{E.V.E.N.T} Galderma Skin Awareness Month


What happens when you fill a room with beauty bloggers and skincare experts  ? 

Its a "Skincare" party with the latest skincare wisdom flowing in from all corners ! It was a delight to be part of the Skin awareness month by Galderma India recently which had the city's celebrated dermatologists & influencers on panel to discuss all things skincare. And just so you don't miss out, grab a cup of your favourite beverage and keep reading for all the skincare tips , hacks and general reminders that will be shared throughout this post . (All skincare tips from Dr.Khan & Dr. Suraj Shetty )

Before I begin with the tips, I have to share this exciting news about our favourite skin saviour CETAPHIL . For any one who's ever suffered from Acne, Cetaphil has been the number one cleanser of choice suggested by dermatologists .  In my teenage years, Cetaphil was a constant . My acne was inflammatory and quite painful. With all treatment creams stripping off moisture , this cleanser was the most soothing touch on my face . Growing up in a small town , I was unsure if the best products were available for skincare. But when i used Cetaphil , it gave my teenage self so much hope! When they invited me for the Skin awareness month , it was a sweet moment that brought back all the memories. 

Now, the news? They have taken their already fantastic formulations a notch up by adding gentle ingredients like Glycerine for hydration , Niacinamide for brightening and Panthenol for moisturising . OMG, what !!! 

When the best things get even better, it calls for a happy dance ! I have already got my hands on the newly designed packaging and new formula and no surprise - I am loving it ! There is a product for every skin-type from cleansers , moisturisers to Sunscreens.

If you are already a skincare enthusiast, you know your skin type. But if you're new to the skincare game,  keep reading because the doctors shared a simple test to find out your skin type :

HOW to find your SKIN-TYPE?

Step 1: Wash your face with a gentle cleanser.

Step 2: Observe face after 30 minutes . 

👉If its shiny all over - Oily skin

👉If its stretchy and feels parched - Dry Skin

👉If the nose and forehead is shiny and remaining face feels stretchy - Combination Skin

👉If the face feels hydrated - Normal Skin 

WHY is knowing your SKIN-TYPE important ?

Selecting the right skincare products starts with knowing your skin-type. Not all products are created equal. An oily skin produces too much sebum and hence needs sebum-regulating formulations while a dry skin needs a different approach . Skincare is effective only when we use the appropriate products for our kind of skin. 

Did you know, skin type can change ? Oh yes ! Younger individuals have normal skin type until puberty hits and changes the game. As for me, I noticed my skin was very oily during my teenage acne days . Now into my 30s , I am a combination -skin type ! Phew! This means i have to constantly observe my skin and listen to its needs . 

And now, lets move to the most frequently experienced skincare Woes- BREAKOUTS/ACNE . Some myths that were busted : 

ACNE MYTH - Busters : 

💥 Makeup causes Acne - If a makeup product is dermatologically tested and approved , it will not cause acne . What can cause acne however  , is using unclean brushes , makeup sponge to apply makeup or not taking it off before sleeping !

💥Acne is normal. It can be treated at home - A Big no ! Skin is the biggest organ of our body and just like every other organ , it is susceptible to diseases. Acne is a skin disease and can get worse if not treated . Therefore , always reach out to your dermatologist . As Dr.Khan mentioned during the panel discussion , there's no acne that cannot be treated ! So , don't wait and start your treatment right away. Even though it takes long, never be disheartened . I know I was rewarded with clear skin with all the patience and discipline with treatments and so can you ! Also , clean eating habits and an active lifestyle incorporating regular exercise is the best way to beat Acne along with medication. I have written about this earlier and you can refer to my earlier posts. 

Now, that we have tackled the most common skin disease - acne , lets move on to the next bit which is post-acne care or just ageing signs like HYPERPIGMENTATION, uneven skin tone & dull skin

The house of Galderma which makes Cetaphil has a recent entry "BILUMA" that caters to just these skin situations . The name Biluma means Be Luma ( Luma= Light ). Currently available in India , Middle East and South Africa they use gentle formations in their cleansers, moisturisers and lotions for a glowing and youthful skin . Their products work to balance the circadian rhythm of our skin. Sounds alien? Let me explain. 


The skin functions differ from daytime to night. During the day, the skin functions to brighten and protect while during the night it rejuvenates and nourishes. 


An imbalance in the day and night skin cycle due to internal and external factors leads to early signs of ageing like Hyperpigmentaion , uneven skin tone, wrinkles , laxity & dull dry skin !

This is where the Biluma range comes handy - it balances the skin's rythm and actively promotes a glowing , radiant skin. I will be incorporating their day and night cream into my routine as it claims to lighten dark spots in 3 weeks of usage. Whats the best part - their night cream has my favourite ingredient Kakadu plum ( A source of vitamin C ) & hyaluronic acid that have given me great results recently. 

