FREE at-home Philips Lumea IPL Consultati​on!

A quick beauty flash to my lovely readers! Philips Beauty has initiated its first ever “At-Home Consumer Demonstration Program” open for customers to experience a free consultation of the Philips Lumea IPL in the comfort of their own home.

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For those who are interested in an at-home IPL solution but nervous about investing in a product without seeing how it feels, the new service offers the perfect solution. Many women in the UAE want to find out more about the Philips Lumea IPL benefits, but would prefer not to do it in-store. Philips has listened to this feedback and hired a team of trained beauty experts from some of the best cosmetic brands in the region to ensure professional and informative sessions on at-home IPL.

All customers need to do is call 800 PHILIPS (7445477) and book a free at-home demonstration of the Philips Lumea, with the fully-trained experts who will answer questions and advise on how to get the best results.

The initiative started on 10th September and will be continuing for the next three months.  Philips will also be providing a free at-home delivery for any purchase of Lumea, with no additional cost.

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Introduction to Pose Organic Cosmetics and mini review!

Hey all,

I would like to introduce an organic, toxin free, cruelty free brand called POSE cosmetics to you today. This brand’s products are made in USA in FDA and USDA certified facility. The company called Eterspace imports this brand and distributes it in the UAE.

I love using organic products, because even from the very first application you will feel your skin benefiting from it and loving it. This is not a detailed review since I was provided only sachets for review and not full size products that I could try on for longer. Scroll down for my mini review/first impression.

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Here are the descriptions of each cream, according to their website :

Protective Face cream

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It combines organic extract and oils with Hyaluronic acid, PABA and mineral sunscreens. Designed for everyday use protects the skin from harmful UV rays, moisturizes, tightens, tones the skin and provides it with a lovely, shiny glowing look . Grape seed and Witch Hazel extracts fights the ravages of aging , stabilize the barrier function of the skin, reduces skin redness and has anti – oxidant properties as well. Shea butter is an extremely therapeutic emollient penetrating the skin leaving it feeling soft and smooth. Black Willow Bark stimulates the skin and cell growth and together with Rosemary reduce puffiness and swelling resulting in firmer skin and better skin tone. PABA, the part of Vitatim B complex, is required for the formation of folic acid and acts as a perfect UV sunscreen. Smart ingredients of this cream adjust the moisturizing effects depending on your skin’s needs. Ingredients synergetically combined protect your skin and provide it with healthy looking and cleared complexion.

Spa Herbal Face cream

pol_pm_POSE-SPA-Herbal-Face-Cream-Ziolowy-krem-do-twarzy-SPA-50-ml-2553_1Synergetic, rich in organic herbal active substances cream that soothes, balances and relaxes your skin taking it for the SPA session. Reduces irritation, rashes and other skin complaints and helps fight the hypersensitivity, inflammation and allergic conditions. Improves granulation and tissue regeneration. Reduces puffiness and cleanses pores of impurities. This cream tightens and tones, nourishes and protects your skin. Flavonoids and lipophilic compounds help to reduce the capillary fragility which strengthens the skin and reduces redness. The smart ingredients of this cream like hyaluronic acid adjust the moisturizing effects depending on your skin’s needs. Green tree extract has an inhibitory effect on collagenase which keeps the skin firm and elastic. It also has tremendous antioxidant, photo protective and cell – protective properties. Blue green algae stimulate collagen synthesis and protects the skin from degradation of the dermis. Hemp oil recompenses for lower ceramide levels and reduces the appearance of wrinkles.

Rejuvenating Face cream

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Unique lightweight cream that brings your skin back to life. Suitable for sensitive skin. Combination of organic extracts, oils and butters together with hyaluronic acid, alpha hydroxy acids and multi – fruits acids leaving your skin look noticeably younger, soft, smooth and fresh. This cream is packed with regenerating, nutritious, moisturizing, protective and antibacterial elements. The smart ingredients of this cream adjust the moisturizing effects depending on your skin’s needs. Mild acids serve to remove the outer layer of dull skin and leave you with a rejuvenated complexion. Use of this cream delays the effects of skin ageing. Long term uses increase collagen and elastin synthesis and boosts protein regeneration in the skin which visibly improves the shape of the face and diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Undereye cream

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Luxurious, very delicate cream designed especially to treat the vulnerable skin around the eyes. Set of carefully selected ingredients of natural origin nourishes, protects, moisturizes and caresses your skin. Reduces fine lines around the eyes, increases cell renewal, calms irritated skin and reduces water trans-dermal loss. Provides the skin suppleness and stimulates the rejuvenation of the skin. Smart ingredients of this cream like hyaluronic acid adjust the moisturizing effects depending on your skin’s needs. Reduces puffiness and improves blood circulation which enlightens the shades around the eyes. Helps to tighten and tone the skin. Rich in fatty acids (GLA) which are very important for the skin cell’s membranes. Contains various antioxidants helpful for diminishing sun’s and free radical’s damaging effects. Restores the natural PH balance of the skin.

