Face Care

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Retinol is the best skincare product you can use for youthful glowing skin, preventing acne, and fading out hyperpigmentation. And it gets expert approval – almost every top dermatologist recommends using it!

It’s basically like a lucky charm for your skin.

But you need to use retinol, a top notch anti-ageing agent, effectively to get the sparkling flawless look. Here are the common retinol mistakes that we see:

Biggest Retinol Mistakes 

#1 You Think Retinol & Vitamin C Are A No-No Together

This myth originates from the fact that Vitamin C, especially Ascorbic Acid, exists in its stable form in an acidic pH and an acidic pH can deactivate retinol. But there is no scientific evidence to back this claim. Retinol occurs naturally in our skin, which itself has a slightly acidic pH. According to a recent research study, not only is Retinol + Vitamin C pairing effective, but a match made in heaven as Vitamin C stabilizes Retinol. They work together to protect and brighten the skin. Recent research tells us that skincare is rarely about one superhero ingredient since our skin requirements are many, so choose your skincare playmates wisely!

Best Retinol Product With Vitamin C

Red Vine Night Gel Crème

With Retinol, Mulberries & Vitamin C


#2 You Mistake Skin Reactions For Intolerance

People often think they should drop retinol from their skincare arsenal because they experience flaking, redness, or skin irritation when they first start using it. This potent product can definitely cause peeling but don’t stop usage completely – just switch to a lower strength formula or reduce the frequency of application. That’s how your skin becomes bright, clear, and luminous. Dermatologists say that clinically, it takes 2-3 weeks for skin cells to adapt to retinol but the key is consistency.

If you are a retinol virgin, you should begin with a low concentration product, no matter what your skin goals are. It’s advisable to start with a 0.1% retinol product twice a week. After a couple of weeks, increase the application to thrice a week. Once your skin begins to tolerate it, increase the usage till you eventually apply it every single day. Similarly, you can slowly graduate to a higher concentration of retinol.

Pro-tip: if you have dry or mature skin, it is recommended you use heavier retinol cream while lighter serums like the Retinol & Hyaluronic Acid LIFT & FIRM serum are best suited for oily, acne-prone, or dull skin.

Best Retinol Serum For Youthful Skin

Lift & Firm Serum

With Retinol, Hyaluronic Acid & Pomegranate


#3 You Think Retinol Is A Skin Exfoliant

It’s a common myth that retinol is an exfoliant. This Vitamin A derivative is actually a powerful antioxidant that occurs naturally in our skin. A key skincare player, retinol works by accelerating cellular turnover rate to reveal new, brighter, and even-toned skin, armed with increased levels of collagen and elastin. The result is radiant skin that is stronger and smoother.

#4 You Assume Retinol Shouldn’t Be Used During The Day

Retinol can be used during the day but only under broad spectrum sunscreen, including retinol products that are combined with Vitamins A, C, and E complex. The key here is that no matter what superhero ingredients you use, a broad spectrum sunscreen like White Lotus Sunscreen SPF 50 is your skin’s best friend as it also protects your skin from photo-ageing.

#5 You Avoid Using Retinol & Chemical Exfoliants Together

There is no research that says chemical exfoliants (AHAs and BHAs) cannot be used in the same skincare regime. And neither do AHAs and BHAs render the retinol ineffective. AHAs and BHAs exfoliate the dead cells from the surface of the skin, prepping it for the absorption of Retinol more effectively.

We have several Retinol options at Pilgrim and would love to help you out with one that’s perfect for you

Best K-Beauty Retinol Night Cream

Retinol Night Cream

With Vitamin C & Hyaluronic Acid


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From scorching heat to too much sun exposure, your skin goes through a lot during the summer season, which is why it is essential to hydrate the skin. Dryness, heat rashes, and acne are common problems in this hot season. Most people tend to ignore taking care of skin in the summer as their skin is not as dry or itchy as in the winter. However, our skin needs attention to keep skin problems at bay, even in summers. 

How to keep my skin always hydrated?

During summers, keeping your skin hydrated is a must or it can become dry or flaky. The below tips will help you overcome skin problems and make way for that healthy, glowing skin.

  1.   Exfoliation 

Exfoliation is a very important step for a proper skincare routine, especially in summer to take off the oil and sunscreen. You need to exfoliate your facial skin at least twice a week to help get rid of all the dead cells accumulated on your skin. After cleansing, just exfoliate your face and voila! Soft, supple, and glowing skin.

Pilgrim Volcanic Lava Ash Face Scrub is a great choice for your exfoliation needs. It has extra-fine particles that will make the whole exfoliation process easier.

  1.   Moisturizer

Moisturizing is a must in summer! Yes, you read that right. Many people make the mistake of avoiding moisturizer as the skin is already greasy in this season. But you should not ignore this important step, especially if you stay mostly in AC. Artificially de-humidified air can dry your skin, causing fine lines and wrinkles. Make sure you get an oil-free moisturizer that contains an SPF of 30 or more.

  1.   Drink water

We all know this, right? Lack of water can make your skin dry, firm and flaky. So, drink 7-8 glasses of water every day. If you are bored drinking the plain old water, then just jazz it up by adding some lemon juice or mint leaves or some cut fruits and ta-da, your flavored water is ready.

