21 Sep 2018

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Bionova Vitamin E Cream Review

Even after been into skincare from the past few years I have never had a chance to use a special vitamin E cream. Not that it never crossed my mind, but with so many brands in the market choosing a good one was a real task. Recently I had a chance to use and review Bionova Vitamin E cream. After using it for 3 weeks here is my review on it.

Brand Claims
ALOTOL ADVANCE is a skin care formula from Bionova with skin rejuvenation and intense moisturization properties. With natural vitamin E as the key ingredient, ALOTOL blocks the free radical activity and protects the skin against acne breakouts that are triggered by free radicals. ALOTOL cream protects the skin against photobiological damages such as sunburns, dark spots premature aging. As an antioxidant, vitamin E stimulates skin cell division and improves the structural integrity of the skin. This product works well on all types of skins.

Cylopentasiloxane, Polypropyl Silsesquioxane, Dimethicone Vinyl Crosspolymer, Natural Vitamin E (source from various oil), Natural Squalene & Nature Identical Fragrance

My experience
The product is housed in a luxurious glass jar. It has an inner lid to prevent product leakage. The outer lid and inner lid are perfect to keep leakages and spillage in check while travelling. I really like the luxurious packaging. The quantity of the product is 50 gms and the jar was filled to brim. Even after using continuously over 3 weeks am not able to finish even 1/4 of it.

Coming to the colour, it is very light beige coloured product. The fragrance can be a bit bothering if you have a sensitive nose like me, but the fragrance is definitely not headache inducing. The texture of the cream is beyond amazing, rich, thick yet non greasy, non oily. The cream gets absorbed easily into the skin without leaving any oily residue. The cream contains natural vitamin E and not synthetic vitamin E. Synthetic vitamin E gives only effect to the skin as moisturiser. Whereas, natural vitamin E works not only as moisturiser but also gives additional benefits as skin cell rejuvenation, anti-ageing & anti oxidant properties.

I have used this cream during day and it moisturizes the skin sans oily or greasy residue. During the day the cream sweats a bit so I started using it at night when the skin repairs and rejuvenates. With regular use I wake up to baby soft, plump, smooth and even toned skin. The softness of the skin is too much to handle and I keep on touching my face often (guilty of this though 😝). I have even used the cream on my elbows and to my surprise the cream has even softened and brightened the rough elbows (😝😝). All in all I love the effect this cream has on my skin. I would however recommend using it only once a day for oily acne prone skin, as it intensely moisturizes the skin. Dry and normal skinned beauties can use it day and night. Some days back I had a rash due to a facial tonic, and I didn't skip using this product. To my surprise it soothed and calmed down the rashes in two days.

The In
  • Contains natural vitamin E (alpha tocopherol)
  • Intensely moisturizes the skin
  • Makes the skin plump, smooth and even toned with regular use
  • Gets absorbed easily without any greasy, oily or sticky feeling
  • Softens rough, dry skin patches (softened my elbows)
  • Little goes a long way so Product lasts longer
  • Affordable price according to quantity
  • Value for money product
  • Soothes irritated skin
  • Didn't cause me any breakouts
  • Luxurious packaging
The Out
  • Will suit dry, mature, normal, combination skin more
  • The cream sweats a bit during the day for oily skin
Price, Shelf life and Availablility - 675 INR for 50 gms with a shelf life of 3 years. Available on Amazon.in and Bionova Lifesciences website. Available ClickOnCare.com

I like the fact that Bionova Vitamin E Cream is true to it's claims of giving a youthful looking skin with regular usage. The Bionova Vitamin E Cream not only makes the skin smooth but also softens elbows and rough patches. This will be more suitable to dry, normal and combination skin types. Oily skinned beauties can use once a day as it intensely moisturizes the skin (I have oily acne prone skin). This cream however didn't cause me any breakouts, so rest assured about it's efficiency. Grab this cream if you can, as it gives amazing effects on the skin.

*PR sample
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17 Sep 2018

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Skincare Empties #11

Hi Everyone,

I am back with another empties post. I had been longing to reduce the number of skincare products I have in my drawer and there is no greater joy than to empty products and see what works for you and what all you need. From past two months I have been following a pretty simple routine, which has not only made my skin clear but also made me realize how I hoard and not use some products which I receive or which I buy. Let's head straight to the post and see what all has worked and what all hasn't.

Skinsense Natural Luxury Tejas Skin Glow Cleanser
I am all heart for this Cleanser. It is so so good for acne prone skin and makes the skin so soft and smooth. I have a detailed review on this so will like to keep it short here.

Blend It Raw Rosehip Oil
I have used this oil for straight 3 months or so only to find that it doesn't work on acne scars at all. In am attempt to empty the product I ended up using it on my hair. The product does give a nice glow to the skin when used as an overnight treatment. I highly recommend Moolit Beauty Rosehip Oil if you are looking to fade away your acne scars and definitely not this one.

