The climate is chilly and dry. Our skin and hair tend to get really affected by the change in climate. I have previously written a post on winter skin care regime in 2016 but I should say the only product I still use from the stash is the burt’s bees lip balm.
My skincare regime has evolved over these two years and I am more inclined towards the Korean skin care method of layering products on skin, than using heavy products on skin.
So here are some products I have been using for quite sometime now and the only difference I would make for the Winter, is to layer it more.
I am reviewing two of my favorite products from this 100 % natural brand,Skin Yoga. I had reviewed the green tea face mask from Skin yoga before. I repurchased the full size green tea mask and also tried out the saffron,sandalwood face mask this time.
Skin Yoga Green Tea Face Mask
Check out the previous blog post for detailed review. I will just be adding new observations here.
Ingredients : So this one has an additional ingredient in the formula which is the Neem leaf powder, in addition to the oat meal, green tea and rice powder.
Suitable for : All skin types, especially oily/acne prone skin.
If you would ask me what is the one product that can clear out acne, I would suggest this mask. The ingredients are simple and highly effective. On mixing with water to form a paste, this will increase in quantity. So take just a little first and see if that would suffice. I use it as a spot treatment on acne.
Because of the presence of neem leaf powder, this makes my eyes water if I apply a thick layer on my cheeks. So I use very little quantity and apply directly over any acne or marks.
Skin Yoga Sandalwood Saffron face mask : Anti ageing skin brightening blend
This is a powder version of moisturizer. This mask deeply moisturizes the skin and is great addition to your routine, if you have dry skin.
Unlike green tea face mask, the texture of this is crumbly. But once a little of this is mixed with water the color lightens and it becomes soft in texture.
I wouldn’t suggest this mask for oily/acne prone skin types. After washing the mask off, there will be a bit of oiliness on the skin and in a few minutes these oils will skin in completely leaving the skin glowing.
More on the brand:
This is a high end brand, based on the price and packaging. But it is also highly effective and a little goes a long way. One doesn’t need to slather a thick layer of the products to get the most out of it. I usually use just a pinch or two of both masks like spot treatment. Since I have a combination skin, I use the green tea mask mostly on my t-zone or just over pimple prone area and the sandalwood mask on dry patches on the cheeks. I am sure both the products will last me long.
One thing that makes these products efficient is that all the ingredients are actives and works beautifully on the specific skin types, which makes these products worth buying. You can get them from the Skinyoga website or from Nykaa.
The sourcing of the best quality ingredients must be what makes the difference. Because these ingredients are easily available in market and we can as well make a home made mask with it. But I have found that it doesn’t give the same result as the Skin yoga ones.
Both the products comes in a glass jar with glass lid, packed inside a wooden box. So these are not exactly travel friendly. But since these are in dry powder form, you can easily transfer it into travel friendly tins.
Hope you liked the review. Do leave your comments.
Hello everyone, so it has been a happening week with the Navrathri and related festivities around. I went to Mysore and the sight of Mysore palace adorned with lights at night, was breath taking. You can view the picture at my Instagram page.
It has been a while since I did a single product review post. Mostly because it is easier to compare multiple products to understand them better. I received a sample pack of this skin yoga face pack with #Smytten box, and this one is worked well for my combination skin.
About The Brand
SkinYoga is a 100% natural skincare brand owned by three sisters. They travel far and wide to get the best natural ingredients to formulate each product. All products have simple but effective ingredients and are not packed with goodness from ingredients we are all familiar with. The find the simplicity of formulations refreshing.
Packing : The product comes in this cute little vintage looking wooden box with a yarn thread to keep the lid closed.The mask comes in a small glass bottle with a cork stopper. Also there is a jute nest inside the box, that acts as a protective package.
Price : Rs.1,750.00 fro 50gm. Yes I know, very very expensive.
Ingredients : Rice flour, Oat flour, and organic green tea
Texture : The mask is in a light green powder form. When mixed with warm water (as recommended), it becomes a smooth paste. Also just a quarter of teaspoon of powder, kind of increases in volume when wet and sufficient for face.
About the product :
Inspired from the ancient Japanese skincare regime, this green tea based, antioxidant rich face mask slows aging and wrinkles. This is a 100 percent natural acne control formula that removes toxins from your skin and gives you a more youthful appearance. Organic Green Tea works as a very effective sun guard and acne control agent. Rice flour acts as a natural whitening agent and adds glow to the skin.
My experience using the face mask:
I was familiar with the brand, as I make sure I keep updated on, all natural skin care brands. But I never felt like investing so much on a face pack that can be easily made at home with same ingredients. Anyway since I got this sample free with the subscribed box, I gave it a try and was pleasantly surprised.
I was getting a lot of breakouts recently and my skin felt quite irritated, even though I don’t slather any chemical laden products on my skin. I mixed a small quantity of the powder with warm water and applied it to wet face. I kept it for 10 minutes and washed it off before it was completely dry. This is very important when ever you use face masks that tends to dry out skin.
My skin felt very refreshed and soft. The minor acne seems to have settled a bit and clearly my skin felt a bit brighter. Since this is a sample, I use it only when I see any new breakouts as I don’t want to finish it up fast.
Controls oiliness of oily/combination skin
Makes skin soft and smooth
Fragrance is mild and completely natural
Settles mild acne and redness without drying out skin
Simple but effective ingredients
Mild brightening effect
Very pretty and eco-friendly packaging
Extremely pricey for the quantity and ingredients
Not sure of its performance on highly acne prone skin
The brightening effect doesn’t last much long
Not travel friendly as full sized product comes in a bulky glass jar
Might not suit people with dry skin
I don’t think I will purchase this, as it is too expensive for a skin care product. Also you can easily make this product at home at very low cost.
This month I did a bit of quirky shopping and well everything turned out to be amazing (usually I return most of the stuff I buy online). So here is a sneak peak.
I found out about this brand called #skinyoga recently and I got a sample sized green tea face mask to try via the app Smytten.
Skin Yoga is a luxury skin care brand that provides 100% plant based products. The green tea face mask came in this cute little wooden box. The mask was enclosed within a tiny glass bottle with a cork stopper. Head over to my instagram feed (Here), to see the cute video I made unpacking the product.
The product is simple but very effective treatment for oily and acne prone skin. I will be doing a detailed review of the product soon.
Blue sandals :
I came across this fb page 22.2accessories few weeks back, and I loved their funky and quirky handcrafted products. Richa, the brand owner was a doll and helped me choose these awesome pair of handcrafted leather sandals. Really comfortable to wear and best for daily use. I love all those colors that adds life to otherwise unnoticed feet.
Peachy little liars :
I am not a big fan of makeup and I don’t generally use anything but kohl. But it has been a while since I wanted a perfect natural lip shade that can make my otherwise dry and lifeless lips, look a bit healthy on occasions. My search has now ended successfully, after my purchase of Peachylittleliars from Sugar cosmetics. #sugarcosmetics
FDA approved, this lipstick is free of mineral oil and parabens. Love!!!
PC : Sugar Cosmetics
This dusky pink shade is exactly same as my natural lip color, and hence evens out the color of my lips. It brings that subtle glam to my otherwise dried and washed out lips. Quite happy with the shade even though this being matte, does dry out my lips after a while.
So that’s it, these are my favorites for this month. Let me know if there is a brand or product, you think I should know of. I will surely try it out and review it here.