Break up with dry, parched skin for good this winter. Let’s break that endless cycle of trying umpteen formulas that promise the earth and deliver very little. What a smart gal like you needs to do is to only look for formulas that contain the most indispensable of ingredients that research has clearly shown provide the most impressive results for all skin types.
Also known as glycerol or glycol it’s an organic compound made from vegetable fat. This innocent looking magical ingredient attracts moisture onto skin for a happy, supple and hydrated texture. Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream is a lovely formulation that uses glycerine. Oily skin? No problem. Try Neutrogena Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 15
The next best thing to mother’s love, this skin replenishing, edible ingredient, derived from Shea nuts, is choc-a-bloc with natural vitamins and fatty acids, and is incredibly nourishing and moisturizing. A 2010 study proved that besides boosting collagen in skin, it’s cinnamic acid content made it a powerful anti-inflammatory. Include this magic potion in your skin care regime with Forest Essentials Soundarya Radiance Cream With 24K Gold And SPF25 and Karite Buerre Pure Wild East African Shea Butter
This medicinal shrub, native to arid regions of Africa and Madagascar, has been extolled for centuries for its healing, soothing and emollient properties. It works wonders as a moisturizer for oily and acne-prone skin as it increases the skin’s water content and leaves it hydrated without a greasy feel. Try Lacto Calamine Skin Balance Daily Nourishing Lotion With Kaolin + Aloe Vera or Fabbindia Aloe Vera Moisturizing Lotion For Normal Skin
Alpha Hydroxy Acids
Think of them as the powerhouse that will change your skin forever. When Cleopatra bathed in milk centuries ago, little did she know that alpha hydroxy acids were delivering the exfoliating, anti-aging, and brightening benefits she flaunted with such élan. Alpha hydroxy acid, or AHA are naturally-occurring acids—glycolic, lactic, citric, mandelic—commonly found in foods like milk and fruit. Low percentages of AHAs are gentle and effective for a list of skin concerns ranging from wrinkles and blackheads to dull skin, and clogged pores. Studies have proven they AHA can reverse sun damage and remove deeper wrinkles by firming the inner layers of skin. Nykaa recommends Lotus Herbal Alphamoist Alpha Hydroxy Skin Renewal Oil-free Moisturiser and Aroma Treasures Bearberry AHA Gel.
Long been used a preservative in cosmetics, parabens have earned a bad rep because of their potential as carcinogens. Studies show that when applied on skin, parabens mimic the female hormone estrogen, causing hormonal imbalance and a host of reproductive problems. Go paraben-free with Nykaa’s range of skin friendly products such as Avene Cleanance Mat Mattifying Emulsion and Sebamed Moisturizing Cream.