The best skincare for dry winter skin as tested in Ladakh


When it comes to holidays I’m not really a planner. I hate going though websites to look for the best deals, hotels, places to see. The best holidays for me are put together at the last minute and I just like to discover things as they come. Ladakh was a last minute holiday. So last minute that we even got our reservations done along the way. Thankfully for us, it was not the peak season so it was easy to find places to stay. One of my friends had just recently been to Leh and on her advice we did pop a Diamox before the trip to acclimatise better - best thing I did. The second best thing was to rest completely the first day. And of course the last best thing was the wonderful skincare I packed. My face did not get sunburnt, or flaky, because of these fantastic products:

1. Pears Pure and Gentle Facewash
I had actually carried my Oskia Rennaisance Cleanser with me, but after a day of six-hour drives, I really wanted something to make me feel cleansed. Also for some reason my eyes got super sensitive and puffy because of the altitude. If you’ve ever used Oskia Renaissance Cleanser (which I honestly don’t think is worth it’s ‘iconic’, ‘cult’ status) then you’d know that it stings like hell if even a little bit goes into your eyes. And I for one did not want puffy, swollen and burning eyes. This Pears Cleanser was surprising good, non-drying, but I would never use it for the long term because it has SO much fragrance in it. Nevertheless, in Ladakh it worked very nicely. 

2. Twelve Beauty Ideal Moisture Level Serum
Twelve Beauty is one of my favourite clean beauty brands. And this is the best hydrating serum that I’ve tried. Because the mountain air is so drying I needed something really hydrating as a first step of skincare. And this serum helped pack the moisture in my skin. 

3. Odacite Oleosomes Time Release Delivery Creme
I got this product as part of my Box Walla Beauty Box - guys it’s the most amazing beauty box service. The founder Lavanya Krishnan puts so much thought into each box, they ship to India for $68 all inclusive for a box that could be worth $115 - $160. Anyhoo, this creme (again clean and green) really promises what it says on the label. It’s lightweight, yet provides long-lasting hydration. It kept my skin feeling moist all day, and prevented it from peeling or chapping. You're supposed to mix it with their serum concentrates that range from anti-pigmentation to anti acne, but I just used it as a plain moisturiser. But now I plan to add the serum concentrates and ready start using this product seriously. 

4. Shiseido Perfect UV Protection SPF 50+ Wetforce
Okay, okay I get the whole green, mineral, organic sunscreen bit. But when you’re travelling over 14,000ft, all you care about is not getting sunburnt. I’m all for using more mineral-based sunscreens regularly, but in the mountains it has to be something strong and reliable. And nothing beats Shiseido sunscreen in this regard. This one contains no parabens.

5. Twelve Beauty Botanical Blend Hyaluroil Lip Treatment
This has to be the best lip treatment that I’ve tried. My lips did not chap at all during my trip. It also repaired my friend’s cracked, peeling lips in just one use. 

6. Chantecaille Jasmine and Lily Healing Mask
Now this is one product that truly deserves it’s iconic, cult status. You don't realise how amazing this mask is, till your skin feels severely dry and this soothes it instantaneously. I used this as a night cream instead of a mask. I just massaged a medium/thick layer on my face and neck every night and woke up to smooth baby skin. 


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