  1.   Proper diet

Include fresh fruits, fruits with high water content, and green leafy veggies in your diet. This will not only keep skin hydrated but will also give you a bright looking skin.

  1.   Sunscreen 

Using a good sunscreen is a must. Sun exposure can lead to wrinkles, premature aging, pigmentation, sunburns, and even skin cancer. Do not skip this step. Even if you want to apply makeup, you can do it after you apply your sunscreen. Always make sure to apply your sunscreen at least 30 minutes before stepping out. The benefits of sunscreen reduce when it gets washed off or not applied frequently. So, don’t forget to reapply it every 3-4 hours. In fact, it should be applied throughout the year, even during cloudy seasons and winters. 

  1.   Always carry a good face mist

During summers, always carry a face mist. It comes in handy when you need some cooling down and instantly hydrates your skin. It also has a light emollient effect and suppresses the effects of saltwater, chlorine, and tap water. We recommend that you use the Pilgrim White Lotus Natural Face Mist & Toner. It is an alcohol-free formula that will hydrate your skin and restore your skin to its youthful luster.

  1. Change your skincare products

Look out for products with natural ingredients and skin nutrition as they tend to neutralize free radicals from pollution and sun exposure in the summer seasons. Avoid using a creamy cleanser and better, switch to a sulfate-free face wash. 

White Lotus Natural Face Mist & Toner with Camellia & Witch Hazel

Put the moisture back in every cell of your skin with our Holy Grail of a Toner and Mist. The Ultrafine and Alcohol-free formula is just the right vehicle to deliver natures’ most potent ingredients.

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Having a naturally glowing skin is every girl’s dream. To achieve this, you should take care of your skin properly and prevent it from damage that is caused due to various external factors such as pollution, sunrays, dirt, etc. Along with this, you should also be careful while using products on your face. There might be some ingredients that do not suit your skin and may cause an allergic reaction. You should also only use products that suit your skin type to get the maximum benefit out of the products. Here are some ways that you can achieve naturally radiant and glowing skin:

  • Formulate and follow a proper skincare routine

     – Having a proper skincare routine and following it religiously is an important step to achieve naturally healthy and radiant skin. You should formulate a skincare routine according to the time and products you have and then make sure to follow it every day. This will help your skin immensely and keep it clean and nourished.  

Clean your face twice a day  

A clean face is the first step of any skincare routine. To achieve glowing and radiant skin, you should clean your face using a mild and suitable face wash at least twice a day. Washing your face once in the morning and once in the evening will help keep your face clean of any unwanted dust particles, dirt, and excess sebum. Along with this, a face wash will also help prepare your skin for the next steps of your skincare routine.

A mild and specialized face wash such as the Pilgrim Volcanic Ash Face Wash with Yugdugu and White Lotus would be a great addition to your skincare routine. This gentle and effective face wash will help you refresh your face.

  • The ingredients present in the face wash will gently pull out any unwanted particles such as dirt, dust, pollution, grime, and excess sebum without stripping off the essential oil and moisture of your skin. Using this face wash will help you get naturally radiant and glowing skin.
  • Exfoliation should be done at least once a week

     – Our skin continuously makes new cells and sheds the old and dead skin cells. Exfoliation is required to remove these dead skin cells from the skin and get a naturally healthy complexion. Using an exfoliation scrub once a week can help you clean up your face and remove the dead skin cells. Once the dead skin cells are removed, your skin will look healthy and radiant. We recommend you use the Pilgrim Volcanic Lava Ash Face Scrub with Yugdugu and White Lotus. This gentle exfoliating scrub will detoxify and deep clean your pores without damaging your skin. Exfoliating with this scrub will also help in removing tan, whiteheads, and blackheads. The ultra-fine particles in this scrub will ensure that you get soft and supple skin after exfoliation.  
  • Apply sunscreen every time you step out of the house – 

    Sunscreen is essential whenever you step out of the house. The sunrays could damage your skin and make it look dull and unappealing. Moreover, damage from the UV rays can cause permanent damage to your skin. Therefore, you should use a sunscreen with high levels of SPF to protect your skin from the harmful sun rays. The Pilgrim White Lotus Day Cream SPF 50 with Camellia and Yugdugu helps improve complexion, reduce wrinkles and fine lines and also deals with pigmentation caused by sun rays. It also helps in preventing the formation of age spots and hyperpigmentation. 
  • Moisturize your skin even if you have oily skin – 

    Moisturizing and hydration are very important for your skin. Dried and dehydrated skin will make your skin look dull and lifeless. Using a moisturizer will help your skin remain hydrated and in turn, will heal your skin. Lack of moisturizing can make your skin super dry or excessively oil, both of which can lead to other severe problems such as acne, large pores, cracked skin, etc. Properly moisturized skin will have a natural glow and will look radiant.

Use products that suit your skin type and address your skin issues – 

Using products that suit your skin type and address your skin issues is important. Wrong products can do more harm than good. If you have oily skin, you should focus more on gel-based products and products made specifically for oily skin. Similarly, people with dry skin should use deeply hydrating products to maintain healthy and naturally radiant skin.

Pilgrim Volcanic Lava Ash Face Scrub with Yugdugu & White Lotus

There are scrubs and then there is THE SCRUB! Its extra-fine particles and the pillowy texture feels like a treat rather than a boring exfoliation process.

