Himalaya is a very trusted herbal brand in the Indian market. Having its presence felt for more than a decade, Himalaya is not only sort after, for its affordable price tag, but also for their results oriented formulas. I have tried a whole lot of Himalaya Products in my skincare journey ranging from their face washes to their Lip balms to even their latest Eternity range products. Today I shall walk you through my experience with some of their cult products. Are you ready? Let’s gets started.
Himalaya Products featured in this post
- Himalaya Purifying Neem Face Wash
- Himalaya Fairness Kesar Face Pack
- Himalaya Refreshing Cleansing Milk
- Himalaya Lip Balm
- Himalaya Youth Eternity Day Cream
- Himalaya Anti-Hairfall Shampoo
- Himalaya Moisturizing Aloe Vera Wipes
1.Himalaya Purifying Neem Face Wash
This is a most popular and cult favourite Himalaya product among many college goers in India. In fact, most of us battling with acne would have tried this face wash atleast once. It’s major ingredients Neem and Turmeric are very effective acne-fighting ingredients. This face wash has surely stayed true to its claims of preventing pimples, provided its not hormonal. The face wash is greenish yellow and gel based. It lathers really well even with a pea sized amount of product. I found this face wash to be very efficient in clearing out skin impurities and oils leaving it squeaky clean. Sometimes my skin do feel dry post cleansing, especially when I use it twice a day, so I always moisturize immediately. I have finished multiple tubes of this face wash when I was a skincare newbie and I would surely recommend giving this beauty a try.
2. Himalaya Fairness Kesar Face Pack
Ignore the Fairness claim. I mainly bought it as a detan pack. It’s also the most famous pack next to the Neem one. Anyways, straight to its performance; I wasn’t really impressed with this pack. It stings my face everytime I use this. It’s sort of burning sensation, so if your skin is sensitive or if you can’t handle burning sensations please avoid it. Patch test is a must with this. Apart from that, if you are looking for instant brightening, yes it does that. Though the effect lasts only for a couple of hours. The face pack being clay based has the default attributes of every clay masks such as the semi thick, creamy consistency, good spreadability, fast drying formula, post cleansing dryness and indeed the refreshed feel. Just follow it up with a moisturizer, you are good to flaunt your glowing skin. The face pack has the common Fairness cream fragrance. Although it doesn’t provide any long lasting effect, you may try it for occasional pampering sessions at home.
3. Himalaya Refreshing Cleansing Milk
This was my very first cleansing milk cum makeup remover. I had used this only to remove my face makeup. Because it stings and causes redness if used as an eye makeup remover. Anyways, I prefer to stick to my Soulflower Olive Oil to remove eye makeup. Coming to the product, the Himalaya cleansing milk is a milky white lotion with a smooth runny consistency. The fragrance is synthetic but a pleasant one, relatable to most cleansing milks. I usually take sufficient quantity of the cleaning milk and directly start massaging on my skin to melt my makeup and finally wipe off with a cotton pad. This step does clean off all my makeup and leaves the skin a little bit oily or you can even say moisturized (for dry skin ladies). Personally I prefer to follow up with a face wash, in that way I feel super cleaned and happy with no fear for breakouts. If you trust cleansing milks for makeup removal, you can give this a try. It removes makeup, deeply cleanses and leaves the skin fresh and clear.
4. Himalaya Lip Balm
Just like the face wash, I’ve finished countless tubes of this Lip Balm during my college days. It was dirt cheap costing 25 rupees and very handy to just throw in my pencil pouch. It is a thick transparent gel with a sweet fruity fragrance. It is not that bothering as the scent fades away quickly. This is a basic lip balm which is not very heavy and keeps the lips moisturized, soft and smooth for a couple of hours, about 2 to 3 hours if applied during day time and throughout the night during night time. Practically speaking I don’t wake up to see if my lips are moisturized in the middle of the night! When I wake up in the morning, my lips are neither dry nor moisturized. But they are never cracked like before and surely shows difference when not using them. This is not a long lasting lip balm and re-application is very much needed. It can very well sit under matte/liquid lipsticks.