Blue Nectar Kumkumadi Brightening and Radiance Face Scrub
I love this scrub a lot. After using this scrub skin is left with a subtle glow and intense moisturization, I skip moisturising my skin after using this scrub. You can read the detailed review posted on blog.

Kaira Naturals Aloe Vera Gel
As stated above I have been following minimalistic skincare routine from past two months and the star product of it has been Kaira Naturals Aloe Vera Gel with 10% Hyralounic Acid. It has helped me fade my acne scars along with Moolit Beauty Rosehip Oil. I have already stocked up on another jar. Need I day more?

Vya Naturals Vitamin C Serum
I have used this serum on and off since receiving and finally emptied. How tough it is to empty a 30 ml quantity and we crib for less quantity for the price we pay. But Vitamin C Serums should be used within 6 months of opening and just did the same. A good serum of Vitamin C if you are looking for an Indian brand. Details already posted.

So this is what all I emptied in past few months and am already using many products which will get over soon. Next empties post sooner than expected. Have a great day ahead.
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12 Sep 2018

Will wisdom tooth removal affect alignment after braces?

Wisdom teeth are an extra set of molars that grow in the back of your mouth between the ages of 17 and 25. They an extra pair of molars that can become infected and need to be taken out most of the time. These teeth typically are impacted and become trapped in your jawbone or grow in at the wrong angle. A dentist can see the condition of your wisdom teeth by taking an X-ray and examining your gums.

Since wisdom teeth can cause so many problems, they need to be removed. If you have braces, the removal process can be done while you are wearing. However, it is recommended to have them extracted before you get braces. They can be removed by a simple extraction that includes the use of Novocain or a surgical extraction.

Why do wisdom teeth need to be extracted?

It is believed that wisdom teeth are a remnant from the evolutionary process and were used by our predecessors to grind up rough foods. This diet contained roots, nuts and meats that were tougher than the foods we eat today. Since we no longer eat these types of food, we do not need these teeth. So, when they grow in, they contribute to dental problems.

Wisdom teeth typically do not grow in straight and tend to come in crooked, are impacted or are too big for your mouth. They can also cause cavities and gum disease because you cannot reach them with your toothbrush and dental floss.

When wisdom teeth are impacted, they grow in too far back in your jawboned and can become painful. They can develop cysts, cavities and affect the tissue and teeth around them. Sometimes tumors grow around these teeth and cause complicated issues. Impacted wisdom teeth are also prone to infection, redness, swelling and jaw pain.

What are the procedures for wisdom tooth removal?

There are two sets of wisdom teeth that grow in your mouth that typically need to be extracted. They come in at the back of the top and bottom of the mouth. These teeth can be removed surgically or extracted. The surgical procedure includes anesthesia that is injected into the area around the tooth. If you have a serious condition, the dentist may employ a general anesthetic. The surgery will be completed in a hospital to ensure your safety.

During the procedure, an incision is made into the gum area around the tooth. Since the tooth is large, it is cut into smaller pieces, so the tooth can be extracted. The tooth socket is widened, and it is taken out in pieces. This surgery can be painful and take a long time especially if the tooth has grown in impacted at an angle.

Afterward, the dentist will stitch up your gums prescribe pain medication to control pain. If an infection is present antibiotics are given as well, and you are given instructions on how to care for your mouth. Typically, you need to refrain from drinking alcohol, smoking and rinsing your mouth with liquid.

How do braces align teeth?

Braces shift and align teeth by straightening and aligning them. They are used to correct overbites, crowding and spacing between teeth. They are also used to fix over jetting and underbites. There are several types of braces available that include metal braces, clear braces, lingual braces and dentofacial orthopedics.

Metal braces are the most common and contain several components, including brackets, archwire, elastic ties and rubber bands. The brackets are cemented to your teeth and held in place by wire. When the wire is tightened by your orthodontist, the pressure shifts and adjusts teeth. The direction of your teeth is slowly moved into the correct position. The bone also changes to conform to changes in pressure implemented by the dentist.

When wearing braces, it is important to take care of them, so your teeth remain healthy. You must brush your teeth twice a day and floss as well. An oral irrigator can be used to remove food debris and clear away gum tissue. You should use an antibacterial mouthwash and toothpaste to keep teeth clean too. Keeping your teeth clean while wearing braces will maintain them and ensure your braces do their job.

Does wisdom tooth removal affect the alignment of teeth?

If you get braces before your wisdom teeth come in, chances are you will need to have them extracted while they are intact. Your dentist may also choose to remove them proactively to prevent the chance of overcrowding. When these molars grow in with braces, they can interfere with the alignment of your teeth.