Texturizing Face cream

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This fabulous texturizing cream was designed to bring high concentration of Vit C esters to the skin. Vit C, Vit E and organic extracts create a synergetic blend that helps barrier against free radicals. Bringing continuous doses of these substances to your skin combined with proantycyanides from the grapeseed oil leads to intensive retexturization. Smart ingredients of this cream like hyaluronic acid adjust the moisturizing effects depending on your skin’s needs. Green clay, rich in youth” minerals, draws oils and toxins from your skin. It gently stimulates and is effective in increasing the lymph circulation enabling an intake of oxygene and speeding the eliminationof wastes. Lemon extract acts as a very mild lightener brightening dull skin colour and calms redness as well as the irritation of an inflamed skin. Rosehip oil boosts regeneration of the skin and makes it more elastic while GLA present in this cream reduces the signs of aging – especially lines around the mouth. This cream helps combat the drying effect of the sun and environment as well.

Wrinkle Diffuser Face cream

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This revolutionary, organic, based on aloe vera juice product combines DMAE, MSM and hyaluronic acid with organic extracts and oils. DMAE reduces wrinkles by preventing cell deterioration and shoring up cell membranes. MSM supplies sulphur to your skin which allows it to heal itself. MSM feeds the formation of collagen and elastin while preventing and reducing cross-linking between cells which is the primary cause of wrinkles and scar tissue. The smart ingredients of this cream adjust the moisturizing effects depending on your skin’s needs. Contains a waxy substance that mimics collagen. Moisturizes and brings to your skin oils that resembles human sebum disappearing with maturing. Reduces inflammation and helps in sunburns. Wonderfully emmolient with cooling properties. Revitalizes skin. Assists in the regeneration and rejuvenation of the skin. Brings excellent toning and binding effects on loose, sagging skin, while at the same time increases blood flow with its rubefacient action, which in turn promotes proper skin function.

My thoughts

All five of these smell the same. It’s a peculiar kind of mild smell. It almost reminded me of the Human + Kind’s Anti ageing cream’s smell. I quite like it. I expected a herbal smell for the Spa herbal cream, however it too smells just like the others. The consistency of all of them is creamy/almost liquid like. It’s extremely easy to apply it on to the skin. Probably because of all the organic goodness in them, my skin just drinks up these products as soon as I apply them, leaving them feeling hydrated. These products are cream and oil emulsions. Some are more oilier than others. You definitely get an oily look while applying these. I definitely recommend it for nighttime use. Since it gives an oily finish, I wouldn’t suggest it for morning wear.

Through long term use, these creams are meant to deliver different results. But, to me it all felt the same when applying. However, I do have a special liking towards the Under eye cream, which brightened up the eye area when I woke up in the morning after having applied it overnight and the Rejuvenating face cream, which made my skin look more radiant than the other creams did. Overall, I loved trying out these samples. If you are looking for an organic range of products, I genuinely feel you should give Pose a try. Your skin will really love it and respond well to it.

Interested in buying Pose products?

Soon to be available in clinics, spa, aesthetic medicine, pharmacy and elegant shops. For now, they accept orders on email. Shipping is carried from the site of UAE, also to other countries. Currently POSE Cosmetics is available through their Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/organictrend. You can also email them for order at sales@eterspace.com.

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Note: I was provided this product for review purpose and all opinions are 100% my own.

Herbline Essentials helps you maintain your mane!

With Henna & Liquorice Shampoo & Conditioner for hair fall, Herbline Essentials helps you maintain your mane!

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Hair fall is a big problem in the UAE. Many attribute this to the treated water that is used in the region, while others blame it on factors of pollution and the extreme weather throughout the year. There are other internal factors too that can also play a very integral role in increased hair fall, such as stress, lack of exercise, unhealthy diet and dehydration.

