As I write this here in pune, it’s raining outside and there are some temple chimes I can hear in the distance. It’s a perfect evening for tea and pakodas on my 6th floor flat’s terrace. I am alone I had to share this beauty with all of you. 🙂 Nevertheless I opt to write on “summer” skin care routine I am following for the past 15 days. After falling in love with lotus berry scrub (review here) I have ventured out and invested in a lot of lotus products including many face packs apart from these products. I have oily skin prone to acne but I still feel these products will fare well for all skin types. We all know the rule of the thumb for skin that is cleansing, toning and moisturising morning and evening before bed. I am lazy too and some times miss the toning or the moisturizing step and it should be considered sinful. So I have now stored these three products in my bathroom cabinet together in a row. My clean hands after using the face wash do the job of toning and moisturising too.
Step 1: Lotus herbals neem wash: Neem and clove ultra purifying face wash with active neem slices for all skin types. 1 minute to pure skin (Rs 110 for 80 gram)
This sounds so good for summers and believe you me, it is really good for all skin types as this does not have any drying properties, the clove is negligible. There are small dark green slices in the gel inside which have slight shimmer in it which need to be crushed before you lather it up. I don’t know why. Its supposed to be neem. 😕 this leaves my face squeaky clean and I love the fact that it has neem extract and slices and clove extract. Makes me not wanna go back to any chemically composed face wash ever again.
What the tube says: neem wash is an innovative face wash which uses the goodness of neem and clove and removes surface oils, dirt and pollutants. It contains active neem extract and neem slices which provide excellent anti bacterial protection to skin. The only down side is that it had a grass like herbal smell probably cause of neem. Step 2: Lotus Herbals Basiltone: Cucumber and basil clarifying and balancing toner for combination to oily skin.1 minute to toned skin. (Rs 185 for 100 ml)
This may sound ideal only for oily skin types but the fact is that it gives me slightly moisturised feel as well making it suitable for dry skin as well, it does not in any way dry out my skin. I spray it on my face directly from a distance of 15 cm.(it comes in a spray jar) it is actually supposed to be used on a cotton pad but you can even pat it on your face with your clean hands. This is obviously an alcohol free toner and I value it equal to gulab jal, only that basil tone provides some extra moisture layer on my skin as well. Perfect to use it after any lotus herbals face wash. It smells of cucumber, as if you have stored extracted cucumber juice in a jar. I totally recommend this product for summers.
What the bottle says: basiltone is a dynamic blend of basil leaf extract and cucumber extract which restores natural ph balance of oily and combination skin. Helps tighten pores and remove any residue of make up, pollution, or excess oils. As a result skin is clear, clean and fresh. The instructions also mention following it up with alpha moist.
Step 3: Lotus herbals alphamoist: Alpha hydroxyl skin renewal, oil free moisturiser for all skin types.2 minutes to skin renewal (Rs 165 for 80 ml) I can blindly buy any moisturiser that says oil free as I feel that in spite of having oily skin I need to mildly moisturise my skin twice a day with moisture and not oil. There are not many moisturisers available that are really oil free. And I heard a lot about this one so had to pick it up. It comes in a pump form jar which I adore as that means less mess and less contamination and the right amount of product dispensed on to my hand. Just one pump is enough for oily skin but I can’t say whether dry skin types will actually use this oil free moisturiser. Even though the alpha hydroxy factor is really good for all skin types and aging skin and the product also mentions suitability for all skin types. It leaves my skin soft with no greasy after feel. So I feel tempted to use it throughout the day as it is really light and great for summers. IT SMELLS OF SUPARI AND PAN. No comments on that.
What the tube says: plant derived alpha hydroxyl extracts present in this oil free replenish moisture, provide a vibrant smooth complexion and reveal fresh newer skin. The complexion is rejuvenated into looking and feeling younger.
Lastly I have started loving lotus herbals. It portrays itself as a confident brand and has a variety for all to pick up from. Even the price range makes it an established brand and not to forget the herbal factor. Pune Central has a counter of lotus herbals with testers for all of their products which makes it so easy to choose. Hope fully I should review my other lotus herbals products too fruitfully.
Rating :-*:-*:-*:-* for all products. 1 point with held for the smell factor.