Current favorite skincare products for Oily, acne-prone skin | Beautylashes19

Camera and lens used:
Canon EOS 70D DSLR Camera Bundle with 18-55mm IS STM Lens and Accessories (17 Items)

Lens UV protector used:
TIFFEN 67MM UV Protection Filter for CANON REBEL T5i T4i T3i T3 T2i, EOS 700D 650D 600D 550D 70D 60D 7D 6D with 18-135mm EF-S IS STM Lens + MagicFiber Microfiber Lens Cleaning Cloth

Tripod used:
AmazonBasics 60-Inch Lightweight Tripod with Bag

Macbook Pro:
Apple MacBook Pro 15.4-Inch Laptop Intel QuadCore i7 2.3GHz / 16GB DDR3 Memory / 1TB SSHD (Solid State Hybrid) Drive / 1.5GB Video Memory / OS X 10.10 Yosemite / ThunderBolt / USB 3.0 / DVD Burner

Lighting used:
1. Ring Light:
Ardinbir Photography 500W 5400K Macro Ring Light Lamp for Canon, Nikon, Panasonic, Sony, Leica, Olympus SLR/DSLR Cameras, Photo Studio and Portrait

2. Umbrella Lights:
Photography Photo Portrait Studio 600W Day Light Umbrella Continuous Lighting Kit by LimoStudio LMS103

On-camera microphone:
Takstar SGC-598 Photography Interview Shotgun MIC Microphone for Nikon Canon DSLR Camera DV Camcorder

Backdrop stand:
LimoStudio Photo Video Studio 10Ft Adjustable Muslin Background Backdrop Support System Stand, AGG1112

White Muslin Cloth backdrop:
Neewer 6 x 9FT / 1.8 x 2.8M PRO Photo Studio 100% Pure Muslin Collapsible Backdrop Background for Photography,Video and Television (Background Only) – White

Memory / flash drive:
PNY Elite Performance 64GB High Speed SDXC Class 10 UHS-I, U1 Up to 90MB/sec Flash Card – P-SDX64U1H-GE

All about my skin care routine (combination-oily skin)…

Image from http://thestylerundown.com/10-steps-for-spring-ready-skin/

I’ve had my mind on this post for a while now and I finally get around to writing it! It’s a post about my skin type and how I combat the problems I come across.. But first some basics on skin! Don’t worry.. its not a long, boring lecture.. I want us to understand the basic principles of skin before we treat it…

Our skin is the largest organ in our body that protects us from external agents.. So, its of utmost importance that we take good care of it.. Of the many things on our skin, its the sebaceous glands that produce a substance called sebum, skin’s natural lubricant.. It acts as a film on our skin and is important in retaining moisture.. However, uncontrolled sebum production can lead to skin problems such as blackheads, clogged pores, pimples, visible pores and rough skin which are all commonly associated with combination – oily skin type..

A lot of us folks with combination to oily skin often try to combat oil production or appearance of oil on our skin and hope that all other problems associated will disappear.. Majority of the people take the harsher way out – they literally strip the natural oils/sebum from the skin by using harsh products on their skin.. This in turn, leads to more oil production and flaky, dry skin patches.. which is not a pretty sight..

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Picture from http://www.lucilleroberts.com/blog/beauty/tips-for-younger-looking-skin

I have some solutions that have worked for me.. These may or may not work for you since each person’s skin reacts differently to various products.. My approach is simple… I prefer to treat my skin with mild, gentle products and provide moisture (even if doesn’t seem to make sense for oily skin)…

Step 1: Take off all your makeup! Even if it’s late at night and you are all tired… This step is very important and should not be skipped.. I love using Purity by philosophy or Shiseido balancing cleansing oil to take off all my makeup.. If you really are super exhausted, the least you could do is take a makeup removing wipe and get rid of as much makeup as possible..

Step 2: Use a toner appropriate for your skin type.. I vary my toner depending on the seasons.. In dry winters, I don’t use a toner or use a very mild one.. I really like refreshing, spray on toners… Some good ones are Murad Essential-C toner and Lush breath of fresh air skin toner.. In the warmer months, I switch to more minty, eucalyptus kinda clean scent toners.. One such toner I enjoy is the Murad clarifying toner.. But, I really keep a watch on my skin and use one vs the other…

Step 3: Add serum and moisturizer... I use serum for lightening my acne scars that are left behind from hormonal breakouts.. I love using Embryolisse Anti-Dark Spot Lightening serum or Origins Mega bright skin tone correcting serum.. I let that sink into my skin for a few minutes and then top it off with a moisturizer.. I love the Embryolisse line of moisturizers.. I use the Embryolisse lait creme concentre in colder months and switch to using the Embryolisse hydra mat during warmer months.. Some days, all I need is serum and I’m good to go to the next step!

Step 4: Add an eye cream… I switch them up but currently I am trying out the Origins plantscription anti-ageing eye treatment… One I loved in the past is Origins GinZing eye cream…

Step 5: Add a lip conditioner/balm.. I absolutely love and swear by Elizabeth Arden 8-hour cream skin protectant! I couldn’t be without this product…

Step 6 (night time only): Add anti-blemish products on your troublesome areas.. I use the Origins out of trouble mask and Glamglow supermud clearing treatment as overnight spot treatment and these work decently..

