What is Retinol? Its Benefits and much more

What is Retinol? Its Benefits and much more

Skincare is a vast industry and with a plethora of products coming every day, it is tough to decide which one to use. To make things easier, the best part is to go by the ingredients and not by the brand name! The ingredient I am going to talk about today is Retinol. What is retinol for skin aging and what are its other benefits? I will also be discussing how to use retinol and incorporate it into your daily skincare routine.

What is Retinol?

I am not going into the scientific details; retinol is made of Vitamin A. it is used for topical application and upon combining with the skin enzymes, it turns into retinoic acid. It is important to note here that it cannot be and should not be applied directly. Hence, retinol creams, serums, and lotions are there in the market.

retinol for skin

Benefits for Your Skin

It is one of the magical ingredients in the skincare industry which can drastically change your skin for the better. However, you do need to be careful of its application. I will be discussing those details later in this blog! Retinol is a masterstroke that reverses the signs of aging. In our late twenties, we generally start to get fine lines, pigmentation, and dark spots and as we age, these signs appear more.

Now incorporating retinol into your daily skincare routine will help you get rid of all of this. You will experience smoother, well-textured, and even-toned skin. It does so by increasing the collagen production in your skin and accelerating skin renewal. Mentioned below are few benefits of topical application of Retinol

  • Smooth outs fine lines and wrinkles due to its minimizing effect.
  • Exfoliates the skin cells and gives brighter and smoother skin.
  • Help get rid of dark spots and pigmentation
  • Prevents breakouts and acne scars as well.
  • Gives plump skin that looks younger

Looking at all these benefits, who wouldn’t want to use retinol? Well, before you jump into buying the products, keep reading because there is more to it. [you may also like to read: Skincare Products that changed my skin]

Side Effects of Retinol

Yes! There are cons too. Too much of anything is bad and the same is the case with this magic ingredient. If used in the wrong way and in the wrong quantity, retinol can actually damage the skin. It can cause redness or can even peel the skin. Furthermore, the drying effect of retinol can also lead to flaky skin if used more often.

So your skin takes time before it understands the ingredient and makes peace with it. Hence, you need to start slow and let the magic work! I would always recommend you talk to your dermatologist before making it a part of your routine.

retinol for anti aging

When to start using?

A question that comes up very often is what is the right age to start using retinol? Well, the dermatologists do say that you can start anytime after your turn 23-24. However, I personally feel you can give it a little time. I would say start once you turn 27 maybe! Having said that, understand that every person’s skin behaves differently. You might need the ingredient later than when others do. So, understand your skin and when you feel it’s time, I will share the list of best retinol products with you… [Also Read: Get Glowing Skin Naturally]

Retinol in Right Way

Now that you know what is retinol, coming straight to the point, start with the product that has a retinol composition of 0.025% which is generally the lowest there is. Once your skin gels well with it, you can consider increasing this percentage. Few tips to remember while using retinol products:

  •  Start with a lesser concentration
  • Apply it every alternate day to start with and after a month or two you can start using it daily
  • Once you apply the product, wait for 10 minutes and layer it up with a good sunscreen
  • Avoid stepping out in sun after retinol application
  • The best way is to use it at night.

While you are using the retinol products, make sure you don’t ignore any signs that your skin is giving. If at all you experience something unusual, get in touch with your dermatologist.

In the next blog, super soon (I promise!), I will be sharing the best products in the market that gives good results and are safe to use. Till then, please follow me on Instagram for product reviews.

How to Fix Dry Skin in Winters? Best Tips EVER!

How to Fix Dry Skin in Winters? Best Tips EVER!

How to Fix Dry Skin in Winters

Itchy, stretched, dry, and dehydrated… these are just a few words that a person with dry skin in winter uses the most. Moreover, there is a constant need to apply layers of moisturizer and cover every part of the body so that it doesn’t get exposed to chilly winds. There are tons of things that we do in an effort to fix dry skin in winter. Worry not girl, I am here with all my research and so much good information for your topmost query, how to fix dry skin?

