The skin is the largest organ we have, with a surface area of two square meters. Winter can play havoc on your skin, stripping it off the moisture. We turned guinea pigs to check which products available in the market will keep your skin healthy and glowing. These are some of the tried and tested skin care products that emerged clear winners.
1. Tatha Nature’s Blessing Anti-aging Face Scrub (Rs. 685 for 50gms)
It contains Avena sativa (oat straw), Prunus amygdalus (almonds), honey, uranium extracted from citrus peels and Damask rose! The scrub looks like a dry coarse powder, because it has real ground almonds. Mix it with rose water to make a paste and apply on the face for about 2-3 minutes and let it stay for about the same time before washing it off. This product will remind you of the kind of scrubs you could assemble in the kitchen using natural ingredients. The texture of the scrub after wetting becomes like that of a creamy paste that scrubs gently rather than being harsh – perfect for those with sensitive skin and making the product ideal for frequent use. The skin actually does feel nourished and not stretched. Those with naturally oily skin may not apply moisturizer after scrubbing.
2. The Body Shop Wild Argan Massage Soap (Rs. 350 for 150gms)
What if a soap is also your masseur and stress-reliever? It is not a fantasy of a really tired mind, but a really tempting offer from The Body Shop of a full body massage. Not only will this soap massage your body and unravel the knots, it relieves the tension and also stimulates microcirculation. Regular use on upper-arms and thighs will also help you to get rid of cellulite. Enriched with organic Community Fair Trade argan oil from Morocco, this luxurious bar will also keep your skin from drying.
3. Tatha Body Custard (Rs. 1,095)
With a name that is so delicious, this has to lead the pack of winter skin savers. Tatha’s Body Custard is a super rich emollient ideal for those who have chronic dry skin or for those that suffer from coarse and flaky skin in the winters. This is a very refreshing, actually quenching and stimulating product that also tends to relax the skin, stimulate the production of new surface cells and therefore has anti-ageing benefits too. The best part is that Tatha Body Custard is sulfate-free, propylene glycol-free, DEA-free and artificial colour-free and its ingredients are purified Water, vegetable glycerine, capric triglycerides, sweet almond oil, sunflower oil, macademia oil, natural vitamin E amongst other good things!
4. Ananda Nourishing Sandalwood Lotion (Rs. 1,170 for 200 ml)
Anoint dry and dehydrated skin with this deeply quenching and spiritually calming lotion bursting with rare Indian Sandalwood that has been given special mention in Ayurveda as a healer of dry as well as inflamed or stressed skin.
5. Kaircin Serum by Kairali (Rs. 500 for 25ml)
This formulation owes its alchemy to Ayurvedic beliefs and ingredients and actually works from first application. Kaircin – a traditional facial oil serum has goodness of saffron and vetiver grass. It enhances the beauty of the skin, as well as preventing and curing several common but serious skin concerns such as pimples, spots, blemishes, dark circles, scars, wrinkles and other signs of aging. The texture may be that of an oil, but the product is especially helpful in winters. This oil serum is meant to be applied on cleansed facial skin and washed off with warm water after half an hour before going to bed in the night. It also detoxifies skin, promotes blood circulation, gives strength and colour to skin, and imparts softness and glow for a healthy, radiant, and luminous complexion. Meant for all age-groups, Kaircin is an ideal all care cream for your face.
6. Thalgo Delicious Comfort Cream (Rs. 2,710 for 50mg)
If you will buy just one key product this winter, let this be it. Rich in essential fatty acids, this cream is a complete solution for skin, and is inspired by the deep restructuring properties of sea algae. It is basically formulated for dry skin, but those that have oily to normal skin could use it as a night cream. It has Algomega Complex, Musk Rose Oil, Borage Oil, Narcissus Flower Essential Wax and Shea Butter that restore the lipid content of the skin to keep it supple and elastic. Asides from this, regular use of this cream also regenerates skin cells while moisturising. So not only does it heal your skin but also contributes to restructuring and anti-ageing
7. Kiehl’s Hydro Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate (Rs. 3,950)
Inspired by new Dermatology hydration procedures, this innovative formula anchors moisture deep within skin’s surface layers to address age-related dehydration. It ‘floods’ the deepest surface layers of dehydrated skin to restore vital moisture. The result is skin that appears more fresh, plump and youthful. The best bit is that it is non-greasy, so your face won’t look clammy and oily, but nicely moisturized.
8. Vichy Ideal Soleil SPF 50 Dry Touch (Rs. 1,200 for 50ml)
It is the best sunscreen ever! It may take a little while to blend into the skin, but that’s the beauty, it does not make your face look like it’s been dipped in oil – and also therefore keeps you looking matte. Shine is controlled, and so are breakouts. It has a matte finish and does not make your face shine. The product has an absorbing texture, and its UV filter, UV filter Mexoryl XL that guards against sun damage, blemishes, brown patches and pigmentation, as well as sun-induced premature skin ageing and excess sebum production.
9. Forest Essentials Night Treatment Cream Sandalwood And Saffron (Rs. 1,595 for 50 gm)
It is exclusively designed as a repair mechanism that works best at night. Sandalwood and Saffron, infused with powerful herbs from Ayurveda, make this cold cream one of the best night creams for winter. It is a chemical-free composition that is formulated to moisturize dry and normal skin. You can flaunt your summer glow throughout the winters with this face cream in your winter cosmetic kitty.
10. Neutrogena Hand Cream Norwegian Formula, (Rs 300 for 56 gms)
Effective for dry, chapped hands. It has a highly concentrated formula that quickly heals dry hands, visibly improving your skin’s look and feel.
Text by Aarti Kapur Singh
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