Step 7 (mornings only): Apply sunscreen! I cannot emphasize the importance of using sunscreen enough.. Your skin will thank you when its older.. 🙂 Trust me on that.. I love using Shiseido Ultra skin protection lotion.. It does NOT make your skin oily unlike most sunscreens! Also, using a sunscreen will prevent uneven pigmentation and deep acne scarring..

Once a week, I try to indulge in some form of face mask treatment.. I try to be regular with this but kinda don’t find time every week for it.. I use any of the Origins or Glamglow masks or even drugstore masks with clay in it during warmer months.. In winter, I prefer using enzyme masks such as the one by Philosophy (one minute purifying enzyme peel)… An all-time favorite face mask is the Dr. Jart+ pore purifying mask! I highly recommend this one.. I use it for special occasions..

Also, 1-2 times a week, I use a face scrub or Clarisonic (with purity by philosophy) to take away the dead skin cells.. The scrub I am enjoying using is MAC volcanic ash exfoliater.. Origins modern friction is a milder scrub for individuals with sensitive skin..

Few product I love to use after my makeup for controlling oil production throughout the day are the Skindinavia no more shine makeup finish setting spray (http://beautylashes19.com/2013/10/16/favorite-makeup-setting-spray/) and MAC skin refined zone (Full review will follow later)..

Also, every time I am in India, I make sure I get as much facials as possible.. When I lived back in Mumbai, I would have the luxury of getting facials at home every month! It really helps flushing the skin of toxins and giving it a youthful glow.. I can’t wait for one of my favorite Youtubers Lisa Eldridge (http://www.lisaeldridge.com/) to make a video on her facial massage routine! I could then incorporate it into my skin care routine!

and finally, be hydrated! Drink atleast 2-3 litres of water.. It helps in cleansing your body and flushes out toxins.. A well hydrated skin has a natural glow to it..

I hope this article was helpful in some way! Cheers.. Have a great rest of the week…

P.S. Having oily skin has its benefits too.. You are more likely to have younger looking skin at a later age compared to your dry or normal skin pals.. 🙂 So, stop hating it and embrace what you have/are born with.. 🙂

Hush hush.. I am attending the Sephora VIB rouge special event this Sunday at my local Sephora! Excited…

All-time Favorite face moisturizer..

Just wanted to let you all know that I’ll be posting only about 2 articles per week since I am only a month away from submitting my dissertation for my PhD degree.. So, I am super busy with last minute experiments and trying to write and wrap things up.. So, please bear with me…

Let’s get on with today’s blog post on my favorite face moisturizer..

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It is with great love that I talk about my favorite moisturizer of all time… It’s the Embryolisse Lait-creme concentre! It is considered a nourishing moisturizer that suits all skin types.. It was first created in 1950 by a dermatologist in a hospital in Paris, France.. It was instantly taken up by the medical profession and today has millions of devotees..

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It is based on the philosphy of providing the skin with its essential requirements.. It is a great blend of natural ingredients (vitamins A,D,E,B, essential amino acids & fatty acids, shea butter, beeswax, aloe vera and soy proteins) and dermatologically active ingredients such as collagen and hyaluronic acid.. All these together act like a nourishing sap, saturating the skin with water and leaving it healthy, soft and toned.. It accelerates skin renewal and skin is visibly smoother and re-pulped.. It claims to make even the driest, most sensitive skin feel well and truly pampered.. !! It has been dermalogically tested to minimize the likelihood of allergy..

It truly sinks into the skin each time I use it.. I use only about a dime size for my entire face and neck.. I gently massage it in and wait 5-10mins for it to soak into my skin before I add sunscreen.. the texture is not thick.. It’s almost of a lotion consistency once it gets warmed up on your fingers.. It literally melts into your skin.. however, start with a small amount.. I see a lot of people use too much and complain that it gets greasy.. Trust me, if I can use it with my oily-combination skin, most people can! It’s just a matter of using a small amount at a time.. A tiny amount goes a long way… One tube lasted me for a little over a year (granted I don’t use it in the warmer months)!

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A tiny amount to my clean hands.. 

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Results in healthy, glowing skin… the product gets absorbed into the skin in a few mins.. 

I love it as a moisturizer for my normal-combination-oily skin! Yes, my skin changes quite a bit from spring to summer to Fall to winter.. In the Fall & winter, my skin is normal on my cheeks and dry around my mouth, tips of nose and sometimes, beginning of forehead.. I use this moisturizer every time my skin needed added moisture, which is every day in Fall and winter… As warmer weather approaches, I switch it for my Embryolisse Emulsion hydra-mat version which is more geared at controlling and absorbing excess oil..

It costs $16 for 1 oz of product and $28 for 2.6 oz of product.. I don’t detect any particular scent to it.. It can be used on all ages and all skin types, on women, children, babies and on men post shaving! It is also meant to be used as a cleanser, a primer, makeup remover, as a beauty mask (in a thick layer) or as an after-sun care product..

Overall, a fantastic product and a staple in my skincare routine.. The only con I can think of is the packaging.. I dislike the metal tin tube which is difficult to squeeze as the product runs out.. Other than that, none! 🙂

Have you tried this product? What are your thoughts? I would love to hear from you.. 🙂

Disclaimer: Part of this information is from the product brochure..