When wisdom teeth come in after braces are removed, they can cause your teeth to shift. In some cases, patients can wear a fixed orthodontic retainer to keep the results of their braces intact. These retainers are not visible and placed behind your front teeth. Your dentist will need to take an X-ray to determine how your third molars can be removed after your braces are taken off.

As soon as you feel these teeth coming in, visit your orthodontist to determine if further action is needed. Wisdom can affect your teeth if your mouth is small, and they come in impacted. If they grow far back into your mouth, they can cause an infection that inhibits the adjustment of your teeth.

On the other hand, removing your wisdom teeth relieves pressure in your mouth. The pain caused by overcrowding and impacted teeth is alleviated, and the swelling in your jaw goes down. Since your mouth does not have extra teeth, inflammation and infections are cleared up. Your molars are protected from cavities, and you can clean the back of your mouth accurately.

Even though wisdom teeth can cause problems for many people, they do not bother everyone. If these teeth come in healthy and intact, they do not need to be removed. They will not cause an infection, inflammation or pain and can remain in your mouth. There is only cause for concern when they grow in abnormally.

Dr. Marissa Crandall Cruz received her Doctor of Dental Medicine from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fl, and Dr. Mana Nejadi obtained her dental degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. Both specialize in tooth extractions in King of Prussia, PA. You can learn more about their dental practice at www.kopperio.com. 
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Juvena Herbals Gold Saffron Massage Cream Review

Massaging my face with a good massage cream is my favorite routine which I have been following ever since I received my first massage cream. After watching Ankita from Corallista in one of the vlogs I diligently follow my massage routine once or twice a fortnight. It is very important to follow the right massage technique for a facial massage. And it is even more important to use the right facial massage cream. I have long back reviewed the Nature's Co Multi Vitamin Facial Massage Cream which I again repurchased recently. Today we are talking about the Juvena Herbals Gold Saffron Massage Cream. I am sure the ingredients would have amped up your excitement and curiosity. Let's head straight to the review.

Brand Claims and Ingredients

My experience
The massage cream is packed in a plastic tub, with a screw lid on top, an extra lid is also is provided for product protection. The massage cream has a faint cream coloured tint to it with a creamy aroma to it. If you have a sensitive nose like me you will be able to sniff the faint saffron fragrance it has and it's absolutely non artificial.

Now coming to the consistency, the cream is thick, emollient with a non-stick, non-greasy and non-oily texture. The cream takes some time to get absorbed as you massage it into the skin. But once you start melting it by your fingers and massage strokes, your skin sips in all the goodness of the cream. I use the method shown by Ankita from Corallista in one of her vlogs. The massage cream is extremely emollient without a greasy feeling. As and when you massage the cream, it exudes an amazing subtle fragrance of saffron. The amount required for each massage is very less and the product does last longer even if used regularly.

As you massage the cream the skin becomes soft while evening out and giving a glow to the skin. After massaging, the directions for usage suggest to wash off the cream and I do the same. Regular usage has helped in giving a radiant glow to the skin while reducing the old acne marks. The facial massage cream gives a nice glow to the skin which lasts upto 2-3 hours. It has also made my skin smoother and even toned. The cream has Gold and Saffron in it and is indeed a skin food if you want radiant smooth skin. I would recommend you all to use it atleast once if you are a skincare junkie and enjoy using facial massage creams.

The In
  • Contains Gold Saffron, they even claim to lab test for gold
  • Fortified with Vitamin A and E
  • Thick, emollient consistency with a non-stick, non-greasy and non-oily texture
  • Gives soft, smooth and immensely radiant skin post massage
  • Reduces the acne marks when used regularly
  • Gives youthful skin with regular usage
  • Certified by Ministry of Ayush
  • Affordable price according to quantity and quality of product
  • Didn't breakout my oily acne prone skin
  • Doesn't make skin look or feel oily after a massage or wash off

The Out
  • No full ingredients list mentioned
  • Packaging can be made luxurious
  • No easy availability in stores or online shopping portals
  • The karat of gold used is not known

Price, Shelf life and Availability - 300 INR for 45 gms with a shelf life of 2 years. Available through whatsapp, facebook and service cum retail outlets of Juevna Herbals in Gorakhpur and Varanasi. Gorakhpur +91 94152 82407, +91 551 234 2443, Varanasi +91 70073 07779, +917499999099

If you are looking for a good facial massage cream then Juvena Herbals Gold Saffron Massage Cream won't disappoint you at all. Moreover the cream suits my oily acne prone skin and regular usage has reduced my acne marks to a great extent. The thing which I like the most about Juvena Herbals Gold Saffron Massage Cream is the fact that it gives the glow which everyone expects post using a good skincare product. Given the price tag I would definitely be repurchasing this one once my massage creams get over.

