My Pore care routine

Hello beauties,

This post is about how to take care of pores and keeping them clean.

Please consider that your pores don’t look that bad as it looks with magnifying mirrors or Phone camera. So be kind to yourself and be practical. Don’t unnecessarily touch them to clog more. Some people have bigger pores genetically. We can’t really change the size of pores by topical products but can make them look clean and clog free.

1. Cleansing : Double cleansing method really helped me to make my face squeaky clean. You can use any cleansing oil or cleansing balm to wash off all pollutants, make up and sunscreens. Then cleanse with mild foaming face wash to cleanse remaining residue. My personal fav is Thank you Farmer cleansing oil followed by Cosrx low ph good morning face wash.

After cleansing I use a clay mask from innisfree volcanic range to keep my pores un-clogged. But its a bit drying and that’s why i use it only once a week and don’t keep it more than 10 minutes. I keep spraying water over it so that it wont be over dried and harsh on my skin.

2. Exfoliate: I have combination to our skin and I exfoliate at-least twice a week with chemical exfoliator in my night routine. BHAs goes deep down your skin and helps controlling sebum production, hence the blackhead reduces. My personal favourite is Cosrx BHA power liquid.

3. Retinol: I use retinol twice or thrice a week to keep acne at bay. It have seen good changes after i am used to it. I use the olay retinol night cream. I follow up with moisturiser as it makes skin flaky and dry if used alone.

4. Sunscreen: There is no point of having a 10 step skincare routine when you don’t use sunscreen. I wear sunscreen every day even when i am home. I re-apply every 2 hours if going out. 2 full finger/ 1 teaspoon amount is enough for face neck and ears. I am currently using the Innisfree no sebum sunscreen. It has a white cast but goes away in minutes.

All about sunscreen

Physical Sunscreen:

According to skin experts physical sunscreens are fine particles of minerals – commonly titanium dioxide and zinc oxide – that sit on the surface of the skin and reflect, as well as absorb, UV radiation. While physical UV filters can be found alone in sunscreens, they can also be used alongside chemical filters in a synergistic way to create very high-SPF, non-irritating sunscreens in light, breathable formulations.

Pros: As they are usually thicker and whiter than a chemical sunscreen formula, it is easy to see where physical sunscreens have been applied and when they have rubbed off. This helps ensure sensitive areas are covered and protection levels better maintained. Physical UV filters are growing in popularity, as they can be less irritating for sensitive skinthan certain chemical filters.

Cons: A physical sunscreen is often heavier and thicker on the skin than a chemical sunscreen with the same SPF. Therefore, physical sunscreens might not be the best choice for oily and acne prone skin. Additionally, mineral actives alone often offer less protection from damaging UVA radiation than chemical filters.

Chemical Sunscreen:

The vast majority of sunscreens found on pharmacy shelves fall into the chemical (also known as organic) category. These sunscreens contain active sun filters that absorb UV light to prevent from causing damage.

Pros: Chemical sunscreens are able to provide highly effective protection without necessarily needing to be in high concentrations. This means they can be formulated with a lightweight, non-sticky feel that is ideal for daily wear. They spread easily on the skin and, as the chemical filters do not have a physical presence, there is no ghosting effect.

Compound formulas with multiple filters can be used to ensure the most effective broad-spectrum protection from both UVA &UVB Rays. This is vital as, while many people understand the risk associated with UVB rays, UVA rays – which cannot be felt – represent 95% of UV rays on the earth’s surface. They penetrate more deeply into the skin and play a significant role in accelerating premature ageing.

It is essential to protect against both types of ultraviolet rays, as lack of protection over time can lead to deterioration in the skin cells, irreversibly damaging the DNA, and potentially leading to the development of skin cancer.

Cons: Some chemical UV filters have been known to cause allergic reactions and irritation in sensitive skin. Concerns have also been raised over the years about potential free radical damage from long-term use. However, most modern formulas contain antioxidants to safeguard your skin’s health, now and into the future.

Isntree Hyaluronic acid Toner Review

Hello,

In this post we will be talking about the Isntree Hyaluronic acid toner. I have used both the blue and white ones. It is said that the white one is for dry skin type and blue one is for oily skin type.

Texture is viscous I can do 3 layers of this toner, especially when my skin is feeling more dehydrated than usual. Leaves no tacky residue. It only feels a little sticky while it’s being absorbed. Once fully absorbed, the finish is smooth and the skin feels plump. As i am in a humid part of the country I felt it worked well fo my combination skin.

It takes care of the small flakes you may have on the skin and provides good hydration. I’ve also noticed that the skin gets less oily when I use this. This means it’s doing a great job at balancing the oil-water content of the skin, I personally didn’t like it as my skin is already combination to oily.

Hyaluronic acid is a very safe ingredient since it’s a naturally occurring substance in our body and can be used with all types of actives. Hence, there was no irritation and hasn’t caused any breakouts so far. Not only that, but I feel like it also reduces redness. It doesn’t disrupt my makeup.

Cons- Hyaluronic acid works by getting moisture from weather. So if you are in a humid condition then it will work the best but when its dry outside it will make your skin more dehydrated by absorbing moisture from your skin.

My verdict- I personally didn’t like it much as it made my skin more oily and probably not helpful in winter as weather will ne dry. So I won’t re-purchase this. I will stick to my Cosrx centella toner and I’m from rice toner.😇

Hope this helps you choose your toner. Thank you.

