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Make Skin Crystal Clear With Anokha’s Red Sandalwood & Neem Clarifying Masque


I recently became acquainted with Anokha Skin Care, a Sundari-esque line consisting mainly of products featuring ingredients derived from botanicals native to South Asia — among them jasmine, rosewater, sandalwood, and neem. Anokha doesn’t rely on Ayurvedic principles in the way that Sundari does, but it does reference these ancient teachings and medical practices but combines them with Western scientific research. In particular, I tried the Anokha Skin Care’s Red Sandalwood & Neem Clarifying Masque, an excellent facial mask with antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits.

The Anokha Red Sandalwood & Neem Clarifying Masque’s brownish color and slightly grainy texture remind me of the critically-acclaimed Pangea Organics Japanese Matcha with Acai & Goji Berry Facial Mask, but the Anokha mask feels gentler since the exfoliating grains in it aren’t quite as coarse. It also smells much better thanks to the sandalwood and turmeric in the formula —  when I first applied the mask, the smell instantly recalled that of such Ojon products as the Restorative Hair Treatment.

The paraben- and sulfate-free masque features ingredients like: turmeric, which contains antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties; sandalwood, an antiseptic and anti-inflammatory with moisturizing benefits; neem extract, which provides a deep, purifying cleanse; tulsi (or holy basil), a clarifying agent; and rose petal powder, which nourishes and tones.

This facial mask is particularly helpful for acne-prone skin, but it’s amenable to all skin types. I have dry skin but, like most women, I tend to suffer from breakouts during particularly stressful periods or during that time of the month, when hormones are working overtime. Just one 20-30 minute session with this mask will help to reduce the appearance of any blemishes, diminish redness, and leave the complexion looking clearer. Even better, it won’t dry out the skin but will leave it moisturized and smooth to the touch.

One of the extra benefits of this mask is how, when you rinse it off, the grainy particles gently exfoliate the top layer of the skin. Another added bonus: you can use this as a spot treatment, dabbing a pea-sized amount onto blemishes before bedtime so that the product can work its magic as you sleep.

Anokha Red Sandalwood & Neem Clarifying Masque, $30. Available at AnokhaSkincare.com

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