Years before the benefits of clay were recognized by international skincare brands, a humble product could be found on the Indian dressers, one that provided the goodness of kaolin that is known to cure several skin issues. I still remember my mother showering praises upon the Lacto Calamine Daily Nourishing Lotion for controlling acne and healing blemishes. This oil-balancing lotion, being one of the products that I received as a legacy from the beautiful women of my family, has always held a special place in my heart.
Today, this product comes in two variants, the original formula meant for normal to oily skin and a new version that is more suitable for dry skin. The formula for normal to oily skin is what best suits my needs because it offers oil control and reduces the appearance of acne. Some of the ingredients of this lotion are kaolin, known for its oil absorption and exfoliating properties, zinc oxide, known for controlling acne, and glycerin, which is an effective moisturizer. Basically, this combination of ingredients is all that someone with blemish prone skin could ask for.
I recently ran out of my favorite Body Shop Tea Tree Oil Mattifying Lotion and couldn’t find it in stock on any online store. This is when I decided to fall back on the trusted Lacto Calamine which I always buy backups of. This product is equally good at oil absorption when compared to the lotion from The Body Shop but is slightly more hydrating and gentle on the skin. It keeps my face non-greasy for hours, and after using it for approximately a week, I can notice that my blemishes have faded a little as well. This is a water based product that is extremely light weight and if you want to make it more potent, you can add a small drop of tea tree oil to the lotion before application. Additionally, it forms a great base for makeup and makes my foundation last slightly longer too!
There is only one thing that I would like to change about the product – the dispenser. It currently comes in a wide necked bottle that always dispenses more product than I need, and I would love a smaller opening with a flip cap instead. Other than this minor qualm with the packaging, I adore everything about this lotion, from its pleasant earthy scent to its mattifying action. If you have oily skin then I would highly recommend trying this lotion as your daily moisturizer to see visible improvements in the texture of your skin within a few weeks. Priced at INR 110 for a 60 ml bottle, this product is proof of the fact that there are so many gems at the drugstore that get outshined by the dazzle of the fancier brands although they are equally good in terms of quality and performance. Hopefully, this blog post will allow some of you ladies to save your money and give a chance to this oldie but goodie!
I hope that this review was helpful, you can buy the Lacto Calamine Skin Balance Daily Nourishing Lotion here or at any drugstore in India.