The big blue holds all manner of hidden treasures – otherworldly creatures, lost bounties and surreal landscapes – but better still – some of the best-kept beauty ingredients in all the world. So, listen close and take notes, terrestrials. From underwater jewels to super-salts, healing plants to slithery, skin-saving friends, we’re about to school you on the ultimate ocean potions for perfect skin.
Seaweed: the broad-spectrum name for those tentacle-like things that catch on your foot when you’re taking a dipping in the ocean. Of course, their roles aren’t limited to scaring you half to death – the gangly, aquatic shrubbery comes in innumerable variants, each with their own healing powers.
The largest form, Kelp, is a cookhouse of Vitamins A, B1, C, D & E, minerals like  zinc, iodine, potassium, and more calcium than you’d get from a whole glass of milk. In skin-speak, it banishes wrinkles, breakouts and dullness, while moisturizing and firming.
More common is brown algae, an antioxidant that works to repair cell damage, boost renewal and remove free radicals – making it a go-to ingredient for anti-ageing products.
Brown’s brother, Red Algae is a natural sunscreen, absorbing UVA rays and serving up antioxidants of its own. With this one, you can also say bye-bye to blemishes.
You've heard of collagen, but it's lesser known cousin, Elastin is as important in keeping your skin supple. Fish-derived Elastin Peptides and Marine Collagen work better than a plastic surgeon to regenerate skin, fighting wrinkles and fine lines to restore firmness.
In addition, Fish Oil, packed with Omega 3 Fatty Acids, clears your skin, acts as a natural moisturizer and strengthens your hair follicles for shinier, bouncier locks.
Next time you're at a high-society affair, take the caviar off that cracker and save it for later. Fish eggs are full of amino acids and vitamins, making for luxuriantly nourishing serums, moisturizers and eye creams.
Think we're done? Wrong. Our generous fishy friends also dispense Squalene, a lightweight ingredient that hydrates your skin and maintains its elasticity.
Sure, it might be called the Dead Sea, but there's nothing dead about it at all. All you need do is skim the surface for numerous rare, potent and vital minerals that bring your skin to life. Aside from high concentrations of Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium and Sodium, the Dead Sea is home to 26 miracle minerals that work to heal maladies spanning the spectrum from psoriasis to skin ageing.
Whether you're slathering on a mud pack or scrubbing yourself down with its salt, you'll be treating yourself to a 360-degree skin spa that renews, restores, lends radiance, soothes and moisturizes.
Everyone knows water is the source of life. Seawater, though? The source of good skin! Swimming in its salty embrace are tonnes of natural minerals and trace elements. When these are combined with sunlight, they work to revive and repair your skin, increase the number of WBCs and RBCs, and even reduce anxiety – thanks to its fill of Magnesium.
Seawater also sucks up the skin's toxins, sanitise it from all kinds of bacteria (arrivederci, acne!) and open up pores for intensive cleansing and enhanced microcirculation and drainage.
Diamonds may be a girl's best friend, but pearls make her prettier. Just ask China's royal families, or our own Ayurvedic healers, who have used pearl powder as part of their medicinal practices for over 2,000 years.
Smoothening, softening and brightening, the active ingredients in pearl extracts have anti-ageing and anti-acne superpowers as well. That's because the powder is imbued with amino acids, numerous trace minerals and calcium, regenerating collagen and cells for radiant, young skin. With a porcelain complexion like that, the world's your oyster!

Ten ways to effortlessly boost your metabolism

The wedding season is upon us and Christmas/New Year are in calling distance. With all those parties on the horizon it’s vital that a Nykaa girl looks as svelte and hot as she possibly can. So are grueling gym sessions and pecking at lettuce the only options? No! This ten point manual is a godsend for gals who simply hate working out but refuse to settle for anything but slim. Check out the sneaky habits that can rev up your metabolism and jump start your weight loss efforts

Drink two glasses of (cold) water the minute you wake up

And again, every time you’re thirsty. That’s right, cold not hot water as most people believe. Cold water serves two purposes: it shakes you awake from sleepy slumber to wide awake mode, and gets your blood pumping, boosting your metabolism by one or two percent. Did you know that drinking cold water can help your body burn an extra 50 calories a day as it tries to warm the water to body temperature? Do this every day for a year and you’ll lose two kilos without getting off the sofa!