 They also have a very unique cream meant for treating pigmentation in underarms, neck and inner thighs which i am keen to try . Stay tuned on my instagram as I update you about the usage . Its interesting to see pharma brands including naturally derived ingredients in skincare and this brought in another round of myth busters . Read on ...


💥NATURAL INGREDIENTS CAN BE DIRECTLY APPLIED ON FACE. We don't need a skincare product containing same natural ingredients for that . 

No. Using natural ingredients on face directly can lead to more adverse reactions than benefits Also, the molecular size of natural chemicals present in the fruit/spice is generally not ideal for the skin barrier . For example , turmeric. The molecular size of curcumin thats the main chemical in turmeric is very large and cannot be absorbed by our skin for its ideal benefits. Hence a laboratory derived extract will be more effective . 

There is so much more that we can talk about skincare, so lets keep the discussion rolling in the comments and on my instagram post. But , if we have to sum it up :


1. Always remove makeup , before sleep

2. Use a gentle cleanser for your skin type that feels hydrating 

3. Always wear sunscreen - indoors or outdoors

4. Use a gentle day cream for your skin-type. Yes, oily skin needs hydration too. 

5. If you notice any skin irritation , always stop skin care actives and visit your doctor . 

6. Don't forget to drink 3-4 Litres of water, exercise and eat well . 

Till , next time, CIAO!

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{F.A.S.H.I.O.N} I dream of Travel


Its just so amusing how 2020 brought a standstill to everything "LIFE". 

Ever since i started working , I saw the dream of travel and as a couple we decide to visit at least 1 country in a year . 2020 brought us a lot of gratitude for all that we were able to experience in the past ! 2 years down the line, I cannot wait to take off somewhere far very soon ! There is a constant realisation that time is running fast and that we need to see so much that we missed . In 2020, I had decided to visit Japan in the famed Sakura season - those blossoms just have me mesmerised ! 

And right now, all i know is I want to be in Tokyo , watch the glorious sakura blooms, eat lots of unique Japanese food including Mochi and dash into some Vintage Chanel stores ! The plan is clear and bright and I really wish it materialises ! For now , I have to save up, wait and watch while Japan opens its borders to tourists ( It hasn't yet ). 

Meanwhile, Bombay winters have been the most memorable in my 15 years here ! 17 degree mornings and nights - I have been up for them ! Extended morning walks and post 10 pm night walks were done just to feel the cold winds on my face ! And how can i forget the fashion impact - The boots were out . They were worn for more than a shoot ! In outdoor cafes , when things got safer . So delighted with how the city didn't make me miss my annual autumn vacation ! It was all right here ! 

Enjoy the look and tell me which country should i take this look to ?

Btw, can you tell these pictures are RAW- no edits needed ! Bombay weather really outdid itself ! 

Top, Culotte - Zara | Shoes - Promod | Bag - Guess | Baroque Pearl earrings - D'eanna jewels

Till next time , CIAO!

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Hello my beautiful people !

If you decided to include "reading more " in your 2022 resolution list, then i am here to make you achieve that resolution faster ! Ofcourse by writing more haha! 

Skipping the whole of 2021 like it never existed and directly updating the blog in 2022 - bet there will be a lot of blogposts come rain or sun ! I wrote a couple of drafts in 2021 but didn't go on to updating them- the year just didn't feel like it  ! However , the last 3 months of 2021 were such a relief with an all time low of COVID cases and return to normalcy ! 

While the year has begun with a landslide of Covid cases and other viral infections , it somehow seems like the beginning of better times with more of us protected with vaccines and those with Covid having manageable symptoms. And yet there are some of us who are struggling to fight the infection despite vaccines . As the recovery rates are promising, the scenario is hopeful  ! 

The past two years have made us bank on one word the most -  " HOPE" more than we ever did ! It has also shifted our focus inwards . More and more people ignoring their health all these years have in some way embraced better lifestyle habits. As much as there has been loss, there has been an opportunity to grow. 

While Some of us have deeply suffered when it comes to work and finances , some have made commendable strides to be proud of  . The year has been that of extremes and some averages. And yet , the only thing we need to take away from this year is that every little thing needs to be celebrated right from being able to just wake up every day to achieving dreams in difficult times ! Every little thing is worthy of a pat on the back . You are fabulous if you've read this far and i only hope the best is awaiting you ! Here's beginning 2022 on a hopeful note - We got this ! 

Leaving you with a look shot on the beautiful Christmas morning of 2021 ! 

Sweater, Dress, Shoes - Zara | Bag - Dharavi market ( Dooney & Bourke ) , almost a decade old. 

Till next time , 


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