I have combination skin but my skin does become a lot drier during the winter months. It is drier to the extent that I need to patch on my moisturizer many times, use a mild soap or body wash, and a lot of other things that we will discuss today. Although it is not at all a serious condition, it sure is a matter of concern as no one wants the uneasiness that comes with dry, patchy stretched skin. However, if you get red dry patches on your face during the winter months, I would suggest you see a dermatologist once. Although this is extremely common in areas that experience heavy snowfall, red dry patches still need an expert opinion.

Alright! Let us get started on what causes dry skin, how to fix dry skin, and get soft, supple, and glowing skin that breathes! [You may like to read: Skincare Products that Changed my skin for good.]

What Causes Dry Skin?

It is usually the change in temperature! Low moisture in the air tends to suck out a lot of natural oils from your skin (mostly the exposed parts) thus making it dry. Especially in winters, the more exposure to hot baths, bonfires, heaters, and all can also reduce the moisture level in your skin. In the northern hemisphere, where winters are extreme, people might also experience red dry patches on their face.

Other than the climatic factors, it can be due to some medications. Mostly the anti-acne treatments cause dryness on the skin. Another reason can be the soap or body wash that you are using, if you already have dry to combination skin and you are using harsh soaps, it will aggravate the skin condition. More or less, the simple answer to what causes dry skin is lack of moisture.

How to Fix Dry Skin in Winter?

It is not at all difficult to manage the moisture level in your skin. All you need to do is to fix what you apply over it and what you eat. Few fixes that can prove a lot beneficial to fix even the red dry patches on face are as follows

Bath Products

Use a gentle, fragrance-free cleanser to clean your body. Check the ingredient list carefully for any drying elements. Better still, search for milk soap or the one infused with glycerin. Do not overdo the cleansing process by lathering up, instead use only the required quantity to just remove all dirt. The body wash or soap brand that I recommend for dry skin is Dove.

Another way to ensure your bath products don’t take away all the moisture from your skin is to get an oil massage. Just use coconut oil and massage it all over your body before taking your shower. It will create a layer of moisture and will retain the moisture for a longer time.

Bath Time and Temperature

We all love the hot water shower during chilly winter days. However, this is another way of how to fix dry skin! Limit the bath time and take quick showers. Also, say no to hot showers and switch to the warmer ones. Adjust the temperature of water to what doesn’t feel cold but is also not hot enough to irritate your skin.

Once you are done with your warm water shower, pat dry your body with a towel. Furthermore, immediately after drying your body, put on the layer of moisturizer to lock in the moisture.

Skincare Products

Two things I cannot live without because of my dry skin in winters are moisturizer and lip balm. Choosing the right moisturizer is a task! Something that feels just right for the amount of dryness you are dealing with. If you get red dry patches on your face, you should only use the basic petroleum jellies. These are trusted, basic, and effective than any other moisturizer there is. Petroleum jellies are filled with mineral oils and create a protective layer of moisture.

For people looking for moisturizers, search a little more and look for oil-based creams. Make sure you see jojoba oil, Shea butter, cocoa butter, lanolin, Glycerin, Hyaluronic, etc in the composition list. These ingredients have rich moisturizing properties and allow your skin to survive during the harsh winters. Along with this, use a rich creamy lip balm that keeps your lips hydrated and doesn’t let them chap. If required use the moisturizing lipsticks for some time.

Avoid the Heat

Avoid cozying up by the side of your fireplace or direct room heaters. The air gets all dried up and so does your skin. If you can’t do without them, consider using a humidifier. A humidifier balances the dry effect that the heat causes in the air around you.

Dose up on Antioxidants

Sometimes I am actually surprised to see how antioxidants and omega-3s can really bless the skin. They are coming to your rescue to fix dry skin in winters as well. Antioxidants minimize the damage that dry air causes to your skin cells and also help build healthier skin cells. Foods rich in antioxidants that are your answer to how to fix dry skin are:

  • Carrots
  • Beans
  • Lentils
  • Berries

Foods rich in omega-3s that add a natural glow to your skin are:

  • Fish
  • Nuts
  • Seed oils

Make sure you make them a part of your routine in order to get healthy glowing skin. Furthermore, do not forget to hydrate! Winters mean a lot of warm drinks like coffees or teas. However, in order to get healthy skin, switch to herbal teas, soups, or just plain water. You can also read my Health and Fitness section for more information. 

