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These Globally-Loved Elixirs Made Me Reconsider My Entire Skincare Routine

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Even if you’re not stressed out by work, bills, and hm, let’s see—a terrifying pandemic (in which case, please share your secret), now’s the time to pick up a few good, energising skincare products to kickstart the year. Because functioning skin is not just a matter of DNA—apart from your daily patterns and diet, the products you use have a crucial impact on what you see in the mirror. The goal of your skincare routine should be to choose formulas that troubleshoot areas you want to work on and dial up your natural complexion so it operates at its best.

Maybe you want to take extra care of your skin with a super effective product (that’s more intense than your morning coffee). Or perhaps you were just casually surfing the internet for an eye mask to eradicate the puffy eyes that decided to come visit after a night of salt-rich snacking. We’ve done the homework for you so that you don’t have to. Here’s our list of five standout skincare options from our Global Store that offer a treatment boost for your skin.

1. 111skin Sub Zero De-puffing Eye Mask Single

When your eyes are in dire need of an emergency pick-me-up, reach for this energising hydrogel eye mask. This clever product recreates the effects of icy cold temperatures (with a potent tetrapeptide and marine complex) that reduce under-eye bags and tighten stress-induced lines for an uplifted eye area. Formulated by globally-renowned cosmetic surgeon, Dr Yannis Alexandrides, the brand has a strong fan following from television stars and beauty editors to skincare enthusiasts across the globe. We recommend storing this mask in your fridge and using it right before you start your day to heighten the energising effects. You can check out their other, equally effective scientist-developed offerings here.

2. Dr. Barbara Sturm Mini Calming Serum

Internationally acclaimed aesthetics doctor and skincare royalty, Dr Barbara Sturm, created the calming serum as the perfect foil for stressed skin and SOS healing from the sun, cold, and even failed facial treatments. Also designed to tackle everything from signs of lost sleep and general skin irritation to protecting your skin from the effects of air conditioning, and transitional weather (to name a few), this plant-packed serum helps maintain a strong, healthy skin barrier. For maximum impact, use their face cream right after the serum seeps into your skin.

3. Herbal Essentials Purifying Toner With Neem Extract And Peppermint Oil

If you’re looking for a product for oil control, we recommend trying this natural toner by Herbal Essentials—’natural’ being key. Powered with the naturally antibacterial neem, and peppermint oil to refresh and cool your skin, this vegan formula targets excess sebum, controls shine and reduces the appearance of stubborn pores. And btw, all products by the award-winning skincare brand is formulated with pure Himalayan spring water (known for its cell regeneration properties), so if you’re curious to know what more they have to offer, click here.

4. Prakti MahaMask

This woman-owned brand (by the wonderful Praktika Swarup) fuses the cultural richness, and rituals of India with the contemporary technologies of the west to create a first-of-its-kind hybrid beauty brand—Prakti. The MahaMask from her line is an ultra-indulgent mask that is high on hydration, inspired by the homemade skincare remedies that have been passed from generation to generation. Packed with turmeric butter, amla oil, palmarosa oill and antioxidant-rich indica stem, this mask is not called ‘MahaMask’ for nothing. This powerful multitasker can be used as your daily face cream, hand cream, eye cream, and even as a spot treatment for areas that need that extra hydration like your elbows, knees, and heels.

5. Elemis Pro-collagen Marine Cream SPF 30

Following on from the iconic pro-collagen Marine cream that was quick to become a sell-out cult when it launched back in 2003, and was the very reason the brand instantly gained popularity worldwide that year—this anti-wrinkle day cream now comes with an added SPF 30 protection that shields you from the UVB and UVA rays, provides an strong hydration power, and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in two weeks. Fortified with an intensive blend of ginkgo biloba and padina paconica, this cream also provides for an excellent base for your makeup.

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