Since I’ve been back in New Delhi, my skin has been an absolute mess! The pollution, mixed with heat and humidity always throws cystic acne and dull skin at me! Makeup is out of the question at this point of time and for me, the answer lies in my all-time favourite skin saviour– Kiehl’s Cilantro and Orange Extract Pollutant Defending Masque.

Both its active ingredients–cilantro or coriander and orange extract are known for reducing acne and brightening the skin. In addition, it also has lavender oil, which instantly calms inflamed skin and helps reduce anxiety which further helps clear out skin. Even with my oily, acne-prone skin, I find myself glowing pretty the morning after using this magic elixir.

I am not in favour of layering on too many beauty products, especially at night when the skin needs to breathe. The best way to use the masque is to first cleanse the skin with a mild cleanser like Forest Essentials Kashmiri Saffron and Neem face wash and directly go for the masque. Although the directions are to apply a thick layer for 5 minutes, pat off the excess and leave the thin layer on for the night, I find it more comfortable to lightly rise off the excess product so that my skin does not act up. If the skin starts drying up too much, I like to lightly mist it with my homemade rosewater.

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