Hope you have found enough tips on how to fix dry skin in winters. The pr-tip today is, cover your body parts as much as you can if you step out. The key is always locking in the moisture. Moisture in your skin, moisture in the air around you, and even in your bath routine! In the next section of my blog, I will be sharing some homemade moisturizers that are a real blessing for dry skin in winters. Till then, follow me on Instagram!


9 Best Face Wash for Dry Skin

9 Best Face Wash for Dry Skin

Hello, all you beautiful ladies! I am writing here on TGM after a long long time. Many parts of the world are experiencing chilly winters and this is the time when your skin needs extra pampering. Doubling up the moisturizing layers and treating dry patches is the major concern for many. Yes, you do need to take care of your diet as well but that we will discuss some other day! (super soon). Let’s talk about the first part of a skincare routine, the best face wash for dry skin this winter! 

9 Best Face wash for Dry Skin

I have tried to list all kinds! Economical, luxurious, and the best of the rest. Check out the whole list and pick the one you like. 

nivea milk delight face wash

Nivea Milk Delights Moisturizing Honey Face Wash

This super cute teardrop-shaped bottle is a holy grail for people with dry skin. Nivea has maintained its usual blue and white color theme for their face wash range as well. The facewash we are talking about is honey face wash from the Nivea milk delight range. The key ingredient “honey” says it aloud that it is the best face wash for dry skin. It cleanses the face deeply removing all the dirt and excessive oil without drying it up.

After every wash, your skin will feel soft, supple, and hydrated. So if you have dry skin, the milk portion of Nivea milk delights honey face wash is your go-to product. You can try other variants of this range as well as I have found each one of them exceptionally amazing. [You may like to read: Get Glowing skin in 15 days]

best face wash for dry skin

Glo skin beauty conditioning milk cleanser

Glo skin milk cleanser gently cleanses the face washing away impurities thus soothing and nourishing your dry skin. It is so gentle on your skin that it can also be used as a makeup remover. It helps condition the skin with emollients and strengthening actives to give added radiance, softness, and hydration to the face. 

Its rich composition includes Glycerin, Aloe Vera extract, Shea Butter, and Hyaluronic acid. Continuous use of the facial cleanser retains moisture in your skin keeping its happy glow intact! 

best face wash for dry skin

Dermalogica Intensive Moisture Cleanser

This intensive moisture cleanser is an innovation in itself. It is a lightweight cleanser with a creamy texture that rebuilds and restores your skin’s barrier. Ceramides and lipids present in this facial cleanser leave your skin plumper and well hydrated. The best part about this best face wash for dry skin is that it is vegan and cruelty-free. There are no parabens, artificial fragrances, or colors. Absolutely nothing that your skin wouldn’t love. 

The presence of citrus, palmarosa, and jasmine gives an instant energy boost and refreshes all your senses. To get the maximum benefits, cleanse the face and neck nicely and wash off with lukewarm water. best face wash for dry skin

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser

If I have to name one brand that I absolutely adore and swear by, it has to be Cetaphil! Especially for people with dry, sensitive skin, Cetaphil’s range of products is a savior. Talking about the Gentle skin cleanser, it is basically a cream cleanser that removes all the dirt from your face without drying it at all. It protects your skin’s natural protective oils keeping your skin moisturized always. Cetaphil skin cleanser maintains skin’s pH balance and it is fragrance-free. 

Although it is safe to use by anyone. However, people with oily skin might get breakouts! So it is the best face wash for dry skin but is not recommended for anyone with oily to normal skin. best face wash for dry skin

Avene Mousse Nettoyante Cleansing Foam

The cleansing foam by Avene soothes dry, sensitive skin almost immediately. I am a fan of the foaming face washes as they come in a pump dispensing exactly the right amount. The cushiony leather gives a squeaky clean face removing all the impurities while retaining the moisture in your face. It works perfectly well for people with normal to slightly dry skin. However, if you have extremely dry patchy skin, do not buy this one. 