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There is nothing more annoying than getting wrinkles on the face and realizing that these wrinkles are carved on our faces every time we laugh, talk, or eat. Mouth wrinkles, also known as perioral wrinkles are more common than you may think among people, irrespective of age. They are fine and deep lines that appear on and around the mouth area. Wrinkles around the mouth indicate that skin has started to lose its elasticity and natural collagen, the primary reason which leads to wrinkles.

Causes of Mouth Wrinkles

There are many facets that can lead to wrinkles such as genetics, age, smoking, and sun exposure. 


Wrinkles around the mouth are a part of the aging process because of the loss of proteins called collagen and elastin, which keep your skin agile and steady. 

UV Rays

Ultraviolet rays from the sun damage the fibers in the skin called elastin and when these fibers break down, the skin begins to slump, stretch, and become inept to go back into place after stretching. 


Smokers are vulnerable to mouth wrinkles because of the squeezing of the lips, which occurs during smoking. Drinking with a straw is similar to smoking and also leads to the formation of wrinkles. 

Types of Skin Lines in Mouth wrinkles

Vertical lip lines

They are also known as smoker’s lines, but they aren’t certainly from smoking.  Everyone gets them as they age but smokers just get them earlier due to pressing the lips together when they smoke. Waxing and threading your upper lip can also lead to these lines, but they are not as harmful as smoking. 

Marionette lines

These are the vertical face wrinkles that can be found at the corners of your mouth.  Marionette lines can give your face a plunge expression that can make you look angry or serious even when you are just relaxing. 

Smile Lines

They are also known as Nasolabial lines that sneak from the bottom of your nose to the corners of your mouth. They are more perceivable in women as compared to men as they age. 

Ways To Prevent Wrinkles Around The Mouth

Prevention is always better than treatment. Lips and the surrounding skin are delicate and more vulnerable to damage than other parts of the face. That is why it is important to adopt a skincare routine with an anti-aging product early. You can go for serums that have the required nourishment and can target elastin and collagen synthesis for preventing fine lines and wrinkles on the face. Use a serum that is light and gets absorbed into the skin immediately. Also, you can use the serum under sunscreen and moisturizers.

#1 Don’t Forget the Sunscreen

The key to healthy skin is using sunscreen daily.

Pilgrim White Lotus Day Cream is built with SPF 50. It will protect you from the sun, prevent sunspots, and even provide coverage for slight discolorations like hyperpigmentation and redness.

The main cause of wrinkles is the changes in the skin like the breakdown of elastin and collagen tissue that are the result of chronic sun exposure. It is important that you use a sunscreen with at least SPF 30 and one mineral component like titanium or zinc. Also, you should use lip sunscreen for enhancing protection.

#2 Try a Night Cream

For avoiding or reducing the pesky face wrinkles and fine lines around the mouth, you have to invest in a night cream. Through quality night creams, you will be providing your skin with deep thermal hydration that leads to thickening of the skin and effective reduction of wrinkles and fine lines. There are a few night creams that have been designed specifically for maximizing overnight hydration. You can also try using Vitamin C Night serums that are effective for mouth wrinkles and fine lines. Vitamin C also boosts the production of skin collagen. We recommend the Pilgrim Vitamin C Night Serum that has a non-greasy formula that helps in fighting the signs of premature aging and environmental damage. 

#3 Facial Exercises

Facial exercises target the mouth and cheek areas, helping in increasing the blood flow, and improving muscle tone which eventually leads to reducing fine lines. Facial skin with sufficient muscle tone and collagen can dissuade wrinkling around the mouth.

#4 Use Silk/Satin Pillowcase

Silk or satin pillowcases may help cut down on wrinkles, face creases, and lines while you sleep. The less your skin forms impressions while you sleep, the less you will have ageing lines. 

It is important that you don’t let the concerns regarding wrinkles and fine lines around the mouth prevent you from enjoying humor and happiness. Yes, laughter and smiles can stretch the skin surrounding the upper link and lead to wrinkles on the face over time, but it shouldn’t stop you from living life with unapologetic joy.

Vitamin C Night Serum with Hyaluronic Acid & White Lotus

Our lightweight, easily absorbed and non-greasy formula is the perfect warrior to fight against premature ageing and signs of environmental damage. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that brightens the skin and combats free radicals.

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Oh, the glories of heat and humidity. Summer is already here and your skin is the first to bear the brunt of this season, leading to problems like heat rashes, blisters, skin sensitivity, sunburn, and suntan. Sensitive skin suffers the most during this season. The scorching heat in the summer season makes the sensitive skin cry out for more protection and extra skincare. So, this summer, why not opt for summer face packs? They provide an intensive burst of nourishing, leaving your skin radiant, hydrated, and glowing. 

The Benefits Of Face Masks For Sensitive Skin 

Including a face mask in your regular skincare routine can be exceptionally beneficial for your skin. Why? Because you cannot get facials done every week and these wondrous masks help unclog pores, ensure your skin is squeaky-clean, reduces any inflammation, hydrates it, brightens it, and boosts skin health, phew! Amazing, isn’t it? And, they are so easy to apply and use.

