A Skincare Update

Having been quiet on the skincare front for a while I thought it was about time I dropped in for a complexion-centric show-and-tell. So here’s the deal. With the cooler weather creeping in things have got a little dry concerning face-wise, a bit redder and it’s not all that great. I’m not painting the best picture here am I? But, there are a few products that I’ve successfully slotted into my routine that seem to be doing the trick from some debut brands to my line-up. I’ll fill you in…

In chronological routine order I’ll start with the mask – Kama Ayurveda’s Lavanya Mask to be exact. Devout G&M readers may remember spotting this last week and it doesn’t disappoint. It’s a unique formula in my mask collection – a fine powder that needs to be mixed with water to form a paste that feels almost moisturiser-like when put on. Fragrance free and when washed off leaves my skin feeling clean, but not stripped nor coated like some of my oiler products can do. Plus points for the fact that their website has a very comprehensive and well-explained ingredients list. I’m working my way through this at a worrying rate because it just feels that damn nice in the evenings; right now it’s fitting my slightly drier needs perfectly.

Ubtans are something that I’ve completely shunned in my routine since the discovery of facial cleansers, but with my latest bottle of Forest Essentials Facial Cleanser running out I turned to a grainy offering in my stash and was pleasantly surprised with the results. It was Forest Essentials’ Gulab Facial Ubtan that got dug out; a hybrid between a cleansing mask and gentle exfoliator. It uses pistachio and sweet almond seeds to get rid of dead skin softly, and a splash of water halfway through massage can always be added to lessen the exfoliation-down. Mixed with milk, the base hydrates, the ubtan buffs away ready-to-go bits and I’m left with seriously silky smooth cheeks – I’m sold. An exfoliation epiphany has been experienced; this now gets dug out as a once a week treat and I’m unable to stop stroking my face for about a day after.

Finally I’ll move onto the final new-ish step in my regime – Forest Essentials’ Light Hydrating Gel. I’m a moisturiser minx – I think there’s only one I’ve ever repurchased (Olivia’s Fruit Cream interestingly enough) – I move on quite quickly. I’m currently using Lakme’s Reflection Serum in conjunction with this and I really like them both (don’t ask me to pick a favourite). I tend to use Lakme in the evening as it’s a little richer, but Forest Essentials in the morning is lush. It’s non-greasy and the gel texture blends beautifully under SPF without ever feeling tacky. It’s one of those things I just can’t imagine people not liking, a bit like burgers or chocolate or puppies.

Skincare stop-in sorted, though it’s not over just yet. I’ll be covering the delightful topic of spots come next week. BRB.