You just need to massage the foam well on your skin and wash it off thoroughly with plain water. It does not leave your face stretched or dry but you can follow it up with a layer of moisturizer if you feel like it. best face wash for dry skin

Himalaya Herbals Gentle Hydrating Face Wash

This is one of the most simple, basic, cost-effective, and best face wash for dry skin. If you are not much into experimenting and just need a product that is sure to work for all dry skin people, just grab Himalaya! It has a creamy texture with a pink satin look. A small amount of product is just enough to cleanse your face.

It is a soap-free cleanser thus does not lather much but it doesn’t come in the way of giving a squeaky clean face. Perfect to use in winters to soothe dry patchy skin by its nourishing formula. best face wash for dry skin

The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Cleansing Foam

The face shop is now a trusted brand and loved by many skincare enthusiasts for all the good reasons. The rice water bright cleansing foam that we are going to talk about today is known to cleanse your skin giving a clear and even complexion. Thanks to its creamy texture, it is a perfect choice for dry skin.

It has a pleasant smell giving refreshing feels and instantly lightens up your mood. (I have this thing with the fragrances.. Do you?) A small quantity of product is just enough to lather up and clean your face. After effects? Cleaner, brighter, and fresher face! Continuous use visibly improves your skin tone and texture. best face wash for dry skin

Clinique Liquid Facial Soap Extra Mild

Clinique and Extra Mild are the two words that make it pretty clear that this one is the best face wash for dry skin. It is the 1st step of Clinique’s much-hyped cleansing skincare routine. Also, the best part about Clinique products is that they are all dermatologically tested hence they are safe to use. Its gentle lather does not flake the skin, removes all the dirt from it without disturbing the natural moisture of your skin. 

The idea is to prepare the skin for the steps that will follow. It prepares the surface for moisturization to get better absorbed and work wonders on your face. best face wash for dry skin

CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser

The best drugstore cleanser that you will fall for every time if you have dry skin! It is safe to use even if you have patchy irritated dry skin. The gentle gel formula effectively cleanses the skin keeping it supple. The composition includes hyaluronic acid and ceramides to help restore skin’s moisture providing all-day hydration. You can very well treat dry skin without even additional moisturization in your routine. 

Just wash your face like you normally do! (a small quantity of product would do just enough). Pat dry your face and apply some moisturizer if you wish to double up the hydration factor.  

With all these super-effective cream cleansers, your dry skin is taken care of. Choose any of the best face wash for dry skin to better protect your skin against harsh winters. Also, remember that skincare is always specific to everyone. Even two people with dry skin can have different products that work for them. So, do your own little research and pick the product that can prove beneficial for you. Happy skincare lovelies! Stay tuned for more skincare recommendations and product reviews. Keep following me on Instagram

Winter Skincare Routine: Give that Extra Layer of Care

Winter Skincare Routine: Give that Extra Layer of Care

Winter Skincare Routine: Give that extra layer of care

As much as I love the cozy winters, I hate the harm it does to my skin! That’s why I am here to share my winter skincare routine with you guys. My otherwise combination skin turns extremely dry suddenly and I start putting the layers of moisturizer to avoid it from flaking. Now you know my struggle (*Sob *Sob) and I really want to know how many of you can relate with me?! Well, girls, you know what I always do and this time is no different. I am here with the tried and tested tips and products to save your ass this winter!

By the end of this blog, you will thank me for introducing you to some very reasonably priced winter skincare products. Also, for the best winter skin care routine that will help you like nothing else ever have! I mean it… Shall we start? I heard ya!!!

Winter Skincare RoutineNo Hot Bath

I know it’s too cold to be bathing with cold water, let’s just stick to lukewarm water. A hot water bath dries up your skin drastically and dehydrates it. If you wash your face with warm water, you will need tones to moisturizer and that eventually will give you breakouts or dull skin. Winter eczema is something you get if you take a hot bath or shower. So guys, lukewarm it is that too if you just can’t afford to use cold or normal room temperature water.

