We’re back to work at the Nykaa office, and every new day comes with a new challenge. You know the drill, commuting in the summer heat, getting exposed to pollution and dirt every day, and let’s not forget (what seems to be) the impossible task of reaching work on time! And if you think about it, we’ve done it all in the past couple of months— dabbing on makeup during Uber rides, conveniently skipping sunblock, showing up to work looking like a dishevelled human ( the kind of frizz that just won’t tame), and finally getting home at the end of the day only to spot stubborn breakouts staring right back at you in the mirror.
Now, either I choose to continue whining about how great the summer has been for me so far, or I switch gears to something more fun (because half glass full, yes?). I’ve put a bunch of 'fool-proof' beauty products that I trust and literally stood against all odds. I suggest you pop them in your daily handbag because they actually deliver strong results, for everything from your taxi rides to work, and last-minute dinner plans with the girls to a beach holiday and even an impromptu trip to the mountains. Ahead, everything you need to know.
Rise And Shine
Is it just me or does your day get defined by how your hair looks and feels? I personally like to start my day with a good hair product as part of my morning routine. So, whether it’s beachy waves that you’ve planned for the day or just a sleek, straight mane, it’s always good to carry a flexible hair spray (preferably infused with argan oil) like the Moroccanoil Luminous Hair Spray Medium with you in your handbag to help detangle stubborn knots and add shine to your hair. It also just makes the job easier on days you prefer settling for easy updos like ballerina buns or loose low ponytails.
Let’s cut to the chase. If you don’t have the right cleanser that caters specifically to your skin, this weather will wreak havoc (trust us). With summer follows sweat, excess sebum production, acne, blackheads, clogged pores, and tanning, so it’s important to invest in a face wash that is gentle, yet hardworking like the Neutrogena Deep Clean Facial Cleanser. I’ve been using it for years because it’s an oil-free and alcohol-free cleanser that has always delivered, ALWAYS. Plus, it’s just always easier to layer on skincare products on squeaky clean skin, like a clean bare canvas.
You Glow Girl
I have oily skin. So, every morning, I wake up to skin that desperately needs to breathe and is dripping with a layer of oil. But when I rinse the oil off, I always find that my skin demands a good amount of hydration, and a boost of energy too. After testing a sea of products, I can finally confirm that the Dot & Key’s 72 Hr Hydrating Gel + Probiotics gives me just that, and more. It’s a lightweight moisturiser that delivers a beautiful dewy luminescence (like the ‘lit-from-within’ glow) without the mess of oil or irritation. Plus, its nourishing hyaluronic molecules, barrier strengthening probiotics, and gel-based formulation keep my skin plump, and most importantly grease-free.
On days when the thought of applying makeup feels taxing, or when I just need a quick pick-me-up after a long hard day, all I lean onto is a reliable mascara. I’m sure you’ll agree when I say that the right mascara can revitalise your look instantly. Dramatic eyelashes that stay put and just won’t budge even in the heat are the keepers. I always carry the Maybelline New York The Colossal Mascara in my bag. It’s waterproof, easy to use and never fails to instantly elevate my look and my mood (which is important)
My Second Skin
If my makeup bleeds due to sweat, rain, or heat, my day instantly goes for a toss. And with holidays marked on my calendar, I recently started browsing for makeup that will stay put regardless of the weather conditions or humidity. Basically, heavy-duty products that are multifunctional (good for travel or commute) and long-lasting. The Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup With SPF 10 instantly convinced me because it’s a blend of everything I want in one bottle (sun protection being a huge factor). P.S. it smells like heaven.
Sun, Finally Fun!
If you’re still not convinced about applying sunblock every day, you’re hiding under a rock (pun intended). Uneven tanning ain’t pretty, and no burn is comfortable, and every dermatologist will urge you to make your sunscreen your religion. I am akin to lightweight formulas and thus love the La Shield Fisico Matte Sunscreen Gel SPF 50+ PA+++, a broad spectrum formulation that sinks right into my skin barrier, is super lightweight, and does not leave a white cast. Brownie points for it being water-resistant.