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I got introduced to Kaya when I returned to India last year. With no regulations about displaying a true and full ingredient list and a market booming with highly comedogenic products claiming to be “suitable for all skin types”, I was very worried. I had acne-prone skin and “one size fits all” type of products just wouldn’t work for me. It was then that I came across Kaya Skin Clinic products – the prices were steep and the claims were high. Wary but curious, I bought their travel size kit that contained a daily use cleanser, a toner and a moisturizing sunscreen from their Daily Care line. While the toner was quickly discarded because it made my skin feel oily, the cleanser and the moisturizer stuck with me. Since then, I’ve been using their cleanser and Daily Care Sunscreen SPF 15.
The Kaya Skin Clinic website describes this product as: “Sunscreen with UV absorbers protects normal to oily skin from the harsh effects of UVA and UVB rays. Powered with SPF 15, it prevents the skin from getting tanned. Rich in skin-balance moisturizers, it keeps the skin soft to the touch. Gives matte finish and doesn’t let the skin look oily.” They advise the application method as: “Take one pump of the sunscreen and apply it on your face with your finger tips. Massage in gentle circular motion. It’s important to keep the face covered with the Sunscreen throughout the day. Reapply every time you wash your face. Apply 20 minutes before going out in the sun.” The package says that the formula has been researched and developed by dermatologists. The sunscreen retails at Rs. 680 for 50 ml. The precious 50 ml of this product are packaged in a transparent plastic bottle with a pump at the top. A transparent plastic cap snaps on to the bottle and covers the pump. This is a case of “a box within a box”, wherein the transparent bottle contains a smaller, opaque white container within that actually holds the moisturizer. This could be a trick to make the package look bigger than it is.
The ingredients listed on the package are: water, octyl methoxycinnamate, butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane, phenylbenzimidazole sulfonic acid, cyclomethicone, cyclopentasiloxane (and) dimethicone crosspolymer (and) cyclohexasiloxane. Tongue twisters all!
Pros of Kaya Skin Clinic Daily Use Sunscreen SPF 15:
- This lightweight creamy sunscreen has not broken me out at all. And this means a lot coming from a person whose skin can break out from oily wafts from the kitchen.
- The sunscreen spreads and absorbs easily, giving the skin a dewy matte finish. It was on one such day when I had worn this cream that an acquaintance asked me if there was some “good news” to share since my face was glowing. There was no “good news” then, other than that I had found my HG sunscreen.
- The sunscreen sits lightly on the skin and does not make my skin oily even hours after the application.
- They have listed the ingredients on the bottle. Although I’m not sure if this is the full list of ingredients, but if it is, they’ve done a good job of not sneaking in this or that into the product just for the heck of it.
- Something about the packaging says “classy” (apart from the box-within-a-box trick, of course).
- The pump style packaging as opposed to a jar of cream ensures hygiene.
- The SAs at the Kaya Skin Clinic counter are usually knowledgeable and helpful. I have not yet visited a stand-alone Kaya Skin Clinic centre.
- You can also buy it online from their website http://kayaclinic.com. For delivery in India, they provide free shipping and the product ships in 7 working days. You pay Rs. 612 online as opposed to Rs. 680 offline.
Cons of Kaya Skin Clinic Daily Use Sunscreen SPF 15:
- For nearly 700 rupees per 50 ml, this has got to be one of the most expensive moisturizers made in India. One bottle lasts about 100 applications, so that makes it about 15 rupees of stuff applied on your face per day if you apply it twice a day.
- The quantity from one pump is not enough even if you use it frugally. I need about 3 pumps of the cream to cover my face with a thin film of it.
- I’m not a big fan of the fragrance of this product. But one man’s meat is another man’s poison. So who knows, you may like the smell a lot.
- The cap does not fit tightly enough for this baby to be carried around in your handbag. But then, you’d buy their travel version if you were to use it on the go, won’t you?
- You have no idea that you’ve run out of the product until one fine morning you press the pump and nothing comes out of the opaque bottle except for empty grunts. You might use it lavishly thinking there’s lots remaining or inadequately for the fear of finishing it unexpectedly.
- The size of the bottle is highly disproportionate to the quantity of cream it contains. This misleads you into thinking that you are getting more of the product than you really are.
- The package does not list the product as non-comedogenic or hypoallergenic or oil-free. Because if it is, the makers should put that on the packaging. That would do a better job of convincing discerning shoppers to pick up this product instead of SAs rattling off this information by rote.
For those who might be wondering if I like the smell of any product at all since I’ve snubbed the product scent in all my reviews so far – I love the smell of Dove Gentle Exfoliating Cleansing Foam, Fabindia Vitamin e Sunscreen, Lakme Strawberry Cream, St. Ives Creamy Vanilla body wash, Lush Flying Fox body wash, Olay Natural White Day Cream … 🙂
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Have you used the Kaya Skin Clinic Daily Care Sunscreen?