29 Aug 2018

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Juvena Herbals Marrow Beauty Pack Review

Today am reviewing the Juvena Herbals Marrow Beauty Pack. I have used it in July end and August month. After controlling my acne with my minimalist routine, this is the only face packs I have used it when my skin condition  was too bad. It has helped me a lot in deep cleaning of my skin. Let's head to try to review directly.


Brand Claims and Ingredients

My experience
The face pack is packed in a simple white plastic tub which is a bit bulky and has 150 gms of product. The face pack has another plastic bag to prevent from moisture or any other damage. The face pack is light orange in colour and has lentil powder consistency and feel.

The face pack has a heavy aroma of peppermint which feels so authentic and soothing. The face pack is to be mixed with tomato or cucumber juice for oily skin but I have used plain water and still it gives amazing effects to the skin.

The face pack once applied gives a cooling effect to the skin, as the face pack dries up the cooling effect increases a bit and skin gets a little tightening effect. If we move around after applying the face pack, the skin gets a chilling effect. While removing the face pack, splashing water also becomes a task as the face gets a chill feeling.

Coming to the after effects of the face pack, the face pack effectively reduce the appearance of acne. Later on I got a few zits which were totally gone without any mark on my skin. The face pack deep cleanses the skin which making it very soft and smooth, so much that I couldn't keep away my hands from touching my face often. I have used the face pack twice or thrice weekly, it can even be used daily. But I was already using Juvena Herbals Mint Cleanser, which itself was sufficient for my acne so I used this face pack twice weekly and sometimes thrice. I would say that this face pack is every effective in deep cleaning the skin while reducing the small zits on your face. The only con I find was that it gives a severe chilling effect while washing off with water.


Price, Shelf life and Availablility - 250 INR for 150 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 

Recommendation
Juvena Herbals Marrow Beauty Pack is an effective remedy to keep your skin clean and soft. The face pack effectively reduces active acne and prevents new ones from forming. Plus the face pack is devoid of harmful chemicals and at the this price point of product, I would say this one is a total winner.

*PR sample
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26 Aug 2018

The Benefits of Having Ablative Laser Treatment

It is possible for people to have blotches on their face from acne, aging or spending too much time in the sun. They may also have lines, scars as well as wrinkles. An effective way for someone with these conditions to have younger and healthier skin may be to have ablative laser skin resurfacing. This process is designed to carefully remove specific layers of skin with precision. New skin cells will form during healing. This will leave a person's skin with a younger and tighter appearance.


Fiber Laser Technology

The advancements in technology have made it possible for the laser ablation process to be performed with a very high level of efficiency, accuracy as well as precision. Ablative laser technology is able to be performed using both a continuous wave as well as pulsed lasers. This makes it able to provide different intensity levels as needed.

Medical Considerations

The ablative laser procedure does not require an incision but is still treated as a surgical procedure. The recovery process can be difficult, but it is extremely hard for any patients dealing with a disorder of their immune system. This procedure may not be good for individuals with skin that scars easily. Anybody with a connective tissue disorder like Sjogren's syndrome, lupus, erythematosus and more are at an elevated risk for complications.
Ideal Candidates

These are individuals who have skin that is non-oily and elastic. It helps if a person's skin is not the type to easily scar after having a minor injury. An individual who does not have any medical considerations is also a good candidate for ablative laser surgery. A good candidate will also have realistic expectations about the results of the procedure.

Starting The Process
Anyone who wants the benefits associated with ablative laser surgery will need to first meet with a dermatologic surgeon. This is a time when a dermatologic surgeon will discuss a person's cosmetic goals. The medical history of a person will also be discussed. A dermatologic surgeon will need to know about a person's previous surgeries as well as any current or previous health issues. They will need to know about medications, herbal supplements as well as nutritional supplements being taken. A dermatologic surgeon will then do a thorough examination of a person's skin to determine if they will benefit from ablative laser skin resurfacing

Before The Procedure

Prior to the procedure, a dermatologic surgeon will give a patient certain important instructions to follow. A person may be asked to take an antiviral medication. This will prevent them from developing a herpes virus infection. This is a common virus responsible for cold sores. A person will also be asked to not expose their skin to the sun for extended periods of time. This will need to be done prior to the procedure and after it. It will also be important for a person to arrange for someone to drive them home once the procedure is finished. The initial 24 hours after having sedation is a time when most individuals are not thinking clearly.