Top Benefits of using a face mask

  • It is a must if you want your serums and lotions to be absorbed better by your skin.
  • Removal of the mask can cause an expansion in the blood vessels in your skin, helping stimulate blood circulation.
  • Helps unclog pores by eliminating dead skin cells. 
  • Helps remove impurities that are beneath the top layer of the epidermis, removing oil and dirt more effectively. 
  • Fights off radical damage and boosts the production of collagen.
  • The water from the mask brings hydration to your skin.
  • Last but not least, it helps you relax. 

What To Look For In Face Masks For Sensitive Skin 

The most important thing to look for while buying a face pack for sensitive skin is that it must be completely free from any harmful chemicals, including parabens, sulfates & mineral oils.

We recommend you to try the Pilgrim Volcanic Lava Ash Face Mask. This clay based face mask helps boost microcirculation and bring up nutrients right up to the skin from within. The unique formation of the mask will make your skin supple and smooth. It not only brightens your skin but also remineralizes your skin, preventing breakouts. 

Why Choose Clay-Based Masks For Sensitive Skin?

Clay mask works best when it comes to revitalizing skin and unclogging pores, making it extremely beneficial in summer when skin can get greasy. Some of the other benefits of clay mask include:

  • It makes your skin feel less oily.
  • You might think clay leads to dryness, but on the contrary, the clay mask hydrates your skin and provides the required nourishment.
  • Finally and most importantly, they provide a soothing and calming effect.

How To Apply A Face Mask

Follow these simple steps for ideal application-

  1. Step 1- Remove makeup
  2. Step 2- Apply cleanser to get rid of dirt and impurities
  3. Step 3- Apply a face mask and spread evenly on your face
  4. Step 4- Leave it on for 15-20 minutes
  5. Step 5- Rinse-off your mask using warm water
  6. Step 6- Apply moisturizer for that extra hydration.

Best Time To Use A Face Mask

The best part about face masks is that you can apply them anytime, anywhere. Most important is that you are taking time for yourself. Here are some of the best times to apply a face mask-

  • Whenever you feel your skin feels greasy and dull
  • Before any special event
  • Post-beach time
  • Post-workout
  • Post-flight
  • When you’re stressed
  • Most importantly, to wind down the weekend. 

Pro tip- Do not forget to light a candle and experience deep relaxation

Tips To Care For Your Sensitive Skin During Summers

Truth to be told, be it summer or winter, taking care of your sensitive skin is a time-consuming process and demands proper care. To fight your sensitive skin in summer, along with summer face packs, you should also keep an eye on some of your daily practices. Here are some tips to take care of your sensitive skin-

  • Facial Cleansing:

Cleansing is extremely important for all kinds of skin. For sensitive skin, you need a gentle cleanser but effective. Find a cleanser that suits your skin type without over-drying it, yet still, removes the build-up of pollutants and dirt. We recommend you to try the Pilgrim Volcanic Lava Ash Face Scrub with Yugdugu & White Lotus. It helps remove dead skin cells and impurities, giving your skin the much-needed glow. 

  • Avoid Hot shower:

Hot shower might not be the ideal option for you if you are struggling with sensitive skin. The hot water strips away natural oils and damages the skin faster. So opt for cold or lukewarm water.

  • Sunscreen:

The importance of sunscreen can never be overstated. UVA and UVB rays are harmful to your sensitive skin. Not only the rays can cause skin rash and uneven tanning, but can also lead to premature aging, wrinkles, fine lines, age spots, etc. Investing in a good sunscreen is a must for everyone. Try Pilgrim White Lotus Day Cream SPF 50 with Camellia & Yugdugu. Built with SPF 50, the cream not only helps protect from the sun but also controls sebum and improves the elasticity of the skin.

White Lotus Day Cream SPF 50 with Camellia & Yugdugu

This superachiever of cream does all that you can ask for and more! The White Lotus hydrates, controls sebum and improves the elasticity of the skin. Yugdugu fights acne and Camellia replenishes the nutrients by penetrating deep in the layers of the skin.

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Zit, acne, pimples, blisters, hair fall, and much more. We all have those annoying beauty troubles that never seem to go away. Plus, we are constantly exposed to damage caused by bad lifestyle habits, pollution, the sun, and dirt. But, before you hit drug stores looking for a fix, check your kitchen or medicine cabinet to get some easy and efficient home remedies. Here, we bring to you some how-tos to solve your common beauty problems.

  1.   Acne

As we reach puberty, acne becomes one of the most common beauty problems that affect everyone. The most common types are whiteheads and blackheads. They are usually seen on the face, but they can also appear on the arms and the back. The easiest way to get rid of acne is the popular home ingredient for skincare, Aloe Vera. It contains polysaccharides and gibberellins that get rid of the bacteria responsible for causing acne. It improves the appearance of the skin, soothes irritation, fights inflammation, and helps the skin to repair itself. All you need is 3 drops of tea tree oil and 2 tbsp of Aloe Vera gel. Mix both the ingredients until you get a homogeneous cream. Use this mixture to clean the affected areas. Spread it on your face and leave it on for about 20 minutes before washing it off. This is one of the best beauty fixes for getting rid of Acne.

