Dec 21, 2010

All things Good - Skincare

I try more skincare products than makeup, but unlike makeup, I cannot try my luck with any brand/any product when it comes to my skin.  I have combination-oily skin, prone to break-outs easily, and reacts to products faster than the normal average - reacts badly, that is!  All that means, I tend to play safe and stick to products that I find work for me.  I am still searching for the ideal shampoo-conditioner combo, but I think I am on my way to finding my ideal Cleanse-Tone-Moisturize package.

These are some of the skincare products I tried and loved/found interesting through the year.  I have only listed the ones I have reviewed.  Click on the names for review/more info.

Shiseido The Skincare Extra Gentle Cleansing Foam

I got Shiseido The Skincare Extra Gentle Cleansing Foam as a sample.  I never did buy the full-size version of this because I kept trying out other brands to review.  This is the best soap-based cleanser I have tried - EVER.  It's just a regular face wash, and I always thought that any facewash is okay - how much difference can it make? This made my skin squeaky clean but never dry or stretched or tight, yet it was never oily, and there was no residue on my face.  Another plus point with the Shiseido Skincare Extra Gentle Cleansing Foam is that I need lesser product than the usual face washes.

Shiseido The Skincare Extra Gentle Cleansing Foam Mousse Face Wash Reviews Ingredients Nettoyante Ultra-Douce


Kama Mridul Soap-Free Cleanser

The best soap-free cleanser, I think.  I use the Kama Mridul Soap-Free Cleanser as a mild, daily scrub that I use after washing my face first with a gentle soap-based cleanser.  The Kama Mridul Cleanser gives super smooth, soft skin, does not dry the skin, but does not make it oily either.  It did not look there was a lot of product in the cute small steel container it was packed in, but I have been using this regularly for a long time now, and I am nowhere near finishing the product.

Kama Ayurveda Mridul Gentle Facial Cleanser Scrub Reviews Ingredients

Clinique Clarifying Lotion 2

My pick for a toner for summers/days when my skin is just its usual oily-confused state, the Clinique Clarifying Lotion 2 is an alcohol-based toner.  I was in a no-alcohol-in-skincare phase, and I would ideally prefer to have great skin with no alcohol, but that's not happening and I have learned to compromise :) The Clarifying Lotion has also been great at getting rid of the permanent-resident blackheads, so you could use it just on the T-zone, blackhead/acne-prone areas.

clinique clarifying lotion type 2 skin toner reviews ingredients oily alcohol

Shiseido The Skincare Hydro-balancing Softener

A softener, unlike a toner, works to dampen your skin and allows the moisturizer to soak in better.  That's how Shiseido The Skincare Hydrobalancing Softener works.  It's a cleanser-toner/softener-moisturizer.  I use this on days when my skin feels dry and stretchy.  I live in Bangalore, and we have days when its gets very dry and cold, generally around winter time.  Blessed as I am with combination skin, it means that I start to get a parched-dry feeling on my cheeks and forehead.  I skip a toner, and switch over to a softener on such days.  This is alcohol-free.

Shiseido Skincare Hydrobalancing Softener Skin reviews ingredients Alcohol Free Dry Normal skin

Shiseido Pureness Mattifying Moisturizer

This is my HG moisturizer for the summers.  I will never ever try anything else until I get old enough for my skin to move into the dry-mature category.  The Shiseido Pureness Mattifying Moisturizer works great for my skin, moisturizes my skin, but has absolutely no oil.  It also has a very fine mattifying powder in it that soaks up any extra oiliness.  Though this mattifying moisturizer is a better product for summer than winters, using this with a nourishing softener balances things out.

shiseido pureness oil free mattifying powder moisturizer oily skin reviews ingredients

Neutrogena Fine Fairness Deep Whitening Mask

The Neutrogena Fine Fairness Deep Whitening mask is the first sheet mask I tried, and I love how easy it is to use.  Just open the sheet and spread over face, wait for 10-15 minutes or as per directions on the package, take off and massage any residual product into the skin.  I did not buy this for "getting fairer skin" was hoping it would work on blemishes on my face.  It does brighten the skin but no "skin whitening" effect.  It has a slight drying effect on my skin, but I have oily skin so that's a plus point for me.

Neutrogena Fine Fairness Skin Deep Whitening Sheet Face Mask Reviews Ingredients

Himalaya Herbals Almond and Cucumber Peel-Off Mask

It's a peel-off face mask, so of course I love it :D  That apart, the Himalaya Herbals Almond and Cucumber Peel-Off Mask actually made my skin look fresher and cleaner.  It's inexpensive and easily available.  What's not to like about this one?!!

