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We need to get fit and strong to challenge the daily chores of our life. Be it at home, work, or somewhere else, we have to balance both our physical and mental health. Shilajit is one of the most essential products in Ayurvedic medicine and its benefits are many. Shilajit is basically a natural substance found in the mountains and is created after plants and organic material remain trapped between mountainous rocks for thousands of years.

Now Shilajit is already well known to many as a great supplement for boosting the energy levels and helping both Men/Women to tackle all their daily activities with ease. Here, recently I came across a brand Upakarma Ayurveda that has introduced their most popular pure Upakarma Shilajit Resin. Shilajit primarily focuses on boosting cell function in the human body. This is where the body’s energy is activated and thus provides us the energy to keep up with our day-to-day responsibilities. It has some unique benefits that promote a healthy body and sound mind.

Packaging

Talking about the packaging, it comes in a sturdy glass jar with small measuring spoon. Consistency of the product is semi-Liquid. Each jar contains 15 gram of Pure Shilajit Resin.

Usage of Upakarma Shilajit Resin

One can simply follow the instructions printed on the package. Take a pea size portion of Pure Shilajit Resin and mix it with lukewarm water, milk or Green tea and stir thoroughly to dissolve the product and consume. However, I believe it is also important that a person should always speak with a doctor before taking any natural supplements.

Ingredients

The main three ingredients of Upakarma Shilajit resin are Fulvic acid, Selenium, and Rasin. The combination of these ingredients has antibacterial and antiviral properties that help to curb the infection during the season changes. It is the ultimate blend of essential minerals and nutrients that not only helps to regulate and boost the immune system but also balances and restores cell life. Vitamin B12 is also present in Shilajit, which drives oxygen directly to the muscles. It also includes some of the important elements such as magnesium, potassium together with zinc, which are a solution to relieve stress and anxiety.

Health Benefits

Even though Shilajit is exceptionally useful for a number of reasons, but the contemporary media only focuses on the benefits for men in terms of sexual power and fertility. However, it is important to understand other potent uses of Shilajit, so that one can take advantage of the same.

  • Upakarma Shilajit also helps with anxiety and depression
  • Helps to regulate blood pressure
  • Fight against Anaemia & Boosts Bone Health in females
  •  Improves Fertility in Female
  • Drives essential nutrients to the brain cell
  • Boosts Immunity power
  • Improves physical strength, stamina and boost energy
  • Helps to promote healthy aging

My Experience

This is the first time I tried the Upakarma Shilajit Resin and I was initially skeptical about its efficacy. But after several consumptions, I can feel the changes in me. I have become more positive and active in each of my daily work. I have been suffering from low blood pressure, weakness, lethargy, and lack of consistency for many years. After taking it along with some diet modification, I could see the results. I could again revive the liveliness and reenergized like before. I can feel more active, lite, and balanced both mentally and physically.

Himalaya is a brand that you are all aware of already. This is the first brand that I started using when I first had pimples. I still remember the day I first found my teenage pimple and went to a medical store and they suggested me Himalaya Neem Face Wash as good medicine for pimple.

LOL… Like seriously? People called it medicine back then

Anyway, now that we are grown up and we can probably choose the best out of those suggested ones by the elders. We know what suits our skin best. But we also don’t know the fact of using an anti-acne product. What I mean to say is do we really go through the ingredients list before buying an anti-acne product? Even if some does, but how many exactly know which ingredients work best for treating acne or pimples?

Many of you are thinking NO! Right?

So today I will be sharing some of my experiences regarding the Himalaya Neem Face Wash. I have been randomly using this one because I find it handy almost everywhere, be it in my home or when I am travelling somewhere and forgot to take my facewash that I mostly use. Because you know we can get it from any store nearby and also it’s really very cheap.

So here is some of the facts that you might not know about this Face Wash and should always check before reaching this product. So let’s jump in-

Paraben & Sulfate free

Yes ! You heard it absolutely right. Himalaya Neem face wash is free from Paraben & harmful SLS that are mostly found in face washes for its super lathering power. However, it has ALS (Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate) which is a pretty common cleansing agent that is derived from coconut or palm kernel oil.

It’s universally used for its mild foaming abilities that help to create a creamy lather while washing with water. It is chemically closely related to the sulfate group but the Ammonium part makes it milder.

Fights Occasional Acne

Have you heard about the Occasional Acne before? At least I didn’t until I researched a lot about this product and after using it for a few years with my hard-earned experience. It sounds weird but it’s true that the Himalaya Neem face wash is hardly effective for acne-prone skin. However, if you’re using this continuously, and some sudden acne pops up then it helps to fight back.