Procedure

A person will usually have the ablative laser resurfacing procedure done in the office of their dermatologic surgeon. Just prior to the procedure beginning, a person's face will be carefully and deeply cleaned. A local anesthetic will be administered to the area to be treated. This will be for pain reduction. When necessary, people are given a sedative to help them relax. Prior to it starting, a person will be given protective eye shields to wear. This will protect their eyes during the procedure. The skin of the treatment area will be held taut by the dermatologic surgeon as the laser is used. Heat from the laser is intense and is designed to create the exact amount of controlled damage to the skin located at the treatment area. The procedure could take up to two hours. This will depend on the amount of treatment required.

Recovery

Once the laser procedure is completed, the area of the skin that was treated will have an ointment and dressing applied to it. For a few days, a patient will have their face covered with a mask bandage. The area of the skin that received the treatment will appear to have a serious sunburn. It could be raw. A patient may experience oozing and a lot of drainage for as long as two weeks following the procedure. They will receive instructions from the dermatologic surgeon on how to care for their skin as it heals. The area of the skin that received the treatment may itch, burn tingle or be painful. Ice packs and pain medication are effective tools for dealing with this discomfort. It is important patients resist the urge to scratch or pick at the treated skin during the recovery time. It is also important to remain indoors and avoid all strenuous activity. Chances of an infection will be decreased by completing the prescribed amount of antiviral medication. A number of follow-up appointments will be required so the treating dermatologic surgeon can carefully monitor a patient’s recovery. It may take up to four weeks for a patient's skin to heal completely. New skin will start to grow and cover the wounds in about two weeks. A patient's skin could remain red for a few months following the procedure. After the procedure, exposure to direct sunlight should be minimized and a sun protection must always be used.

The results for individuals who have ablative laser surgery procedure is estimated to be an overall improvement in their skin of up to 75 percent. People have had their skin texture improved, sun spots removed, acne scars removed, wrinkles eliminated and more. These results will last for several years and can be maintained with a proper skin care regimen. This results from this procedure are not permanent. It may need to be repeated at some point in the future.

Dr. Diane Walder, MD is a leading dermatologist in the US  and an expert in performing ablative laser resurfacing in Miami, FL and other skin rejuvenating procedures. Dr. Walder’s skills and innovation on the latest skincare advances has made her a sought-after public speaker. Contact Dr. Walder now at 305-866-2177 or visit website at www.dianewaldermd.com to learn more about your options in achieving a younger and healthier skin.
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18 Aug 2018

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Votre Under Eye Cream Review

I had received Votre Under Eye Cream in one of the subscription boxes. Votre products are formulated in France and are PETA and BUAV certified. I have earlier reviewed some Votre products which you can check in this link. I have used this cream for 2 months and here are my thoughts on it.  Let's see how does Votre Under Eye Cream fair in it's claims.


Votre Under Eye Cream

Brand claims -
A pleasant refreshing cream with goodness of botanical active & herbal extract to relax the fatigued & stressed eye muscle and minimize Dark circles, puffiness, fine lines and wrinkles. An absolute eye cream that dramatically improves skin texture around eyes.

Votre Under Eye Creme is an overnight eye treatment cream specially formulated for the delicate skin around your eyes featuring the clinically proven, non-stop skin renewal technology that continuously hydrates, brightens dark circles, reduces puffiness, and smooth's the look of fine lines. Carrot Seed oil, Ambahaldi, Aloe energizes tired-looking eye, Wheat germ brightens dark circles and reduces puffiness, and Vitamin E complex retextures skin to smooth the look of fine lines.

Ingredients
Daucus crota (Carrot Seed oil), Curcuma amada(ambahaldi), Symplocas racemosa(lodhra), Aloe barbadensis (Aloe Vera), Ocimum sanctum (Tulsi), Wheat germ oil (Vitamin E), Soya bean extract, prunus dulcis (almond oil), Green tea, cucumber extract, jojoba oil, Glycyrrhiza Glabra(licorice extract) Base q.s.

My experience
The product as you can see is a small tiny, plastic tub with a black screw top. It is very small and hence can be even carried in your bag while travelling and even for short trips. Overall I like the small and cute tub.

Coming to the cream, the texture is thick and beige coloured. The cream has a rich thick texture yet it gets absorbed into the under eye area easily. The cream is extremely non sticky, yet very moisturising and hydrating as well. The cream also spreads easily on the under eye area without giving any white cast or sticky feeling. I have been applying the eye cream on the upper lids and I never had a problem with the cream stinging my eyes or any other sort of irritations. A little goes a long way for all under eye creams, even after using for 2 months I ahve finished just 1/4 of the total amount of cream.

