Right products with right ingredients for your skin type

What are we doing wrong???

It is quite easy to understand what product to buy. Say you need a cleanser, or a shampoo, all you need to do is go to store and get one. But how do we choose the product?

Mostly based on the ingredients you like, say you like the fragrance of rose or lavender. Your preference will always be to buy such products, those that appeal to you in fragrance, texture or those products that worked for your friends or your favorite blogger.

Even if we are in an outlet of  a particular brand, we don’t generally ask the staff on what might be right for our skin type. Or if we have any particular concern, we need to choose products accordingly.

How I realized this?

For example, I love pleasant natural fragrances like that of rose and lavender. So if I am buying a lip balm and there are three options, say mint, rose and vanilla ; I go for the rose variant. But after using it for sometime, I realize that it doesn’t make my chapped lips any better. But that might not be because the product is not good or the ingredient list is not impressive. It is simply that I did not choose the right product from the choices I had.

Whenever I see products with mint/peppermint, coffee, tea, pepper etc I instantly make up my mind that I wouldn’t like them. I don’t stop to think if my skin would disagree though. As one of my instagram followers rightly said, ‘It is like you really like certain kind of food, but your body might be allergic or wouldn’t respond well to it’.

Finally when I decided to try the Burt’s bees lip balm, which has peppermint as major ingredient, I did not expect a miracle. From childhood my major skin problem was my chapped lips. It was always dry and chapped and the skin gets so dry that even lip scrubs can’t remove the dead skin. I tried lip balms from many different brands and even those home made natural ones, but none of those worked for me. The major mistake I amde was, I always chose what I thought was best for my skin, lip balms with rose, vanilla, citrus and chocolate flavours or oils. None with mint.But when I finally did, that was the best thing I ever tried on my lips. It made my lips smooth, supple and matt without any dryness throughout the day.

This doesn’t mean all those lip balms I tried were bad, it wasn’t right for my skin condition. But for someone who just needed a mild daily moisturizer, all of them would have worked well.

Sometimes on my Instagram page I encounter questions like ‘How can you say that this product doesn’t work? It worked well for me and I loved it’. I correct them saying, see I never said that this product doesn’t work. I said this doesn’t work for me. Why? Because my skin condition, need and the climatic condition of where I live can be very different from yours. So something that works for you, may not work for me even if we are both oily skinned. There are many factors affecting the efficiency of a product and the best judge is you =, given you know your skin well.

How to choose the right products?

When I visited Kama ayurveda outlet recently, I decided to buy a face mist. As usual I went for the rose/lavender ones. Because so far on all blogs and reviews, I see the rose or lavender variants reviewed the most. Everybody praises these and not the earthy vetiver mist I came across there. The staff there suggested the vetiver mist instead saying, this is best for combination/oily skin types, as the other two might be a bit heavy for such skin.

Eventhough reluctant, I decided to try it. To my surprise, I loved the earthy natural fragrance of the mist. It was light on skin, kept me fresh and took away the oiliness from skin.

So first point is :

  1. Be clear on what your skin needs (not what you want).
    You need to understand your skin type first. Just because your face is oily doesn’t mean your body skin needs to be oily too. Most of us might be of combination skin types, that is oily in T zone and dry around mouth. So understanding the skin type is very essential in choosing the right skin care product.

Advice is mostly free.

      2. Always ask expert opinion, before you invest on skincare.

       3. Rather than spending your money on products to try, read multiple reviews on the same. Ping the blogger and get to know if this might work for your skin. Also when you are in any brand outlet, ask for testers before buying the full product, if you are not sure.

       4. When buying from artisans who make handmade skin care products, don’t blindly follow the reviews posted in the page. Chat with the brand person and get as much info about the product. Ask questions regarding your concern and skin requirement and choose wisely.

5. You don’t always need to have different kinds of products to take care of your skin. Keep it simple.

My beauty kit includes mostly of a good cleanser that provides mild scrub action as well (soap free mostly oats based), so I don’t need a separate scrub. I use homemade face masks mostly or if not I use face pack that has ingredients to address multiple skin problems at once, rather than buying different products for all needs. My body skin is dry, so I always need a good moisturizer and I have not come across the best one so far. Still searching.

6. Don’t go crazy on natural skin care products either. Basically all ingredients are chemicals if you think about it, natural or artificial. Just like how all artificial chemicals are not harmful for us, all natural products might not be safe for all skin types either. So be careful and keep a watch on changes happening on skin while using the product.

7. There is only so much these products we apply externally can do. Eat healthy, keep hydrated, rest well and have good thoughts. Healthy skin is a reflection of healthy life.

