Beauty Lookbook

Pakistan’s coolest new skin-care brands that you haven’t heard of yet – but totally need

As of late, there have been numerous home-based skin care brands popping up online from Pakistan. From hair treatments to face masks; you can buy everything and all of the products boast organic ingredients with no harsh chemicals.

All of these brands have a huge following on Facebook, and they’ve really utilized the platform for operations and for promoting their business. Facebook has given entrepreneurs a great way to sell their products online since consumers do not always visit websites.

As a skincare junkie, I have tried my fair share of these brands and their products – so here’s the full rundown. Trust, you’ll want to snap them up ASAP before everyone else does — there’s nothing like being in-the-know to better your Instagram feed and irrationally boost your self-esteem.

1. Conatural

No automatic alt text available.
Conatural Facebook

First of all, Conatural probably has the best customer service I have witnessed for an online page. They get back to you as soon as possible and discuss your needs with you as well. The products are a bit on the expensive side but they are totally natural. I used the Restorative Eye Gel from the company. I did not see any changes from the first two months that I used it but I was promised slow appearing but long lasting results. And it did work; it lightened out the dark circles in three months but the puffiness was still there.

[bctt tweet=”@CONATURALintl probably has the best customer service I have witnessed for an online page.” username=”wearethetempest”]

P.S. your dark circles come back with a vengeance as soon as you stop using the product.

2. Hair Matters

Image may contain: one or more people
Hair Matters Facebook

I have a lot of issues with hair fall, dull and frizzy hair. It is always a challenge. So when I came across sponsored posts on my Facebook feed for Hair Matters; I was intrigued. One of the friends tried their oils first and recommended them saying they made her hair softer. I decided to give it a shot.

[bctt tweet=”I have a lot of issues with hair fall, dull and frizzy hair. It is always a challenge.” username=”wearethetempest”]

While the brand is a little expensive, they usually have sales and bundle deals going on which make it much more affordable. I ended up buying the Hair Strengthening Oil and Healthy Hair Mask; I felt the oil did indeed make my hair softer and little less frizzy.  And while the hair mask smells very strong even after you wash it off, it does do the trick and helped reduce hair fall quite a bit!

3. Gonatural

No automatic alt text available.
Gonatural Facebook

The first time I came across Gonatural, I felt like they were trying to rip-off Conatural, but they seemed to be the only store I could find which had 100% pure Rosehip Oil. In addition to the Rosehip oil, I bought a Balance Me Face Toner. I didn’t even need the toner, they just had an active discount at the time and I have no self-control.

[bctt tweet=”Gonatural seemed to be the only store I could find which had 100% pure Rosehip Oil. ” username=”wearethetempest”]

Anyway, the products do not have their ingredients listed anywhere. So when I got the oil and cleanser, I did not know what the latter contained which irked me quite a bit. And when I used it, the smell was very strong to the point that I stopped using it since I had no idea what good it was supposed to do and it was not doing me any good anyway. The Rosehip oil, however, was a winner! It moisturized my face and helped me get rid of some belligerent pimple marks! Win!

4. Harvest Tree

No automatic alt text available.
Harvest Tree Facebook

Harvest Tree is a very affordable skin care brand. They usually have deals where you can buy 4 of their products in PKR 1000. What an absolute steal! This brand was recommended to me by a friend; she asked to get the activated charcoal soap. I went ahead and purchased a Coffee and Cocoa Mask and a Rosewater Activated Soap. Which the mask was great since I was able to see a visible difference in my skin; as it made my skin softer and smoother. The soap was a personal nightmare.

[bctt tweet=”@HarvestTree is a very affordable skin care brand. ” username=”wearethetempest”]

I usually do not like soaps since they tend to get icky sitting in the soap dish. So after a wash or two, I stopped using the soap since even touching it made my skin crawl. But then again, this is a personal choice. My friend loves their soap but due to my personal hang-ups, I was not able to use it enough to form an opinion about it.

5. Spa in a Bottle

No automatic alt text available.
Spa in a Bottle Facebook

I had read endless rave reviews about Indian Aztec Clay (Bentonite clay) but could not find it anywhere in stores or an online store which delivered to Pakistan. And then as if by magic (read: Facebook’s data mining) I was shown a sponsored post by Spa in a Bottle selling jars of Healing Bentonite clay. I ordered one for myself immediately. And let me just say, it is the BEST thing I have ever used on my face. You just add apple cider vinegar to the clay, mix and then apply the paste to your face. This mask has made my skin just oh-so amazing! Soft, supple and it’s also reducing the few pesky pimple marks I had left!

[bctt tweet=”The Spa in a Bottle Healing Bentonite clay is the BEST thing I have ever used on my face.” username=”wearethetempest”]

While my online skin care adventures still continue, there are a few products I have mentioned which I keep on repurchasing. However, it should be noted that everyone’s skin is different so what worked for me might not work for you.

By Rameeza Ahmad

Rameeza Ahmad is currently majoring in Psychology with a minor in Media Studies at Forman Christian College. Her likes include: reading, writing (surprise!), food and felines. She dislikes: the patriarchy. Always up for learning new things and seeing new perspectives.