Benefits of the Oil Cleansing Method!!!

The mention of using oils for skincare could seem unimaginable to most, especially for those with oily and acne prone skin. Regardless of your skin type, oils work brilliantly as a skin care aid. For centuries, oils have formed an integral part of Indian skincare, whether in the weekly coconut oil hair massages or the traditional ayurvedic body massages. Using oil to cleanse your face and take off makeup may seem absurd, but here is why it is worth a shot.

  1. Regulates sebum

Oil attracts oil. It may be tempting to go for the squeaky clean feel by using harsh soap based cleansers, but supplementing your face wash with an oil cleanser would cleanse deeper and protect your skin. Harsh cleansers strip your skin of the necessary sebum and moisture, which in turn signal the skin to produce more sebum resulting in oily skin and acne. Opt for an oil cleansing to balance out your skin.

  1. Removes stubborn makeup

Oil loosens makeup and dislodges it from the skin, even the waterproof and smudge proof kind. It is an excellent and inexpensive substitute for eye makeup removers.

  1. Non pore clogging

Natural oils (jojoba, coconut, olive, almond, grapeseed, sesame etc.) will not clog pores. They are an excellent alternative to cleansing creams and milks, which may contain mineral oil.

  1. No more dry skin

It will never leave your face feeling dry, parched and stretchy. It forms a uniform protective barrier on the skin and moisturises it even after following up with face wash.

  1. Perfect for the dewy look

Cleanse your face with the oil cleansing method, followed by a face wash. This routine before applying makeup, removes any residue and primes and preps the skin by giving it a luminous and dewy look.

  1. Pocket friendly

It costs way lesser than other cleansers and there is an oil for every budget and skin type.

  1. Custom made for your skin

It can be customised to suit your needs and moods. Pick a carrier oil (almond, jojoba, olive, apricot, coconut), add a few drops of your favourite essential oils (lavender, Jasmine, sandalwood, chamomile, rose) and you have your own personalised aroma cleansing oil. Massage it onto your skin and remove the residue with cleansing wipes. Essential oils have so many skin friendly properties and mixing them with carrier oils to use as a cleanser is a brilliant way to reap some of the benefits. Mix more than one essential oil into the carrier oil for a bouquet of fragrances for your own spectacular home pampering experience.

Salon Review: MANEA, Hyderabad

My hair style has pretty much been the same forever – long, straight to wavy hair. I decided to go short, after an insane amount of prolonged coaxing from my beloved friends and family (Thank you for that!!!).  Now that my mind was made up, I needed to find the right place because my previous attempts at going short backfired. I decided to go to Manea, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad, where I had my hair smoothened a couple of years ago and it was one of the best results I’ve ever gotten from a keratin/smoothening treatment.  The stylists are extremely skilled, well informed and have tonnes of experience to match it.

Following a hair wash, which certainly doubled up as a phenomenal head massage, I proceeded to have my hair transformed.  My stylist, Prasad, analysed my hair type and the look I desired – low maintenance hair with volume, bounce, lots of movement yet long enough to be tied up into a chic bun. A bunch of quick snips later, that is exactly what I got. It is the shortest I’ve ever gone but still long enough for my default hairstyles – a low braid or a bun. He showed me the most effective ways to style it with no heat and minimal number of products.

I was delighted to rediscover Manea and even more so, to know that the quality of service remains remarkable. It is going to be my go to salon for all my hair style needs as I’m certain that I will leave looking and feeling fabulous!!!


Oils have formed an integral part of beauty regimen in many cultures for centuries. They may be extracted from seeds, nuts, fruits and flowers, are beneficial in skincare, hair care and general well-being, owing to their versatile healing, antiseptic, nourishing, protecting, skin renewing properties and mood lifting effects.

A staple in the lives of the Berbers (an indigenous tribe from Morocco), Argan oil has gained popularity worldwide owing to its extensive benefits to health, skin and hair and is often termed “Liquid gold”. The argan fruit is dried in the sun, cracked open using stones, yielding the argan nut, which is roasted, ground, pressed and filtered to make the oil. The argan growing region has been designated as a biosphere reserve by the UNESCO. This oil is extracted from the kernals, in a labour intensive manner by the Berber women, which makes it a rare and expensive oil. Due to this, it is often mixed with other carrier oils when used in skincare and haircare.