Although many of the factors are external and we can do little to change them, there are a few preventive measures that can be undertaken by individuals to ensure that severe hair fall is treated.

Here’s five quick tips that will help you combat hair fall and leave you with beautiful, healthy locks:

  1. Oil your hair weekly
    Massage coconut oil or olive oil into your scalp gently. Leave it on for half an hour and then proceed to wash and shampoo your hair. This will provide the scalp with the necessary nourishment it needs and also help your hair grow stronger.
  1. Use Herbline Essentials Henna & Liquorice Shampoo and Conditioner
    Henna has traditionally been used as a natural hair conditioner. Now, blended with other complementary and beneficial ingredients, leadwort, liquorice and hemidesmus indicus, this shampoo and conditioner duo leaves the hair smooth, shiny and tangle free. The duo promotes hair growth, whilst strengthening and safe guarding against hair loss. Since these products are 100% organic, you are also saving your hair from exposure to harsh chemicals that can worsen the condition.
  2. Increase your intake of Omega 3 Fatty Acids
    Maintaining a healthy diet is crucial to prevent hair loss. Try increasing your intake of Omega 3 fatty acids naturally by eating more fish like salmon and mackerel and incorporating more nuts and seeds into your diet.
  1. Hats and scarves are your friends
    Never leave the house with your hair exposed. If your job requires you to be exposed to direct sunlight for long hours, make sure you always keep a hat or a scarf on hand to cover your hair. Minimizing exposure to the sun makes sure that the hair remains in a healthy condition as exposure to heat always damages the cuticle of the hair leaving it more prone to fall.
  1. Avoid using irons or getting your hair blow dried often
    Heat is a major contributing factor when it comes to hair fall. In fact, a simple blow dry at the salon contributes significantly to hair fall. As often a possible, try styling your hair using heat free methods. There are multiple styles for the various lengths of hair that look amazing without using any or much heat, so why not try those out for a change!

Herbline Essentials Henna & Liquorice Shampoo retails for AED 99 and the conditioner AED 79. To find out more details about Herbline Essentials or to purchase your own Henna & Liquorice Shampoo and Conditioner visit leading pharmacies across the UAE and Kuwait, or www.herbline-essentials.com. You can also visit Herbline Essentials’ Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Herbline.Essentials for daily updates on health, skincare and organic beauty.

About Herbline Essentials:

Herbline Essentials is a range of truly natural beauty products for the face, body and hair. All products are made from 100% natural ingredients sourced in the Himalayas and adhere to the principles of Ayurveda to provide long term benefits for a healthy body and mind.

Established in 2005 and inspired by 50 years of extensive plant and mineral research, Herbline Essentials is a joint collaboration between Harmony Cosmetics and their Research and Development partners based in the foothills of the Himalayas. The range is paraben and paraffin free and is also enrolled in PETA’s “Beauty Without Bunnies” program as a cruelty free brand.

The Herbline Essentials range of products is currently available at leading pharmacies in the UAE, including Boots, Bin Sina, Health First and United Pharmacies, including the Dubai Duty Free pharmacies at Dubai International Airport. The brand has recently started retailing in Kuwait and Pakistan, with plans to launch across the Middle East, South Africa and Turkey in 2013. Customers can also order online through www.herbline-essentials.com with worldwide shipping.

To find out more about Herbline Essentials’ Ayurvedic approach to beauty and their products, visit www.herbline-essentials.com, Facebook (www.facebook.com/herbline.essentials) or Twitter (www.twitter.com/hessentials) as well as www.natural.ae.

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Review : Jojoba & Clove organic oil treatment by Old Wives Tail!

Hello beautiful,

In this world that we live in, with various products loaded with chemicals and sold purely to make profit, Old Wives Tail emerges as a breath of fresh air.

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OWT is a small hair care company, based in the UK, selling handmade, organic hair care products with absolutely no additives or chemicals!. Their main lifetime goal is to eradicate animal testing in the beauty industry and 10% of their profits go to charities that save animals from being tested upon!

The first time itself that I heard of OWT and their ethical approach to creating organic, cruelty products, it really appealed to me!. They make oil treatments and mask treatments for hair and also sell hair accessories and cosmetic brushes (with bamboo handles). I am delighted to review one of their hair oil treatments today.