*PR sample
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5 Sep 2018

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Is Rustic Art Aloe Vera Gel suitable for haircare or skincare?

If I had to choose only one skincare product I would choose aloe vera gel. And if I had to choose one most under rated Skincare product for oily skin I would still choose aloe vera gel. I have been using aloe vera gel by Kaira Naturals for almost 2 months now and I cannot stop raving about it. Similarly am all love for Rustic Art Aloe Vera Gel. I had bought it for using on my skin but somehow ended up using on hair. Read onto know if it is worth using for hair or skin

I started paying due attention to my frizzy hair. I already had Jojoba Oil and Rosehip Oil with me from Blend It Raw. I wanted to use up the oils ASAP as they had been lying for a long time with me. One day I simply applied Rustic Art Aloe Vera Gel and Rosehip Oil as a pre shampoo treatment and washed off my hair after one hour with Satthwa Argan Shampoo. My hair had a nice bounce and subtle softeness. Believe me, my hair never had this typr of softeness post shampoo without a conditioner. The Aloe Vera Gel is crystal clear an appearance and has a lemony fragrance. They do have other variants which are high priced plus have some colour in it. The colour may be organic but I like using this plain version.

I am such a sucker at hair care that apart from getting regular trims and shampoo I absolutely do nothing for my hair. I now regularly use Rustic Art Aloe Vera Gel as a pre shampoo treatment. I have already emptied one jar for my hair and have stocked up too jars for my hair. Now that question is why not use on face? Usually aloe vera gel has runny consistency and need a thickener as well as preservative to increase it's shelf life. Rustic Art uses Tcls preservative to increase the shelf life of their aloe vera gel. However there is no mention of any thickening agent. I am unsure about this, I don't know whether the TCLS preservative itself has a thickening agent.

I have also tried using it on skin but it just doesn't sink into the skin and sits on top. I don't feel any soothing or therauptic effect as such when appplying this gel. So I use it for my hair. Apart from hair cair I would not like to use Rustic Art Aloe Vera Gel for my skincare. For my skin I use another aloe gel which I will review soon.

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4 Sep 2018

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5 Skincare mistakes which I made and didn't even know!!!

Some skincare mistakes not only make your skin go through a tough time, but also take longer to heal the damage done. Many and many people are turning to skincare and with the amount of brands emerging everyday it becomes difficult to decide which products are good for your skin and which ones to opt for and continue with. Today I am talking about the skincare mistakes I myself have made and would like to share my experience. So without much of my blah blah am sharing some mistakes below.

Judging the skincare product too early
This happens every time I use a new cream. Most of my acne is due to hormones, and when I use a new cream I used to judge and say it causes breakouts where in reality am on my hormonal cycle. When I use the cream regularly, then I get to know it's not the cream but my hormones which broke me out. I no longer judge a product with mere one time usage. However some products can irritate the skin and there is no point in testing the same product again. Try distinguishing between results when using a new skincare product and don't be quick to judge with mere one time usage 

Not using the skincare products meant for your skin type
Most of us are guilty of committing this mistake. How many times have we picked up a skincare product because of it's ingredients or luxurious packaging? Many times! Not using Skincare products according to skin type not only burns your pocket, but also gives rise to new skin problems. Imagine the situation wherein you are using a cream which is meant for dry skin where as you have oily skin. The cream will be rich enough for your already oily skin and may clog pores.

Changing your skincare routine or products often
There is no bigger mistake than this in skincare I think. With the Instagram taking over to the way we see people, it's easy to get distracted by the skincare shelfies posted each day. The longer you follow a skincare routine, based on your skin type, weather and right products, the more the chances of achieving your skincare goals. The longer you use a product, the more benefits you reap, plus you also get to know the product better in terms of efficiency.

Using the skincare products in excess
Do you love using the moisturizer or face mask in excess just because you love the texture of it? Haha this sounds so me. I am guilty of using a day cream in gel form in excess. Don't go overboard with the amount of product needed for everyday use. Sometimes a thin layer of face pack does the same thing as a thick layer does, so why waste the product by using extra each time 😁. Same goes with a day cream and night cream.

Trying to tackle all your skin problems at once
I have committed this mistake in the very early years of my skincare. I was trying to tackle my acne as well as the marks at the same time. The attempt, I ended up using a combination of acne cream and night cream which was too heavy for my skin. The result, clogged skin with more acne and in turn more marks πŸ˜”. Take one day at a time and one skin problem at one time. Please remember skincare is a never ending process.

Hope I was able to relate to some of the mistakes which we often commit without even realising it. It's ok to make mistakes, we should learn from them. After all we all are human being, here to make mistakes and learn a lesson and move on πŸ˜€. Have a happy skin day!
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