  1.   Dry skin and cuticles

Dry skin becomes a major issue in the summer. Dry skin can cause itchiness, but scratching it can further make it worse. Dry skin can benefit from a mixture of olive oil and lemon juice. Add 1 tbsp of olive oil and 5 tbsp of sugar in the juice. Use your hands or a loofah to gently apply the mixture on your skin. The alpha-hydroxy fruit acid present in lemon helps loosens the glue that keeps the dead skin cells together. The sugar cleanses the pores and increases cell turnover. It acts as a gentle Exfoliator. Vitamin E present in olive oil nourishes the skin. To get rid of the dry cuticles, take a small dollop of your hand cream with a few drops of coconut oil. Rub this mixture generously over each of your cuticles. Use plastic gloves for 10 minutes for enhanced benefits.

However, if you don’t want to go through the whole ordeal or making your own home remedy, you can try the Pilgrim Shea & Cocoa Body Butter that will melt straight into your skin, lock in the moisture, and give you radiant skin.

  1.   Stained teeth

Having yellow teeth can indeed ruin your perfect smile. There are many teeth whitening products and options available in the market, but why go for the expensive options when you can get sparkling white teeth at home. Just add 1 tsp of water in 2 tsp of baking soda. Put this mixture on your toothbrush and brush thoroughly. Brush twice a week using this paste. It will remove the stain and polish your teeth. Don’t try this daily as it can be harsh on the tooth enamel.

  1.   Frizzy hair

Frizzy hair can indeed be a real bummer. Use a heat protection serum before you blow-dry your hair to fight the frizz. Hold the dryer in the downward direction so that there is no unwanted frizz. Use a hydrating shampoo in winter and take a deep-conditioning treatment once a week. Try a leave-in conditioner if your hair is extremely dry and frizzy.

  1.   Skin spots

Skin spots are caused by two reasons- hormonal changes and frequent sun exposure. These spots can occur on the face or any other part of the body. All you need is a simple, naturally exfoliating and lightening treatment that will not only remove impurities and dead skin cells, but also change the natural tone of the skin. Take a lemon, 1 tbsp of olive oil, and 3 tbsp of sugar. Mix all the three ingredients. Apply this mixture on all the affected areas and gently massage it before taking a bath. Leave the mixture on for about 10 minutes and then rinse it off with warm water. Just make sure that you don’t get your skin exposed to the sun during the whole application as it will do more harm to your skin. Use sunscreen daily to protect your skin. The Pilgrim White Lotus Day cream is built with SPF 50 that will protect your skin from sun damage. 

  1.   Chapped lips

The excess dryness in the summer can result in chapped lips. They are not only unattractive but are also painful. To fix this, you need brown sugar and a wet washcloth. Gently massage this mixture onto your lips using a circular motion. Moisturize your lips using coconut oil. Also, you can try mixing ½ tsp of honey and 1 tsp of olive oil. Apply this mixture for a lip treatment that will leave your lips softer and smoother than ever. 

  1.   Ingrown hair

Ingrown hair can be irritating and embarrassing. To get rid of these, take ½ tsp of lukewarm water and add 4 aspirin tablets. Add 1 tsp of honey and make a paste. Apply this paste for 10 minutes on the affected area and rinse it off with warm water. The salicylic acid present in aspirin acts as a gentle Exfoliator. Its anti-inflammatory properties reduce the swelling. However, this treatment is not meant for people with sensitive skin.

  1.   Puffy eyes

Puffy eyes can be caused by the excessive consumption of alcohol, crying for too long, lack of sleep, stress, hormone changes, and allergies. A cool shower can cause the blood vessels to constrict, reducing swelling and redness. A frozen pack of veggies or just a small plastic bag of ice on your eyes for 15 minutes will speed up the process. Keep your head elevated by sleeping on two pillows to reduce under-eye puffiness. 

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“Eyes reveal the secrets of your heart!” But, what if you have dark circles under your eyes? They will indeed say a lot about your health and lifestyle. Do you have dark circles? Do they make you look sick or depressed? Dark circles have certainly become a menace in today’s lifestyle and can haunt both men and women. Dark circles are the dark discoloration of the skin under the eyes. When blood vessels present underneath the skin’s surface around the eyes get damaged, then blood particles leak out from the capillaries making the vessels visible through the skin. This can result in the appearance of discoloration or blemishes around the eyes. By following a few dark circle tips, you can get rid of these dark circles easily.

Causes of dark circles-

There are many causes for dark circles, including the inherent genetic tendency or due to some lifestyle factors such as smoking, stress, working long hours in front of a computer, lack of proper sleep, and deficiency of iron and vitamin. They can also occur due to hormonal changes or pregnancy. 

There are some lifestyle alterations that are important to reduce dark circles. Let’s take a look at some do’s, don’ts, and dark circles tips to get rid of these annoying dark circles- 


  • Workout regularly and exercise
  • Drink 8 glasses of water a day
  • Eat plenty of fruits or vegetables
  • Take a well-balanced diet rich in vitamin C, vitamin K, and iron.
  • Sleep 7-8 hours a day. Proper sleep will help you keep fresh and reduce the appearance of dark circles. 
  • Consult a physician if you are suffering from sinusitis or allergic rhinitis

Remove your makeup before you sleep as it can irritate your skin. Use a good-quality face wash and face scrub for this. You have to use the Pilgrim Volcanic Lava Ash Face Scrub that has a pillowy structure and extra-fine particles that will be foaming your skin gently and removing the dead skin cells. Using this scrub will help reduce wrinkles, fine lines, suntan, pigmentation, and discolorations.

