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South Asian Brands That Are Saving Our Skin This Winter
We are here. We are so here. The winter season brings about a lot of things…and one of the most challenging is the dry air which can lead to skin that feels itchy, rough and dull + looks flaky, red and tight. So today we’re getting right to it and sharing with you our tried and tested arsenal of skincare gems that are helping us this season and saving our skin!! This list is specifically comprised of brands by our South Asian sisters and brothers out there who are creating some amazing products.
We recently tried Tula and are obsessed. During the drier fall/winter months when a lightweight gel will not cut it, we need a super hydrating moisturizer. This one from Tula is the perfect do-it-all day & night moisturizer. It’s lightweight, non-greasy yet nourishing, and gives our skin deep hydration leaving it more supple & glowy.
This balm is the BOMB. Sorry not sorry. Had to do it. But it is and it’s super perfect for this season. It’s ultra-hydrating and conditioning. It’s packed with ingredients that leave skin dewy and hydrated plus you can use it anywhere.
Aavrani’s formula is made with coconut and rosehip amongst other ingredients and the texture is just so heavenly. A little goes a long way and it doesn’t feel greasy. It’s fast-absorbing and truly a miracle product, leaving skin perfectly hydrated.
Recently, we were sent Soma products to try and we are particularly obsessed with this serum. It is the most hydrating vitamin c serum we have tried in a minute and several of us have switched from our go to serums to this. It’s a power packed bottle of deep hydration that has also evened out our skin tone and faded dark spots. Major love for Soma!!
We became hooked this fall when we got to try and also partner with Raeka Beauty for our Love and Light Box. Raeka’s Nightly Glow Oil is a team favorite for its ability to instantly handle parched, dry skin. We use it both day and night. Love love love.
Ranavat’s botanical formula is a cream-slash-balm hybrid. Thanks to its lush texture, it removes makeup, dirt and oil, yet leaves skin hydrated and balanced, perfect all the time but especially right now. We’ve also used it as a hydrating mask and it smells divine.
This lip balm. Sahajan Skincare does take our lips seriously. And their luxe Lip Karma blends feature Castor, Grapeseed and Argan Oils to offer deep hydration and just the right amount of shine. We love the mint flavor especially this time of year. What’s more – with every product purchased, Sahajan provides one day of school for a girl through Plan International’s Because I am Girl initiative.
This lip balm is great alone or under lipstick for all day hydration. It’s made with ghee and is so rich with natural fatty acids providing instant hydration and moisturization.
Ranavat’s hair serum is infused with amla extract, which includes a high concentration of oleic acid, vitamin C, and vitamin E, jasmine oil, and sunflower oil to repair dry/damaged hair, and nourish our winter scalps. Our scalp feels so good and our hair is so silky soft after using this magic in a bottle.
This hair serum is new to us but we got a sample with Sephora awhile back and quickly bought a full size. It’s a divine hair and scalp treatment oil with strengthening Ashwagandha. We’ve made it a part of our weekly hair treatment and the scent will instantly transport you to the motherland.
Masks & Scrubs
This face mask is super hydrating and works so well when used overnight. We massage it on after our nightly skincare routine and in the morning, we have incredibly nourished, soothed skin.
This multi-tasking scrub is perfect for winter. And all the time. We use it from head to toe…including lips!! It’s effective yet gentle + safe. Infused with real caffeine and antioxidants it rejuvenates skin + pure sugar cane crystals slough away dry skin cells while cold-pressed oils deeply moisturize, leaving our skin oh so soft.
Okay the name has us. Because of this pandemic, whisking ourselves away on a winter wonderland trip is not happening. But staying in and masking in pjs is happening on the regular. This mask is incredibly intense and can be used in three ways: as a instant hydrating mask; a daily nourishing moisturizer and as an overnight intensely hydrating mask. Your skin will feel like pure silk.
Sahajan’s award-winning body oil has been saving our scaly winter skin. We use a dry brush before the shower and then this oil head to toe after. The result is soft as butter skin and a scent that is indescribable. Feels like the spa.
We’ve been using Pratima products since 2011 and have never looked back. Pratima creates so many good ones but this is the holy grail of body oils. This oil not only hydrates, but it improves circulation and deeply rejuvenates the skin. The scent is also so calming.