So even though I hate mint in food, my skin loves mint. Here are the current minty products I am using. mint.jpg

I have reviewed few of the products in this, and you will see more reviews in the coming days. Also I am enjoying the fresh feel of the vetiver face mist from kama ayurveda.

Let me know of your thoughts or queries on this post.

 

Don’t blindly follow the crowd

So what, you read about this awesome product this new blogger wrote about and you have to have it. Why? Because she said it is a miracle product and worked wonders on her skin.

Please don’t do that.

I have seen people writing reviews on how wonderful a product is. And that might be the only product of its kind that they have used so far. So there is no comparative study there.

Don’t just blindly follow and buy based on such feedbacks. See, when switching to chemical free products you will know the difference instantly. But that doesn’t mean that the first product you tried is the best and you should recommend it to people.

When you use products with different ingredients over long period of time, that is when you know the effects and differences between different brands and products.

10 tips to find the right product:

1. Before buying a product read multiple reviews from authentic reviewers and users.

2.Try to understand the ingredients in the product and how it suits your skin.

3. Understand your skin type and the reviewer’s as well, before jumping into conclusions. A product well suited for one skin type might not suit others.

4.Write to the product people and ask your queries and let them help you choose the best product for your skin.

5. Contemplate if this product is really required in your skin care regime. Don’t just hoard unnecessary products.

6. Natural ingredients doesn’t mean it won’t harm your skin. Essential oils are very potent and if not used in right quantity with right other ingredients it can trouble your skin.

7. Try to read reviews from people who have tried out different brands and products, so that the reviews are actually a comparative study and you find out something better than what you think is best.

8. Ask questions. Clear out your concerns. Your skin is not a place to experiment.

9. If you have found out the right product in all categories of your skincare, stick to it.

10. Understand your skin first, it’s concerns and needs and try to find simple solutions. Most of the time we end up spending a lot on solutions that are easily available at home.

 

Choose the right toothpaste

Why do we use toothpaste?

No, not for all those reasons that came to your mind. We use toothpaste because it makes the mouth not smell and taste like mouth. It is a cosmetic. Our elders used to clean their teeth and gum using charcoal from paddy husk (umikari, in my native language) also with neem stem and mango leaves. They ate sugar cane and fibrous food.

We call out teeth sensitive. It can neither take heat nor cold. We pay so much attention to food we eat, cosmetics we choose but never read ingredient list of toothpaste that we use daily throughout our lives.

A study by the Delhi Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research (DIPSAR) has found that many of the toothpaste manufacturers are adulterating toothpastes and toothpowders with high quantity of nicotine.

“Out of the 24 brands of toothpastes studied in 2011, seven brands – Colgate Herbal, Himalaya, Neem paste, Neem Tulsi, RA Thermoseal, Sensoform and Stoline – were found to contain nicotine,” said Professor S. S. Agarwal of DIPSAR, which is affiliated to the Delhi University and is funded by the Delhi government.

Read more here

The truth is this: There are no herbal toothpastes in general retail stores within the reach of the common consumer. The ones that are available are normal toothpastes with very limited extracts of herbs. You can find comparative study of toothpastes in Indian market in the link below.

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Let us look at some ingredients of popular toothpaste brands available in market.

7 Toxic Toothpaste Ingredients
  • Triclosan : Triclosan is a chlorophenol, which is a class of chemicals that is suspected of causing cancer in humans.
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) : SLS is used in products such as garage floor cleaners, engine degreasers and car wash soaps. Elsewhere, SLS is used for clinical testing as a primary skin irritant.
  • Artificial Sweeteners.
  • Sodium Fluoride: The main ingredient in toothpaste and rat poison
  • Propylene Glycol :Research on the safety of propylene glycol in personal care products is lacking, although it’s a known skin, eye, and lung irritant and may cause organ system toxicity
  • Diethanolamine (DEA) : It’s a known hormone disrupter and can react with other ingredients to form a potential carcinogen called NDEA (N-nitrosodiethanolamine), which is readily absorbed through the skin and has been linked with cancers of the stomach, esophagus, liver, and bladder.
  • Microbeads :The bits were found in Crest microbead toothpaste and were getting trapped under patients’ gums. This gives food and bacteria an entrance to your gum line, which could actually cause gum disease.
  • Hydrated Silica :A whitener that damages tooth enamel

Read more here

Your mouth is actually one of the most absorbent places in your entire body. This is why some medications are administered sublingually, or under your tongue.

While you’re dutifully brushing and swishing, the ingredients in your toothpaste enter your mouth and gums,  which are the gateway to every system in your body.”2

This is why you need to be very careful when choosing  toothpaste. Many popular brands contain questionable ingredients that you’re far better off avoiding.

