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Instant glow is now within reach

It's easy to get carried away in your quest for perfect skin. It's well known that any beauty regimen take at least six to eight weeks of diligent care to produce visible results. But with today's frenzied lifestyles this is an impossible ask. So Nykaa has compiled a set of shortcuts you can take to get the glowing skin of your dreams ASAP.  

So Nykaa has compiled a set of shortcuts you can take to get the glowing skin of your dreams ASAP.

1. Banish flaky skin

Nothing is sexier than a glowing, luminous complexion. Sadly, dry winter air can leave your skin dull and lifeless. Exfoliating is the fastest way to give your skin instant luster. Use a gentle daily exfoliator like Dermalogica Daily Resurfacer or L'Oreal Paris Pearl Perfect Scrub to remove surface dead cells to make skin instantly brighter and fresher.

What's more, this makes it easier for gels and creams to penetrate the upper layer of skin. For stubborn flaky skin, it's a good idea to try a more rugged exfoliator like H2O+ Aqualibrium Sea Mineral Scrub that contains a Sea Mineral Complex and hydrating marine ingredients to thoroughly cleanse and condition. If all your exfoliating efforts are coming to naught maybe it's time to pull out the big guns and invest in an exfoliating brush that does a better job than manual cleansing. Nykaa likes the ultra-gentle Dermalogica Exfoliating Face Brush that lightly exfoliates dull surface impurities revealing younger looking, happy skin.

2. Beef up your skincare arsenal

To get the best from your skincare brands choose products containing antioxidants—naturally occurring vitamins and minerals found in plants—that counter the damage done by free radicals that speed up ageing and cause wrinkles, dry skin, dark under-eye circles and dull skin.

Look for skin care creams, lotions and supplements containing retinols, peptides and antioxidants like alpha-lipoic acid, green tea extract, vitamin C, CoEnzyme Q-10 (CoQ-10) and salicylic acid. These not just perk up skin instantly but also give a lasting glow. 

Nykaa loves Sebamed Anti-Dry Night Intensive Cream with phytosterol and jojoba oil, and H2O+ Sea Results Deep Sleep Recovery Serum's retinol and tri-peptide enriched serum are also great night cream options worth a try. For daytime use look for a product that lets your skin breathe even as it protects it from UV rays and pollution. Choose a day cream that hydrates and refreshes skin from within and reverses signs of ageing. Nykaa likes L'Oreal Paris UV Perfect Anti-Dullness - Purple Tint that contains patented Mexoryl SX and XL [XL Block] to give UVB and reinforced UVA protection. It's also enriched with Detoxyl to ward off pollutants fixation on skin. Other lightweight but effective creams worth a try are L'Oreal Paris Hydrafresh Aqua-Essence and Olay Regenerist Regenerating Cream SPF15

3. Show puffy eyes the door

For instant relief soak two round and flat cotton wool pads in rosewater. Then wrap them in cling film and put them in the freezer section of the refrigerator. Once chilled, remove the cling film and place over closed eyes. The combination of iciness and rosewater restricts capillaries and bring down any puffiness. Try Khadi Natural Rose Water.

Need to look bright eyed for a date? Eye patches like Thalgo Wrinkle Control Eye Patch Mask makes excellent instant de-puffers. Enriched with marine extracts and a special Thalgo complex these masks are amazingly effective in creating an instant glow for special occasions, making eyes appear instantaneously radiant and youthful.

4. Scrumptious lips in a jiffy

Forget expensive lip treatments, salves and scrubs. Just grab a tinted or un-tinted moisturizing lip gloss instead of a lipstick. Nykaa loves Sally Hansen Diamond Lip Treatment that comes in twelve delicious colors and gives lasting multi-dimensional shine, deep conditioning and moisturizing to your pout for hours.

Or give Lakme Absolute Plump and Shine Lip Gloss a try. This revolutionary 3D product contains marine collagen and high shine pigments to keep lips plump and hydrated all day long.

5. Food for beauty

Eating a handful of grapes or strawberries before a hot date is unlikely to alter your looks, but if you start cutting out junk, fried, and excessively salty or sugary snacks, you'll notice a dramatic change in your complexion and figure. Salty food like pickles, papad, chips and snacks-in-a packet are the number one culprit for puffiness, under eye-circles, bloating and splotchy complexion.

6. Laser for quick results

There's nothing like laser treatments, injectable fillers and Botox for quick relief from unsightly pigmentations, under-eye puffiness, uneven skin tone and wrinkles. Scout around for the right dermatologist who can guide you on various treatment options. Today, there are countless non-invasive procedures to tighten and tone facial skin. Besides, fillers can erase the years effortlessly revealing smooth, young skin. Who says you can't look pretty in an instant?

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