Argan oil is rich in unsaturated fats, carotenoids, Vitamin E (higher content than in olive oil) and anti-oxidants. It finds application in cooking, hair and skin care. It is known to have nourishing, moisturising, scar-removing, skin-renewing and anti-ageing properties which has made it a staple in the skin and hair regimes of the women of Morocco. Carotenoids, a form of Vitamin A help promote cell renewal, thereby evening out skin tone and preventing signs of ageing. In addition to assisting in fading marks, regulating oil production, enhancing skin tone and improving the texture of the skin, it functions as a multi-tasker in hair care as well. It conditions the hair, adds shine, detangles, smoothens the hair cuticle. It is light weight, easily absorbed by the skin and hair and is non-comedogenic.

Argan oil can be incorporated at any stage in a beauty routine:

  • a serum or a moisturiser for the face;
  • body oil;
  • hair oil or an after-wash hair serum;
  • nail & cuticle oil; and;
  • face cleansing oil.

Owing to its versatile benefits and diverse uses, many brands feature product lines containing argan oil. This miracle oil multi-tasker has paved its way into beauty regimen of women across the globe, and, is certain to find itself a permanent place.

Schwarzkopf Syoss Volume &Lift Shampoo and Conditioner


Syoss Volume & Lift shampoo and conditioner duo are aimed at giving voluminous appearance to hair while being nourishing yet light. The shampoo cleanses without drying out the scalp/hair and is silicone free. The conditioner nourishes the hair without weighing it down. The combination is quite effective, with visible results right from the first wash. The only downside is the fragrance, which reminds one of cough syrup. Thankfully, it doesn’t linger on after the wash! A good product worth the price and quantity i.e INR 1400 for the duo of 500ml bottles.

Nivea Visage Refining Clear up strips

Your regular blackheads removing strips, taken to a next level.


With silica and citric acid as their primary ingredients, it’s a mild exfoliant which dislodges clogged pores. While nothing can beat a professional extraction, this works wonderfully as an instant pick me up and renders smooth skin. While, this isn’t a substitute for a professional cleanup or a facial, it works well as a pre-event ritual for slightly buffed skin.

Repurchase? Probably, because we could all have something in our beauty arsenal which promises slightly smoother skin!

Etude house nutrifull shea butter sleep pack

It is a thick emulsion which magically penetrates the skin to leave a thin glossy film. It is meant to be massaged into the skin like a cream and left on overnight to deliver hydrated and plump looking skin.


It has a pleasant fragrance and the consistency is just right. Though the skin appears visibly hydrated the morning after, dry skin might need something richer. A small amount goes a long way. It’s quite a nice masque, especially for the winter!

Review: Philips Kerashine Air Styler

Having been an advocate of low maintenance hairstyles forever, I was forced resort to hair stylers with the onset of the monsoons, which turned my otherwise maintenance free straight shiny locks into a frizzy heap of straw. After exhausting all traditional methods like pinning up hair, buns, pony tails, braids etc., I decided to let go of my out-of-bed, no hair styling routine, and actually put in some effort to make my hair presentable. 

I use a blow dryer on the lowest setting to dry my hair since air drying causes intense headaches and frizzy looking hair. This worked for years, most of the time without the use of a hair brush. But the humidity and rising pollution levels caused my hair to look greasy and frizzy all at once. 

I decided this was the time to give hair Stylers a shot and ordered the Philips Kerashine Air Styler from Amazon. And this by far, has been my best hair styling purchase ever!!!! 

It is a blow dryer with a brush with two heat settings. The air is no warmer than a normal hair dryer and the brush doesn’t cause hair breakage. I use it on towel dried hair and my hair was back to its sleek shiny self within 10 mins. It took me 10 mins since I have hip length fine straightish hair. The time taken will vary based on your hair texture, length, thickness etc. 
I used no products other than a hair serum and my hair feels soft and shiny with absolutely no flyaways!!! I would definitely recommend this product- it’s reasonably priced( between INR 1200-2400, depending on where you source it from), cuts down hair styling time and is the perfect tool for anyone who wants tamed straight hair with a tad bit of bounce which flat irons do not offer!!