Coming to the efficiency of the cream, it instantly hydrates and intensely moisturizes the under eye area. With a regular usage of one month I could see the fine line of my under eye smoothen out. It also reduces the puffiness to some extent. I have hooded eyes so I never expect a cream to reduce the puffiness of my under eye area. After using the cream for 2 months it has shown little to almost nil effect on brightening my dark circles. The thing which I like about the Votre Under Eye Cream is the fact that it makes the under eye area smooth and moisturized. The area does appear bright and hydrated upon application.








The In
  • Intensely moisturizes and hydrates the under eye area
  • Reduces dark circles over a long period of more than 3 months
  • Reduces under-eye puffiness
  • Reduces fine lines and make the under eye area smooth
  • 100% vegetarian / vegan, cruelty free
  • Dermatologist Tested
  • Formulated without Petrolatum, Synthetic Preservatives & dyes
  • PETA and BUAV Certified
  • Doesn't irritate the under eye area 
  • Nice ingredients list

The Out
  • Very pricey for the job it does
  • Has base as qs and this means no full ingredients mentioned

Price, Shelf Life and Availablility - 1760 INR for 10 gms. Shelf life of 3 years. Available on major shopping portals.

Recommendation
Votre Under Eye Cream is a good cream to moisturize and hydrate the under eye area. It eventually makes the under eye area smooth and reduces fine lines if any. But it does take time to show the effects on fine lines and dark circles. However keeping in mind the price tag I would not say it is a must buy. But if you can grab it in any subscription box or on Votre offers do grab it. It is surely a good eye cream to try out.
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12 Aug 2018

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Tried and Tested methods to get rid of black heads and white heads!

Oily acne prone skin people always have a constant fear of breaking out whilst trying any new product. Sometimes they secretly pray, that it's ok if the product doesn't work but it shouldn't break out 😔. And the constant thing with which some oily skinned people live with is black heads and white heads. I have recently got rid of white and black heads from my nose and adjacent area. It's been almost 2 months they haven't been back (yes I waited that long to write this post). The story goes like this, I applied tea tree essential oil mixed with aloe vera gel to get rid of my severe acne (hormonal) in the month of June. I noticed change in the appearance of white heads and black heads and continued my routine to get rid of them. However I was sure they would be back, but with my dedicated routine for almost 2 months there seem to be no signs of a comeback. I never started anything in my mind and never expected these results, so whatever works for me may or may not work for you.



Without taking too much of your time I would like to post the pointers
1) I applied a thick layer of 2-3 drops of tea tree essential oil mixed with one teaspoon of Aloe vera gel on my nose and adjacent part where black heads and white heads were more prominent. I use this mask as a sleeping mask and washed it off in the morning with lukewarm water. I continued this regime for around 5-6 days till no white heads were felt by finger touch. Tea tree oil stinged me a lot initially, but in order to get rid of my acne I used it. But later on after seeing effects on my white heads and black heads I continued inspite of stinging effect. 
2) I continued doing my CTM routine with SoulTree Cleansing Lotion, Rose water and SoulTree Moisturizer (Tulsi sandalwood one) every day without fail.
3) Once the white heads and black heads reduced in apperance I took steam for 2 minutes (once a week), wiped it off my face with a cotton ball and sprayed rose water on my face. This makes sure we dont let the pores open. I let rose water dry up naturally on my skin rather than wiping it off like a toner.
4) Now the main part, maintaining this condition was the real Herculean task of all. I was already using aloe vera gel since I started getting breakouts due to hormones in mid June. So I continued using that itself without any other cream. In between later in July end and August starting week I used Rosehip Oil to get rid of my acne scars.
5) I use floral waters even after washing my face and they have helped a lot in the reducing the pores and minimizing the comeback of white heads and black heads.
6) With this regime (after a dedication of 2 months) I am even seeing some of my pores actually closing , I kid you not 😀.