All you need for lipcare

Hello beauties,

Hope everyone is doing well and keeping their skin healthy. Today I will be writing about my holy grail lip balm. It is Laneige lip sleeping mask (Berry).

Who doesn’t like a smooth and glowy pink lips. Everyone has a weakness for a healthy lip. But with ageing, extensive use of make up & lipsticks, caffeinated & alcoholic beverages our lips are literally destroyed. Lip blam at night might be helpful to repair it overnight.

So now lets go to the product review, I have been using this lip balm since 3 months and this has proved to be really beneficial for my chapped lips. I do have a real bad habit of picking my lips. Whenever it becomes dry I start picking them and it makes them more dry and uneven. I am truly sorry for this but still can’t help doing it. The situation went out of hand when I started wearing lipstick. Yes, I love lipstick and i wear it even under my mask.

I used so many brands lip balms, ghee, butter etc. But none of them worked on me. I even tried to scrub my lips with sugar scrub and baby toothbrush but it only made everything worse for me.

I have started a Korean skicare regime few months back and was really searching for something for my lips. I went through groups which discusses about skincare, YouTube channels and beauty gurus. Most of them suggested this Laneige lip sleeping mask for lip care. So, Finally I got my hands on this bomb lip sleeping mask and trust me it does what it claims. It made my lips super moisturised all the time and it doesn’t feel dry anymore. It really changed my life. I almost stopped picking and my lips look super healthy

nowadays.

While there are so many pros to it, we shall discuss the cons as well. It is super expensive according tome. 8g comes with price tag of Rs. 500. And also, I think only berry flavour is moisturising enough. The other flavours are really not good. They dry my lips out. I will definitely re-purchase this until I find a good alternative to my Laneige lip sleeping mask (Berry).

For day time use, I find my the body shop vitamin E lipblam with spf 15 to be very helpful. It is moisturising and has an added spf to it to protect my lips from any sun damage. It needs to re-applied through out the day but i like this one as well.

I am really looking forward to try the Cosrx lip care range. I still can’t find it anywhere in India. Once it is available, I will definitely try it. It has a whole range of lip scrub, plumper, exfoliater and sleeping mask.

On the other note, I really love to wear lipstick. My favourite one the MAC ruby woo lipstick. This comes in a mini version with 1.8 gm and cute little package. This colour suits my skin tone and brightens it.

Neem for skin issues

Neem has immense benefits for your skin and hair, it can alleviate most of your skin and hair woes. Since it has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, it is used as one of the main ingredients in a range of cosmetic products. You will be amazed to know that neem fights acne, reduces dandr and does so much more. You can add neem in your beauty regime to solve all your beauty problems naturally.

You can treat acne by using neem as it has anti-bacterial properties that helps to fight any kind of breakouts and also alleviate the pain and itching sensation. To make an anti-acne neem pack, boil equal amounts of neem leaves and orange peel in water. When the peel and leaves become soft, remove them and grind them into a fine paste. To this neem and orange peel paste add a little honey and lemon juice. Apply this pack on your face and after 20 minutes wash it off with water. Use this neem face pack twice a week to get acne-free skin

You can also bid goodbye to whiteheads and blackheads, using neem as it shrinks large pores and works as an exfoliating agent to pull out impurities and tighten pores. To make a neem face mask, mix 2 teaspoons of neem powder with a little water to form a paste that is not too runny. Also, add a pinch of turmeric powder and apply it on your face. After 20 minutes rinse it off with lukewarm water.

Neem can even out your skin tone. The antioxidants in neem are beneficial for reducing melanin production of your skin, which helps to even out your skin tone. It also reduces the dark spots, blemishes and any kind of redness on your skin. To make a cleansing neem face mask, take about 12 leaves of neem and grind it with water to make a paste. Add 3 teaspoons of turmeric powder and apply it on your face. After 20 minutes, wash it off with water

Because of the anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties, applying neem topically can also treat skin infections, soothe irritation and reduce inflammation without drying the skin. Simply boil a handful of neem leaves in water. Strain out the leaves, once they becomes soft. Taking a bath with this neem-infused water will keep all the infections away.

Difference between a toner, Essence and a primer

These are 3 different things. Toner and essence are basically used in skin care routine while primer is a make up routine.

Toner is used just after cleansing to calm the skin, it has watery texture. It soothes skin as cleanser can be too stripping for some people.

Essence is somewhat like toner+serum and used after toner and before serum. It gives your skin the extra hydration. Exp- Snail mucin essence by Cosrx.

Primer is a silicone based thick cream which is used before foundation. You can skip it if you are not taking make up. The silicone particles in this cream/ gel makes your pores look smaller and foundation coverage is good if used after this.

Small bumps on skin and its remedy

It is due to closed comodones. Looks similiar to below and found on cheeks and forehead.

This can be caused due to comedogenic products or dandruff. I would suggest to follow double cleansing at night and do exfoliate with only chemical exfoliaters with aha/bha twice a week. Never use harsh physical scrubs on this, it can cause scarring. Search for a non comedogenic moisturiser like cosrx rice mask.

I faced this similar issue on my forehead it was mainly due to the dandruff for me. Using head and shoulders shampoo helped with that.

Hope this will help. Thanks.