Although there are better lip balm formulas in the market, but for the price vs performance factor, I would recommend this Himalaya Lip Balm.
5. Himalaya Youth Eternity Day Cream
The Youth Eternity Day Cream was launched at the end of 2017 targeting aging skin. For me, this product was an impulse buy on Nykaa. I bought the smallest size of all to be on the safer side as most day CREAMS never work on my skin, except a few like the Blue Nectar Brightening Cream. The Youth Eternity Day Cream is non-greasy, fast absorbing and also having a silicone smoothness effect. It adequately moisturizes the skin without making it greasy and keeps it hydrated for long. It leaves the skin dewy though with a subtle glow. Despite containing lots of chemicals, some of which are comedogenic, I did not encounter acne breakouts due to this. The cream has the look and feel of Lacto Calamine Lotion with its pale pink Lotion consistency. The fragrance is the only major put off for me as its quite strong and herbal which I am not fond of. As for its claim of reducing fine lines, wrinkles and re-plumping, I do not know if it’s true as I am yet to face the signs of aging. Overall, I find this to be a fairly decent day cream with a decent SPF for combination skin.
6. Himalaya Anti Hairfall Shampoo
This is supposed to be an Anti-Hairfall Shampoo, but this was more of a Hairfall Causing Shampoo (mainly due to dryness). The shampoo has the usual pearly off white appearance with a pleasant herbal-synthetic scent. It foams up moderately and cleans the scalp well without much efforts. It does not have any silicone/slippery feel while washing and is easy to rinse off the soap residue. Post air drying, my scalp feels squeaky clean and DRY. My ends become extremely dry and tangled causing Hairfall due to breakage. So using a conditioner is a must, either pre-condition it with oil or use a ready to use conditioner. For my Hairfall problem, this shampoo did not help a tiny bit. It gave a little bit of of voluminous look to my thin hair but that is all. The shampoo by itself does not make your hair softer and smoother unless you use a conditioner. For me, this product was a miss. It might suit someone with oily scalp and hair.
7. Himalaya Moisturizing Aloe Vera Wipes
I don’t normally use facial wipes on a daily basis. Since I was going to be travelling I knew I needed them. This being a new launch, I just bought it. Himalaya Facial Wipes are available as Neem and Aloe variant, the former meant for oily skin and the latter for dry skin. I got the moisturizing one for dry skin, despite having oily skin since I had planned to use it as makeup remover. These wipes are like any facial wipes made of soft, semi-thick fabric. The wipes are damp enough and are not dripping wet. I was able to wipe off my entire face makeup with a single wipe without going back and forth too many times. It stings if used for eye makeup removal. Like I said I use Soulflower Olive Oil to melt down my eye makeup and then wipe off the oil residue using these wipes. In this way, I do not experience any stinging. After using, I always get a slight sensation on my skin, so I follow it up with a face wash. The wipes indeed feel moisturizing, sticky on my oily skin post usage. These wipes are good for facial makeup removal, but I do not see myself using them on-the-go as claimed due to its tingling sensation post usage. May be the Neem variant would suit my skin type more.
My final thoughts on Himalaya Products
Affordable, Beginner Friendly is what I would say about Himalaya Products. Although not completely chemical free (most of them contain parabens and synthetic preservatives), Himalaya does not test their products on animals which is a plus for cruelty free lovers. The Himalaya Face Wash, Lip Balm, Cleansing Milk are were good to my skin and somehow I am not much impressed with their shampoos.
Apart from Himalaya Herbals, they also have health and wellness products under the Himalaya Wellness Range, out of which I have tried the Acne n Pimple Cream and the Foot Cream. Both of them were fairly good and affordable.
Concluding, Himalaya is a brand that is surely worth checking out. Don’t forget to share your favourite and not so favourite Himalaya Products in the comments section below.
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