So to sum up the points
1) Cleanse your skin daily. Never skip your CTM routine no matter what. (Thankful to Divya one of my fellow bloggers for inspiring me to do so)
2) Use floral waters, like rose water, lavender water as toners to help reduce the appearance of the pores. Let the floral water dry up on your skin after spraying. Can be used in excess also :D
3) Use light weight gel based moisturizers meant for oily, acne prone skin. Do not use moisturizers which have 'suitable for all skin types' mentioned on them. I can understand the curiosity or sheer attraction of using a certain moisturizer, but once your skin is 'black and white heads free' then only.
4) Take steam once or twice in a fortnight for not more than 2 minutes. Spray floral water after wiping off your face with a cotton ball. Let the floral water dry up on your face naturally. Dont wipe it off.


Things to remember
1) 2-3 weeks into this regime and I could see my nose and adjacent area smoothen out and my nose is so shiny I am not even able to take pics of after effect.
2) I also use Plum Green Tea Clear Mask regularly which has Glycolic acid in it.
3) Since I am using aloe vera gel for more than 7 weeks I feel my skin is less oily hence there is no chance of white heads and black heads forming again.
4) Aloe vera gel is hydrating for skin but I miss applying cream on my face, so once a week I do a facial massage with a good facial massage cream using a particular technique. 





Products I use
1) Kaira Naturals Aloe vera gel with Hydralounic Acid
4) SoulTree Tulsi Sandalwood Gel
6) DIY Lavender distilled water
7) SoulFlower Tea Tree Essential Oil

So this was my long story and regime to get rid of black heads and white heads. Your skin is more a result of dedication than a miracle. Use the right products and your skin will love you back💕🌿.

Do leave your comments below in comments section.
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10 Aug 2018

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Juvena Herbals Mint Cleanser Review

Hi All,

Today's post on a very different product from a brand which you might have heard. I am an ardent lover of powder cleansers, as you might be knowing. I even use foaming ones in between when am lazy to mix powder cleansers and use. But I have never tried any cream cleansers. The truth be told, we have been told or warned that cream cleansers are only for dry to normal skin types. But as is I was not fancied by them so using them was out of question. So when Juvena Herbals sent me their best seller Mint Cleanser for review, I used it with a little skepticism. The fear of getting breakouts is a constant for person who has oily, acne prone skin. But this cleanser has proved me wrong. 



Brand Claims and Ingredients


My experience
The mint cleanser is housed in a white plastic tub, with a screw lid. The tub is nothing fancy and is very simple which carries all product information along with the manufacturing address and bar code. I wished the jar was a bit fancy to make the packaging a bit luxurious or attractive looking.

Coming to the cleanser, it has ultra white, shiny, glazy look. It does seem a bit artificial at a glance. The fragrance of the cleanser is herbal and has a smell of laung, pudina. Although the fragrance is strong it isn't irritating. I like sniffing the herbal scent which feels very authentic. If you have ever used a dantmanjan, the old version ones, ut smells exactly like that.

Coming to the texture of the cleanser, even if it looks glazy, it is extremely non sticky and gets washed off easily. You can even test it using a small amount on your finger and holding it under running tap water, to test it. The main thing which I liked about the cleanser is that a small amount is sufficient for ecah usage.

So coming to the usage, it is to be used like a cleansing milk, take a small amount and spread evenly on your skin, massage a bit and wipe off with a damp cotton pad. Once we start wiping it off with a damp cotton pad it's texture turns into watery milk, which again is extremely non sticky. 

The business part now 😁, the product shows amazing effects on the small zits which I got during last month. They vanished in just one day 😀. The bigger acne which I had on my jawline took 3-4 days to reduce in size and eventually vanish (with a mark though). The cystic ones do take 7-8 days to just flatten and then vanish after a span of 3-4. Last month was a bad phase for my skin and I thought of immediately putting this mint cleanser to test. If you know, I have hormonal acne and I do get one or more breakouts no matter what I do. The one thing which has impressed me is the fact that inspite of being a cream cleanser, Juvena Herbals Mint Cleanser helps in deep cleansing the skin without any sticky, or greasy feeling. It was able to cure my small zits, medium size acne and cystic ones over a period of two and half weeks. The cleanser leaves the skin squeaky clean without a hint of sticky or greasy feeling. I use the cleanser just once a day, sometimes twice, not more than that. 





Although while using the cleanser, I didn't get any new breakouts. I couldn't continue using it for one full month as I started using some other products and eventually forgot to use this 😔. All in all Juvena Herbals Mint Cleanser helped me a lot to tame away my acne during a rough phase of my skin (early July), which is more of a hormonal thing. I will recommend using this to people who have extreme acne problems, and are looking for a quick fix. Although everyone's skin is different and a patch test is recommended for all. Also I haven't tested whether it removes makeup or not.