  • Relax every day with meditation or yoga
  • Use cold compresses like cold clothes or tea bags to soothe the skin
  • Wear good quality sunglasses to protect your skin from UV rays
  • Take a break after doing prolonged working on the computer


  • Take excess of salt as it can increase puffiness under the eye
  • Take eat sugary candies or too many sweets
  • Consume too much tea or coffee as it causes dehydration
  • Be awake until late night
  • Smoke and consume alcohol as they affect the sleeping quality and stops the flow of oxygen to your skin, which will result in the appearance of dark circles
  • Forget to wear sunscreen before you step out. What you need is a sunscreen with at least SPF 30. The Pilgrim White Lotus Day Cream has SPF 50 that will provide protection from the sun, improve skin elasticity, and control the sebum production. The cream will get absorbed into the skin’s layers and replenish the nutrients.
  • Keep rubbing your eyes as it can irritate the skin and can damage small blood vessels below the eyelids, resulting in increased pigmentation
  • Apply eyeliner or mascara on the lower eyelid, due to the fact that they can spread on the skin and will give a darker appearance with every passing day

Some tips for dark circles to treat your dark circles-

Cold water-

Take a soft cloth and soak it in cold water for a few minutes. Place that cloth on your eyelids for about 5 to 7 minutes. Cold water works really well to tighten the blood vessel under the eyes. You can also use ice cubes wrapped in a towel for this purpose. Do this process 3 to 4 times every day for a few weeks. 

Rose water-

Place two cotton balls in rose water and soak them for a few minutes. Place those cotton balls on your eyelids for about 10 minutes. Repeat this process twice every day for a few weeks to completely remove the dark circles under your eyes. 

Lemon juice-

Dip a cotton ball in fresh lemon and place it on your eyes for about 15 minutes. Wash it off with water after that. Lemon juice has bleaching properties and vitamin C in it helps remove the dark circles around the eyes. Repeat this process for three times a week for effective results. 


Cut the cucumber into two pieces and place them in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes. Place them on your eyelids for about 10 minutes and wash your face with water afterward. Cucumber acts as the best astringent and has skin lightening agents. 

Aloe vera-

Use a small amount of aloe vera gel under the eyes to soothe and protect the skin under the eyes, which will eventually help in reducing dark circles. 

Yoga and meditation

keep your body stress-free by performing yoga and meditation on a regular basis. Doing this will not just relax your body, but will improve your overall health and bring a fresh look on your face by removing dark circles under the eyes.

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The cell renewal rate or cell turnover rate slows down when we age and this leads to a build-up of dull, dead skin cells and coarse skin surface. The build-up of dead skin cells can result in excess oil and clogged pores, causing acne and other skin problems. Skin exfoliation can help avoid these problems by removing the outer layer of dead skin cells, giving you healthy and glowing skin. Dead skin cells might prevent optimal product penetration and the skin’s ability to absorb the products (sunscreen, moisturizer, serums). 

Skin exfoliation removes dry patches that are unsightly and hard to cover with makeup. It helps the skin retain moisture and make it soft and supple. Overall, it keeps skin glowing, young, and healthy. Knowing your skin type is essential or else you may end up harming your skin. There are different types of skin like dry, oily, sensitive, and these skin types have different ways to exfoliate!

Oily skin

Oily skin has more dead cells as compared to other skin types and exfoliation is one of the best ways to reduce clogged pores and get smoother skin. Go for a physical exfoliator like a cleansing device or a scrub. Exfoliate 2-3 times a week for optimum results. Don’t over-exfoliate as it can cause your skin to dry out and produce even more oil. 

Sensitive skin

It is important to use gentle products to exfoliate your sensitive skin. Irritation and redness can easily be triggered by both chemical and physical exfoliators. So, your best bet would be to use an exfoliating tool (cleansing sponge, cleansing pad, or brush) rather than a product. It is easy to control the abrasiveness based on the pressure you apply and you will never have to worry about any ingredient you might be allergic to. 

Dry skin

Do away with heavy-duty exfoliator since your skin is already dry and it can just worsen your skin. Get exfoliator with the finest grains in a lotion or creamy texture, it should not just remove dead, dull skin, but also provide hydration. Follow your exfoliants with a good moisturizer. Exfoliating just once per month is enough for dry skin. Look out for exfoliators with brown sugar and Vitamin E, which work to dissolve dead skin cells and nourish the skin, rather than drying it out. 

Do’s and Don’ts of Exfoliation

Exfoliation is a good skincare tool, but over-exfoliation can give you redness and irritation. Here are some do’s and don’ts to help you exfoliate wisely. 


  • Exfoliate in the morning as our body rejuvenates itself overnight. So, it’s best to scrub away dead cells when new, healthy cells are strongest. 
  • Exfoliate while taking a hot shower as it will open up the pores, making it easier to clean. Quickly wash it off subsequently with warm water and a splash of cold water to close your pores.
  • Cleanse before you exfoliate as an exfoliant can push dirt and oils deeper into the skin.
  • Rub gently in a circular motion and never go above 1 minute to exfoliate your skin
  • Use a powder exfoliant if your skin is sensitive to scrubbing.

