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    It doesn’t take an enthusiast to know that the beauty market is exploding. As Indian actors hop onto the celebrity-beauty bandwagon (read here about Katrina Kaif and Lara Dutta’s new brands), beauty influencers increase by the droves, and publications write about numerous new labels and products, and ‘It’ routines to be followed, it is impossible to figure out what will work for you by just reading about it. There’s too much noise. Which is why when we received a box containing three Forest Essentials products that espoused a simple night routine and glowing skin as a result, we took notice.

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    That Forest Essentials is one of the country’s top skincare labels that has harnessed the power of Ayurveda to create a range of effective products is a known fact. Their Soundarya range has a legion of fans and being one of the first labels to follow a 100 percent natural, and chemical- and paraben-free ethos has served them well.

    This box contained the Ojas Glow Replenishing Night Beauty Balm, the Advanced Eternal Youth Formula Date & Litchi, and a rose quartz facial roller. The instructions were simple enough – apply first the beauty balm on face and neck, followed by the date and litchi cream; use the rose quartz facial roller to aid absorption and improve elasticity of the skin.  

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    The Ojas Glow Replenishing Night Beauty Balm is a tub of a hardened pink balm with a very oily texture that you’ll need to rub twice or thrice to get enough to apply on your face and neck. It contains ingredients like manjistha, jyotishmati, champa, and Arjuna bark among others, sourced from specific regions of South India, to hydrate deeply and energise the skin. The Arjuna bark in specific strengthens the skin barrier and protects from environmental damage. The soft Advanced Eternal Youth Formula Date & Litchi features sweet almond oil, fermented litchi juice, and date extracts, and revitalises, diminishes fine lines, tones, and moisturises.

    I have fairly oily skin but even for me, the balm got absorbed instantly, leaving the face feeling like there was nothing on it. The formula, which I applied next, softened and moisturised. The roller (I chilled mine to enhance the feeling of freshness) of course does its work for absorption, but also aids in lymphatic drainage, over time getting rid of fine lines, and puffiness that is proof of our over-worked, sleep-deprived lifestyle.

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    The change is not instantaneous, and that’s a good thing. Anything natural will take time to show its effects and for me, it was about a week and a half. But on Day 11, my skin felt less patchy, more luminescent, no doubt the work of the Tamra Bhamsa in the balm, a mix of copper sulphate and herbs left overnight in an earthen pot that delivers the glow. Best of all, my acne scars were lighter. In the morning, the glow remained, with the skin feeling more hydrated, smoother, and more supple.

    Of course, this is the result of the products, but for me what was equally important was the process – three items that promise to deliver through a pared-down yet efficient routine. No 12-step, no CTM, no clutter (though it is still up to you how you incorporate these into your beauty routine). It is important to note here how Forest Essentials has espoused the relevance of the facial roller, seen by many as another passing beauty fad.

    So why should you try this after reading about it? Take it from a skincare cynic who sticks to using the same creams and doctor-endorsed products for years on end – this one really works.

    The products are not available as a set and need to be purchased individually. Ojas Glow Replenishing Night Beauty Balm (Rs 3,800) and Advanced Eternal Youth Formula Date & Litchi (Rs 4,200) are both available online on the brand website and in-store, while the Rose Quartz Facial Roller (Rs 2,200) is available at select Forest Essentials stores.

    Preetika Mathew
    Mathew has been a part of the luxury industry for over a decade now, writing on arts & culture, style, and watches for some of the leading publications in the country. When not working, she spends time tracking counter-culture trends.