Himalaya Herbals Almond Cucumber Peel Off Face Mask Skin Ingredients Reviews

Lush Dream Cream

Quite unlike my face, the rest of my body has really dry and sensitive skin.  I love using heavy, greasy body butters from Lush and TBS, but the Dream Cream moisturizer is my absolute favorite.  Meant for dry-itchy skins, it has a bit of a herbal smell and is filled with soothing oils to calm the skin.  Unlike the usual Lush products, the perfume/fragrance is very toned down because it's meant for sensitive skins.  I like Dream Cream because though it is a light moisturizer and can be used in summers, it's moisturizing enough for the dry winter days here.  Lush Dream Cream is also my facial moisturizer for the winters.

Lush Dream Cream Body Lotion Moisturizer Dry Sensitive Itchy Eczema Skin Reviews Ingredients

80 comments:

  1. :) me likey ur post !!!! me too more a skin care person mainly bec i cant get away using abt anything on my face...hv never tried any of the above brands apart from Himalaya :D...where do you get KAMA ?

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  2. Yippee - we will start our club. Prefer-Skincare-To-Makeup is not a good name..need to find a nice name for our club :D :D

    I got it from Hypercity. I think it is also available at the Bombay Store. Good Earth - never been to the store - but somebody (tx Anon) had left a comment it's available there.

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  3. I want the Neutrgena fianrness mask and the eppel off mask too............Rads you recycling your earlier posts kya???????

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  4. Yes yes Jomol..I am trying to squeeze out as many posts as I can get out of the same topic. Tomorrow I will be doing a post on the favorites among the two posts I did yesterday..and also..tomorrow's special ...I will be posting my favorite comments :D :D :D

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  5. And please don't buy Neutrogena Fairness Mask from Amazon or Sephora or wherever you ordered Lotus Ginseng from! If you don't find it, tell me, I will send it to you...it's available in the roadside cobbler's shop also here :D :D :D :D

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  6. nomakeuponlybeauty.com.....lol...jomol afternoon..where hv u been all these days ?????

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  7. You should register that name right away..is actually much better than so many dodo ones I have read (errrr...case in point..a certain dumb rambling name) :D :D :D

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  8. It's working just fine, radhika...no problemmsss

    Priyaaa..grrr prrrrrrrrrr

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  9. I louu the clarifying lotionn..and kammaa cleanser..:yahooo"" me having a super exciting morning..hubby made the tea today ...yahooooo

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  10. :| :(( Everyone telling something wrong with it..Ikky also told something like that yesterday - not able to post comments...baaah never mind..now I found out ppl read my blog...they only tell me when they cannot access it :D :D :D :D Me happy toooooooo :D :D Why did ur hubby make tea for you?? You made puppy faces??? Am sure you did...:D

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  11. i checked..the website is avail for register if any :D

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  12. Heheheheeee...cos its always about makeup naa..so "no makeup" would def be available :D

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  13. I made puppy faces, pleaded, said I NEED tea or I'll die..he prepared it. :|

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  14. :O....You woke up late today..and wrote such a bigggggg post *clappings*...he he!!

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  15. @rati..all you have to do is pout....everything will be done by hubby :D

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  16. I am so proud of you Rati..you did the perfect "puppy face" :D :D :D

    Caliiii - good morning :D :D :D Ya I did a biggggg post of repackaging my older posts :D :D

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  17. Priyaa...she didn't seem to like the name..No makeup only beauty...wonder whyyyy...something to do with her blog is it???!! Me wondering wondering :D :D :D

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  18. me wonder wonder tooooo :D now she will run and register that site so that we dont becm competition...nipping the buds ! ;)

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  19. OMGGGGGGGGGG...Priyaaaaaaaaaa...she killl you now....:D :D :D You are really good at this..and you sit so quietly :D

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  20. poooooooooopppppppppppp *cackleesss**

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  21. I will mail it to you in Hindi, Rati...Cali..why you so quiet-quiet..busy with work?

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  22. binamakeupsirfsundartha .....:D

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  23. Heheeheeeeee..nooooooo Priyaaaaa...OMG..you are getting horrid..but I wanted to mail the pooop to Rati in Hindi. The other day, I found this hindi-typing thing in the mail so I was using that to type it :D :D :D

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  24. i think am getting obsessed with the title now .....

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  25. Have you been to UB city, Priya? I remember something about you working somewhere near it..

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  26. i have been to UB city lot of times...but only for food....no shopping...yup we work closer...MG road and my client used to be in UB city...so it was good fun ..!

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  27. yeah..me busy!! :(......Have to work..and I am freeeeeeeeezing too here!! brrrrrrrr...

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  28. Do they have "affordable" food options there? :D :D Since all their stores seem to be wayyyyyyyyyyyy out of my lifetime financial savings range :D

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  29. It is kind of cold today naa..so sunny outside but I feel like my hands and feet are permanently frozon :|

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  30. Froz-E-n!! The typo virus infection is very contagious :D

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  31. me too....My fingers have become chillleeeeeeeeed...and I dont want to type or move any body part now..just sit and stare!! ..feels so nice!! :D :D

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  32. errr....am i the only person not feeling cold today...and me wearing jacket and all :D...UB has great selection of food .....not too bad on pocket either....(its def cheaper than one chanel gloss ;))...its a good happy place..i like to go there...come..will all go and hv a nice time...