Try the Pilgrim Volcanic Lava Ash Face scrub that has extra-fine articles and pillowy texture. It would help clean the skin and slough off the dead skin cells. Using this scrub, you will be able to get rid of wrinkles, fine lines, discolorations, pigmentation, and suntan.

  • Moisturize after exfoliation or else it will dry out. 
  • Be careful on sensitive areas of your body, especially eyes or bikini areas while you exfoliate. 
  • Use a suitable exfoliation product, the product meant for feet should not be applied on cheeks as it can be really harsh. 
  • Apply sunscreen after exfoliation as it is now prone to damage from the sun. Pilgrim White Lotus Day Cream is built with SPF 50. It will provide protection from the sun and prevent sunspots. It also helps in covering discolorations like redness and hyperpigmentation.
  • Exfoliate on other parts of the body other than the face, including your lips. 


  • Apply too much pressure while exfoliating as it can damage the healthy skin and is just as bad as irregular edges. 
  • Over-exfoliate as it can make your skin red and flaky. 
  • Exfoliate sunburned or tanned skin as it will further aggravate it. 
  • Scrub skin with active breakouts or acne-prone skin as it will cause more irritation and spread the bacteria, causing worse inflammation. 
  • Use scrubs that have sharp jagged beads as they can cause micro-tears to the skin and are extremely damaging to the skin. 
  • Use a body scrub to exfoliate your facial skin as they often have harsher and larger granules.
  • Exfoliate immediately after a waxing or chemical peel as waxing not only removes hair but also removes skin cells. So, waxing may remove those live cells. 

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Lip Care Tips for All

by Anurag Kedia

Beautiful lips can indeed add romance and sensuality to your overall look. Soft, shiny, and pink lips not only give you a beautiful smile but also makes you look beautiful. You need to take special care of your lips just like you take special care of your face. Cold temperature, UV Rays, and environmental stressors can damage your lips badly. 

Lips do not have sebaceous glands, which produce oil and moisture to the generic skin, therefore they need extra care to stay hydrated.

Lips are one of the most sensitive parts of the body and softer than other parts of the skin, which makes it prone to damage easily. Without care, you may get cracks on your lips, which can be distressing and painful.

There are many lifestyle alterations that are important to get radiant lips. Follow these lip care tips to get soft, smooth, pink, nourished, and supple lips. 

Stay hydrated-

Do drink lots of water as lips and mouth suffer quickly from dehydration. Cracked lips are painful and look dreadful too. There is also a temptation to pick at the flaking bits of skin, which can cause bleeding and other harmful results. So, it is highly recommended to drink at least 8-10 glasses of water in a day. 

Morning care-

While brushing your teeth in the morning, rub your lips softly with your brush. It will increase blood flow that will make your lips look plump. Also, it will remove dry skin from the lips to give them a fresh and filth-free look. 


Lips also need exfoliation to help remove dead skin cells and to give your lips natural pink color and shine. Make sure to not over-exfoliate or you will end up with swollen or extra sensitive lips. 

Apply sunblock

Make sure to buy a lip balm with an SPF of 30 as lips lack melanin and are prone to sunburn.

Don’t lick your lips-

Licking might relieve you for a short time when your lips are dry, but it worsens the situation in the long run. You are making them drier by licking because saliva evaporates, more moisture from the lips escapes, making them even drier than before. It is recommended to keep a lip balm or similar in your pocket or purse to moisten, protect, and take care of lips.

Don’t peel your skin-

Biting your lips and peeling your lips in panic can be ruinous. They can lead to bleeding and make them drier. It can also cause swelling of the lips making them painful, ill-tempered, and uncontrollable. 

Use good quality lipstick

Excessive and prolonged use of lipsticks, particularly bad quality lipsticks can cause lip pigmentation. Buy lipsticks only of reputed brands and use moderately. 

Don’t use matte lipstick-

Matte lipstick can be extremely drying for your lips. So, it is recommended to use them sparingly when your lips are completely chapped. If you have to use them, then you can use them with hydrating lipstick (having ingredients like glycerine or Vitamin E) or add a layer of moisturizing lip balm underneath. 

Remove lip-makeup before you sleep-

Sleeping with your makeup on can make your lips drier and darker. So, make sure to remove your lipstick before going to bed. You can use a damped cotton ball for this purpose.

Avoid smoking and coffee

Nicotine causes the darkening of the lips and lip discoloration. Also, too much consumption of tea and coffee can make your lips black in addition to staining your teeth. 

Use a humidifier

Humidifiers can help supplant moisture in the dry indoor air, which will keep your lips hydrated.                 

Avoid lip balm with too many ingredients-

Don’t buy lip balm that contains too many ingredients as they are just added to increase sales. Do away with fragrances, flavoring, colorings, and botanicals lip balm as they can be harmful to sensitive skin. Opt for a lip balm with ingredients like aloe vera and petrolatum as they don’t cause any reaction and are effective at protecting and softening lips. 

Avoid acidic juices-

Acidic juices do not lead to lips burning but also can dry your lips as they can soak up the natural oils of the skin. 

