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Tuesday, 1 September 2020

Indulgeo Essentials Squalane Skin Hydrator Review | Rose Oil Natural Hyaluronic Acid Variant | Repairing Skin Barrier | Beauty Blogger | Beauty Review

The one product that changed my skincare game forever - Indulgeo Essentials Squalane Oil i.e. Squalane Skin Hydrator ❤️ 

Feb 2020 onwards I have been battling issues like rosacea, acne outbreaks, inflammation, and from April 2020 onwards, full on damaged skin barrier, meaning unbelievable amount of inflammation and outbreaks and redness on my cheeks and actually all over face. I am fed up of how my skin is behaving all of a sudden. All my life I have had pretty nice naturally glowing skin with minor skin troubles now and then...but now *sigh*.

Anyway, I started researching like crazy and came across all sorts of suggestions from skin experts, dermatologists, beauty bloggers... 
Stop exfoliation (done!), 
Stop picking on pimples (done!), 
Stop using tonnes of beauty products (done!), 
Start using ingredients like hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, ceramides, peptides...

Oh boy, so much to learn and be confused about! 

Squalane oil kept popping up as an ingredient to soothe and hydrate skin as well as repair the skin barrier. So I looked around and found this offering from the famed brand of Indulgeo. They are famous for gold-based oils but I have never been interested in pricey or gold-flake-based products, but now, with Squalane, I got no option but to buy it. And I did!

Packaging of Indulgeo Squalane Skin Hydrator is quite travel-friendly. Simple green glass bottle, that is not good news for clumsy hands, but be careful and it is all good :D

Ingredients list is pure squalane that is 70% olive derived and 30% sugarcane derived. Well, this is the Rose Oil variant so it must also have some rose essential oil though it is not mentioned in the ingredient list on the packaging.


Claims are nothing short of miraculous, in fact, it makes me wonder why we did not hear of this earlier! Squalane is similar to Squalene that is produced naturally in our body but its quantity decreases as we age. This Squalane mimics natural sebum, controls oil production, works at a cellular level, helps in conditions such as acne and eczema, helps in collagen production and aging gracefully, is exceptionally hydrating even for oiliest of skins since it is so natural...etc...etc...

Availability of Indulgeo Squalane Skin Hydrator, like other Indulgeo products is quite good on its own website, Nykaa, Vanity Wagon, as well as on Amazon :)

Quantity of this 30 ml little bottle is enough to last 2 months even with daily usage of 2 times since only 3-4 drops are required every single time for entire face.

Usage - AM as well as PM, just 2-3 drops are needed after water-based moisturizer and before oil-based or heavy moisturizers. 


Effect - My facial skin is combination-dry, ultra-sensitive and acne-prone and as I said, I got this exclusively for the research that said it will help me in repairing my damaged skin barrier :) 


❤️ I actually got squalane options from 2 other brands also, and I sent them DM asking about the method to apply this, as in should I use it in conjunction with something else because I was focused on repairing skin barrier. Only Indulgeo replied on instagram, others ignored, so points to them for customer service.

❤️ They said I should use it after water based products (such as toner or facial mist) and before oil based products or moisturizer. I found this strange because it's an oil...but I thought okay,let's try...

❤️ It is expensive no doubt. But I got it at 25% discount from Vanity Wagon. And this has rose oil as natural hyaluronic acid, so I got squalane + hyaluronic in less than Rs. 1100 and it lasted me 2.5 months on daily application (Already ordered 2nd bottle)

❤️ My routine for the first 15 days after receiving this- cleanse face with Himalaya neem face wash, spray rose water, put squalane just 4 drops all over face, finish with a layer of lacto calamine.

❤️ After 15 days I introduced Tribe Concepts Kumkumadi Tailam + brightening cleanser before squalane, and finish with Deyga Organics beautifying serum.

❤️ Either way, Indulgeo Squalane Skin Hydrator calms my skin down immediately, gives a soothing silky finish, hydrates and plumps my skin. For the first 15 days when I used it alone, it did immense work in my skin repair, as evident by pictures.