Choose your Products Wisely

Whether you use a shower gel or soap, make sure you have a different one for winters. In your winter skincare routine, the shower gel or your soap has to be the moisturizing one. Choose one with glycerin, coconut oil, or almond oil. Some oil base is what you need to make sure it doesn’t dry out your skin and retain some moisture. My personal favorites have always been: Dove if you are looking for an economical option. Bath and body works if you can spend a little more. [Read This: Skincare Products that Changed my Skin for Good]

Winter Skincare Routine

Lotion Potion

I personally love this part about winter. In my winter skincare routine, lotions play a major part. Coming to the body lotions, I choose the ones that smell amazing, stay for long, and make my skin soft and supple. You also need to take care of a few things while buying a lotion, read the ingredients is the trick. Also, consider how harsh the winter is in your area. My favorite ingredient in body lotions is shea butter.

Face Serum


 So in my winter skincare routine, the bedtime or the nighttime routine is very important. Choose good face serum and massage your face and hands thoroughly for 5-10 minutes. Let it stay and work as a night serum. It will ensure your skin is well nourished by the next morning. When you will wash your face I guarantee you will not see any sign of dryness or flaky skin at all. The face oil that I am using these days is Daughter Earth Eternal Youth Rejuvenating Serum. I absolutely adore this product and it has done wonders for my skin. Not only the nourishment, but it also cleared the dark spots and gave visibly clear skin.

Winter Skincare Routine

Protect Your Skin

If you live in areas where winters are very harsh, you need to be super careful. Cover your body as much as you can. Wear gloves, scarves, mufflers, caps, and try to create a barrier between your skin and the chilly wind that’s blowing around. However, for areas where enjoying the afternoon sun becomes a ritual in winter, remember, sunscreen is your best friend. Apply a layer always when you step out because even the winter sun tans the skin. This definitely comes under the winter skincare routine to not let the weather reach your skin.

Simple Tricks to follow in your winter skincare routine

  • Use mustard oil and massage your naval with just one drop of it. It will help keep your lips soft. [You may also like to read: Make your own Lip Balm]
  • Use fresh cream to massage your face before you wash your face at night. It will help retain the moisture in your skin and also have skin brightening properties.
  • Consume Desi Ghee, at least 2 tablespoons in your day. Ghee help keep your skin and hair better.
  • Drink enough water. There is a scenario that in winters we drink comparatively less amount of water. This is one of the major reasons why our skin cracks or dries up. Make sure you are drinking at least 3-4 liters of water.

desi ghee in winters

Stick to one winter skincare routine and follow it everyday! Like I always say, “Love your skin and it will love you back”. For more blogs on skincare, click here. Follow me on Instagram for product reviews. See you in the next one!

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Introducing a made in India Skincare brand: Antheia Essentials

Introducing a made in India Skincare brand: Antheia Essentials

Introducing a made in India Skincare brand: Antheia Essentials

As India started its “atmairbhar” journey, my search for Indian brands started! Skincare being my favorite thing, the first thing I looked out for is the skincare brands that I can suggest to you guys. Homemade, 100% natural, local, and made with love products is what exactly I am hunting for. Also, if you are a regular reader, you probably know by now that I am a big fan of natural products with no added chemicals. Alright! So coming to the topic, the brand that I am going to introduce you to today is “Antheia Essentials”.

Made in India skincare brand

About this Made in India skincare brand

Antheia is all about giving you the best results with better ingredients. Nature-packed hair and skincare products that help rejuvenate what is naturally bestowed to you. The product range at Antheia is:

  • Soap Free
  • 100% sulfate-free
  •  Paraben-free
  • 100% mineral oil-free
  • No phosphates

The best part: no animal testing, the packaging is recyclable to ensure that even nature is taken care of!

So I was introduced to Antheia by its founder, Shikha Garg. So Shikha sent me an email after reading my blogs that she wants me to try and test and review the products. As she was just starting the brand, I was sure that she definitely will put in a lot lot effort and love into it. I immediately said yes and almost complete the range of products that she launched reached in my PR package. It was one of those packages that I feel were special to me. I took my time, used every product that it had in it, and kid you not, I fell in love.

I took another month to write this blog so that no injustice is done either to the products or to my readers. Both readers and the brand deserves an honest opinion and I feel that honest reviews especially of a skincare product are not at all possible before you at least try it for 21 days. Here I am after more than a month of using this Indian skincare brand and an honest review.

