#SpennMoney – Skincare Worth Spending On

The texture of skin had changed completely after I gave birth to my baby in January. I had grown up with completely oily skin, but after delivery, it had become dry. As if the dry patches weren’t fun enough, I developed cystic acne as well. I’d never really paid attention to skin care all these years, and it showed because I had no clue what to do (apart from being depressed). I did a bit of research and concluded that I needed a routine – something that wasn’t very complicated, and at the same time, ensured that my skin got the care that was required.

I’m happy to say that my skin is now clear! Here is my routine, and the products that I use (that were well worth the money that I spent on them). I do this both during the day (when I shower), and before I go to sleep.

skincare routine, post partum skin care

Step 1 – Wash Your Face

I use a gentle face wash in the mornings and a slightly stronger one in the nights. The Body Shop Aloe Gentle Face Wash (Rs.795/-) is very soothing and gentle on my sensitive skin and leaves it feeling clean and fresh too. The reason I use a gentle face wash in the morning is that there’s really nothing on your face that requires ‘cleaning’. Stronger face washes can strip your skin and end up making it even drier.

At night, I quite like the Lotus Tea Tree Face Wash. It’s really effective on acne and has managed to prevent breakouts for me. It’s definitely more powerful than the Aloe wash and it’s a bit scrubby, so it’s great for really getting the grime out of your face at the end of the day.

Step 2 – Tone Your Skin

best toner, toner, pixiI’m incredibly lazy when it comes to this step, which is why I use a spray toner. No messing around with cotton wool when you’re in a rush to go somewhere in the morning. I really like the Pixi Vitamin Wakeup Mist in the mornings because well, it wakes you up! If you can’t get the Pixi one, I also recommend the Kama Ayurveda Rose Water Mist.

At night, I like to use the Pixi Glow Tonic, because it has glycolic acid, which is a chemical exfoliant. I know chemical exfoliation sounds scary, but it has a fantastic effect on the skin, and really clears it up, without having to be abrasive.


Step 3 – Moisturize

I swear by the Lotus Herbals Whiteglow moisturizer – not because it makes me whiter (it doesn’t), but because it has the perfect texture. It’s thick, but not so thick that it makes you sweat, it makes my skin feel softer instantly, it clears marks up over time and most importantly, it has SPF. I am all about shortcuts, so this cream makes it okay if I forget to put on sunscreen.

At night, I use the Lotus Herbals YouthRX (are you seeing a trend here? I love Lotus Herbals because it’s locally made, affordable and cruelty-free). It makes my skin feel soft in the morning and while I can’t really talk about its wrinkle reducing properties, I have been seeing fewer spots and less redness. I finish it all up with The Body Shop Drops of Youth Eye Concentrate, which has really made a difference with my under eye wrinkling. You’d think that a sleep-deprived new mom would have droopy eye bags, but I don’t. I have to thank this cream for that.

Don’t Forget The Sunscreen!

Sun damage is real! So use sunscreen even if you are just staying indoors. I use it on top of my moisturizer because I’m paranoid like that. I use the Biotique Bio Sandalwood sunscreen because it was the only sunscreen that was available in the supermarket that I went to. Thankfully, it’s pretty good as well.

Some Extras For Your Skin Care Routine

I like to use a face mask once or twice a week. Currently, I’m using The Body Shop Ethiopian Honey Face Mask, which is fantastic for dry skin. It really leaves my skin feeling super soft. I also use more powerful chemical exfoliants once a week, like The Ordinary’s Lactic Acid. This stuff is super potent and can make your skin really sensitive, so make sure you follow up with moisturizer and use sunscreen the next day.

I also got the Retinoid serum from The Ordinary but I’m not using it right now because I’m still nursing my baby, and retinoids aren’t recommended when you are breastfeeding.

So that’s my roundup of skin care products that are worth spending money on! Do let me know what else you’d like to see reviewed on the blog.


  1. Thanks for the detailed post lavs. I have that under eye bag shall try to follow a simple routine at least from hereon. Your product list &routine gave an idea 🙂

  2. Hi! I’ve been looking to buy the Ordinary products from the time Wayne Goss mentioned it on his YouTube video. Could you let me know how you got your hands on it?

  3. Decent. But you should exfoliate ur skin once or twice a week as well.. A mild scrub should be included is what I felt. Rest.. Totally what I follow as well!!

    • Hi! The Lotus Tea Tree wash has beads so it’s actually a bit of a scrub as well. Can’t get the dirt out of my face otherwise!

  4. This is a good write-up. Appreciate when people use Indian cruelty-free products rather than fancying around High end International products. My day cream almost getting over ( using Himalaya currently) and wanted to try other Brand. Thanks for the Lotus recommendation. Its in my cart list.

    • Yay! I love Lotus Herbals. I used to go after all this high-end stuff thinking it would be better simply because it was expensive. Got wiser with age. 🙂

  5. Hey,

    Thanks for The Ordinary.i am just reading reviews and buying them soon.

    please brief on application procedure of the lactic acid one!Would be of great help.

    Lots of love to amartya and you!

  6. Hi Lavanya! I’ve been one of those silent spectators (Also a big fan and cannot lie :))) of your writings for a very long time now, from coconutChutney days to pennMoney…today I wanted to take a moment and appreciate your work..You’re damn funny.
    Way to go girl!

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