Many products claim to revitalise ageing skin or reduce wrinkles, but an effective product is one that contains active anti-ageing ingredients. I picked up three products (originally intended for my mother, but I ended up using them as well) from Tatha and discovered it is not the size of the jar, but what’s in it that matters.
So when I came across Tatha Nature’s Blessing Anti-aging Face Scrub (Rs 685 for 50gms) that contains avena sativa (oat straw), prunus amygdalus (almonds), honey, uranium extracted from citrus peels and damask rose, I knew this baby is loaded! The scrub looks is in a dry coarse powder form, the colour of ground almonds – but not dry and harsh simply because of the presence of almonds. I mix it with rose water to make a paste and apply on my face for about 2-3 minutes and let it stay for about the same time before washing it off. I don’t usually use branded scrubs that come in a tube, instead I prefer kitchen scrubs – something that I can put together using natural ingredients but this comes pretty close. Not only does it look like homemade scrub, the results are rather good too. The texture of the scrub after wetting becomes like that of a creamy paste that scrubs gently rather than being harsh – perfect for those with sensitive skin and making the product ideal for frequent use. I am using this scrub almost thrice a week and my skin texture has improved a lot. Blemishes are fading and the skin is becoming supple. The skin actually does feel nourished and not stretched. The best bit is I do not have to apply moisturiser after scrubbing my face, so it is completely fuss-free. The only flip side – the price! (And hence such a detailed review).
The next product in my Tatha anti-ageing arsenal was the Nature’s blessing Almond Face Cleanser (Rs 630 for 50gms) that is paraben-free, but relies on the emollient properties of its ingredients – coconut oil, sesame oil, almond oil, almonds and honey. So there is no lather, but it still leaves a squeaky clean face without the dry texture. Once you use this cleanser, you will not want to go back to the foamy face washes because you will instantly realise that it is the foam that dries the skin out. While this gel-formula cleanses gently. Even the scrub particles promote the clean feeling without harming the skin. Again the price is the only dampener – but so far I am using a raisin-sized amount every evening.
Finally, the icing on the cake was the anti-ageing Tatha Nature’s blessing Face Serum (Rs 960 for 15ml). A serum is now an essential part of any CTM (Cleansing-Toning-Moisturising) routine. Serums not only soothe the skin but are also said to improve any imbalance to improve the tone and texture of the skin. This serum contains the extracts of calendula, rose and lavender in a jojoba oil base. I have been using this every night before sleeping for the last month or so and noticed improvement in the dull appearance within a week.
So there you are. The price tags did pinch initially but I am not using any other product for my skin for the last one month. I suppose the money spent was well worth it!
Text and images by Aarti Kapur Singh