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It’s all about homegrown labels creating products that stand the test of time. The Forest Essentials Soundarya Radiance Cream with 24K gold is known for its nourishing and anti-ageing benefits.

Moisturisers are our daily heroes. They calm the skin down, plump it up, regulate moisture levels, and protect the skin barrier from aggressors like sunlight, air pollution, and temperature drops. Cult moisturisers, on the other hand, are seen as warriors making sure your skin is expert-backed and effortlessly protected. While the internet is bursting with moisturisers of all kinds – the hydrating ones to the gel ones to the creamy lotions, it’s hard to find one that is homegrown and ticks all the right boxes. 

Forest Essentials Soundarya Radiance Cream with 24K gold

We’re talking high-quality, high-performance skincare that’s just right for Indian skin keeping in mind our weather, skin type, and everyday skin issues. Say hello to the holy grail, the Forest Essentials Soundarya Radiance Cream with 24K gold, a moisturiser that has stood the test of time and became a big staple in the great Indian skincare routine.

At Rs 4,800, it’s at a steep price point for everyone, especially since it’s an Ayurvedic label. But honestly, it has overcome the price tag only because of the ingredients, the renowned ayurvedic herbs like Liquorice, Ashwagandha, and Turmeric. The thick cream comes with a golden sheen (particularly made for dry skin) and manages to make sure it forms a beautiful layer on your shine after you apply all your serums. 

Forest Essentials Soundarya Radiance Cream with 24K gold

The reason its pricing surpasses most creams in the market is because of the Ayurvedic formulation called Swarn, which uses the power of pure 24-Karat gold bhasma to work its magic. It is said that gold is the one metal that is easily absorbed into the skin. This metal also protects the skin from environmental damages. Skin elasticity is improved and the nurturing cream with turmeric also adds a glow while acting as a powerful age-defying agent. Gold or bhasma is also known to firm and tone the facial muscles. The moisturizer is unique in the sense that it’s known in the market to give you a ‘natural facelift’. An added plus is the fact that it comes with SPF 25 that helps neutralize UVA and UVB radiation alongside protecting skin from the sun, environmental stress, and pollution.

The texture is smooth and the moisturizer can act as a primer and a sunscreen too. The cold pressed natural oils used in the cream give your skin that warm, nourishing feel. The only negative here is it’s thickness and the fact that it can form a tight layer around your skin. That means, it’s a hard sell for those with normal or oily skin. The good thing is the list of ingredients can be enriching – cow’s milk known to improve firmness and give your skin a fresher feel. Ashwagandha, another star ingredient is an antioxidant that makes sure your skin feels calmer and less irritated. Let’s not forget specific Indian ingredients that add the much-needed glow: Ketki and Saffron, both known for giving dull skin a lift.

Forest Essentials Soundarya Radiance Cream with 24K gold

It’s a day cream, so you need not layer it up with too many serums; it’s potent on its own. In winters especially, it can be a lifesaver with cow’s ghee, milk, shea butter, cold-pressed almond oil included generously in it.

Is it worth the steep price point? It works for those looking to condense their beauty ritual into just 2-3 products. But, if you are looking at effectiveness in two weeks, this might not be the one for you. The long-term benefits like dealing with pigmentation and constant dryness outweigh its inability to provide dramatic results in one go. 

Latha Sunadh
Deputy Editor
When she's not trying on a new serum, researching on yet another classic fragrance and sharing lip balms with her 5-year old daughter, Latha Sunadh keeps it reined in with a nice song and a good book. Special skills include obsessing over handmade, home-made and handcrafted luxuries.