Good and healthy tips will certainly help you to smile more confidently which is why you should take care of your lips. It can be very depressing and struggling to see one of the most beautiful parts of your body getting spoiled. If you have chronic dry and chapped lips, then you never know an irritant or an underlying allergic reaction could be occurring. So, it is important to follow the above-mentioned lip care tips to have a great smile.

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Enlarged facial pores are the hollows and dips on the surface of the skin which are mainly caused due to the excess build-up of sebum on the skin. Sebum is the waxy oil that is produced by the sebaceous glands on the body. When the sebum gets stuck in the small pores on the surface of the skin, the pores start getting bigger in size. These pores are the openings for the sebaceous glands, which produce the oil, and the eccrine glands which produce sweat. The hair follicles in the oil pores become blocked due to the excess build-up of sebum and continue increasing in size if the skin is not cleaned properly on a regular basis. This is why it is important to have skin pore care.

What are the causes of Enlarged Pores?

Oil production is a natural process of our body but sometimes our body produces oil which is more than necessary. This oil, which is also known as Sebum, tends to clog up the small pores on the surface of the skin. These are a few of the main reasons for the appearance of Enlarged Pores:

  • Excess production of Sebum:

    People who have extremely oily skin are at more risk to suffer from the problem of an enlarged facial pore. This is because of the overactive sebaceous glands which produce excess oil. The build-up of this oil along with the dead skin and impurities on the skin leads to the swelling of the skin and in turn, results in the formation of enlarged pores. 
  • Aging process:

    The natural process of aging is also one of the major reasons for enlarged pores. With age, the facial skin starts to lose elasticity and this leads to an increase in the size of the pores. 
  • Sun Damage:

    Along with excess production of sebum, sun damage is one of the main reasons for enlarged pores. Direct exposure of the skin under the sun can lead to loss of elasticity of the skin. Moreover, sun damage can also lead to thickening of the skin layers which stretches the pores and makes them look bigger. Exposure to the sun can also result in dehydrated skin and reduce the production of collagen which can make the pores larger. Skin tissue that has been damaged due to extensive exposure to the sun generally shrinks and pulls at the edges of the pores and stretches them. 
  • Use of acne-causing products:

    Acne causing products, which are also known as Comedogenic products can be a reason behind clogged and enlarged pores. Acne, which is caused due to the sebum, dirt, and dead skin stuck in the pores can lead to enlarged pores which don’t shrink down to their original size. Blackheads, too, are a reason for enlarged pores on the face. It is better to avoid using products that can cause an acne outbreak. 
  • Genetics:

    Enlarged pores can also be a hereditary problem. A person might inherit a certain skin type from their parents. Oily skin, which is thick and non-elastic has higher chances of having enlarged facial pores. 

How to treat enlarged pores?

Enlarged pores can be made to look smaller by following a skincare routine for pore care on a regular basis. Here are some ways that can help in skin pore care:

Cleaning your face regularly:

Enlarged pores are mainly caused due to the clogging of excess sebum, oil, dirt, and dead skin in the hair follicle. For skin pore improvement, cleaning your face regularly is essential. Washing your face, at least twice a day will ensure that the impurities and any excess oil are removed from your face.

The Pilgrim Volcanic Lava Ash Facewash with Yugdugu and White Lotus is a great face wash for daily use which can help in dealing with enlarged pores and can keep the production of sebaceous oil in control.

This unique face wash contains Volcanic Lava Ash, which is one of the best skin purifiers. It gently pulls out all the excess oil, dirt, and dead skin from the skin pores without disrupting the pH level of the skin or making the skin dry. Yugdudu helps by drying out any active acne and prevents the formation of any new acne spots. White Lotus extracts have anti-inflammatory properties that calm and soothe the skin. 

  • Using a Toner:

    For anyone with large pores, including a toner in their skincare routine is a must. A toner, when used right after a face wash, helps in providing hydration to the skin, which in turn leads to smaller pore size. It tightens the pores and prevents the entry of dirt and pollution in the pores. For best results, we recommend you the Pilgrim White Lotus Natural Face Mist and Toner with Camellia and Witch Hazel. This alcohol-free toner keeps the skin hydrated and moisturized and deep cleanses the pores to avoid the formation of blackheads and acne. The White Lotus soothes the skin and the Camellia and Witch Hazel penetrates the skin and keeps it moisturized throughout the day. The toner also controls the production of sebum and helps in clearing clogged pores. 
  • Using products rich in Retinoid:

    A retinoid is a form of Vitamin A, which helps in unclogging and tightening the pores. With continued use, Retinol can help in significantly decreasing the size of your pores. 
  • Using a Face Mask:

    A face mask is a perfect product that can help in absorbing any excess oil produced by the skin and for skin pore improvement. Not only does it clear the skin but it also tightens the skin which leads to smaller pore sizes. Using a mask twice a week can result in firmer skin and smaller pores. 
  • Exfoliation and Moisturization:

    Exfoliation and Moisturization is an important step in cleaning and hydrating the skin. Without proper cleaning, clogged and enlarged pores will continue to grow in size. The dead skin on the face has to be exfoliated for other products to work well. Moisturization provides hydration, which is essential to keep the skin supple and firm.   

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