Give periodic fasting a try

This doesn’t mean you should go for days without a morsel passing your lips. It just means staying light for about 16 hours every day; that translates to dinner at 7 p.m. followed by a fruit at 11 a.m. the next morning. Stick to detox liquids like cinnamon infused warm water or green tea after dinner. You might feel hungry when you start this regime but within a fortnight you should be at least a kilo lighter.

Get adequate shut eye

There’s enough research to suggest that not getting enough zzzs can adversely affect your heart and make you irritable. New research reveals that getting your daily eight hours can actually boost metabolism. Try this yourself. On days when you get four hours sleep or less, you typically end up consuming 500 to 1000 extra calories the next day! Think of your body as a well-oiled machine that needs to be rebooted regularly so that it can function at its optimum best the next day. If you veer to insomnia it’s a good idea to have a warm cup of milk with some honey or a chamomile tea at bed time.

Stand every chance you get

Most of us—working women and housewives—spend a large part of our day sitting. A recent survey found that most of us spend up to 12 hours a day sitting on our bottoms looking at computers or watching television. You can fix this by standing more; walk around the office or at home while talking on the phone, potter around your house, anything that keeps you upright. If you stand for three hours a day for five days you end up burning 750 calories. That’s about 30,000 extra calories a year or almost 4 kilos of fat! Such an easy way to boost your metabolism and get slim…

Fall in love with chilies

It’s well known that spicy food can actually boost your metabolism. Try and sprinkle ground black or red peppers on your food and chop up a green chili into your raita or sabji. Spicy food is linked to lower rates of obesity and metabolic disorders. Besides, pepper is a proven digestive that also boosts blood circulation and energy levels by creating heat in the digestive tract and helping you feel fuller more quickly. It’s also a rich source of Vitamins A and C and essential minerals so go ahead and sprinkle it over salads, soups and meals for a zesty bite and weight loss benefits.

Cook with coconut oil

All the latest research points to coconut oil being a healthy alternate cooking oil not only because it helps speed up metabolism but also because it’s easier to digest and quickly gets absorbed as a source of energy without getting stored as fat. Ideally choose extra virgin coconut oil to ensure you’re consuming the purest form of the oil with all its natural benefits.

Binge on cinnamon

Cinnamon has powerful anti-inflammatory properties and is also a great natural metabolism booster and blood sugar regulator. Get into the habit of sprinkling some cinnamon on your morning cereal, into your coffee or on whole wheat toast. Remember, the more stable your blood sugars the less likely you are too binge.

Eat grapefruit for breakfast

It’s not for nothing that the grapefruit diet is followed globally as an excellent weight loss regimen. It’s a great metabolism booster and choc-a-bloc with Vitamins A and C, vital vitamins for reducing dark circles, clearing up skin and fading blemishes. Now the best part, grapefruit also contains an enzyme that helps to burn fat and calm hunger pangs.

Get your fill of high-fiber foods

Make sure you get five to seven servings of high fiber foods daily. This translates to a bowl of oats, three slices of whole wheat toast or 2-3 rotis or one serving of whole wheat pasta, and a bowl of brown rice. The beauty of high fiber foods is that they force the body to work extra hard since fiber is indigestible and the body expends a lot of effort to try and break it down. The result: a greater caloric burn and weight loss!

Over dose on green tea

Countless studies have shown that green tea is bursting with healthy nutrients that speed up the metabolic rate. Green tea contains powerful antioxidants called catechins, the most important of these being EGCG (Epigallocatechin gallate), a substance that can boost metabolism. It also contains caffeine, a known metabolic booster. “Drinking five cups a days can boost calorie burn by 90 calories,” says nutritionist Naini Setalvad. Furthermore, drinking green tea after meals also aids digestion and washes down the fat in foods.  Nykaa recommends Gaia Green Tea Assorted and Organic India Tulsi Green Tea Tin.