Goodness of AHA

Yes, I’m not kidding I swear! When I saw this I couldn’t believe my eyes too but it consists of Citric acid which technically acts as an AHA, derived from citrus fruits. Thus it helps to maintain the pH balance of the skin which is unbelievable right?

Use of Phenoxyethanol

Many of you might not be aware of this composition but let me explain a bit. Basically, Phenoxyethanol works as a stabilizer in almost every skincare/haircare products and perfumes preservative to prevent products from losing their effectiveness or spoiling.  In Himalaya Neem face wash, it’s been combined with another chemical, to increase its antibacterial properties that are effective at reducing acne and zits.

Not effective in controlling excessive sebum/oil

This point might disappoint some of you but to be honest Himalaya Neem face wash doesn’t really effective in controlling excessive sebum/oil. However, you can feel less oil once after using this but your skin might end up producing that disastrous oil after a few hours (which was really disappointing for me)

Overall, the face wash is pretty good as it treats mild oil production, removing dirt from the skin, and giving a refreshing feeling. Also, not to forget that it silently delivers a kind of chemical exfoliation (so trending these days in the skincare game) to the skin.

You can get it from here-

I hope you liked this post. Do comment your thoughts below and let me know your opinion regarding this. I would love to read them 🙂

OMG! That pimple again!

Ohh no! Those zits are showing up again!

Uughrrr can’t tolerate this oil on my face anymore!!

Are you the person complaining about such problems on a regular basis? I know many of us are having these issues since our childhood and unfortunately still continue to have the same. But there is nowhere we can run after in general. We are blessed with a skin that produces excessive oil no matter what we actually struggle in our real day to day life. It irritates! It stings! But this is what our skin is actually.

So instead of hating this, blaming it on our fate to have oily skin (I believe many do so), we should be opting for the right kind of face washes to eliminate that excessive oil. If oily skin is not treated properly or it is ignored, then it can cause occasional pimples/acne/zits. So, here I am listing down the top 5 effective yet budget-friendly face washes especially for oily skin that you can totally rely on-

Neutrogena Deep Clean Foaming Cleanser

This one is the most hyped, clinically proven, non-cosmedogenic, oil-free face wash available in the Indian market. Not only that, it claims to remove micropollutant PM 2.5 which trigger all kind of skin problems be it pimples, skin aging, irritation, breakouts, etc. Enriched with 33% glycerine, Neutrogena Deep Clean Foaming Cleanser also locks the skin’s natural moisture while cleansing deep into the skin.

Himalaya Herbals Oil Clear Lemon Foaming Face Wash

If you ask me what is the one thing that I love in particular about this face wash then I would say its cooling and energizing effect. It is enriched with Lemon, an astringent and cooling agent, and Honey, which has natural, deep cleansing properties. It leaves skin fresh with the very first use without feeling dry and stretched.

Nykaa Tea Tree & Neem Purifying Face Wash

Now this one comes really clean and prominent in terms of its ingredients. People with oily or combination skin can definitely give this a try as it helps to eliminate oil and dirt from the skin. It is also gentle on the skin.

NIVEA Milk Delights Face Wash (Besan)

NIVEA Milk Delights with Fine Gram Flour help to remove excess oil from the skin. This one is one of my personal favorites as it focuses on the benefits of natural ingredients. The milk acts as a natural cleanser and fine gram flour helps to prevent stickiness by removing the excess oil from the skin, thus making you feel really good in just one use.

Lotus Herbals Tea tree & Cinnamon Oil Control Face Wash

Now this one targets the main concern and the best part is it is specially formulated for oily skin. It contains Tea Tree Oil, Cinnamon, and Oak Bark extracts which remove excess oil from the skin surface while regulating the Sebum (Oil) production in the skin.

These are some of my favorites and some are the best sellers in terms of customer rating. However, these are especially proved to be best and effective for oil control but hardly said to work on existing or recurrent pimples. So, if you are someone with severe pimple problems already then I would suggest you check with a dermatologist immediately and treat your problem accordingly.

Locked down has made us miss our parlour pampering session right? Even if we want, we cannot visit parlour fearlessly like we used to do before. We got this feeling so hard lately. But what if we do it from our home itself? Yeah… You heard it right. Recently I light upon a brand called Indrani Cosmetics and they have an entire premium range of facial kits to indulge in.

