Cosmo Answers 5 Burning Beauty Questions You've Been Dying to Ask

Semi-permanent BB creams, the benefits of tea-tree argan oil, how to fix dry and flakey hands and more....

Q. My hands have been feeling super-dry and flakey of late... Help!
A: Well, chances are it’s because of weather changes and it should get better on its own. Sometimes even washing your hands too many times can lead to dry hands. A good, nourishing hand cream will come to your rescue—use it a few times daily, especially right before you hit snooze as our skin repairs itself while we are asleep. These ones by The Face Shop and Innisfree are super-nourishing and non-sticky, and take their job quite seriously. Just slather some on your palms a few times a day and let ’em work their magic.



The Face Shop Lovely Meex Mini Pet Hand Cream, 430



Innisfree Jeju Life Perfumed Hand Cream, 300



Q. I’m not big on foundation and like to keep my look natural. What can I use to camouflage imperfections and add a glow to my face?

A: There are a bunch of things you can go with if you’re anti foundation. A BB cream is a quick and easy way to keep your face moisturised and mask spots and blemishes. Or you can apply your usual day cream and amp things up with an illuminating concealer on top—Dior and YSL have some great options—to cover up imperfections and add glow to the high points of your face. If you’re looking for an all-in-one product, try this moisturising primer cream from Smashbox—it’s loaded with hyaluronic acid and shea butter (both instantly hydrate your face), the 4K, high-definition spheres in the formula blur pores and fine lines, while the micro-fine amber and bronze pearls create a warm glow.

Smashbox Cosmetics Photo Finish Radiance Primer, 3,300





Q. What’s the tea on argan oil? It’s literally everywhere and seems to be in everything from skincare to make-up...
A: Think of argan oil as the great ‘rescuer’. It makes for a great skincare ingredient thanks to the high levels of fatty acids in it, which maintain the elasticity of skin, delaying the ageing process. Try this one by Paese: it’s cold-pressed, which means it retains all the essential vitamins and antioxidants, ensuring your skin stays healthy and plump.

Paese Argan Oil, 1,999



Q. What is a Semi-Permanent BB Cream and is it safe to get this procedure done?
A: Don’t you just love South Korea...the land of weird-cool beauty treatments?! The good Korean folk have created this ‘my skin but better’ treatment that masks imperfections and leave your skin looking like you’re wearing a face of full-but-lightweight make-up. “Semi-Permanent BB Cream entails microneedling pigment that matches your natural skin tone—you may feel small pricks on your skin but it’s not painful,” explains Dr Geetika Mittal Gupta, Founder and Medical Director of ISAAC Luxe, who also offers this treatment. “It leaves you with even skin tone, brighter skin,  smoothes fine lines and wrinkles, and the results lasts up to 12 months.”