Ma Wednesday- Lotions and potions for a time- strapped, working Mama!

So, a couple of weeks or so have passed since I told you folks how uncool I am (or was) when it comes to skincare. (Read here)

Knowing all too well that they are no miracle cures or magical potions that medically/ scientifically make any sense, I still decided to go ahead and make an effort.

Honestly, this is what I think my skin looked like- all thanks to my skin physiology/ type, my negligence and the harsh climate.

Dr J’s parched cutis!


For the longest time, my acne- prone skin was tortured by dermatologists and their weapons of mass destruction- salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide and retinoic acid.

And the only “skincare” worth mentioning consisted of prescription items such as this-

What got me through my acne- ridden teenage years...
What got me through my acne- ridden teenage years…

But I have been slowly making some changes over the years. As the end of Decade Three draws ever so close, I frantically try to get to know my skin, and what works for it.

Lack of time is a serious impediment to any and all projects that I embark on nowadays. So, whatever I buy or choose to try should be quick and easy.

Here goes…


Trusty ol' Cetaphil!
Trusty ol’ Cetaphil!

Have been using this for ages now. I do not feel the need for an industrial strength, hard- core, fancy (read “pricey”) cleanser first thing in the morning.

Bases and Sunscreens
Bases and Sunscreens

I used a medicated sunscreen made by Ranbaxy for almost ten years. My dermatologist did not let me use anything else! But it made me look like I slept with the frying pan (unwashed of course) on me the previous night.

I ditched it, and found a sunscreen that worked great for my skin-  La Roche- Posay Anthelios XL SPF 50 Extreme Fluid. The only problem was it’s limited availability and price (and it’s annoyingly long, tongue- twister of a name!). So, now I’m branching out.

I like both the above products, but not enough to rave about either. I might go back to the La Roche- Posay blu bla blee. Oops sorry, my tongue slipped 🙂


Getting the grime off...
Getting the grime off…

I use the Clean Express, to get the kohl and stubborn mascara off. The Himalaya face- wash gets my skin squeaky clean, without drying it too much.

Then we get into the hard- core stuff!

Order of use- Eye- cream, serum, cream, lip product.
Order of use- Eye- cream, serum, cream, lip product.

Not sure if they deliver on their tall- claims, but they do leave my skin soft and supple by morning. And that is all I ask for at the moment.

And for my horribly dry extremities…

Nothing fancy here folks...
Nothing fancy here folks…

I still have some of this from my pregnancy days, I use it whenever and wherever I fancy!

Bio- oil. Apparently good for blemishes and stretch- marks. Ha ha ha...
Bio- oil. Apparently good for blemishes and stretch- marks. Ha ha ha…

Occasionally (okay, rarely) when I feel like my visage needs a through scrubbing, I go the “apricot- scrub” route. There is something strangely calming and invigorating about scrubbing your face…

Another oldie.
Another oldie.

Yes. That’s about it. Probably still not cool enough to harp about. But it’s a start alright. I mean, I can actually call it a routine now. And I can see the difference.

I have a whole bunch of samples lying around which I intend to religiously try out. And yes, the whole “routine” (morning and evening) takes up a total of 12 minutes of my day! Not bad eh?

Till next time…

Dr J.


Products mentioned/ info-

1. Cetaphil Ceansing Lotion (for sensitive skin) 125 ml- INR 149 (available in Qatar as well)

2. Cetaphil Moisturing Cream 80 gm- INR 270

3. La Roche- Posay Anthelios XL SPF 50 Extreme Fluid 50 ml- INR 1250 (Amazon)

4. ZA True White Day Protector 35 g- INR 799

5. Maybelline Clean Express Total Clean make-up remover – INR 275 (over- priced in Qatar!)

6. Himalaya Purifying Neem Foaming Face- Wash 150 ml – INR 195 (About 25- 28 QAR in Qatar if I remember right)

7. Blistex Relief Cream- About 20 QAR  (I think…Don’t shoot me if I’m wrong!)

8. Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Eye Cream- INR 599

9. Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Night Cream- Dry Skin- INR 3450 (old price)

10. Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate- Rs 3200

11. Nivea Hand Cream- 28 QAR

12. Nivea Creme- Don’t remember.

13. Bio- Oil- INR 450 (costs double that in Qatar)

14. St Ives Apricot Scrub- Don’t remember. (Sadly there are no MRP stickers in Qatar!)

7 thoughts on “Ma Wednesday- Lotions and potions for a time- strapped, working Mama!

  1. Where did you buy your cetaphil product from in Qatar? Thanks

  2. yes, where exactly in qatar? thank you!!

    1. I’m sorry to tell you that I’m yet to find them in Qatar 😦

  3. hi!!! just want to know where exactly did you buy cetaphil products?? thanks!!!

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