We always look out for budget friendly yet premium quality skincare which we rarely find. But no more worry because the wait is finally over! With the Indrani Cosmetics Spa Facial Kit , we can totally feel that exotic spa vibes that too from the comfort of our home! I am so pleased that they have sent me their Facial Spa Kit to try out and trust me I’m so much in love with the kit already. Hands down the product’s quality and versatility. Here are some of the items that I got in the box and found using very helpful lately.

Lavender Spa Cleanser

So the first item is the Lavender spa cleanser that comes in a cream form with soothing lavender colour. And guess what? Lavender is my favorite colour and it made me fall for this one already. It gently detoxifies the skin while acts as an anti-fungal agent. It has the richness of lavender oil into it which means it also works best to kill bacteria, prevent and heal acne breakouts. The cleanser also heals sensitive skin. I personally have a sensitive skin and it has been working well for my skin so far. It doesn’t strip off that natural oil from my skin, so I never felt dryness after using this one. Good product to invest in your skincare.

indrani cosmetics Lavender Spa Cleanser
Texture under Natural Light

Spa Skin Freshner

After the cleansing part we are not going to miss the toner. So Indrani Cosmetics Spa skin freshner is to be applied right after cleansing is done. It instantly gives the energizing and cooling sensation on the skin. The product said to shrink the open pores and helps to maintain the Ph balance of the skin. It also has Witch hazel as an active ingredient that is already well known for its medicinal benefits. I found it more like an astringent lotion which is perfect for oily/combination skin with open pores. It has a mild scent which instantly refreshes the mood also. 

Spa Gel Scrub

Indrani Cosmetics spa gel scrub is infused with micro beads that help to exfoliate the skin surface without damaging the soft skin layer. It effectively removes any dead cells while keeping the moisture level at place. The best part is the beads are so gentle on skin that it doesn’t even feel harsh or irritate the sensitive skin since I have a sensitive skin and touchwood that it worked on my skin (don’t rub on skin if you have highly sensitive skin)

Aloe Vera Spa Massage Cream

Indrani cosmetics aloe vera spa massage cream is enriched with aloe vera extract which help to hydrate the skin layer. Massaging skin with this cream after washing face with lavender spa cleanser/spa gel scrub, helps to keep skin nourished and fresh. It also ensures to treat damage skin and make dull skin look brighter. After massaging my face with this cream I can see a subtle glow on my skin which is like no one can miss right?

Texture of the Aloe Vera Spa Massage Cream

So the entire Indrani Cosmetics Spa Facial Kit took my heart literally. Now I don’t need to bother or wait for the frequent visit to the parlour. All I do is take a day off for pampering myself and get the facial done at home. It has been really convenient for me and less time consuming too. I will highly suggest everyone to try their facial ranges if you are someone who always look for budget friendly, organic, cruelty free skincare products. Finally, shading light on this brand, I also want to let you all know that Indrani Cosmetics ethically make their products with best quality ingredients, totally Chemical free, Vegan and Cruelty free.

Available on Indrani Cosmetics Website

Do let me know your experience if you are going to try this brand. I bet you would thank me later. See you in my next post. Till then take care.

Tadaaa

I still remember when I first saw the newly launched Mamaearth Vitamin C Sleeping Mask on their website and couldn’t wait any further to grab it. I was insanely looking for a good Vitamin C enrich product to incorporate in my skincare regimen for so long. Luckily I got my hand on this one and nothing can be more coincidental than getting that desired item from one of my preferred brands . So in this post, I will be talking about the Vitamin C sleeping mask and my experience using the product.

Product Description

Price & Quantity

599 INR for 100 gm

Skin Type

All skin types including Sensitive skin (which is an added advantage)

Texture

Mamaearth Vitamin C Sleeping Mask comes in a transparent foam like soft and frothy texture. I just loved the texture since I opened the jar. Smells hevenly and after applying on skin it feels like a mist on face. It claims to contain Vitamin C and Aloe Vera Extract which supply moisture to the skin and replenish Lost Radiance. It also helps to restore skin elasticity, reducing any early signs of Aging, maintains tones and strengthens the skin cells.

Texture under sunlight

Texture under Natural Light

Ingredients

My experience using the Mamaearth Vitamin C Sleeping Mask

The packaging is very basic like the other Mamaearth products that come with a white frosted pastic jar with a screw lid. I believe it helps the product to get contaminated with any external fungal reaction as you can tighten the cap as necessary. It also comes with a spatula which is so cute and make the application even much easier.

The Vitamin C mask has a frothy texture which I found really different and unique. Trust on me, you will also surprise too to see its texture. It has a clear aqua gel consistency and a soothing aroma (which I truly fell in love with already). As the name suggests, it is specifically for night time, before sleeping/going to bed. So that the product can sit and work on the skin overnight.