Made in India skincare brand

Vitamin C foaming facial cleanser

Two things that assured me even before using it that I am going to love it are vitamin C and foaming! Anyone with combination skin, oily t-zone will relate to me! The foaming effect ensures that your skin doesn’t dry out but at the same time, all the oil and dirt are taken away from your face. Vitamin C brightens up your skin, removes the dark spots, and also has an anti-aging effect. I have almost finished the bottle and I am planning to buy another… can I say it in any other way that I loved it?!

 Ultra Hydration Daily Moisturizing Lotion

Whether your skin is oily or dry or anything, moisturization is inevitable. You just need to choose the right moisturizer. This made in india skincare brand is giving the best option. So the daily moisturizer that this Indian skincare brand sent me was with hydrating effect and is not at all that sticky super heavy cream that sticks to your face. it gives a hydrating effect, provides just the amount of moisture that is needed, and keeps your skin the soft and supple the entire day. Mango butter again is a good source of Vitamin C for the youthful skin. 

Made in India skincare brand

Blueberry Overnight Mask

Berries are a secret ingredient for glowing skin. Include them in your diet as well as your skincare. We have talked about it earlier as well that your skin repairs itself while you sleep. This overnight mask makes for a perfect repair regime for your skin. Quenching your skin’s thirst and bringing back the hydration overnight is what you get out of it. Wash your face first thing in the morning and you will see your face brightening up quickly.

Orange Exfoliating Scrub

How much vitamin C is enough? As much as you can add! This orange scrub is just similar to the natural orange peel powder that many of you must have used. Easing the process for you, this facial scrub helps remove the dirt, oil, and impurities that accumulate in your skin.

If you get all the products mentioned above, you can even go for a DIY facial at home using them in a process. I promise you will love it! Support local and use a made in India skincare brand. Read more skincare blogs here and follow us on Instagram to read our reviews.

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Desi Ghee for Face Pigmentation

Desi Ghee for Face Pigmentation

Desi Ghee for Face Pigmentation

Another skincare secret for all you lovelies out there! If you follow me, you know I am an ardent fan of home remedies, natural ingredients, and chemical-free skincare products. Moreover, I keep sharing how your eating habits can change your outer look. So, this time the ingredient is “Desi Ghee”. If you can make it at home, nothing like it. However, you can also try to get the purest form from your nearest dairy. If none of this is possible, then buy a local brand! Always remember that “labels never define a brand identity.” 

Let’s discuss how to use Desi Ghee for Face Pigmentation. So pigmentation is about skin coloring, it causes skin darkening. The patches or the spotting on your skin that you see are what is called pigmentation. I will be sharing tips on how to use desi ghee for face pigmentation.

desi ghee for face pigmentation

Ghee as face Mask

Pure desi ghee is a boon for winters. Especially, when it comes to moisturize your skin and remove pigmentation. Take one tablespoon of ghee, 1 tablespoon of honey, and add 2-3 drops of milk into it. Apply this paste on your face and neck. Keep it on the face overnight. However, if you are not comfortable with the layer, wash it off after an hour. It will help even the skin color, keep the skin soft and supple.

Pigmented Lips

When it comes to using desi ghee for face pigmentation, lips’ darkening is a major concern. To get rid of it, massage ghee on your lips before going to bed. Massage gently for 2-3 minutes and leave overnight. You will feel the softness in your lips the next morning. With consistent use, you will get rosy lips in no time!

desi ghee for face pigmentation

For Under Eye Pigmentation

Dark circles or dark spots around the eyes can also be treated with ghee. To solve the issue, take a little ghee in a bowl and mix a few drops of milk in it. Take a small cotton swab and dip it into the paste. Dab it around the eyes and gently massage using the same cotton swab. Do it every night before going to bed. It will take around a month before you see results.


I always emphasize on being beautiful inside out. While you continue to apply ghee in the ways recommended, also don’t forget to include it in your diet. Suggested intake is at least 1 tablespoon of ghee with every meal. However, do consult with your doctor if you have any medical issues. Eat clean, healthy, and take good care of your skin.

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