Aug 3, 2010

Back to the basics: Himalaya Herbals Neem Face Pack (Review)

Acne-prone skin and on a budget??  This might be worth a try :-) 

Himalaya Herbals Neem Face Pack - Review
Himalaya Herbals Neem Face Pack

Pros:
  • Neem and turmeric - for their antiseptic effects
  • Fuller's earth - Draws out impurities and controls the oilies
  • But the best part, its really reasonably priced and affordable...and IT WORKS :-)
  • Cost: Rs. 90 for 75 g - that's after the Rs. 20 off :-)
Himalaya Herbals Neem Face Pack - Review
Himalaya Herbals Neem Face Pack

Cons:  Nothing really much, but just to point out a few stuff
  • Can cause a bit of burning sensation initially - this is mentioned on the pack too, and is not too much of a bother. Note: Not naming names here, a certain guy I tried this on denied any discomfort - told me my skin is odd!
  • A bit hard to get off if you leave it to dry completely - don't know if I applied too thick a layer.
  • Sometimes the product tends to separate, I think, because I got a greenish liquid on squeezing the tube, and I just keep shaking the tube hoping to mix it up.
Himalaya Herbals Neem Face Pack - Review
Himalaya Herbals Neem Face Pack


How I use it:
  • Once a week I treat my face to a heavier cream - currently trying out Lush Saving Face serum bar - let it soak in for about 15 - 20 minutes.
  • Soak a small towel in some warm-hot (not very hot) water, wring, and place on face to help the serum/cream soak in better.
  • Apply this face mask and wait till it dries - wash off. While applying the mask, instead of just painting it on, I try applying it in small circles to kind of give a teeny bit of a scrub to my face since the mask has really fine granules in it. Is just something I do..don't know if it makes a difference really :P
This is not a miracle treatment for acne, at least for me, but it's a good basic mask which leaves me with a much fresher, cleaner face than what I started with. 

My mom's rules on face pack use :P
  • Don't just put it on your face...apply on your neck too. What can I say, she is blessed with two really lazy daughters (counting on my sis not reading this)..but I find it such a pain to wash off the pack from my neck unless am going in for a bath later.
  • Always apply the pack in an upward direction...sweep the product from your jawline upwards. She says it helps to keep the face firm. Don't know if it's true. I do it cos she won't let me do it any other way! Love you mommmy :-)
  • Don't sit with your sister when you are putting the pack...and no talking..no giggling. Needless to say, that's one rule I never manage to follow - I giggle even if my sister is miles away!
Himalaya Herbals Neem Face Pack - Ingredients: Active ingredients: Neem, turmeric, Fuller's earth. Inactive ingredients: Sodium methylparaben IP, sodium propylparaben IP, imidazolidinyl urea, DMDM hydantoin.

What's your pocket-friendly mask recommendation for us oily-skin girls?

42 comments:

  1. I have this face pack.. I'm pretty lazy at applying packs and I use them occasionally.. Like you have mentioned, I feel this has not helped me in treating acne. It just leaves my face cleaner.. Probably it might make a difference if I use it regularly

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  2. Hii Priya...am beginning to think getting rid of pimples is more than just face masks and creams. I notice people who exercise and eat healthier also have clearer skin...and yet I cannot commit to a proper lifestyle!

    Goodness..if Shiva reads this she is going to be furious :P

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  3. all three of ur moms rules are true!

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  4. Heyy Wanderlust..yup I guess moms are always right! Besides she went for classes at a beauty parlour for a few months :-)

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  5. Well.. Its a bit difficult to eat healthy food.. I must say my skin has improved after doing the basic routine of CTM.. I still do get one or two around that time of the month... N I've found a perfect correction pen.. But does not work on my acne scar..

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  6. Have you tried Cosmetic Warrior - Lush fresh mask - I thought it kind of helped with removing spots...really old ones - like 2-3 year old scars if any might not go - but newer stubborn ones might go.

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  7. i use this quite regularly and i must say it has made a difference to my skin. i love the way this pack exfoliates the face when you remove it!

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  8. So that's the secret to your fab skin - regular care :-)

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  9. i've neglected my skin long enough! started taking care of it since the past year or so :)

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  10. I remember seeing your guest post on another blog long time back - Fab India cream..that's you isn't it?

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  11. yaaa it was actually a tutorial for dewy makeup. gosh that sounds like such a long time ago. i don't even use those products anymore! the fabindia stuff was excellent but the lakme souffle was just crap. one jar worked fine but when i got the next and stored it for some time, it turned wobbly like some alien. eeks!

    p.s. - i have a suggestion. since you have moderated your comments anyway, you don't really need the word verification. it just adds another step to the commenting. hope you understand?

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  12. Thanks a lot Rima for letting me know..I took it off..hopefully is okay now!

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  13. that was quick! i was just suggesting. :) you see i've done the same for my own blog. :)

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  14. My friend and I stared and stared at the Lakme souffles we had with us..we were like howwwwwww???? She is using the Fabindia toner now - lavender water - and is loving it, so in a way you started us off on that :-)

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  15. I am still learning most things with blogging..plus I never would have thought of it on my own!!

