Unwinding after a long work day with good wine, a plate of your favourite dish and an indulgent skincare regimen (the cherry on the top) washes off all my worries and stress. Yes, it isn’t an exaggeration when I say that a good skincare routine is therapeutic and gives me the much-needed energy boost mid-week to plough and meet deadlines. There is a different spring in my step when despite stringent timelines, my skin looks healthy with no sign of stress. And what’s even better is when the new additions to my vanity (made diligently to combat specific skin conditions) actually work and have been working like a dream to be honest.
Yes, I have changed things up in my regimen lately in pursuit of better skin. With an increased awareness of actives present in skincare, I actively made purchases to help my skin from episodes of acne and heal the faint scarring on my face. Even with dedicated, intricate skincare already in place I tried to integrate a bunch of beauty offerings laced with active ingredients to step up my skincare routine. With that said, for anyone looking to do the same and is a little wary, I see you. There is an avalanche of products in the market and it’s often tough to pick the ones that are actually worth your hard earned money. Lucky for you, I have done an in-depth study in this arena and have curated a list that brings you the best of skin from global labels. Yes, these are top brands and formulas (I’ve thrown in a couple of cult classics too) that are also available on our Cross-Border store.
1. Dr. Barbara Sturm Hyaluronic Serum
Dr. Barbara Sturm’s research heavy and scientifically curated line of products is the reason for a lot of your favourite celebrities ageing in reverse (Hello, Kim K). A fundamental offering from this range is the hyaluronic serum which is known to provide an instant dose of rich hydration. Laced with both long and short chained hyaluronic molecules, the potent anti-ageing elixir works adeptly at multiple levels of the skin making it firm and taut. This serum is also brewed with purslane, an extract from the purslane plant which is regarded as a powerhouse ingredient for reducing wrinkles and fine lines. An antioxidant, purslane works miraculously to dwindle signs of irritation that might be hampering your skin. Yes, it comes with a higher price point, but it’s a good investment (trust me).
2. Elemis Pro Collagen Marine Cream
Looking to start your anti-ageing regimen? Well, you landed at the right page. This award winning marine cream from Elemis is all you need for that supple skin devoid of any wrinkles and fine lines. Powered with Padina Pavonica (clinically approved collagen boosting seaweed), Chlorella (effective for skin mending and improve skin tone) and Ginkgo Biloba (extracts from the tree that helps in moisture retention), the potion targets at rejuvenating the skin while reducing the appearance of fine lines.
3. Skin Inc Ceramide Serum
Our skin lays bare to external aggregators that prove to be detrimental to its health and well being. With the outermost layer, the moisture layer getting the shortest end of the stick making it prone to excessive damage. To keep the skin’s barrier intact, get your hands on this anti-ageing elixir. The single formulation is powered with four varying types of ceramide that treat impaired skin barrier, dehydration, rough and eczema-prone skin. When used on the reg, this potent concoction helps bolster your barrier over time. Also, this serum is also great for those with sensitive skin.
4. Rodial Pink Diamond Overnight Retinol
Snooze your way to superior quality skin. You read that right, our skin prioritises removal of dead cells and skin reconstruction while you’re busy counting sheep. This all-star ingredient, lightweight gel-cream like consistency, grants a smoothie, shiny texture to your skin. Infused with rodial diamond powder, this product helps capture that subtle lighting into your skin, giving you that luminous and radiant glow.
5. True Botanicals Vit C Booster
Has your skin been looking particularly dull and beat lately? All your efforts to brighten your skin tone are futile? Perhaps you should add a vitamin C serum to your beauty ritual. I recommend a product that is class apart like the Vit C Booster from True Botanicals. It truly does wonders for one’s skin. An all-star potion with ferulic acid, expedites cell-turnover, administers even skin tone and treats hyperpigmentation. Did I mention that it also grants a smooth base for your makeup application?
6. Yensa CBD Superfood Oil
Hemp is gaining massive popularity amongst skincare enthusiasts due to the manifold benefits it is powered with. Case in point, the CBD oil comes from the plant and is rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids that help further bolster collagen production. We know that when one ages, the natural collagen, which makes the skin look all firm and elastic, depletes. Therefore, if you are beginning your anti-ageing treatment I would highly recommend The Yensa CBD oil. It covers several fronts by providing nourishment, hydration and rejuvenation for your skin.