i can be your hero
Date: 04 August 2016

Holy grail, ride or die, hero—the beauty world has a lot of titles for champion products that go above and beyond the call of duty. Here are some of the most exemplary - By Parizaad Khan Sethi

Olay Regenerist Advanced Anti-Aging Revitalizing Cream Cleanser
Salicylic acid is a miracle ingredient for acne sufferers; this cleanser will help with blocked pores, blackheads and other acne-related cooties. Leave it on for a short while to maximize its pore-clearing capabilities.

Olay Regenerist Advanced Anti Aging Micro Sculpting Serum
Healthy skin needs a nice mix of anti-ageing ingredients and this one is a cocktail of some of the best: niacinamide, glycerin, peptides and antioxidants. Olay’s Regenerist line is fantastic, and this product is one of its stars.

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo (+) Acne Treatment
This acne-buster has a slew of ingredients that dissuade blockages from forming (salicylic acid, LHA), keep acne-causing bacteria in check (piroctone olamine), tamper down inflammation (niacinamide) and guards agains dark spots (ceramides). A multi-tasker that works gently but successfully.

La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Fluid - SPF 50 PA+
We turn to this ultra-light fluid with a serious sun shield when we want a non-sticky sunscreen that never makes its presence felt. From lazing on the beach to frenetic urban schedules, we could never do without its under-the-radar but dependable performance.

Bioderma Sensibio H2O
Micellar waters have been having more than just a moment, so let’s take a minute to salute the original. Tiny oil molecules suspended in water gently dissolve makeup, sebum, dirt and other pollutants. And keep it handy to correct mistakes while putting on your makeup, like every pro makeup artist in the world.

Bioderma Sebium Pore Refiner - Corrective Concentrate
This guy is a saviour for shiny (not-so-happy) people. It’s fantastic oil-absorbing properties make it a must-have if your skin gets greasy enough to be reflective. Squeeze out a pea-sized amount and gently tap the product onto your skin. Use it before makeup so your foundation doesn’t look oily, or even daily before or after moisturiser and sunscreen.

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cleanser
Sometimes the simplest things are the hardest to find, and this is a case in point. If you’re looking for a gentle face wash that cleanses effectively without robbing skin of vital moisture and stripping it down, look no further. This formula is simple but beautiful and very effective.

Kiehl's Powerful Strength Line - Reducing Concentrate
A serious shot of Vitamin C is what your skin needs to encourage it to produce more collagen. Plus, if you wear this serum during the day under sunscreen—Vit C paired with sun protection has been proven to further shield skin from the damage sun causes.

Forest Essentials Facial Ubtan Soundarya
Almost everything you need for healthy skin according to Ayurveda (turmeric, rose, neem, saffron and sandalwood) has been packed into this product which can be used as mask or ubtan. We love that it’s so customizable: add yogurt, milk, or rose water depending on how much moisture your skin needs.

Forest Essentials Organic Cold Pressed Virgin Coconut Oil
If you’re the natural ingredient-loving DIY type, a bottle of this stuff is a gold mine. Use it to moisturize (acne-prone should be cautious), remove makeup, nourish hair and heal the world. Coconut devotees believe it can do all that and more.

Kama Ayurveda Pure Rose Water
Naturalists believe that rose water is another panacea that can cure all. And they wouldn’t be wrong. Refreshing, mildly hydrating, anti-inflammatory, use it on anything from bug bites to scent your hair.

i can be your hero
Parizaad Khan Sethi

is a beauty and wellness editor based in New York. She was the former beauty editor at Vogue India and now serves as a contributing editor for the magazine. At age 5, Parizaad fell in love with an old cream blush she found in the back of her mother’s drawer, and has been in awe of the transformative power of beauty ever since. When she’s not writing about beauty, she researches advances in skincare as a hobby, and is constantly guinea-pigging herself in the name of beauty.