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Reviewed: Organic Harvest Retention Hydrating Moisturizer

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I’m a bit obsessed with my skin. Years of allergic reactions and dry skin-related problems will do that to you. And so, years later, I now moisturise like a MOFO.

So, when I got my hands on Organic Harvest’s Retention Hydrating Moisturizer, thanks to my generous boss Zahra Khan, with the only catch that I had to review it, I was all like “Gimme it!”

This particular moisturiser from the Sea Buckthorn Range boasted of having collagen amino protein (which reads like the elixir of youth to someone who is trying to keep their skin young, no?)

Although it advertised ‘For All Skin Types’, and I usually gravitate towards ‘For Dry Skin’, I was heartened by the words ‘retention’ and ‘hydrating’.

As far as appearances go, this packaging was clear, and the bottle itself was sleek, in a lovely sea-green colour. The pump nozzle helps with controlling the amount of cream you want in your palm, which works great for klutzy kooks like me.



The Sea Buckthorn Range has the added plus of having it’s key ingredient linked back to the time of Genghis Khan and Ancient Greece, where the extract was used for its rejuvenating as well as healing effects on dehydrated and damaged skin. History is a big pull for me, so the anticipation of using this product was already rising.

The texture surprised me because it seemed that it was more water-based than cream-based, which I thought it would be, considering what it was called. But don’t let that fool you. Your skin, or rather mine, drank it in with unending thirst.

And there’s no sticky feeling that people seem to hate about moisturisers, especially in a tropical country like ours. As per the directions, I applied it on my face and neck in an upward direction, twice a day, every day.

The first day, it just felt nice and even on my skin. By the first week, I thought it looked happier, but I figured that might be in my head. It was almost like I was imagining it, but there was suddenly a supple bounce that my bad habits (aka lack of sleep) were starting to rob from me.

But after a month, when the results became perceivable to most around me, that’s when I knew that it wasn’t my mind playing tricks on me. It’s so true that good skin is superior to just about any makeup. Makeup should only be used to enhance an already amazing base, don’t you think?

After years of talking to dermatologists and skin experts and countless brand consultants, I’ve realised that how you apply a cream makes a difference, because if you’re too rigorous with it or if you keep pulling downward, you’re asking for your skin to sag. And who wants that?

So, it’s not only about moisturising, but also about how. That, and consistency. The key is to be consistent in your use of the product and you will definitely see results. If you use it sporadically, you won’t. It’s that simple.

SHOP NOW: Organic Harvest Retention Hydrating Moisturizer (Rs 1,595)


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