It’s the Jojoba and Clove organic oil treatment. Each of their oil treatments target different hair problems. I chose the Jojoba & Clove one because it is made for dull, thinning, brittle and broken hair. After my rebonding experience, my sole goal has been to take as much care of my damaged hair as possible. This treatment seemed just perfect!. It came wrapped in a very pretty printed napkin, which is so lovely!. I could see that extreme care has been taken to package the product, so that there is no damage caused during transit.

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Once the napkin was removed, there was a plastic wrap inside with a little sheet which listed the benefits and usage directions of the product.

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The product is solid/creamy in consistency, yellow in color and filled to the brim of the container.

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Truth be told, seeing the container, I felt it’s way too small. Looking at the picture on their site, I had expected it to be much bigger. Ofcourse, it’s mentioned there that it’s 100ml but still, that info hadn’t registered with me. Seeing the container in real, placed in my hand, I wondered how little 100ml actually is. I thought to myself that this surely isn’t going to last me a long while.

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I have long hair that reaches around my elbow level. You can imagine my surprise when I had to use only 1/2 a tbsp (shown below) for my entire hair!!. It’s solid at room temperature. So, I took a little bit in between both my hands and rubbed them together. Your body temperature makes it melt into a luxurious oil. Then I spread it on my hair, massaging it on the roots first and then onto my entire hair. My husband quite loved this treatment too. For him, I used a little less than 1/2 a tsp.

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Here is some info about the product from their site – The pure organic jojoba oil penetrates every hair follicle to add strength, volume and texture to weak, lifeless hair. This treatment has both anti-bacterial and stimulating properties which when massaged onto the scalp will naturally sooth, balance and stimulate your roots to encourage healthy hair growth.

Directions for use: Use on damp hair and massage into your scalp. Leave the treatment on for one hour. Rinse with fresh water and shampoo. Repeat this process until your hair feels clean and product free. After shampooing you can use conditioner on the ends of your hair only. Rinse out thoroughly and style as normal. If your locks are really damaged, then use twice a week leaving the oil on overnight wrapped in a warm towel. Store in a cool, dry, dark place – A cupboard in a ventilated bathroom is fine to store your hair treatment.

As directed, I applied it on damp hair. Once it was washed off, my hair looked shiny and felt healthy. Also, the color of my black hair seemed to look more intense after the treatment! It’s main smell is that of cloves. It’s a beautiful and strong smell that lingers on your hair even after you wash it off with shampoo. I could smell that pleasant smell even the next day!. I use it only once per week.

Here are the all-natural ingredients in this amazing product : Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Karite Butter Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Flower Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil.

It is made with certified organic ingredients only. It’s paraben free, sulfate free, gluten free, vegan & vegetarian with no animal testing. I loved this treatment and I really recommend you try it!. OWT offers free worldwide delivery on any order, which is a huge plus!. I got my package by post via Royal Mail.

Price: $22.76 (AED83.60) for a 100ml container

Giveaway!

OWT is holding a giveaway on their site, whereby when you follow their rules and participate in it, you stand a chance to win TWO hair oils of your choice!. It’s an excellent opportunity to win and try some awesome, organic hair products!. Go ahead and participate in this worldwide giveaway!. It ends on November 1st, 2014 and winner will be contacted by OWT via email.

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Note: I was provided this product for review purpose and all opinions are 100% my own.

Book Review : Sing Along Construction Song by Louise Lintvelt!

Today, I am reviewing a children’s picture book titled Sing Along Construction Song by Louise Lintvelt. Here is a personal introduction from the author herself!

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I am from South Africa and I live in a city called Pretoria. I am a Chemical Engineer by day and a children’s book writer by night. I am married to a wonderful man and we have a beautiful two year old daughter called Allegra. I love writing stories for my daughter, who is a constant inspiration.When it comes to writing, my daughter is my biggest inspiration. I love seeing her face light up with excitement when we sit down to read a book before bedtime.

My daughter was fascinated by giraffes after we went on a safari trip in late 2012. This planted the seed for my picture book called How Andrew Got His Spots which is a rhyming adaptation of a story I originally wrote in the third grade. My daughter has since grown into a healthy two year old with a passion for aircraft which was the inspiration for writing Goodnight, Sleep tight, What a Wonderful Flight.

Book Summary

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A fun sing-along book for little construction enthusiasts.Visit the construction site early in the morning and join the rough and tough construction vehicles, as they go about their daily work.