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  16. the souffle is everything but a souffle! it's actually scary, like it's alive!
    fabindia has good stuff. people are yet to explore it but thanks to beauty blogs they are gaining popularity!

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  17. Hehehe..true on that souffle thing - though guess its easily affordable for anyone who wants to start off with makeup - my first attempt at a foundation, anyway. And ya, Fabindia is good, but I never looked beyond clothes whenever I was at the store earlier!

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  18. that's exactly what happened with me. i would never look past the clothes at fabindia. once i wanted to get a gift for my friend and it was raining heavily, so i just ran into the store and discovered these beauties. :)

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  19. :-) Its nice though that finally we have decent Indian brands to try now.

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  20. I wld use this pack a lot when i was in my teens - I had a lot of acne then. It did work very well for me, but then it started to dry out my skin terribly so I stopped. Maybe my skin was changing then, but this is very good for zits... now i don't get acne at all :)

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  21. I think most of us would have tried this in our college days na :-) I had BAD acne then, still have oily skin, and the Himalaya packs were the only ones which kind of worked for me then. I picked this up again after ages - got a small pack so it gets used up before I get bored!

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  22. I'm waiting for Lush to open at Chennai and I would try Cosmetic Warrior.. Heard so much about it :D

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  23. I thought they were planning to open at Express Avenue..that new mall..but apparently not there yet!!

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  24. hello rads i love when u r in action daily hope to see u here and mmmmmmmmmmmm so waiting to chat with u ... still in delhi , still not able to meet rati , still busy but just logged in here and saw a new post , will read later but i want u to post daily
    love n hugs
    rashmi

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  25. rads sweetie i share my mask later but i sware by "TBS tea tree face wash"
    i love it love it love it and for travelling i keep
    himalayas neem face wash , have right now also ...

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  26. Awww Rashmi..HUGS to you..don't know if I can post daily..partly cos I will be out of stuff to post and no time either..but tx a lot for the advice - will at least try to be more regular :-)

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  27. TBS tea tree is supposed to be VERY good..was hoping for a sale on it some time and then pick it up..dont know when that will happen!

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  28. Hey Rads, I know my mom gives me the same set of rules....I am scared of applying anything before her prying eyes....if I do not do it in the upward motion....she really gives me an earful.....apparently she says if you rub it downwards, it will make your skin sag :).....BTW, I hate to apply face packs on my neck, I do not know how to clean the face pack from the neck area :(....BTW...how mean of you to get your name in my article.....^@(#@^(@^#@^@%@(@(^@#(O#@(&

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  29. I didn't get my name in the article Jomol..I tried to :D...and even offered to split the goodies with Rati :D but she didn't do it :-(

    Now tho pointless..I should have changed the name on the Oriflame article :P

    And ya...moms!!!! What we do without them naa :-)

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  30. I tried this a while ago but I broke out.The face wash also didn't suit me.Maybe because I have sensitive skin.

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  31. Oh the face wash didn't suit me either..I think its something to do with gel base. It did suit me initially, but later started getting pimples again. The face pack doesn't give me any problems though.

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  32. Oye! m not a lazybone like you! I never fail to treat my neck at par with my face when it comes to ANY skin routine... :). Thats a golden rule NEVER to be broken. And yeah, now that we are miles..states..cities apart... i worry a lot less abt cracking up and getting wrinkles. :P
    Now coming to the review- i remember to using this pack when my acne attack was at its worst. Works.
    Unless you are going to grind neem leaves and turmeric fresh- this is a good alternative. Definitely tingly- especially when you do have acne.
    The product can be a tad runny at times...just like u already pointed out.
    The alternatives- LOTUS herbals tea tree face pack ( not so pocket friendly- 185/-) and if you are not looking to be easy on your wallet- then Body shop and Lush have their near perfect recipes for problematic skin. :)

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  33. Oh and BTW, i am currently using TBS tea tree mask and their warming mineral mask- is Good. :)
    i wanted to give the TBS tea tree range a go.. so minus the day cream and the spot treatment- i bought the rest of the bundle- night cream, toner, face wash and the mask. So far- its doing a good job. :D

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  34. I have never known you to be this prompt with anything before :P

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  35. applying face pack in upward direction is an excellent tip. will try it and thankies your mom!! :))

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  36. Heyy..how was your day? Heard MACdevi and Poutmati met up today :P

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  37. Does this really work??
    I'm really lukin' for some good skincare product for my face cuz it sucks all oiky and full of acne ><

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    1. Hi Vidya..it's an okay product, not a fail-proof sort. If you have a major oil-control/acne problem, you might need more than just a mask. I know it sounds very irritating when people tell you that, but try switching to more salads and fresh fruits in your diet and cutting out the more processed foods. Also, have you tried changing your face wash/moisturizer/makeup routine. A lot of times acne comes from something as simple as a blotting powder not suiting the skin too!

      Okay..enough on my preaching..if you don't mind the expense, try out Lush Cosmetic Warrior fresh face mask. It does wonders for oily/acne prone skin. If you go to the store, most of the SAs generally recommend Cupcake mask..and a lot of other products too..but I would suggest you try just this one and see if it helps :)

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    2. BTW..going by your profile pic..you look supercute! :) :)

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