Read more here

 

It is actually the brushing that cleans the teeth and not the toothpaste. In toothpaste covers it is written that only a pea size amount is advisable. Still in ads they show the entire brush covered in paste. Also it is written that if swallowed consult doctor. We are putting this product in our mouth that is toxic if swallowed. Can the warning be anymore clear.

Carefully read the ingredient list before buying toothpaste and choose wisely. Or use traditional methods of cleaning teeth to be safe.

How do you know if a product suits your skin??

We see reviews on a lot of handmade, chemical free products these days. And most of these are positive reviews, after all what harm can natural ingredients do when used correctly. How do we know which one suits our skin? How do we know which product to buy when we have many options?
Write to me, your queries on products and I will include comparisons in reviews.
Let me know which products you want to see reviews of and what more you expect from posts.

DIY TIME :)

DIY Yummy Ginger Citrus BODY SCRUB

In the last post I have explained how to make face scrubs. In this post you will learn to make body scrubs.

Ingredients Needed:
Orange juice/ Lemon juice : half cup.
Grated Ginger : 1 and half table spoon.
Virgin coconut oil : 1 cup
Sugar : 1 and half cup
Essential oil (optional) : Lime/ Lemongrass /Grapeseed
Aloevera gel : 3 tsp

Mix this all and store in a glass jar and refrigerate. There you go!!!
Take a small quantity and gently massage skin with this scrub.

RESULT>>>HAPPY SOFT SKIN 🙂

You can cut the aloe vera gel incase you don’t have it.

Does Dove bar contain one-quarter moisturising milk????

This article is not mine but I just wanted to share it, so that you all know that product claims can be lies as well.

Do you think your favorite Dove beauty bar has one quarter moisturizing milk as the brand claims????

Then take a look at the ingredients list.

“DOVE INGREDIENTS EXPLAINED
On this page you will find all of the ingredients contained in Dove’s Sensitive Skin Unscented Beauty Bar and a brief analysis of each ingredient. Keep in mind that just because some Dove ingredients are listed as “potentially irritating” or “may dry your skin out” doesn’t mean they will. Skin irritation depends heavily on a lot of variables like your own unique skin, and the concentration of that ingredient on your skin. Many people can tolerate Dove ingredients, some can not.
Dove Sensitive Skin Unscented Beauty Bar Ingredients:

Sodium Lauroyl Isethionate
Uses: According to DCI it is used as a detergent, wetting agent, and emulsifier
About This Ingredient: This is a synthetic detergent. It may dry the skin out because if it’s degreasing properties. Depending on where you look, this detergent may be listed as a mild skin irritant.
How It’s Made: This detergent is chemically synthesized in a lab.
Summary: This Dove soap ingredient does not appear to have any beneficial properties for your skin (aside from cleaning it), and may dry it out.

Stearic Acid
Uses: Used as a hardener in soap. According to DCI, it also gives liquid soap a pearly appearance.
About This Ingredient: According to DCI and Cosmetics Info it is deemed safe by the FDA and CIR (Cosmetic Ingredient Review) expert panel. DCI states that it is a possible sensitizer for allergic people. Stearic acid is a constituent in some vegetable oils.
How It’s Made: According to wikipedia, Stearic acid is prepared by treating animal fat with water at a high pressure and temperature, leading to the hydrolysis of triglycerides.
Summary: This Dove ingredient does not appear to have any beneficial properties for your skin, and may sensitize you to allergens.

Sodium Tallowate
Uses: Used for cleansing.
About This Ingredient: Sodium tallowate is a salt of Tallow (according to Cosmetic Cop’s Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients it is a substance extracted from the fatty deposits of animals, especially from suet (the fat of cattle and sheep). Tallow is often used to make soap and candles. In soap, because of its fat content, it can be a problem for breakouts). According to The Soapmakers Companion (Susan Miller Cavitch) “Quite a bit of controversy surrounds the use of tallow in soap making. It is thought to clog pores, cause blackheads, and increase the incidence of eczema for individuals with sensitive skin.”
How It’s Made: Sodium tallowate is made my mixing Tallow with Lye (a solution containing water and an alkali).
Summary: This inexpensive and readily available Dove soap ingredient cleanses and moisturizes your skin, but may worsen or cause acne.

Sodium Palmitate
Uses: Used for cleansing and creating lather.
About This Ingredient: Sodium Palmitate is a salt of Palmitic Acid (according to Cosmetic Cop’s Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients. Palmitic Acid can be drying to the skin).
How It’s Made: Sodium Palmitate is made my mixing Palmitic Acid with Lye (a solution containing water and an alkali).
Summary: This Dove soap ingredient cleanses your skin, but may dry it out.

