Ever since I started taking care of my skin, its been a challenge to find the perfect moisturizer for oily skin. For the longest time, I did not even realise that my oily skin needed a moisturizer. Many women are under the misconception that if they have oily skin, they do not need moisturizer. The truth is, everyone needs moisturizer, you just need the texture and formula suited for your skin type! Moisture/Hydration is different from oil/sebum and if your skin is oily, it doesn’t imply that it is hydrated. Low levels of moisture in the skin leads to overproduction of oil, as the skin tries to compensate for the lack of water.To maintain healthy, balanced skin, its important to hydrate the skin and not strip it dry.
Oily skinned people need to use light-weight moisturizers in the form of lotions, emulsions or gels and should stay away from heavier creams which may clog the pores and lead to pimples and blackheads. My skin oscillates between combination and oily and every once in a while, I get a few angry breakouts that refuse to budge for days. So I’ve tested out a boat load of moisturizers over the past few months and compiled this list of oily skin-friendly moisturizers. I hope you will find this compilation helpful!
Hi everyone! Everyone gravitates towards fresh, energising bath and body products in the summers and while we wait for the monsoons, let me share some products I’ve been loving this season. I love fruity scents and the occasional florals in my body care products so the majority of these are fruity scents.
Micellar waters are a makeup-artist favorite worldwide and they certainly are very useful (and quick!) for light makeup removal and cleansing. Micellar cleansing waters may have been limited to French pharmacy brands till a few years back but more and more drugstore skincare brands are jumping on cleansing water bandwagon. While brands like Garnier and Nivea haven’t yet introduced their very popular and affordable micellar cleansing waters in the Indian market, we do have options like Bioderma, Avene, Vichy and Yves Rocher to try out!
Micellar cleansing waters basically look and feel just like water but on a microscopic level, they contain tiny oil molecules that attach themselves to dirt and oil on the skin, which are then cleansed off. They are simple to use – just soak a cotton pad with the micellar water, rest on the skin for a few seconds and wipe off. The cleansing agents using in micellar waters are mild and in low concentration, so there is no stinging or tingling, making them ideal for sensitive skin. But for the same reason, they are not the most effective choice for waterproof or long stay makeup and you may need several rounds of cleansing to get stubborn makeup off.
But the no-rinse formula and ease of use definitely makes these very handy for travel and for situations where you may not have the luxury of a proper cleanse with running water. And you can use them for the entire face, including the eyes and the lips. I personally love the fact that micellar waters feel really gentle and leave the skin cleansed and refreshed.
I’ve shared my thoughts on a few cleansing waters that I’ve used below.
This month, one of my favorite skin care and body care brands, The Body Shop, celebrates its 10th Anniversary in India and I’m sharing 10 hidden gems from the brand with you today. I thought of doing a favorites or essentials post but I have discovered so many lovely underrated products from the brand which don’t get enough limelight that this post made more sense! Hope you enjoy this compilation. Don’t forget to share your favorite products from The Body Shop in the comments section.
Today I’m sharing some of my favorite high end blushes with you. I think each of the shades I’ve picked out here are very flattering for Indian complexions and I find myself reaching for these over and over again. Don’t forget to share your favorites in the comments below!
1. MAC Matte Blush : Melba
Melba is a one of the best blushes for Indian complexions in my opinion. Its a dusty peach color that is neither too peachy nor too earth toned and adds just the right amount of color to the cheeks. The matte formula is smooth and easy to blend, gives a natural looking finish and stays well. One of most loved MAC blushes for sure!
2. MAC Satin Blush : Fleur Power
If memory serves me right, this was my first MAC blush and one that I’ve recommended to countless people. If you’re looking for a pretty pink, look no further. This one of the shades that look fantastic on all complexions. The color is brightening but not too bright and livens up the face. If you’re feeling tired, this is the blush that would brighten up a dull complexion and add a rosy glow to the cheeks. The formula is soft and smooth, blends with ease and well pigmented so its best to use a light hand for application. The satin finish looks natural and the color stays on quite well too.