My Review

The book cover is really cute and cheerful. The book is about construction vehicles at the construction site, going about their daily work, early in the morning. There is a cheerful energy in the rhyming sentences that is so contagious!. It is super cute and the illustrations by Julie Sneeden, will keep little readers glued to the pages. Each construction vehicle does a different job and the pages highlight it in simple words.

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There is a free song to download from the author’s website. You can play it and then sing along with it while going through the pages. The song is sung to the same tune as the popular nursery rhyme Round the Mulberry Bush. Listening to the song, I couldn’t help but think how adorable it is. I was quite surprised when later in the day, I found myself humming the song while doing some chore!. That’s how catchy the song is!. It’s a lovely book for children between ages 1- 5.

I give this delightful book 5 out of 5, which by Goodreads standards mean, ‘it was amazing’.

Links to the book

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Source : I was provided a complimentary ebook copy for review purpose. All opinions are 100% my own.

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The Konjac Sponge Co. enters the UAE market!

This year’s global beauty craze, The Konjac Sponge Co., enters the UAE market

The Far East has been in the limelight for the past year or two, thanks to its innovative beauty and healthcare regimes, and for the first time, one of the top, global beauty crazes of the year, Konjac Facial Sponges, from the Konjac Sponge Co., are available in the UAE!

Konjac Facial Sponges have taken the world by storm with a cult, celebrity following including, Victoria Beckham, Angelina Jolie and Miranda Kerr. Unlike harsh chemical cleansers, Konjac sponges, created from the root of the Konjac plant, which grows in South Korea, Japan, China and Indonesia, gently exfoliates the skin and can be used every day for a deep, facial cleanse.

What makes the Konjac Sponge Co.’s sponges amongst the best on the market, is the fact that the sponges, which are available in an array of colours, are infused with natural clays, which provides deep pore cleansing and clarifying, and a variety of other, all-natural ingredients, to provide additional benefits to various skin ailments, such as dehydration and oily, acne prone skin.

The Konjac Sponge Company offers a selection of sponges in a variety of colours:

  • Red: Dry, dehydrated skin
  • Green: Normal to oily skin

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  • Pink: Devitalised, tired skin

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  • Natural: All skin types

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  • Charcoal: Acne/Spot prone skin

The Konjac Sponge Company also has a number of special purpose sponges available, including Konjac Baby Bath Sponges, Konjac Travel & Sports Sponges and the Konjac Gentlemen’s Sponge.

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The Konjac Sponge’s are both kind to you and the environment. Each sponge is made from 100% natural vegetable fibre, which is naturally cleansing, removes water based make-up and is 100% colour free and biodegradable. The sponges are soft and gentle, yet sufficiently exfoliating and PH balanced. Each sponge lasts between 4 to 12 weeks.

The Konjac Sponge Co. sponges are available from September in The Organic Café and Make Up Etc, with more outlets to be announced soon. Prices start from AED 60.

About The Konjac Sponge Co. :

The Konjac Sponge Co. is the original and largest Konjac Sponge Company, supplying premium grade Konjac Sponge products to the UK, Europe and the rest of the world. It’s Konjac is grown on the fertile volcanic hills of Jeju Island in South Korea. A UNESCO world heritage protected site, Jeju Island is renowned as a pristine area of outstanding beauty, reputed to have some of the purest water in the world. The Konjac Sponge Company is proud to carry the Leaping Bunny and Vegan Society symbols as signs of its commitment to producing natural, cruelty free skin care with absolutely no animal testing. As a green and ethical company it works hard to ensure all its Konjac Sponges are produced with minimal impact on the planet’s resources and are 100% biodegradable and safe for the environment. Visit www.konjacspongecompany.com, www.facebook.com/thekonjacspongecompanymiddleeast or www.pinterest.com/beautifulbrands.

About Beautiful Brands – Empowered Beauty Choices:

Beautiful Brands LLC was formed in 2013, following in the footprints of its big sister Beauty Solutions. A global and regional distributor of fashionable, innovative, unique, revolutionary, stylish and naturally inspired beauty brands, Beautiful Brands was created to provide a much-needed solution to maximise brands’ full potential in the region. Beautiful Brands currently distributes The Konjac Sponge Company and ‘Rahua’ in The Middle East. For more information visit www.facebook.com/beautifulbrandsllc .

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Skincare routine 101 (My night time skincare routine)!

Hello there!

