Skin Troubles? Dull skin? Ageing Skin? Want to try something really effective?

To be honest, am new to Dermalogica. To be honest, I am new to almost all the skincare brands and products! An year back, a sunscreen and a toner was all I had! A random face-pack too, maybe! For many years, plain multani mitti (Fuller’s earth) was all I had, even for a pace-pack.

I have oily-combination skin and I even tend to forget sunscreen many times ☹. I get a few random zits on my face (nose to be precise) sometimes and the same finicky nose gets tons of blackheads too!

However, some good habits (more on those some other time), aloe vera gel and a top-secret formula (all mine) have saved me from any major skin problems till date. Nope, today’s post is not about this top-secret formula! Sorry to disappoint but it is going to be a secret for some more time. It is super-simple but for some other time, honey! Show me some love on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram…and maybe, I would tell 😉

So far, my skincare regime has been simple…very simple in fact but lately, I have started to feel that my skin needs a little outside help, especially the blackheads on nose and the hydration part too. I do use nose-strips from time to time however the blackheads do come back soon, like pesky mosquitoes!

It does become a little difficult to manage your skin as you cross 30! Especially when no creams/moisturizers suit you. Trust me, I have used a few face-creams/moisturizers from premium to luxury brands but none of the creams/moisturizers worked for me! Saved me some money, it sure did!!

Some 8-9 months back, I stumbled upon a few products from a premium skincare brand, for my nightly skincare regime which suited my oily-sensitive skin. They are perfect for me (but more on those later!) however, the blackheads on nose are stubborn. Thus, started my search for a product which would help me in controlling or who knows, eliminate these tiny black pests.

I came across this Dermalogica product that promises to do the job but I have been using it only for a few days now….so far, so good! I’ll do a post on it IF I find it any good. My own Guinea pig, as I say!

Neha and yours truly: no filters, I swear!

However, after researching Dermalogica as a brand so much, I became curious and asked Neha if she had been using any of its products.

As I said in another post a few days back, Neha is more, so much more into skincare and is always in quest for uber-effective skincare products. She has super-sensitive skin and has been using another product from Dermalogica too. When I asked for her opinion on Dermalogica product that I have started using recently…she told me to go ahead and try it. Told me that she has been using another product and the price has been worth it.

Well, it is an expensive brand! Had to double-check!! 😉

Anyways, since she recommended it highly and I am new to the brand, I asked Neha to do a video-review for you lovely people and here we are. As I have said, ask me anything other than legal and medical concerns…and even if I can’t help, will point you to the right direction…hopefully! I am resourceful like that 😉. I am an ENFJ, after all! Oh, more on these personality types too, later! Super interesting and more accurate than Linda Goodman, I say! I promise to share more on that, soon. Am so excited for it, already!

Do you have something interesting, to share with me? A tried and tested (on yourself only) blackhead removal trick or a remedy, other than nose strips, maybe? Please share, pretty please!

Do drop a comment or a message…till then, enjoy the review and do let me know if you have ever used this one and how was your experience?

Neha on her power-packed Dermalogica masque: self-paid BTW!

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Cross fit in open and a simple but effective post-sun remedy

Hi everyone

How was the last week for you all?

For me, last week was super hectic, both the girls had their Annual Sports Days in school and between their rehearsals and the main event, the week just flew by. Happy to report that both of them won gold in their respective races! YEY, so proud of them!

Having said that, I won’t lie…winning DOES keep you motivated, nothing inspires you more than a solid win (and a good no. of blog-followers !)…as long as you can handle the failures too AND not take the winning for granted! I told the girls the same thing before the event and after the event too! Catch them young, I say!

On another note, I have now decided to put up a new blog-post once every week. Please read it, share it, subscribe to my blog and leave comments also! Follow me on Facebook, Instagram  and Twitter too. Show some love 😊

I did functional training on Friday, out in the open, in a partially-shaded area and got tanned as a result! The workout was very satisfying but the tanning was definitely not!

