to keep yourself hydrated at all times!

f) Regular intake of water improves metabolism and improves the digestive system. It also helps relieve constipation.

g) The kidneys work really well in cleansing and ridding your body of toxins as long as your intake of water is adequate.

I hope you enjoyed!

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The Body Shop Strawberry Range : Shower Gel, Body Polish, Body Lotion and Body Mist Review!

By Aishwarya Kaushal, Thursday, 22nd August 2013

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The Body Shop Strawberry Range

I LOVE STRAWBERRIES! They are my favorite fruit and also one of my favorite scents of all time! So it must come as no surprise that I own the entire range! 😛

I also own The Body Butter and The Born Lippy Lip Balm in both Pot and Stick forms! But those are not reviewed here as I wanted to keep this post summer friendly! 🙂

I absolutely love The Body Shop. I own a lot of things from there and it is my favorite bath and body brand.

The Body Shop Strawberry Shower Gel

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The Body Shop Strawberry Shower Gel

What The Body Shop Claims :

This soap-free shower gel contains real strawberry seed oil. It has a deliciously sweet scent.

  • Lather-rich
  • Sweet strawberry scent

Lather up in the bath or shower using hands or a bath lily. Rinse thoroughly.

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The Body Shop Strawberry Shower Gel

Ingredients :

Aqua (Water) (Solvent/Diluent), Sodium Laureth Sulfate (Surfactant), Glycerin (Humectant), Cocamidopropyl Betaine (Surfactant), Cocamide DEA (Surfactant), Coco-Glucoside (Surfactant), PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil (Emulsifier), Parfum (Fragrance), Phenoxyethanol (Preservative), Glycine soja (Soybean Oil) (Emollient/Skin Conditioner), Sodium Benzoate (Preservative), Citric Acid (pH Adjuster), Fragaria vesca (Strawberry Juice) (Natural Additive), PEG-55 Propylene Glycol Oleate (Surfactant), Propylene Glycol (Humectant), Benzophenone-4 (Sunscreen), Disodium EDTA (Chelating Agent), Limonene (Fragrance Ingredient), Cinnamal (Fragrance Ingredient), Linalool (Fragrance Ingredient), Citral (Fragrance Ingredient), CI 17200 (Colour), CI 14700 (Colour).

My Thoughts :

If you like strawberries, you will love this entire range. Everything smells delicious enough to eat!

I love this shower gel. It is mild and smells like freshly cut sweet strawberries.

It looks reddish and lathers up really well. You only need a tiny amount to lather up your whole body so it will last a long time.

Your body will not feel squeaky clean after using this as it not drying at all. If you use your hands to wash yourself, you may end up using more product than required. A loofah mitt will help in better cleansing.

It is like a spa in your washroom. It feels luxurious and scents up the entire bathroom. In summers, I do not need to moisturize after using this.

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The Body Shop Strawberry Shower Gel

The texture is runny and spreads well. The packaging is made of plastic and is sturdy and travel friendly. It has a cap that screws shut with a lid that pops open.

However, when I am not travelling, I prefer pump dispensers.

The GOOD :

1. Non-Drying.

2. Lathers up really well so it will last long.

3. Skin feels soft and refreshed.

4. Heavenly smell.

5. Travel friendly packaging.

6. Small bottles also available.

The COULD BE BETTER :

1. Once you step out of the shower, the scent will not last long.

2. A tad expensive.

3. This is a travel friendly bottle but I personally prefer pump packaging.

Price – Rs. 395/- for 250 ml. ($6)

The Body Shop Strawberry Body Polish

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The Body Shop Strawberry Body Polish

What The Body Shop Claims :

This exfoliating, foaming gel gently buffs away dead skin cells to leave skin soft and smooth. It has a sweet strawberry scent.

  • Leaves skin feeling soft and smooth
  • Sweet strawberry scent

Use in the bath or shower. Apply to damp skin in a circular motion, then rinse thoroughly.