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  33. I can comment now comment now comment now....

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  34. Rati...errr...!! :D What did the donkey put in that tea?

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  35. Priya - wear a jacket and wonder why you aren't feeling cold! Sure will call you if I am going that side cos the hubby has been banned..I will not be going with him to UB city..grrrrrrrrrrrr

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  36. hey RADSSS..the cheapest and most sumptuous food to eat there is one Rajdhaani Thaali - for Rs.325/- only!! :D :D :D

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  37. Hey..me too want to joinnnnnnnnnn...coz of BF, I couldn't spend much time staring at the products..he he he...

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  38. Ya but that one thali might be wayy too much for me..I like small quantities of food...but ya I have heard Rajdhani is pretty good..

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  39. Oh mystery of Rati's comments - 2 of her comments went to spam..heheheee..Rati..that :-(( face thing was the one that went to spam yesterday too..I think my blog just doesn't like anybody being sad :D

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  40. its very small quantities only..he he he..its just that 22 rs wala thaali you get at shanti saagar..with 2 pooris and everything else in small katoris..its just coz it is in UB city you get it for 325!! :D :D:D

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  41. OHHHHH...:D :D Didn't know that!!

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  42. ohhh....i never ventured into that thali thingy bec am a poor eater !!!!! ya lets all go..it will be good fun !!!!

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  43. Me feeling sooo low now!! :( :( :(

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  44. after seeing the amt of blushes rati has :D :D

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  45. :D :D Go home put on your Dior lippy and you will forget about Rati's blush post :D

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  46. "Buy a tyre, get onion for free" !!!!! i cant stop laughing at this article on NDTV !!!!

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  47. Radsssss...he he..me keeping that for mom!! :P....for rishwat purpose...Me will buy some nice blush sooooooooooooooon... :D probably next month!! he he he!! ...
    Priya: huhhhhhhhhh??? whats the relation between tyre and onion?? lolllllll

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  48. Guess we will just have to check the article :D :D but am guessing onions are so damn pricey now that they are offered as freebies with tyres :D :D

    Oh you giving it to your mom..so sweet of you..rishwat??? Hmmmmmmm...me getting ideas what the bribing is for :D

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  49. oh check it out on ndtv.com....a guy in jamshedpur is offering 5 kg onion for truck tyre and 1kg for car tyre.....lol

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  50. :D :D...I hope she agrees!! ...Donno how much more time they want!! :(( :((

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  51. They will agree..I am sure. It's very difficult I think for parents, and maybe we will only understand at least little bit when we have kids (is what my mom loves to tell us for everrrrrything)..but I am sure they will. And I think they are really nice about it in their own way, they are letting you stay in Bangalore and work..and things like that. A lot of people would find that quite an impossible dream!

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  52. Sorry I made such a long comment on this :D

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  53. It feels good to read such nice nice comments Rads!! :) :)....Thankooo soooooooooooo much!! and for that..I'd definitely try to get the work around done for smiley installation here.....and not just tuccha puccha yahoo..anyyyyyyyyyyy kind of smiley!! :D :D :D

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  54. Heheheeee...awww...that's so sweet..actually yahoo is also nice..but I don't know..I had seen it on another blog and it looked odd..and having to type naa..but I suppose its better than nothing kinds...sighhh..I hate Wordpress :D :D :D

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  55. actually its a problem with the way components are built in blogger. I could do that click wala stuff at my local thing..but it is difficult to do it in blogger..coz this comments text box resides in some other place...and they have just embedded it here in this page..like the way you embedd youtube videos..So it is difficult to edit the text to get the smileys here!!..But I'd find some hack for this for sure!! :D :D...Just need to spend some time figuring out how to do it!! :) :) :)

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  56. like I tried on my blog smileys for first yahoo smiley..if you see in my blog..and click on the first smiley..you'd get its symbol there on the page..but it is coming above the comments box..not inside it!! :(

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  57. Oh wowwwiee..you got a click insert thing working..I don't know how to do all these thing..I just know how to meddle in the html..and that too only by following instructions on websites..am comp-dodo :D

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  58. he he....dont worrrrrrry...Let me get the smiley inside the box and then I'll send you details about how to do that!! :D :D :D

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  59. Oh I saw on your blog..but you are getting somewhere with it all right :D

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  60. and then we will post allll coooooooooolest smileys on our blog.....I have some nice sites in my list..that give verrrrrryy cute animated smileys with biggggg eyes and cute expressions!! :D :D he he he

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  61. me waiting *with big eyes and cute expression*

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  62. i want all of these things! the pictures are so pretty! i want it all! :D

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  63. You have the Himalaya peel off mask don't you..you told you have..on IMBB!

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  64. Ahhh okay :D Dodo you have dry skin..why would you want my skincare list!!!!

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