And tomorrow if you see me, you wouldn’t notice the tanning, I swear! And the secret – Aloe Vera gel!! 😊

Aloe Vera plant: The natural skin-healer

I know, I know, it’s a done to death thing…the internet is full of benefits of Aloe Vera gel but most of them are generic write-ups. So, I am just going to talk about some benefits of Aloe Vera gel which I can personally vouch for…and a brand that I keep handy, always! As I said, am my own Guinea pig!

So, once I got home and took a shower, I applied the Aloe Vera gel topically, all over my face and neck and any other sun-affected area and just left it be. What it helps me with is:

  • it helps me in post-sun recovery i.e. it reduces tanning post sun-exposure.
  • it helps in minor burning and bruises – works as a cooling gel.
  • I have also used it post epilation and it definitely helps with the sting!

My mom eats the raw gel directly from plants that she grows, for the anti-oxidants and other nutrients but I have never tried it either. She swears by it though! Maybe, someday!

I have tried using it for my hair, a couple times however, found no difference…so am not sure of that one! I am going to try again by mixing it with my hair-oil and if I notice anything positive, will post here.

I keep my bottle of Aloe Vera gel in fridge so that it stays cool and handy for when I need it.

I have tried many Aloe-Vera gels from many brands but so far, the best one for me, is from a brand  called WOW. It’s a small handy bottle, green in colour – though the gel inside is transparent, with no smell or added colours, and thank God for that! I never understood the logic of a green Aloe Vera gel!

WOW Aloe Vera gel: the gel inside is transparent in colour
WOW Aloe Vera gel: the back-side label

What The  brand Says:

Pamper your skin and hair with wow skin science aloe vera gel, the purest and the finest you can get in a bottle. Guaranteed 99 percent pure, wow skin science aloe vera gel has been hygienically extracted from ripe, robust and succulent aloe vera leaves and packaged with care to retain its natural healing and rejuvenating goodness. Aloe vera has been used for thousands of years for beauty and medicinal benefits across cultures. Aloe vera is loaded with over 75 beneficial nutrient like vitamins, enzymes, minerals and amino acids. When applied topically on skin, it inhibits microbes and germs, moisturizes skin. Similarly, when applied to hair and scalp, it conditions and protects hair from dryness and damage.

WOW Skin Science Aloe Vera Gel has been hygienically extracted from ripe, robust and succulent Aloe Vera Leaves and packaged with care to retain its natural healing and rejuvenating goodness. Pamper your skin and hair with WOW Skin Science Aloe Vera Gel. Great for use as an aftershave, hair gel, or leave in conditioner for shinier, healthier hair.

My Verdict:

WOW aloe vera gel 99% is pure aloe vera gel. This one is frangrance-free, is free from artificial colours, gets quickly and nicely absorbed in the skin, is non-greasy

It contains xanthum gum as a plant based natural thickener. In the name of chemicals, all it has is sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate and citric acid.

I buy it from Amazon India site. You can visit this link for more info and to buy it. The MRP is 299/- for 130ml but I often get it in lightening deals for a steal!

https://www.amazon.in/WOW-Aloe-Multipurpose-Beauty-130ml/dp/B078Z9JWRW/ref=sr_1_6?s=hpc&ie=UTF8&qid=1549025033&sr=1-6&keywords=aloe+vera+gel

I have made repeat purchases and so far, so good. No smell, no irritation..only pure aloe vera gel and it gets absorbed in the skin quickly.

Stay tuned dearies, coming up next week is the video-review of a Dermalogica Masque which the guest reviewer Neha has found really good. Neha has spent lakhs and lakhs into her quest for uber-good and uber-effective skincare products. If she says its good, its gotta be good! 😊

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** Disclaimer – This is not a paid review! The review is solely based out of my own experience with the product and I bought it myself!