The In
  • Nice herbal fragrance which is non lingering, non bothering
  • Inspite of being a cream cleanser, non sticky, non greasy texture
  • Deep cleanses the skin while leaving it squeaky clean
  • Gets wiped off easily
  • A little goes a long way
  • Tames away small zits, medium sized acne in one week
  • Didn't break me out
  • Prevents black heads and white heads from coming back
  • Product lives true to it's claim of helping oily skin conditions
The Out
  • Incomplete ingredients list (base ingredients not mentioned)
  • Packaging can be made attractive and luxurious
  • Glazy texture if can be replaced with natural looking cream would be better
  • Non availability on major shopping portals

Price, Shelf life and Availability - 200 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 

Recommendation
I liked the fact that Juvena Herbals Mint Cleanser changed my notion about cream cleansers. The best part is it also made my small zits and medium sized acne vanish over a span of one week. The product also prevents white heads and black heads from coming back. Rather this is one of the products which helped me eradicate white and black heads along with my dedicated routine with other products. Do get this if you have severe acne problems. As long as a product works and gives me exceptional results, I don't mind whether it's natural or not. And as we say don't judge a book by it's cover, don't judge any product by it's packaging 😀.

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3 Aug 2018

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SoulTree Cleansing Lotion Review

I have an eternal love for cleansing milk or lotion. Applying the smooth lotion on my face and gliding it off with a moist cotton ball is my favorite thing to do. Plus most of the times (read all the time) I don't wear makeup so removing the dirt and grime from skin becomes more easy then. I have used quite a few cleansing lotions and loved each of them. But this one has bowled me over by it's amazing results. Let's head straight to the review.



Brand claims and ingredients




My experience
The packaging is pump up which has a lock, so that we can lock it while travelling or when not using it. The pump works fine and is good at dispensing the right amount of cleansing lotion. The bottle in itself is bulky as it's a 200 ml lotion. But since this product has worked wonders for my skin I don't mind carrying it 😍.

Coming to the consistency of the lotion it is little runny and has milky texture. It has an amazing fragrance. The lotion being runny in consistency, very little needs to be applied on the skin and works well. While applying the lotion we need to massage the lotion well, but even then the lotion doesn't get absorbed on the skin and this is where the magic begins. 

The lotion easily glides on the skin surface and deep cleanses the skin very well as we remove it with a damp cotton pad. With a regular usage of 2-3 weeks I have seen my white heads, black heads, acne marks fade away. For black heads and white heads I did try some other techniques, but this one has kept them from coming back. Also the lotion has some serious toning properties and you will be amazed at how much difference it can actually make to your skin. I haven't used this lotion to remove makeup, although it does a decent job of removing bb cream which I use sometimes. I doubt the capacity of lotion in terms of removing eye makeup. 

Also don't expect the lotion to make your skin soft and smooth. Unlike other cleansing milks I have used this one works great on surface to remove the dirt and grime. I really appreciate the efforts put in by Soul Tree team to make such an amazing cleansing lotion. And the main thing is this lotion suits dry to combination skin and still works amazingly well for oily acne prone skin. I have never been so impressed with any skincare product like I have been with this product.





The In

  • Deep cleanses the skin to remove light makeup and dirt
  • Contains Aloe, Rose, Liquorice, Sesame oil, Apricot Oil
  • Has subtle floral fragrance which is soothing
  • Inspite of claiming to be suitable for dry, normal skin, perfectly suits oily skin
  • Gentle enough to be used on daily basis twice 💕
  • Fades acne marks and blemishes
  • Tones the skin to a certain extent
  • Has helped me keep my black heads and white heads away (it has that deep cleansing action 😍)
  • BDIH Germany certified, which needs renewal every year
The Out
  • I didn't find any

Price, Shelf life and Availablility - 395 INR for 150 ml with a shelf life of 30 months. Can be spotted on online portals and organic stores which stock up eco friendly products. I got mine from theecostore.in

Recommendation
I would totally recommend SoulTree Cleansing Lotion to everyone who is looking for a good makeup remover and a good skincare product. SoulTree products are BDIH Germany certified, which needs renewal every year, so you can stay assured about the quality product you get. The product inspite of claiming to be suitable for dry to normal skin, perfectly suits oily skin. This is already on my repurchase, cult favourite, must haves and travel list ♥️.
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