     Before                                          After a week

I. Love. It. 

Even now my skin has its own share of problems but it is much much better than it was 6 months ago and I give the credit to all these products-

Deyga Rose & Mulethi Face Pack
Deyga Beautifying Serum
GlamAroma Washed Ghee

Indulgeo Squalane was the one product that immediately showed its results. That is why I regard it so highly, as it gave me noticeably calmer and smoother inflammation-free skin within a couple of days. There is a lot of work to be done but Indulgeo Squalane is definitely going to be my go-to for a long loooooooong time.

YES 

  • All I need to say, YES, it worked as expected and in fact even better in helping repair my skin barrier

  • Non-comedogenic

  • Lasted more than 2 months on my horsey-sized face so not very expensive

  • Hydrates skin like nothing else without making it oily

  • Available in Amazon, Nykaa, Vanity Wagon, often at good discounts.

NO 

  • Hmm, the glass bottle is not good for clumsy hands :D


Recommended -YES. Want a good hydrating oil? Want an oil that works at cellular level of your skin? Want to repair skin? Want to keep your skin routine simple yet effective? Squalane is good for all these situations. Rating is 5/5.      

Tuesday, 30 June 2020

My Struggle With Rosacea And Damaged Moisture Barrier | A Beauty Blogger Speaks | How To Repair Skin's Damaged Moisture Barrier | Learn From My Mistakes

Oh jolly,look at the cute me when I was around 9 years old ♥️


how to deal with rosacea and damaged skin moisture barrier
Hello Sweetie! This is you in the future...asking you to not grow up :P
Look at the bindi and the lipstick..hey but what's that on my nose and cheeks,the redness? Makeup? Nope. My mom didn't use makeup nor did I. That's ROSACEA. I was born with it.

Skin conditions like Rosacea, Eczema, Dermatitis etc. are characterized by such symptoms- persistent redness, rashes, inflammation, sensitivity, blemishes, painful acne...aaaaaargh. 

Lucky me that it is extremely mild for me. All through my childhood and college days, I only got redness and acne periodically-on exposure to extreme temperatures or using very harmful skincare product. Rest of the time, quite normal. But when I did get a rosacea flare up, it felt like my cheeks were burning :(

And then I became a beauty enthusiast and finally a blogger, USING EVERYTHING under the sun. Clay masks, serums, creams, lotions, scrubs..after all I was the fool who looked at all the advertisements and bought their claims...I kept thinking 'This cream will make me look that that celebrity, this product will give me poreless skin, this will heal my blemishes, this will give me glowing skin'.

And for most part, YES THEY DID! Sorry for yelling...but it is true. I did end up using a lot of beauty products that worked fabulously for me, Forest Essentials Ubtan, Himalaya Neem Face Wash, Aroma Magic Face Packs... oh those were the days. But then...something happened.

What is Skin's Moisture Barrier? How Did I Damage It?

So our skin is an organ too, right? Different people are born with different skin types. Someone's skin is permanently oily, someone's is dry, someone's is sensitive, I was born with mild rosacea and sensitive skin, my mother has normal skin, my sister has oily...But all of us are born with a layer that protects the different layers of our skin from external aggressors. This is the skin barrier.

Now how did I damage it? Kids, read and learn!!!

-First, I already have sensitive skin. I should have never used a tonne of different products on my skin but I did. Because I was naive and there was nobody to tell me in 1990s and even 2000s about how to take care of my skin. The beauty industry was opening up and all I could see was bombardment of ads to use different beauty products to look like a celebrity.

-Secondly, all the beauty products are marketed with 'This is good for all skin types', 'Dermatologically tested', 'Chemicals -free', 'Pure, ayurvedic, organic' etc. etc. There was no reason for me to feel like anything was unsafe for my skin, right? What a fool I was!

