Beauty + Health

Gimme 5: Priya Dadlani

Gimme 5 is SPICY's spotlight series where folks talk us through their five favorite products.

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NAME: Priya Dadlani
ROLE: Founder & Editor, Spicy Zine
SKIN TYPE: combination, acne-prone
COMPLEXION: medium, uneven
HAIR TYPE: fine, curly, dry

“I’ve only recently started using this, but it really helps — especially in the winter. It prevents my skin from being dry, cleans out my pores, and makes them so much smaller. If I’m having a good acne-free day, I feel like this makes my skin look almost flawless. You’re supposed to mix it with apple cider vinegar and you can just do that, but I also mix it with rosewater because that helps a lot with redness. You can use it wherever, and it just makes your skin super glowy and really soft. It’s my favorite face mask right now.”

“I found this when I was living in Allston, MA.  There’s a Star Market that I used to always go to and all of a sudden they had this new line called Zum. I had never heard of it before, but it’s really all-natural. They had this cool goats milk soap that I tried before I found this face oil. I’ve always been so skeptical about face oil because I have dry skin so oil should be good for it, but I also have acne prone skin. I’m always nervous that oil is going to clog my pores or give me acne — the logic never made sense to me. But once I started using this face oil, I couldn’t live without it. It keeps my face super moisturized. I wear it every night, and if I’m having a really dry day, I’ll also use it in the morning. It has shea butter, vitamin E, and rosehip oil. I’ve found that those also help clear up acne scarring.”

“I use half Jamaican black castor oil, half coconut oil, and three drops of peppermint oil. I posted on Instagram one day about my difficulty growing my dry, coarse curls out and crowdsourced a bunch of advice, which led me to create this specific blend. I use this mask once a week. I heat it up because the coconut oil will harden it, especially in the winter. With a comb starting at the side and going all the way over, I part my hair over and put it all over my scalp. I lock it in at the ends and then put on a cap and sleep with it. I’ll wash it out in the morning. It’s really greasy, and sometimes it stays in your hair. So when you’re washing it, if you crack an egg and put it in with your shampoo, it cuts the grease and makes your hair really shiny. This mask is super easy to make and all the products are also really cheap. When I use this mask, I feel like my hair is super moisturized, and the peppermint helps your scalp stay clean and healthy. It has made my hair grow almost two inches since I started using it.”

“This is the best highlighter I’ve ever used. I use this every day, and I carry it with me in my purse. It refreshes my makeup, and I just put it on with my fingers — it’s the easiest product. I especially like its texture. I have dry skin and it’s so hard for me to get that dewy look that’s really in right now. I don’t know exactly what’s in the center of it, but it feels almost like Vaseline with a sheen, and I find that it makes my face super moisturized. I use it on my cheekbones, my nose, forehead, and cupid’s bow. I really want to try the other colors, but I feel like the gold works really well for my skin tone.”

“After I wash my hair, I’ll flip my head over and put on the curl enhancing smoothie while my hair is still wet. I use a big dollop. It’s the only hair product I use besides conditioner and shampoo (only shampoo once a week, though). I found that when I started using the curl enhancing smoothie, it made my curls really defined and my hair really moisturized — but you have to be careful about using too much because it can make your hair sticky sometimes. I also use it to revive my curls when I’m on second-day hair.”