There are no other chemical listed on the ingredients list apart from the main ingredients Aqua, Aloe vera juice, Vitamin C and some preservatives to maintain the shelf life. Also to be noted, natural ingredients might trigger existing allergies, so do a patch test always if you are someone with common allergic problems.

Use coupon code-SONIKA20 to get the product at 20% off here-

Mamaearth Vitamin C Sleeping Mask with Aloe Vera for Skin Illumination

How I use it

I use Vitamin C Mask as a last step of my night time routine, and this pack is so light and watery that it takes time to set into the skin. I don’t know why to use it for only night time, when one can get the benefit from using them in the morning also. Because some research also says that Vitamin C products work best when applied in the morning before heading out for the day, because UV radiation is generally high that time.

Also it sets like spraying mist on skin and a very slight cooling effect right after the application. I love the way this mask deeply nourishes my skin and makes it look plump the next morning. Initially I thought how it would work on my sensitive skin but (touch wood) I haven’t experienced anything discomforting till now.

Vitamin C sleeping mask is always a great way to combat any damaged skin from UV radiation, free radicals and dark spots and help to bring back the natural glow and illumination. Have been using from quite a few days now and a big thumbs up for this product from my side. Do let me know which Vitamin C skincare are you following lately.

See you in my next post! TaDaa

I hope you are all keeping well, in this quarantine life. It has been a month since we are in lockdown in our homes. In the starting, I was damn worried about how am I going to spend this whole long month. In fact, nothing is fixed up yet, our nation is still suffering from the pandemic. We all are trying our best to adopt this change and act religiously by staying home. But we also believe that it won’t last right?

We have to move forward with the situation. So instead of over thinking the situation which is already out of our control, I pulled out myself from thoughts. I made a list of things that I can probably do during this lockdown .  Even I decided to share this with you all so that you can also get inspire and try to follow something to keep yourselves engaged while most of us are staying at home now.

Beside being a mother, I am also classed as a freelancer. So basically, I am still working and even a lot more than usual because you know managing kids at home is way too harder than anything in this whole universe! However, I have sorted and segregated my hours into the areas, where things were neglected from a long time. So here I tried my hands on doing the undos and still keeping myself engaged.

  • The first thing I started in this lockdown is reading those books that I bought a long ago and never touched. Have completed the rest half of  “Life is what you make it” by Preeti Shenoy. The book is flooded with self actualization and an inspiring story of the author. It literally pushed me doing so many things that I left my hope on.
  • This is dedicated to all the mothers out there because only they can understand the time and value they give to their children. However, some of us often lack due to the work pressure. But in this lockdown period, try to engage and give time to your children in every small thing. Let them also feel once again that how they are incredibly special to their moms.
  • Can we move to the wardrobe organization now? Okay, now sort through your clothes, drawers and wardrobe as you are staying home. Keep things aside that you don’t wear any longer, try to give to the needy. I did this at the weekend. I have a bag of clothes to take to the charity when they will reopen again.
  • Helping the elders in the kitchen, spending quality times with family is something that most of us tend to ignore in our fast forward life. Though I have been into cooking by myself since I moved out for my studies. Also reorganizing and cleaning the kitchen little bit give that spirit to visit the kitchen more often ( strongly in my case).
  • I hope you are not like me who owns a lot more shoes & handbags that it actually required. But if you do then get access to those stuffs and clean your extra Shoes & Handbags. I sorted through mine the other day and had so much rubbish in all of them.
  • Sort out through the mess of yours or your kids Accessories/Hair Products/ Makeup stuffs. Throw away anything that is old or expired or dried out especially nail paints and mascara.
  • Any other drawers in the corners of your home? Kindly mind accessing them and you will be amazed to see how much you have, that you’ve already forgotten about.
  • Sort through paperwork, bills if you don’t have a filing system I suggest getting yourself one right away. I think you could get them from anywhere.
  • Toiletries – throw away anything that is old and you won’t use or is empty
  • Try to give yourself at least 1 hour a day and spend your ‘me time’. This will not only keep you uplifted but also help to distress you a lot. Because I feel that if I am not happy inside then I can never make others happy.
  • Rearrange a room, we changed a few bits around in our living room and it makes such a difference
  • Last but not the least, try taking self portraits or be creative in the way you are. I did the same and it motivated me a lot trust me. Check out some of my Self-Portraits and give your valuable insights!

Now I have stated a whole lockdown life in front of you people. I will add more to this list only if I happen to find any other stuffs. Please stay safe at your home and look after yourselves.

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