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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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The beauty industry has a dark, ugly secret that no one wants to talk about- harmful ingredients in skincare products. It does not matter what the big words on the box say- regular skincare products contain harmful chemicals that actually speed up the formation of wrinkles and age spots. 

These skincare products might smoothen and brighten your skin temporarily, but in the long run, they disrupt hormones and eventually leading to infertility or reduce fertility. If you have ever taken a look at the ingredients list of a skin care product package, you are likely to end up confused. With such long, scientific names, it is nearly impossible for a person to get a clear idea of what is included in the product. To help you out, we have listed out the most common harmful chemicals in skincare you need to keep an eye out for. These are among the toxic 20 substances that a good natural face wash or any other product ideally avoids.

  •   Parabens 

Parabens are preservatives used in cosmetic products to stop the development of yeast, mold, and bacteria. But why are parabens considered harmful? Parabens contain properties like estrogen that can increase the risk of breast cancer. The chemicals have been identified in breast tumor samples as they can be absorbed by the skin. These are present in deodorants, body washes, facial cleansers, makeup, and shampoos. 

  •   Synthetic Colors

Have you noticed the letters D&C or FD&C on the product label? These letters are preceded by a color and a number. These colors are usually derived from coal tar and petroleum sources. Synthetic colors can increase the risk of ADHD. 

  •   Fragrance

Now, this ingredient gets customers all confusing. How do you define fragrance? The fragrance contains everything that the company wants to hide from their customers in the name of “secret formula”. As a customer, you might be applying chemicals on your skin every day that is hazardous. Fragrance leads to allergies, respiratory distress, and dermatitis. It can be found in perfume, shampoo, and moisturizers, etc. The advice is to buy products that are fragrance-free.

  •   Phthalates

Phthalates are used to improve the flexibility and mildness of the plastics. The most common phthalates used in skincare products include nail polish containing dibutyl phthalate, hair spray containing dimethyl phthalate and diethyl phthalate in perfumes. This leads to the early development of breasts in girls, breast tumors, and birth defects of the reproductive system. The fragrance is one of the major loopholes in the regulations. Companies don’t have to list every single chemical as it goes under the ‘secret formula’.

  •   Triclosan

Also known as the endocrine disruptor, Triclosan is a skin irritant that can cause thyroid. It is found in antibacterial products like Sanitizers, and deodorants. Triclosan is even linked to cancer and endocrine disruption.

  •   Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)/Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) 

Available in the majority of personal care products, the sulfate is known to irritate lung, skin, and eye irritants. The most important concern regarding SLS is that it interacts and forms Nitrosamines after combining with other chemicals. This combination of SLS and Nitrosamines leads to other issues, including kidney and breathing issues. These are found in mascara, body wash, and shampoo.

  •   Formaldehyde

Formaldehyde is used as a preservative in various skin products to prevent the growth of bacteria. The International Agency for Research on Carcinogens (IARC) deemed Formaldehyde a human carcinogen. It is found in nail polish, conditioners, shampoos, eye shadows, etc. The chemical has been related to nasal, nasopharyngeal, and even cancer. It can cause skin allergy by attacking the immune system. 

  •   Toluene

It is derived from coal tar or petroleum sources. It is usually listed as Toluol, benzene, methylbenzene, and phenylmethane. Found in nail polish, nail treatments, and bleaching products, Toluene affects the respiratory system, causing nausea and skin irritation. Exposure to vapors might affect the fetus, so expecting mothers should avoid exposure.

  •   Propylene Glycol

It is commonly used as a conditioning agent for skin. It is a skin penetrator and an irritant. It has been linked to diseases like Dermatitis and can also cause hives. Found in conditioners, hair sprays, moisturizers, shampoo, makeup products, and sunscreen, even a low concentration of propylene glycol can have a sensitization effect on the skin. 

  •   Sunscreen chemicals

The chemicals used in sunscreens are endocrine disruptors and are very easily absorbed by the body through the skin. These chemicals are used as a sunscreen agent to absorb UV light. More common names include PABA, homosalate, methoxycinnamate, benzophenone, and avobenzone. Instead, sunscreens based on minerals like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are safer and should be used.

In this world, where we are surrounded by chemicals, it is impossible to avoid every harmful synthetic chemical, but what we can do is limit the number of harmful ingredients in skincare and follow a healthy lifestyle. Always eat clean, avoid processed food, drink plenty of water, and use certified natural products like a day cream that does not contain any of the toxic 20 ingredients.

Do your research before buying any product. So, next time a salesman knocks on your door and makes you try a new cosmetic product from company “X” with a big secret “Fragrance”, tell him no thanks and opt for a natural product containing no toxic 20 chemicals for a better alternative.

Sulfate Free Shampoo

Thoughtfully crafted with natures’ best, to bring you the most loving yet thorough care. White Lotus, Argan oil, and Camellia work together to soothe the scalp, strengthen the hair, repair the damaged strands and fights dandruff.

