Winter Skin care products I love right now

Winter time calls for proper skin care. I am guilty for not being an avid moisturizer, but the pregnancy and the winters in Hyderabad this time around are screaming for skin hydration. Here’s a rundown of the products that I have been using, and almost done with! Sharing the love this winter….
1. 1. Himalaya for Moms Toning massage oil– I have already reviewed the product on my blog, you can check that out here. I especially love this oil because a winter pregnancy can be even more difficult on your skin. The non-sticky consistency, and calming lavender scent is divine. It’s easy to apply and definitely will purchase another bottle once I run out of this.

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2. Boro Plus Total results moisturising lotion (Grapes and Olive oil)- This lotion even though I applied on my face completely changed the game for me. My skin was a mess due to dryness, and while I was applying my regular moisturizer, my skin just needed something extra. The husband dropped by a pharmacy and picked this up upon recommendation. I love it!, it smells beautiful and does the job superfast. It says on the label that it’s developed by Ayurvedic and international skin experts to treat 8 signs of dryness ie unhealthy, itchy, tight, rough, papery, flaky, dull and no suppleness, sadly I was facing almost all except dullness. I used it twice a day as instructed and am a sure shot fan. Boro Plus is ayurvedic, strangely I didn’t know that. I am gravitating towards ayurvedic/organic/natural skin care and exploring more and more options not just as a mother for the kids but also for myself.

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3. Himalaya for Moms Body butter– This is my go-to hand cream substitute right now. You can read detailed review on my blog. I have already run out of the Lavender fragrance, and gave the rose one to my mom and am almost done with the jasmine. When you’re finishing off products, you know you loved them.

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4. Biotique Bio Morning Nectar– This lotion has been sitting around for quite some time. The bottle was already half empty when I found it in my stash, and decided to revisit it. I will definitely run out of this within few days. Again Biotique is an ayurvedic brand which has a vast range of products, readily available and at a very nice price point. They also do baby products. I am not a fan of their packaging, but product consistency is runny enough to be able to spread it evenly over your skin. The directions on the bottle talk about the face and neck, however I prefer using this on the body because of its consistency.

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5. Bio-Oil– This is my pregnancy discovery for stretch marks. A little goes a long way for Bio-Oil. Right into second trimester when I started to notice a visible increase in my belly size I decided I didn’t want to purchase the Palmers Body butter I used last time, it didn’t use much, I didn’t like the smell and stickiness of it and hence ended up with stretch marks. But this time I headed the trusty Bio-Oil route and purchased the 125ML size and love how effective it is. A little goes a long way. I only apply it to the stretch marks prone belly and waist area and the Himalaya for Moms toning massage oil for the rest of the body. So far I love it and highly recommend it. Application twice a day is justified and its nonstick nature makes it a very practical product.

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6. Lip care- I am almost out of my favourite ever lip balm i.e. Vichy Aqualia Thermal I have left the last half cm of it in my bag for one the go use. And am now back to basics with Vaseline, the cute tiny tub is handy and frankly I didn’t know it existed. I want to try out herbal lip balms from Kama Ayurveda. Will purchase once I am done with these.
Have you tried any of the Kama Ayurveda products? I am curious about their scent, that’s the only hesitation I have with ayurvedic products- the fragrance of the products.

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So that’s a run down of winter products…What have you been using?

 

Biotique Review

I am not the trendiest when it comes to make up simply because I hardly use it. I have however CAM01785been trying to get into skincare. I am hooked on to many of the non-Indian YouTube beauty  gurus. And they constantly talk about products that aren’t available here or are unreasonably priced. It’s very annoying I must say, so I decided to move into what is possible and explore Indian brands. That’s when I first ventured into Biotique, reasonably priced products, large variety, and they do the job (at-least the ones I’ve tried so far). I even went ahead and gifted one of their products to a dear friend.

I am more than happy with the brand (had an initial repulsion to the colour, but it helps the products stand out in your stash) and continue to pursue buying their products. My number one concern was how it would smell, herbal products tend to have the typical smell but not with Biotique. There’s no artificial scent, but you can smell the ingredients, the fruit etc.

Here’s what I’ve tried:

1. Bio Seaweed revitalising anti-fatigue gel (25gms MRP199)

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This was my first purchase out of desperate need, my felt tired after hours of work on the PC and staying up at night passing time on the tablet. This really works, I tend to use it as a quick wake up for my eyes. It really helps with the tired eyes. You can see from the picture I’ve used up a good deal of this, even though I don’t use it on an everyday basis.

The product itself is transparent, and dries off fast. Its a must try porduct for anyone who uses the computer on an everyday basis.

Verdict: 5 STARS

2. Bio Papaya smoothing and revitalising scrub (85gms, MRP 199)

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This came into my life when I was way too impressed to not explore. I had to buy a scrub for my face, the skin was acting up with dry patches and what not. It smells delicious. I found it a little harsh for my skin, sort of dried it out. I didn’t like the overall results. considering the price and quantity, it’s a good product to have in your collection, definitely worth a shot to see how it works for your skin. I do plan to use it all up, the husband loved it. I thought scrubs would leave the skin super supple and soft, but I needed to intensely moisturize my skin afterwards. It does the job at exfoliating though, I have a combination skin with an oily T-zone, and it did great cleaning out the open pores there, but dried up my cheeks.

Verdict: 3.5 STARS

3. Bio Almond soothing and nourishing cream (16gms MRP 199)

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Another love. This thing is magic, clears out those dark circles like no ones business. It’s light, white in colour and dries fast after application. My under eye skin needed nourishment, I felt like a grandmother, I deal with my eye area pretty roughly. So I thought I need help, and yes I did! I have noticed a drastic change in my under eye skin, it feels healthier, thicker (if it makes sense), stronger and just young! Highly recommend it. Do be very careful with this though, even the tiniest amount will sting your eye, so make sure your eye doesn’t come in contact at all.

Verdict: 5 STARS

4. Bio Mud ageless firming and revitalising face pack (85gms MRP199)

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You will feel the tingle, you will smell the minty scent, you will feel amazing. This is great, does the trick and I really like it. The only issue I had with it was again the drying of the skin post use. This could also be because I am not a religious moisturiser user. But I like it, may even repurchase it.

Verdict: 4 STARS

Biotique products have therapeutic properties, they’re not meant for cosmetic use. This is what they state on each tub. The best feature is that you can use each of these products everyday if wanted. You won’t have to refrain from them because few days haven’t passed, they’re not meant to be harsh on the skin. I really like the range, very practical for Indian consumers, priced reasonably and available too. They have plenty more products that I haven’t tried, but definitely will explore.

Have you tried anything from this brand? What has been your experience like?