-Thirdly, when I started using the different lotions and scrubs and creams and saw that yes, temporarily my skin was looking brighter and softer, I was not aware of the fact that I was damaging my skin in the long run. About 10 years ago, I started on the apricot scrub bandwagon and it made my skin feel soooooo smooth that I was exfoliating my skin almost every alternate day. EVERY ALTERNATE DAY. Who scrubs their face 3-4 times a week???? I DID! Like a fool! Of course as time passed my skin's protective layer got damaged because I was using harsh scrubs so liberally all over my delicate sensitive facial skin :(

-I got stuck in a pathetic cycle. First I would use a cleanser to dry my skin, then I would scrub off my skin, then my skin would turn red. I used to think 'this is normal' (NO IT IS NOT NORMAL!) Then I used a heavy-duty moisturizer to keep my skin soft and that would clog my pores and give me pimples and then I would again use a drying cleanser for the pimples and then the exfoliator to get rid of blackheads and again my skin would turn very dry and again and again....

It took me a long looooooooong time to understand that all the products I was using to look beautiful were actually hurting me real bad :(

How Do I Know My Skin Barrier Is Damaged?

Since last year my skin has been sending me signals..due to personal problems, increased stress levels, hormonal issues, weight problems, environmental aggressors and usage of too many products maybe..I can NO LONGER take it for granted. I need to be very mindful of what I put on my skin and the past month has been a revelation. Persistent redness on my entire face, burning sensation on my cheeks, breakouts all over the place, stubborn scars that refuse to go away, and no matter what I put on my skin, it burns. A month ago I was putting aloe vera on my skin and I was screaming- IT BURNS! NOTHING SUITS MY SKIN ANYMORE!

And that's when I knew. I had done it. Finally my skin has had enough of me trying everything under the sun in the name of 'beauty' and 'skincare'. Being a blogger does not give me permission to kill myself with my stupidity and my skin taught me this, loud and clear.

dealing with rosacea and damaged moisture barrier
Oh, Hello Inflammation. I missed you..NOT!

How to repair skin's damaged moisture barrier and deal with rosacea
Oh there you are, damaged skin's moisture barrier. How I longed to meet you, NOT!

Whoa, redness, inflammation, painful burning sensation...seems like fun? NOT!
Rosacea and Damaged Skin Barrier. My aim now is to banish them under the aegis of a lifestyle haul.

NOTHING will go on my face without patch test on my neck and inner elbow for atleast 48 hours.

No scrubbing, no hoarding of products, no using of new products just because they claim the sun and the moon or because they have pretty packaging. I am going to choose products specifically for my concerns. Rest I am going to let my mom or sister or other family members try :)

No comparing with anyone else, especially the photo-shopped models and celebrities in different magazines.

Do You Have A Damaged Skin Moisture Barrier? Do You Deal With Rosacea, Dermatitis, Eczema or such issues? 

I am going to come out with a series of products and routines specifically for those dealing with severe skin issues. Wait for it :)

Here, I want to tell every person reading this-

-Listen to your body

-Be mindful of your unique concerns

-Take care of your health, everything else will fall in place

-Don't be overwhelmed by all the ads for different beauty/skincare /haircare products out there and their beautiful packaging 

-Don't feel pressured by looking at airbrushed supermodels or celebrities..they spend tonnes of money on imported products, weekly visits to dermatologists and cosmetic surgery to look that way

-'Suitable for all skin types, no chemicals, tested products' are mostly marketing ploys. Only you know what will or won't suit your skin!

-Relax and smile and be happy, blemishes are good, scars are nice, laugh lines are the best

We are in this together. Hang on :)

Friday, 26 June 2020

Blue Nectar Briganantadi Conditioner Review | Bhringraj & Shikakai Scalp Anti Dandruff Conditioner Review | Beauty Review | Beauty Collaboration

'Dandruff Begone' is the chant many of us constantly bellow out in hopes of banishing this malady and I am no exception *sigh*. Over the years I have zero down on Khadi Herbals Neem Shampoo as the only shampoo that truly keeps dandruff away from my problematic scalp but it also keeps my hair super-dry. So I am always in need of a good conditioner. This product from the kind folks at Blue Nectar Ayurveda was a god-send for review purposes, an anti-dandruff conditioner.



Packaging of  Blue Nectar Briganantadi Anti-Dandruff Conditioner is in a sturdy blue-hued plastic bottle with pump dispenser that is also leak-proof and travel-friendly. 