This post is very close to my heart. I am passionate about taking care of my skin. I know there are many out there who would like to have a routine for themselves to have better looking skin, however they have no idea where to start and how to use the numerous different products available in the markets today!. This post is going to be detailed but here is what you can expect to learn from this post (so, do read the entire post!):

  • How to layer different skincare products correctly, so that your skin benefits from all of them
  • Technique as to how to apply certain products and
  • Some of my product choices

Different people follow different types of skincare routines, depending on what results they are looking for. Mine is an anti-aging routine. FYI : My skin type is normal, leaning towards dry (during winters). My routine is the same throughout the year. It doesn’t change according to seasons, except that in winter, I moisturize more often.

I am about to turn 27 next month. I started following a basic skincare routine at the age of 23, which is the perfect age to start an anti-aging skincare routine if you are looking to ‘age gracefully’!. So, yes I have had a routine for 4 years now. In the beginning, my routine was really basic with just two steps (Cleanse and moisturize). As you read ahead and see the steps below, you will see how much my routine has evolved over time. I kept adding more intensity and layers to the routine, until finally reaching one that I am very comfortable and pleased with.

I give much importance to my night time routine because our skin renews itself while we sleep and giving it the right products at that time enhances skin’s ability to fight off all aging related battles that it fights. Also, I change up the products nearly every night so that my skin doesn’t get too used to the same set of products. If I mention every single product I use, in this post, we will be here all day!. So, I will mainly cover the brand Olay, since that’s the brand that got me started on a routine. Here is the offer pack I bought for the first time: It is of great value – contains a night cream, a day cream and a daily face wash!. Back then, I bought it at around AED 88, if I remember it right. But over the years after that, I have bought it at various different prices, the latest being around AED 102.

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I bought it just to give it a trial. My skin looked MUCH better within a week of using the Olay Total Effects products. That got me hooked because any cream I had tried before that (like Fairever, Fair and Lovely, Vicco cream – all Indian brands!) didn’t work well with my skin even though I tried sticking a minimum of 2 – 3 months with each of these creams. Now four years later, I still am loyal to that brand and have lost count of how many products I have bought from them!. The Olay Total Effects range is perfect for those in their 20s.

So, ready to learn how your skincare regimen should look like?. Let’s do this!

Step 1 – Remove makeup

You should never head to your bed with makeup on. It will clog your pores and suffocate your skin. Also, removing makeup gives you a clean surface to apply your skincare products on. I am currently using Garnier’s Make-up Remover Milk, a stunning and gentle product that costs AED 13.95. I use Tippy’s cotton pads to apply it and then I wash my face.

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Step 2 – Cleanse

Next, I apply Olay Total Effects Foaming Cleanser to my wet face. It costs Rs. 225 (AED 13.59) for a tube containing 100gms. I bought this product in India. It’s not available in the UAE. Then I switch on my Foreo Luna and work it well on my face/neck. The first time I used this cleanser, I felt it made my face squeaky clean and left it dry. But when used with the Foreo, it’s absolutely great and gives an optimum cleansing experience. Once the Foreo beeps continuously three times, I set it aside and wash my face.

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Step 3 – Tone

Using a toner is important to keep your pores tight, remove impurities from them that the cleanser didn’t and to maintain the ph level of your skin. I use a DIY Apple Cider Vinegar toner. I spray it 5 times onto a cotton pad and gently go over my face/neck. Before ever using a skincare tool like Foreo, my cotton pads used to still show impurities like traces of foundation that my makeup remover and cleanser missed out!. But, now with Foreo in the picture, the cotton pad shows no traces of impurities!. I don’t wash my face after applying the toner, instead I go to the next step.

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Step 4 – Application of products with active ingredients

Active ingredients in skincare are those ingredients that has the power to alter/affect the skin, like Retina A or AHAs. These kind of products should be in direct contact with cleaned skin. It shouldn’t be layered on top of other creams. I use the AHA Cream by Herbline Essentials for this step. It costs AED 342 for a tub containing 50gms. I gently massage it in upward circular motion until it’s completely absorbed. When applying on your neck start from the base of the neck and massage upwards. The gravity pulls our skin downwards as we age. So, you have to massage it in the opposite direction.

