Hello ladies (and gentlemen, if any, reading this)!
Finally, here I am with my very first (official to be precise) product review. I can’t express enough how excited I am to share about my ‘holy grail to beautiful skin’. If you are a regular reader of Lifestylica, you must be probably familiar with the different products that we review on our website to help oneget amazing skin and hair and what not. In this article, I have for you one of my very own recent favorites. The savior of my skin; my most trusted genie within a tiny bottle- Kottakal Kunkumadi Tailam. Oh, trust me when I say it, I am in complete awe of this one and can’t wait to tell you about it already and I won’t be surprised if you fall head over heels with this magic potion. Let’s get started!
What is Kunkumadi Tailam?
It is essentially a herbal oil extracted from saffron or ‘Kunkuma poo’ or ‘kumkuma’ as it is commonly known. Saffron has its fair share of credits and myths too when it comes to fairness. If you wish to have a fair baby; consume saffron. If you want to have fair skin; use products with saffron… the list goes on and on. However, while most of it can’t be dismissed as a plain myth, it is true that saffron has properties to improve skin tone and texture, if not to completely alter skin’s complexion. Kunkumadi tailam has saffron as its main ingredient and also many other herbal specialties like Chandana (sandalwood), Lotus pollen, etc.
Kunkumadi tailam is one among Kerala’s most famous ayurvedic beauty treatment oil. Kerala is a leading herbal solution for various skin and health problems. Kottakal Arya Vaidya Sala is an institution that does the same. They deliver ayurvedic treatment products for almost all skin, hair and health issues. Kunkumadi tailam is one among them (and the hero of skin care).
There are several brands that make kunkumadi tailam and you should not be struck with its price. Yes, it is expensive… way too expensive for the quantity it comes in. On the same note, if you find it cheap somewhere, do not trust that. This wonderful facial oil comes with a big price due to its efficiency and it is worth every dime. Kama Ayurveda calls this as Kumkumadi Miraculous Beauty Ayurvedic Night Serum and it comes with many tall claims.
Benefits of using Kunkumadi tailam
No matter what brand you wish to purchase; here is what an authentic Kunkumadi tailam promises or ought to do…
- Handles all skin problems efficiently
- Evens skin tone
- Adds a bright healthy glow to skin
- Cures acne and pimples
- Fades dark spots
- Moisturises skin and treats dry patches
- Reduces dark circles
- Sends pigmentation out of the window!
- Smoothens fine lines and wrinkles
- Anti ageing benefits
- Removes sun tan completely!
- Improves skin complexion
Why did I purchase this facial oil?
Well, like many others I was on the lookout for a one-time magic potion for the 9-month long skin damage that was done unto me. I am currently in my 6th month of postpartum and with all due credit to kunkumadi tailam; my skin is much better than what it used to be before my pregnancy. The beautiful hormones of pregnancy, sleepless nights and what not; they gave me every skin problem one can think of. I tanned, broke out and scarred (even on my lips) that I became unrecognizable (not to forget the weight gain!). While after post delivery, as the hormones started behaving my skin did start going back to normalcy on its own; however, it was a slow process. Not that I did not mind letting nature take its own pace, but my pregnancy acne was nowhere close to the idea of vacating anytime soon. This; I could not calm my senses over.
During my research for the best facial serums for one of our posts, I came across Kama Ayurveda’s Kunkumadi tailam and I was blown away with the reviews. I did quite a bit of avid and aggressive reading upon the subject of interest and I came across Kottakal Kunkumadi Tailam. I was sold! It was at a much cheaper price compared to Kama and seemed more of a reliable option. And thus I welcomed home, my own beauty spa treatment.
Kottakal Kunkumadi Tailam
I purchased the Kottakal Kunkumadi Tailam, which is a 10ml bottle, from Amazon.. It comes in a small plastic bottle which has a nozzle. The pack does not have instructions or claims mentioned on it like most other brands since Kottakal Arya Vaidya Sala is the authentic station that manufactures this product.
My skin type: Normal to dry skin
What were my skin concerns?
