Cleansing milks always make me wonder if they really do the job of getting rid of dirt and makeup. Anokha’s Oatmeal Cleansing Milk for normal to oily skin goes on creamy and smells like sweet oatmeal, which is just fine since the company’s products feature all-natural ingredients native to South Asia.
This cleanser looks deceptively like any other milky cleanser. But, once you slather it on and massage it over your face, you really start to feel something, like the ingredients are soaking up all the oil on your forehead (goodbye T zone!). Immediately after rinsing, my skin not only felt clean, it felt soft and totally clear of any trace of oil, and actually felt that way for a few hours. If you’re heading off to bed, finish off with Anokha’s Jasmine Serum for a really nice, clean scent as you fall asleep.
Amla, or Indian gooseberry, is reported to have the highest amount of vitamin C in natural form. And of course, everybody knows that vitamin C is a potent ingredient in fighting free radicals and contributing to younger-, healthier-looking skin.
Dr. Nina S. Naidu harnesses the power of this potent sour fruit in a brightening formula. Amla Skin Brightening Lotion, doesn’t lighten as so many Asian skin brightening creams claim to do, but it “brightens.” Though the product tells you that it will take some time – four to six weeks – for the magic to happen, this editor saw some pretty impressive results after just three applications. Then again, I went a little crazy and slathered several pumps’ worth all over. The lesson? A little of this potent cream goes a long way.
It seems like there is a plethora of serums everywhere you look, all purporting to do one amazing thing or another, but only succeeding in going on as a goopy, sticky mess. Not so with Anokha’s Jasmine Serum. At first glance, the serum looks pretty modest and unassuming. But a closer look reveals that the serum is actually a moisturizer.
Anokha’s Jasmine Serum is made with almond, sandalwood and jasmine oils — all in keeping with the company’s philosophy of using all-natural ingredients, many of which are found natively in South Asia. After cleansing, I rubbed a few drops into my hands and massaged the serum over my face. Surprisingly, the clear jasmine-smelling serum absorbed almost instantly into my skin — no stickiness! Instead, my skin felt like it had just enough moisture, without being overly so, like I was born with naturally soft skin. That old saying “as soft as a baby’s bottom” comes to mind. The clean, jasmine scent doesn’t hurt either. Since then, any time I feel a spot of dryness, I rub a couple of drops of this on, even over makeup. Dryness, totally gone.