Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The Honey Cinnamon Nutmeg Mask

After seeing an article about korean beauties using a mask on their face everyday I decided to do the same. But from prior experience I know that one must be careful about choosing the mask. There was a period when I'd used Turmeric mask on my face everyday and ended up with burning skin as my skin is mildly sensitive.

So I decided to rotate masks(I'll tell you about that in another post).

The honey-cinnamon-nutmeg mask is supposed to help with acne scars(which is what I'm after).
To make it:
1-2tsp honey
1/2tsp cinnamon powder
1/2tsp nutmeg powder
should be mixed. Put more honey if necessary but do not make it too runny.

It should be spread all over the face and left on for 1/2 an hr to 45 mins depending on how sensitive your skin is. Wash it off after that.

Honey is an antibacterial agent while nutmeg and cinnamon improve blood circulation and the appearance of scars.

I've found it to be quite good for my scars. They definitely look lighter.

I even get compliments about the glow on my skin nowadays!

I use this mask twice a week. Anymore than that might cause your skin to burn and peel.

I recommend that people with very sensitive skin not use this mask. Do a patch test and if it causes you unbearable burning then wash it off.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Review: Lacto Calamine lotion-Classic

This is another product that has been around for years and is still one of the best in the market. My grandmum used this to help with chickenpox scars and this lotion had a reputation for it.

I always thought that it was a medicinal emergency thing but then I realised that it is used as a regular face lotion by a lot of people and that is also how piramal markets it these days. So I tried it and now I'm hooked. It has become my HG moisturiser.

It costs Rs 70 for 60ml.

This lotion is targeted towards people with oily to normal skins and it does work great as a moisturiser for em. But some might find it a bit drying in the winter months and I've found that a bit of Nivea soft creme under Lacto calamine does the trick.

The bottle says that it provides  skinsurance by giving protection, acne control, oil control n dead skin removal.
I don't know about the dead skin removal because I scrub regularly but it does the rest alright. It does not have an SPF rating but zinc oxide it one of the main ingredients which is the blocking ingredient in sunblocks so it will give sun protection enough unless you work in fields all day or are an athlete who practices under the sun all day. It controls oil for a good while until of course the skin starts making enough to open an oil factory. For me that is around 3-4 hours. It helps with mild acne but moderate to severe acne sufferers will need to go to a derm.

Also, it has never interfered with my acne medication. Its never made me break out yet.

Lacto calamine classic(purple cap) is also a good makeup base. I find that it works like a good bb cream minus the fantastic coverage.

The only problem is that you must be careful about the amount you use. If too much is used it can make you look like a white ghost. also dark-skinned people need to be extra careful about this point.

I recommend a trial period of a week or more with any new product. So stop if you find any problems. But not many find problems with LC.

Disclaimer: These reviews are based on my own experience and those of people I know. I have not been paid to do these reviews.

Review: Boroline Antiseptic Cream

This is one of the oldest antiseptic cream brands in India maybe even THE oldest. It monopolised the market for a very long time until Boroplus came in and stole the show. If you guys are interested you could even check out articles on how Boroplus beat Boroline. Just google it.

However, this cream beats Boroplus by far. Boroplus may have a snazzier packaging and bigger stars vouching for it but quality wise it'll never beat boroline.

Here are the pros and cons.

1) nice smell. I like it atleast. Some might find it strong but its fine for me.
2) It works fast. Faster than Boroplus does.
3)Its is a very old and trusted brand.
4) The composition hasn't changed. It is now a little thinner than it used to be but that is a good thing and apart from that its been the same for ages.
5) It is the world's best lip balm. Just a little on your lips and they become moist immediately. If you leave it on overnight it soothes chapped lips and you can feel the dead skin coming off the next day. Then you can remove the dead skin by pulling or scrubbing and you're lips will look like new. It can repair dry and cut lips overnight. Don't expect perfect lips in a day though. You have to follow up by keeping your lips moisturised throughout the day and use Boroline for atleast 3 days to see the perfect fashion model lips. But. it is the best lip soother ever.
6) It is the best crack cream for heels.
7) it is also the best night moisturiser for the face and any other part of your body.
8) it is the best remedy for chapped bleeding cuticles as well.
9) It is an antiseptic cream so its great for cuts, burns, wounds, rashes nearly any skin problem. I have used it for the aforementioned purposes and its like a miracle.

1) It is really oily so it won't do for daytime use. Also acne prone people had better not put this on their faces. but its works great everywhere else for all skin types.
2) It looks white on lips if applied a little heavily. but a light application is fine. It requires Practice i guess. But it won't interfere with lipstick if applied on top of it.

Thats all the cons I find. It costs 22 rupees for 20g.

This is one of my holy-grail products and I have very few fave products so this is truly great. My mom and her mom before her have used it for years and we're all very loyal to this brand.