Ingredients list includes a potent mix of herbs such as Bhringraj, Amla, Shikakai, Hibiscus, Brahmi, Onion Oil, Vitamin E, Aloevera, Glycerin, all in a 'conditioner base' that is not specified. I am not a stickler for ingredients most of the time but I know there are many who like a complete list of each and every ingredient. I just trust Blue Nectar to give me Ayurvedic base.

Claims that this conditioner works against dandruff, promotes healthy scalp, restores moisture to hair.

Availability of Blue Nectar Anti Dandruff Conditioner is very good online on Amazon and the 200ml bottle is available for Rs. 645 which makes it mid-range luxury.

Quantity is this 200 ml bottle is enough to last 4-5 washes only on my curly, frizzy hair which is very veryyyyyyyyy dry.

Usage - Apply on hair length, not on scalp, after washing and let it stay for 2-3 minutes before rinsing off. 


Effect - I was excited to try this anti-dandruff conditioner from Blue Nectar Ayurveda with an abundance of Ayurvedic herbs such as shikakai, methi, reetha, neelambari, and morrrrrrrrre, especially since I have not yet found the holy grail for my super dry, crazy frizzy curly hair. 

The only conditioners that have come close to making my hair soft for longer times are Himalaya Detangler, Aaranyaa Argan Hair Spa, and Enliven Conditioner. But these also stop working after a couple of months so I keep rotating between them *sigh* Turns out my head gets used to any treatment very quickly and I need to feed it new brands :P

Anyway, so Blue Nectar Briganantadi Conditioner looks beautiful in that classic blue packaging, and has an amazing spa-like fragrance that lingers for whole day, not chemically at all, but naturally appealing. It honestly is the best part about this product, its incredible natural soothing calming luxurious smell. There are no added chemicals, colors, or fragrance in this concoction.

My hair is super-duper dry and curly and horribly frizzy so I need heavy-duty conditioners or hair masks to tame them. This does not claim to work on such dry frizzy hair and it doesn't. It works as a decent companion to whatever anti dandruff shampoo one is using. I always want intense condition from my conditioners and not every conditioner can give it to me...that is the story of my hair and scalp. One thing that confused me-the bottle says it is 'scalp & anti dandruff conditioner' but in usage it is clearly written that 'use only on lengths, not on scalp'! It is quite confusing. Anyway, it is common sense that one should not use conditioner on scalp as it can increase buildup, cause clogged hair follicles, increase dandruff and so on. 


Rather than on my curly frizzy hair, it worked better on my mom's straight fine hair with minimal frizz. I used it twice and yes, it did give my hair some softness and detangled my hair a little bit, it worked way better on my mom's hair. Incredible softness and shine. So this turned out to be a great product not for the beauty blogger but the beauty blogger's mom blessed with normal hair and scalp! 

Thus, I would recommend Blue Nectar Briganantadi Conditioner to those hair types (normal, neither too dry nor too oily, not frizzy, not curly), it is a natural sulphate free ayurvedic conditioner for normal, straight, wavy hair types for conditioning after using drying shampoos. One thing is commendable that it does provide moisture to the hair and makes hair feel healthy but on my hair the results were mild and lasted only for a day. So my quest continues. 

As of now, I am back to using Aaranyaa hair spa and alternating with Himalaya Detangler. My mom continues to use Blue Nectar conditioner and since her hair is shorter and finer than mine, she will use it for 3-4 times more. Win for her, meh for me :)

YES 
  • Incredible smell, easily the best fragrance I have found in a conditioner
  • Beautiful, travel-friendly packaging
  • Abundance of Ayurvedic goodness in the form of bountiful herbs
  • Does provide good companionship to any dandruff shampoo
  • Gives decent moisture to the hair, detangles knots 
  • Works best for normal, straight, non-frizzy, or wavy hair

NO 
  • Those who want complete list of ingredients will not like the mention of conditioner base
  • Will not work for super-dry curly and frizzy hair, results will last temporarily
  • Seems expensive 

Recommended -Maybe, depending on your hair type. Good for my mom's hair but nothing exceptional for me. Rating is 3.5/5.