Lauric Acid
Uses: According to Cosmetic Info it is a surfactant and cleansing agent.
About This Ingredient: Lauric Acid occurs naturally in some vegetable oils like palm oil. It can be irritating to super-sensitive individuals at high concentrations.
How It’s Made: Occurs naturally.
Summary: This ingredient cleanses your skin. It may irritate very sensitive skin.

Sodium Isethionate
Uses: It’s generally used as a surfactant.
About This Ingredient: This ingredient is a type of detergent surfactant. It’s pretty mild and produces a lot of dense lather. Sodium isethionate works equally well in soft or hard water.
How It’s Made: This ingredient is normally chemically synthesized in a lab.
Summary: This ingredient is mild on the skin and non-drying.

Water
Uses: Typically used in soap as a solvent for dissolving the oxidizer.
About This Ingredient: A solvent is always needed to dissolve the oxidizer. It can be water, milk, or any other liquid containing water.
How It’s Made: Occurs naturally.
Summary: Water is used as a means of dissolving the oxidizer (the thing that combines with the oils to make soap).

Sodium Stearate
Uses: The Stearate salts are generally used for their lubricating properties. They also help to keep emulsions from separating into their oil and liquid components, according to Cosmetic Info.
About This Ingredient: According to DCI, this ingredient is about 98% Stearic Acid, and carries the same risks.
How It’s Made: Made by reacting sodium with stearic acid to create the salt, sodium stearate, according to wikipedia.
Summary: This Dove soap ingredient does not appear to have any beneficial properties for your skin.

Cocamidopropyl Betaine
Uses: Used as a surfactant, according to Cosmetic Info.
About This Ingredient: This is generally regarded as one of the more gentle surfactants, although some studies indicate it may be an allergen, according to wikipedia.
How It’s Made: I wasn’t able to pin this down definitively, but I gather that it is synthesized in a lab.
Summary: This ingredient cleanses your skin. It may also be an allergen.

Sodium Cocoate
Uses: Used as a surfactant.
About This Ingredient: This is a gentle surfactant.
How It’s Made: Sodium cocoate is produced by hydrolysis of the ester linkages in coconut oil with sodium hydroxide (same as Sodium Isethionate), a strong base, according to wikipedia.
Summary: This ingredient cleanses your skin.

Sodium Palm Kernelate
Uses: Used as a surfactant.
About This Ingredient: This is a gentle surfactant.
How It’s Made: Sodium Palm Kernelate is formed by combining Palm Kernel oil with an oxidizer (such as Sodium Hydroxide).
Summary: This ingredient cleanses your skin.

Sodium Chloride
Uses: Used as a thickening agent.
About This Ingredient: Sodium Chloride is the same as ordinary table salt.
How It’s Made: Occurs naturally. Can be mined or taken from seawater by evaporating it.
Summary: This ingredient does not appear to have any beneficial properties for your skin.

Tetrasodium EDTA
Uses: Used as a preservative and chelating agent, according to wikipedia.
About This Ingredient: No known toxicity to the skin.
How It’s Made: Synthesized in a lab.
Summary: This ingredient does not appear to have any beneficial properties for your skin.

Tetrasodium Etidronate
Uses: Used as a preservative and chelating agent (DCI lists this as a synonym for Tetrasodium EDTA, I’m not sure why Dove lists this twice).
About This Ingredient: No known toxicity to the skin.
How It’s Made: Synthesized in a lab.
Summary: This ingredient does not appear to have any beneficial properties for your skin.

Maltol
Uses: Used as a flavoring agent, according to wikipedia.
About This Ingredient: I wasn’t able to find any information on the use of Maltol in soap. It occurs naturally in some types of plants. It does have a fragrance.
How It’s Made: I can’t say definitively, but I would propose that it is probably harvested from plant material.
Summary: This ingredient does not appear to have any beneficial properties for your skin. It might be used as a fragrance, but maybe not considering Dove claims this bar to be unscented.

Titanium Dioxide
Uses: Used as a whitening agent.
About This Ingredient: Titanium Dioxide is thought to have no negative side effects when used externally. However, I have read that people can be sensitive to it.
How It’s Made: Crude titanium dioxide is purified via titanium tetrachloride in the chloride process, according to wikipedia.
Summary: This ingredient does not appear to have any beneficial properties for your skin. It may cause skin irritation.”

Information courtesy:
http://www.alabu.com/dove-ingredients/