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The Body Shop Strawberry Body Polish

Ingredients :

Aqua (Water) (Solvent/Diluent), Sodium Laureth Sulfate (Surfactant), Glycerin (Humectant), Cocamide DEA (Surfactant), Cocamidopropyl Betaine (Surfactant), Acrylates Copolymer (Stabiliser), Juglans regia (Walnut Shell Powder) (Exfoliant), Parfum (Fragrance), Benzyl Alcohol (Preservative), Phenoxyethanol (Preservative), Actinidia chinensis (Natural additive), Mel (Honey (Mel)) (Natural Additive), Fragaria vesca (Strawberry Juice) (Natural Additive), Sodium Hydroxide (pH Adjuster), Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane (Avobenzone) (Sunscreen), Disodium EDTA (Chelating Agent), Limonene (Fragrance Ingredient), Cinnamal (Fragrance Ingredient), Denatonium Benzoate (Denaturant), Salicylic Acid (Preservative/Hair Conditioner), Linalool (Fragrance Ingredient), Citral (Fragrance Ingredient), CI 14700 (Colour), CI 17200 (Colour).

My Thoughts :

This is gentle exfoliator. It is a red gel that contains Kiwi seeds and Strawberry seeds that form the abrasive part of this polish.

This is a lovely product for those who do not like very abrasive exfoliants like the Himalaya Apricot/Walnut Scrub. It is non-drying and will make the skin feel extremely smooth, soft and moisturized. You can use this before your shower and wash it off with your shower gel or use it in the end and you will not need any moisturizer after your shower.

It smells like sumptuous juicy strawberries and actually feels like you are rubbing freshly crushed strawberries on yourself. It is mild enough to use everyday and will not cause any redness. However, I would advice you to use it not more than thrice a week because your skin needs time for renewal.

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The Body Shop Strawberry Body Polish

It comes with a lid that pops open. The texture is runny and lathers up well. The quantity is good and it will last a while.

The GOOD :

1. Feels like freshly cut strawberries.

2. Gentle exfoliating and will not cause redness.

3. Decent quantity.

4. Smells amazing.

5. Moisturizing

6. Lathers well with water.

7. The smell stays on for about an hour after shower.

The COULD BE BETTER :

1. The product gathers at the mouth of the tube.

2. If you do not like the smell of strawberries then this is not for you!

Price – Rs. 525/- for 200 ml. ($8)

The Body Shop Strawberry Puree Body Lotion

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The Body Shop Strawberry Puree Body Lotion

What The Body Shop Claims :

This lightweight body lotion contains real strawberry seed oil. It hydrates dry skin and leaves it feeling soft and smooth

  • Leaves skin feeling soft and smooth
  • Sweet strawberry scent

Massage into skin and allow to sink in before dressing.

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The Body Shop Strawberry Puree Body Lotion

Ingredients :

Aqua (Water) (Solvent/Diluent), Butyrospermum parkii (Shea Butter) (Emollient), Glycerin (Humectant), Cyclomethicone (Emollient), Benzyl Alcohol (Preservative), Parfum (Fragrance), Phenoxyethanol (Preservative), Sodium Carbomer (Emulsion Stabiliser), Helianthus annuus (Sunflower Seed Oil) (Emollient), Carbomer (Stabiliser/Viscosity Modifier), Fragaria ananassa (Natural Additive), Fragaria vesca (Strawberry Extract) (Natural Additive), Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer (Skin Conditioning Agent), Methylparaben (Preservative), Magnesium Aluminum Silicate (Viscosity Modifier), Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane (Avobenzone) (Sunscreen), Propylene Glycol (Humectant), Butylparaben (Preservative), Ethylparaben (Preservative), Limonene (Fragrance Ingredient), Propylparaben (Preservative), Isobutylparaben (Preservative), Cinnamal (Fragrance Ingredient), Linalool (Fragrance Ingredient), Citral (Fragrance Ingredient), CI 14700 (Colour), CI 15985 (Colour).

