Hello people, Today I will review another of my daily body care staples – Lotus Herbals White Glow Hand and Body Lotion with SPF 25 and PA+++. Sunscreens are important and I take care to never leave home without applying one. Since I find a tad difficult to spread the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock (reviewed here) on my arms, particularly in a hurry, I prefer something a little more of a watery consistency for that. It is then that the Lotus Herbals White Glow Hand and Body Lotion which also claims to have whitening and brightening properties, comes to my rescue.
The Lotus Herbals White Glow Hand and Body Lotion is priced at INR 295 for 300ml. You can buy it from shops and departmental stores or even online (sometimes you get pretty good discounts!)
My overview of the product –
The product comes packaged in a stout white bottle with a pump dispenser. I absolutely love products with pump dispensers as this mechanism gives the control on the amount od product I want to use. However it is quite bulky and certainly not suitable for carrying around.
The lotion itself is quite runny in texture and hence makes for a smooth application. It spreads easily and I don’t need a lot of it at a time. It can be applied in layers but does not build up on the surface. The lotion quickly sinks into the skin leaving it feeling soft and supple. Although white in color, this lotion does not leave any white cast or even mattify the skin surface. Rather skin feels hydrated and at ease. It is lightweight and does not make the skin feel greasy even in a humid weather. It also imparts a very subtle sheen to the skin right after application, but that does not last long.
I use the Lotus Herbals White Glow Hand and Body Lotion at least 20 minutes before moving out in the sun. It is best applied on moist skin as skin has better absorption capacity when it is damp.
The lotion has a mild fragrance and has mixed notes of citrus and floral. It is hardly noticeable after just an hour of application. The staying power of the lotion is decent. On me it stays for around 5-6 hours. The quantity is a lot, and can easily see me through 5 months.
[You might also want to check the Dot & Key Lavender and Peppermint Hand Cream, which is an innovative product in itself. The Dot & Key Hand Cream has dual features: not only does it moisturize the hands, but also works as a hand sanitizer! This non-greasy hand cream is also cruelty-free, and devoid of nasties like alcohol, parabens, phthalates and sulfates.
Some important ingredients :
The product claims to have licorice extracts. Licorice is highly acclaimed for its brightening and anti-inflammatory properties. This also means it should not irritate sensitive skin. In addition to licorice, the Lotus Herbals White Glow Hand and Body Lotion also has green tea and grape extracts, both known for containing antioxidants. Thus all three major ingredients in this body lotion contribute towards soothing the skin and fading blemishes.
But I won’t say that this lotion prevents tanning. However I have noticed that it does keep tanning to a minimal and with prolonged use it also helps to brighten uneven skin tone and fade blemishes. Although the Lotus Herbals White Glow Hand and Body Lotion is a part of Lotus Herbals’ Whiteglow range, I still cannot make claims on its whitening efficacy as I have not experienced it personally. But I do not mind because my major concern is sun protection and it does just that. Now no product can magically work on all, starting from sun protection to brightening to whitening. If it lives up to at least one of its claims, then it should be deemed a good product. 🙂 This also contains liquid paraffin, glycerin and stearic acid (a fatty acid). All these contribute significantly towards its moisturizing property.
The only downside of the Lotus Herbals White Glow Hand and Body Lotion is that it contains parabens. Apart from that, I quite like the lightweight formula of the lotion and use it throughout the year. In winter however, this alone may not suffice for dry skin. But you can still layer it over any other body moisturizer if needed.
Overall the Lotus Herbals White Glow Hand and Body Lotion fares quite well in its price range and you can give it a try in the upcoming summer months!
My rating : 4.5/5 (er…. parabens?)
Do you mind parabens in your skin care products?