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Step 5 – Application of serum

Serum is a concentrated product that has the ability to penetrate into the deeper layers of your skin. It’s powerful and a must in your routine. I use the Olay Total Effects Instant Smoothing Serum. It costs AED 53.50 for a bottle containing 50ml. I love it’s silky, light texture and pleasant smell. It gets easily absorbed into the skin. To apply it, take about 2 or 3 pumps of the product on your fingertips, rub the tips of both hands together and then gently press/dab the product on to your face/neck. Think of it like you are trying to push the product in rather than massaging it in. Your skin will feel hydrated and saturated with the product, when you apply it this way. I then use the anti aging side of the Foreo on the five areas prone to show fine lines first (forehead, both temples and both sides of your mouth) to help this amazing, anti-aging product work better.

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Step 6 – Application of skincare oil

This is when you apply your favorite skincare oils. I am currently using the Arganfarm Argan oil. It costs $24.95 (AED 91.64) for a bottle containing 50ml. Oils are so great for the skin!. Though you might look a bit shiny when heading to the bed, trust me, there will be no shine when you wake up in the morning. To apply it, massage it in upward circular motion. Some people use skincare oils as their moisturizer. So, this becomes the final step of their routine. However, I like to go one more step. Before heading to that step (Step 9), I go ahead with Step 7 and 8, so that the oil has time to sit on my skin for a minute or so.

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Step 7 – Application of eye cream

The delicate skin around the eyes need special care and thus everyone must have an eye cream. I am using the Olay Total Effects Eye Transforming Cream. It costs AED 53 for a container of 15ml. To apply it, dot it along the eye socket bone. Then slightly tap with your ring finger in a circular motion, starting from the outer corner of the eye to below the eye, then the inner corner of the eye and above the eye.

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The tapping motion should be fast, gentle and right on that bone surrounding the eye. At first, I didn’t know it’s correct application and used to apply even on the eyelids too!. That is so wrong. I use the Eye-o-sonic by Michael Todd’s True Organics to apply my eye cream.

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Step 8 – Application of lip balm

Lips are delicate just like the eye area. You need to moisturize them regularly. I currently am using Sierra Bees lip balm. It costs $0.50 (AED 1.84).

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Step 9 – Application of moisturizer

The final step!. A moisturizer seals in whatever you applied before it and hydrates your skin. To apply, you can either tap it into the skin, using only your fingertips or massage, in upward circular motion. I use Olay Total Effects Night Firming Moisturizer. It costs AED 53.50 for a bottle containing 50ml. I like the soft smell of this one. The packaging is great since it has a pump.

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Done!. This whole routine takes me less than 15 minutes to do and I do it without fail every night. Here are all the products in one shot :)

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If you constantly care for your skin, I guarantee that you will love how your skin looks. It is ideal to complete your routine about 20 minutes before you hit the sack, since you want your face to absorb it all and not your pillowcase!

If you don’t have a skincare routine yet…

  • …understand that your skin will not look the same as it’s now, ten years down the line [unless you have inherited amazing genes!]. You need to strive hard to keep your skin looking good. I believe skincare is much more important than makeup itself since the latter beautifies you temporarily but the former becomes the very foundation of beauty in your life.
  • …it’s never too late to start one!. I got my mom started on a routine and chose products for her that’s suited to her matured skin and seriously, she has seen the results of following a consistent routine for about an year now.
  • …invest in skin care products NOW. It doesn’t have to be high end!. Go according to your budget. There are plenty of brands to choose. If you are in your 20s, I highly recommend Olay Total Effects range. If you are in your 30s, I recommend the Olay Regenerist range (I will be changing over to this range once I hit 30.. Oh yeah, I plan ahead :P). I suggest you buy an offer pack like the one I mentioned in the beginning of this post or if you don’t want the face wash, go for one like the offer below. This was an offer I got in Carrefour couple of months ago. Though my current products will last me quite I while, I didn’t want to pass up on such a great deal. So it’s my back up now :P. Oh btw, it cost only AED59 for both products!

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  • …start with a basic CTM, which is Cleanse, Tone, Moisturize and stick to it for atleast 3 months. Do not expect to see immediate results or get disheartened seeing no results. Everyone’s skin reacts differently to different products.
  • …slowly introduce more and more products into your routine, like from CTM go for CTSM (Adding serum to the mix) and so on.

Please stay tuned for more skincare posts in the upcoming months, mainly these two, titled :

  • My daytime skincare routine – This one is much simpler than my night time routine. I will be mentioning my favorite scrub, masks and day time products in this post. Except for the toner, none of the products mentioned in my night time routine is repeated in the daytime toutine.
  • Other skincare items I use – Any product that is not mentioned in my nighttime/daytime routine posts, will be mentioned in this post.

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