My Thoughts :

This lotion is a mild moisturizer that is great for summers.

It is water based and spreads easily onto the skin. However, it feels sticky for the five minutes or so after application then the stickiness goes away once it sinks into the skin.

It is a very lightweight moisturizer and might not be enough for winters. But, if you require intensive hydration then The Body Shop’s Strawberry Body Butter is a great alternative. I prefer this for summers and the body butter for winters.

It is a thick pink lotion and smells of delicious amazing strawberries. ( No points for guessing! 😛 )

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The Body Shop Strawberry Puree Body Lotion

I prefer pump dispensers for regular use so I love the packaging.

The GOOD :

1. Lightweight moisturization that is great for summers.

2. You don’t need too much to moisturize your whole body.

3. Non greasy.

4. The smell lingers on for 2-3 hours.

The COULD BE BETTER :

1. Feels sticky at first but the stickiness goes away in a few minutes.

2. No SPF.

3. Contains Parabens! 😦

4. Not suitable for winters.

Price– Rs. 525/- for 250 ml ($8)

The Body Shop Strawberry Body Mist

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The Body Shop Strawberry Body Mist

What The Body Shop Claims :

Our Strawberry takes on a fresh new form. Spray this light scented body mist all over your body for a gentle burst of sweet fruitiness. It’s irresistible.

  • Sweet strawberry fragrance
  • Light and fresh
  • Use all over body
  • Contains strawberry extract

Spritz it on after bathing or showering. Top up throughout the day.

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The Body Shop Strawberry Body Mist

Ingredients :

Alcohol Denat. (Solvent/Diluent), Water (Solvent/Diluent), Fragrance (Fragrance), Limonene (Fragrance Ingredient), Fragaria Vesca (Strawberry) Fruit Extract (Natural Additive), Citronellol (Fragrance Ingredient), Citral (Fragrance Ingredient), Linalool (Fragrance Ingredient), Denatonium Benzoate (Denaturant).

My Thoughts :

This is my signature scent. I will never be without a bottle of this in my life! And that is saying a lot. I say that because I love strawberries and I know I always will.

I love the entire range of strawberry from The Body Shop. However, this one is the strongest one. This smells like straight up strawberries like everything else in the range but this is the most potent version of strawberries. But, it doesn’t smell as rich and sumptuous as the body polish due to the presence of alcohol.

It lasts well on me for about 5-6 hours. If I spray this in my hair I can still smell it on me the next day too!

I always receive compliments on smelling nice when I use this.

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The Body Shop Strawberry Body Mist

The packaging is made of sturdy glass which is a bit heavy but travel friendly. I have dropped it and it did not break! The lid is loose and comes off easily though.

The GOOD :

1. Lasts for 5-6 hours.

2. Not too expensive for what it is.

3. Beautiful straight up  true strawberry scent.

4. I love how everything is in see through packaging so we can tell how much product is left.

The COULD BE BETTER :

1. It does smell sumptuous like the body polish.

2. It is a very strong strawberry scent that is not everyone.

3. Glass bottle makes it heavy.

Price – Rs. 745/- for 100 ml ($12)

PS. I also own the Vanilla, Satsuma, Madagascan Vanilla Flower, Pink Grapefruit, White Musk and White Musk Libertine scents from The Body Shop, reviews of which will be coming soon!

Will I Recommend and Repurchase?

I do recommend the entire range to anyone who is a fan of strawberries and likes fruity scents.

I may not need to repurchase these anytime soon as I already have back ups of everything! 😛 But when I run out, I will repurchase them.

During summers, I love smelling like a giant fruit basket at all times! 😛

The best way to making sure your scent lasts is to layer your products. When I use the Body Polish, Shower Gel, Body Lotion and The Body Mist I usually smell like fresh strawberries throughout the day. Your scent will last much longer on moisturized skin than dry skin! So, the lotion acts a good base for the body mist.

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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! 😀