Smell: Herbal (I don’t mind it at all! As long as it works)
Colour: Reddish orange hue
Consistency: Oily (but not as thick as regular oils)
Precautions to be taken: Do a patch test to test for allergy before you use this product (especially if you have a history of allergy from an ayurvedic product). The oil stains clothes; pay attention to clothing and pillow covers.
When to use?
Night alone! Do not use during the day at any cause. Exposure to sunlight with this facial oil is not the best option. I use this as a replacement for my night cream. I’ve bid goodbye to my night creams, not that they don’t work; but I want to heal my skin first using this facial oil.
It can be left overnight, however, you might want to do a patch test first.
Apply the oil on your forearm and leave it overnight; check for any allergic reaction. If you do not develop rashes or irritation you may continue to use overnight. If you do get an allergy, check with a dermatologist and then determine usage.
How much to use?
3 to 5 drops ONLY! (for all skin types! Dry skinned people like me, need not use more drops of the oil; although we would be tempted to)
How to use?
Wash face thoroughly using face wash or facial cleanser. Pat dry and spread some rose water on face. Do not wipe the rose water off, the wetness helps with application. You can also use the oil over damp skin. I prefer using over rose water since I have dry skin it helps to spread the product easily.
Take 3 to 5 drops of oil and use one finger (ring finger is a better choice), to spread the oil in spots on the problematic areas alone. I use my ring finger and apply it over face concentrating on specific spots of concern; and then, it spread it across face gently. I try to reduce product wastage as much as possible (the price, phew!); and it is meant to be used in small amounts (since it is a treatment oil). I dot the oil over my dark circles, dark spots, etc; spread it gently and leave it overnight. I did not develop any allergies.
What did Kottakal Kunkumadi Tailam do to my skin?
Good heavens, it changed my skin almost completely! Even before my pregnancy, I did face occasional break outs (sensitive skin alert), but now after using this product for the past one month- nothing, absolutely nothing! I wake up every morning to clearer skin. My complexion and skin tone have evened out, skin feels smooth, there is a glow at all times, my face is brighter. It took about 2 weeks to see a visible difference in my skin, it may differ person to person. I prefer keeping my skin bare without any makeup, because this completely ayurvedic solution has worked wonders on me! To know how it fared for its claims…
|Handles all skin problems efficiently||YES. It took care of my pre and post pregnancy acne. Duh, what more we need, right? However, I’m waiting for it to cure my whiteheads.|
|Evens skin tone||YES! My skin looks much healthy and bright.|
|Adds a bright healthy glow to skin||YES. A translucent and natural glow from within.|
|Cures acne and pimples||YES and I’m loving it! I haven’t had one pimple (even a small one) after I started using kunkumadi tailam. I’m not even exaggerating.|
|Fades dark spots||TRUE THAT. I have very few dark spots left and I’m hoping they disappear soon.|
|Moisturises skin and treats dry patches||YES.|
|Reduces dark circles||Oh my, YES! And I wasted all my time over under eye products.|
|Sends pigmentation out of the window!||Happy Tears! It did; especially the mask of pregnancy is completely gone now. Also, it has removed discolouration around my lips.|
|Smoothens fine lines and wrinkles||I don’t have any yet, no comments.|
|Anti ageing benefits||This is my first step to anti ageing routine!|
|Removes sun tan completely!||Well, it removed my pregnancy hormone tanning. Does that count?|
|Improves skin complexion||Not sure about this one. I’m happy with the glow!|
Ladies, this is your wake-up call. Every time someone told me about facial oils, it all disappeared with a confused nod. As much as I knew they work wonders, I never did dare to give it a try. But now, I will testify! After countless days and nights of hesitation, I opted for this and I am not turning back. Just a few days of using this facial oil religiously, I started noticing a visible difference and so did my family! Being 100% herbal and natural, one can set aside all fears of ill effects it might cause and trust this winner here.
If you have mildly problematic skin, I would recommend everyone to try kunkumadi tailam. Of course, only after consultation with your dermatologist or physician if you have doubts or prone to allergic reactions. If your skin suffers from severe acne, this might not work. Again, please take medical help. For other postpartum moms like me or those with few backlogs here and there, keep an eye on this one. As for me…Oh my, I have found the lover of my skin! If this works for you as it did for me, treasure your pot of luck.