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How to choose the best face mist for your skin

Face toner is a very important part of your skincare routine. It provides extra hydration to your skin and helps you get rid of oil and dirt. It balances the pH level of your skin, allows better penetration of skincare products, and gives perfect radiant and glowing skin. Some of the other benefits of toners are-

  •  It will give you a squeaky-clean face.
  •   It gets rid of all the dirt and bacteria from your face.
  •   It will help shrink your pores and tighten cell gaps, thus reducing the penetration of oil, pollution, dirt, and other impurities. 
  •   It prevents redness and skin inflammation. 
  •   It helps get rid of blemishes. 
  •   It helps repair damaged skin.
  •   It contains glycolic acid that helps prevent ingrown hair. 
  •   It revitalizes your skin when you are on-the-go.
  •   It helps bind moisture to your skin.
  •   It prevents future breakouts. 

When and how to use a face toner?

Pat dry your face with a clean towel after cleansing and rinsing your skin. Apply an alcohol-free toner with the help of a cotton ball or a cotton pad or simply spray it on your face. Smooth a small amount across your face and neck, applying adequate pressure to reach deep into your pores. Let it dry and then continue your skincare routine normally.

How to choose a proper toner?

There are very many toners available in the market today and you may get overwhelmed because of the options. But for the face toner to benefit your skin thoroughly, you need the right one. Toner is not a “one size deal” and it is very important to identify your skin type before you buy one. 

  •   Dry skin- When you have dry skin, your pores are very small but the skin feels very tight and rough. During winters, your skin tends to get dry and flaky. People with dry skin often experience peeling of the skin, dry patches, and sometimes redness. 
  •   Oily Skin- Oily skin feels coarse, moist, and greasy, which means it is more prone to acne and breakouts. It tends to shine, particularly during midday.  
  •   Combination skin- Combination skin type is neither dry nor oily, it’s generally a mixture of both. Your T-zone area (forehead, nose, and chin) tends to be oily whereas the other areas of your face are dry. 
  •   Normal Skin- You may not experience any change in your skin throughout the day. It is not too oily or too dry. The skin usually feels smooth and clean. 
  •   Sensitive skin- If your skin gets irritated very easily, then you have sensitive skin. It may also feel dry and rough, especially during the afternoon time or night time. 

Toners based on Your Skin Type

  •   Dry Skin- Since you experience dry and flaky skin, you will need a toner that can hydrate as well as moisturize your skin. Choose a toner with moisturizing properties and avoid alcohol-based toners as they will end up drying your skin even more.
  •   Oily skin- Always opt for a gentle toner. Choose refreshing toners while completely avoiding toners with moisturizing properties.
  •   Normal Skin- If your skin tone is normal, you need to buy toners based on the season. In summers, go for a refreshing toner. In winters or when the weather is cold, choose a toner with moisturizing properties.
  •   Combination Skin- You would need to buy toners according to the season. You will need a refreshing and gentle toner during summers to maintain the oil balance and in winter, you will need a hydrating and moisturizing toner.  
  •   Sensitive Skin- Go for an extremely mild toner without any alcohol or acid content in them. Opt for toners that are anti-inflammatory and contain antioxidants. 

Tips for toners

  •   Read the labels carefully before you buy a toner.
  •   For a cooling effect, you can refrigerate your toner.
  •   Completely avoid alcohol-based toners as they are harsh for your skin.
  •   If you are suffering from dull skin, buy a toner that contains caffeine.
  •   For those of you suffering from acne or to prevent acne or breakouts, choose a toner with salicylic acid in it. 
  •   You can mix your foundation with your toner to give you a dewy look. 
  •   Before your workout or any other physical activity, just spray some toner for a fresh looking and hydrated skin. 
  •     Avoid toners with harsh perfumes and fragrances. 

Pilgrim White Lotus Natural Face Mist & Toner is the perfect face toner for dry skin that can put the moisture in your skin cells. It has an alcohol-free formula that will deliver the potent ingredients to your skin. The White Lotus is for moisturizing and hydrating the skin, and tightening and purifying the pores. The natural exfoliants will brighten the skin and restore it back to its youthful form. It controls sebum production and prevents acne and clogged pores without removing the natural moisture of the skin. The face toner uses the ingredient Witch Hazel to prevent blemishes and soothe skin irritations. You can use this face toner for men and women multiple times a day for refreshing and hydrating the skin.

Pilgrim White Lotus Natural Face Mist & Toner

The Ultrafine and Alcohol-free formula is just the right vehicle to deliver natures’ most potent ingredients. White Lotus purifies and tightens pores, moisturizes and hydrates the skin. It contains natural exfoliants to restore the skins youthful look and also has skin brightening and firming properties. Without stripping the skin of its natural moisture, it also controls sebum production, thereby preventing clogged pores and acne.

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Your Guide to Glass Skin

The world is fascinated with all things K-beauty and it is here to stay. Marked by constant innovation, remarkable ingredients and affordability, K-beauty has a language of its own.

Asians believe in having a flawless skin and describe it in terms like honey skin, dewy skin, cloudless skin etc. depending upon its appearance. The latest entrant is Glass skin.

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Body Exfoliation: Dream Skin Delivered

Full body exfoliation using a body scrub is one of the most popular and effective methods of stimulating the skin.

Like all organs, the skin also needs stimulation to keep it in optimal health. As we age the skin loses collagen fibers. Collagen fibers are the structural unit of the skin, which is responsible for the skin being firm and plump. The loss of collagen makes the skin thinner and causes it to wrinkle and sag.

Research shows that physically stimulating the skin promotes the production of collagen and increases its thickness, thereby maintaining its youthful appearance.

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