Summer calls in for some serious skin care. This is one thing I realized over the period of time- your teens are to have fun with trends, and your late twenties are to take care of your skin. The adult life is about doing damage control for all your mistakes as a teen. So, my weekends are about pampering my skin, but everyday I follow a strict SPF routine to protect it from the harsh summer sun.
Right now I am using a skin nourishing sunscreen lotion with SPF40, I also enjoy a good DIY facial at home, both by VLCC. Their Diamond Facial kit is my go to facial routine. All in one box of goodness with step by step details on how to use and a guarantee of a relaxing me time + glowing fresh skin as a result and the skin nourishing SPF 40 sunscreen lotion to protect and lock the glow and freshness.
Here is a step by step review and verdict of both the products.
The contents of the VLCC Diamond Facial Kit : Each product mentioned in the list below is to be used in the same sequence starting from top. For each product the directions of usage as well as key ingredients are mentioned on the pouch itself. Main box packaging bears the detailed ingredients list of all the products.
- Comfrey Cleanser cum toner (twist cap packaging)The cleanser is to be massaged into the skin for a few minutes and then wiped off with moist cotton. The cleanser is of glue consistency and white in colour with thick and smooth texture. It gets absorbed in the skin instantly after massaging and plumps up the skin. Basically this is a pre facial step so as to tone the skin for further processes.
- Diamond scrub
Scrub is to be massaged into the skin and wiped off with moist cotton balls. The consistency of the scrub is gel like with diamond bhasma particles in it. The scrub while massaging feels like we are scrubbing the diamond powder onto the skin. The scrub particles are very tiny yet scrub effectively and remove dead skin cells and dirt if any.
- Diamond Detox lotion
The lotion is white in colour with a thin texture and medium consistency. The lotion is to be massaged well on face and neck area till it gets absorbed. Once absorbed it’s not to be wiped off the face. Proceed to the next step.
- Diamond Massage Gel
The massage gel is a transparent, thick gel with minute diamond bhasma particles in it. However they weren’t like the ones in the scrub, rather they kept on swirling on the face as we massage the face. The massage gel has a very peculiar fragrance which wasn’t so pleasant to me, rather it felt very artificial. The massage gel gets absorbed easily and gives a baby soft skin instantly. After massaging, the gel is to be wiped off with moist cotton.
- Diamond Wash off Mask
My favourite step, mask 💃. The wash off Mask has a gel consistency with opaque gel and diamond bhasma particles in it. The gel spreads easily on the skin to form a peel off Mask sort. Howover it doesn’t dry up like a peel off Mask. After 15 minutes I washed off the mask and it took some time to get wahed off. Post this step my face was beaming with a glow.
- Oil Free Moisturising Gel
The oil free moisturizer is the last step of the face. It has a screw cut mechanism. The moisturizing gel is sunset yellow in color and has a gel consistency with a pleasing fragrance. The gel gets absorbed into the skin instantly giving a oil free, hydrated look to the skin.
- Gives a nice glow which lasts a day
- Skin feels very soft and smooth from the pre facial step itself
- Quantity offered of all products would last 3 uses easily
- Steps, ingredients and procedure is nearly printed on the pack
- Travel friendly, convenient packaging
- Best for on the go facial at home
- Pleasant fragrance of all products
- Contains Parabens
- Fragrance of massage gel is a bit unpleasant
- Designed to be used as one time, but storage of pouches is a bit problematic
Price, Shelf Life and Availability – 350 INR for 45g + 5ml with a shelf life of 3 years.
My Verdict – Though I thoroughly loved using the VLCC Diamond Facial Kit as an at home DIY option it can be used by professionals or while travelling. Super easy to use and gives a radiant and soft skin which lasts for a day. The kit when stored properly will last up to 3 uses. However, a paraben free formulation would be highly appreciated. I think its an apt go to facial option for working professionals and stay at home moms tight schedules.
VLCC Skin Nourishing Sun Screen Lotion – SPF 40 PA+++ (Paraben Free)
It’s a cream-based light weight sunscreen. It has comfrey plant extracts with Trehlose and helps to nourish, soothe and heal the skin. The presence of glycerin has the ability to retain moisture in the skin. It protects the skin from the two most harmful rays of the sun, that are UVA rays and UVB rays, thus preventing it from both tanning and ageing. The sweat-free nourishing formula gives a satin-smooth feel to the skin which for me is a win win. I apply it 30 minutes before exposing my skin in the Sun. At first, while applying it looks white, but after blending it disappears into the skin and doesn’t leave any white cast. It blends in no time and leaves a smooth finish on the skin. The formula is very hydrating and moisturizing and stays on for only 2-3 hours. The sunscreen didn’t have any side-effects on my skin. This formula helped me maintain my regular tan; however, it failed to reduce it. It is not very water resistant, so once I wash my face it comes out like a cream and then I have to apply it all over again.
How to Use
Apply it liberally on the face and body 15-20 minutes before getting exposed to the sun. Re-apply if the sun-exposure duration is long.
- Prevents further tanning
- Mild fragrance
- Glides and blends easily in the skin
- No side-effects
- Parabens Free
- Not suitable for long hour outings
- Only suited best for dry & combination skin
- Not water resistant
My Verdict- I would recommend this one to people with very dry and combination skin. I have combination skin type and I prefer it using it before I put my makeup or ideally 30 mins before I step out in the sun for best results. Keep it away from your eyes and infants reach.