Q. I’ve heard eye creams are mainly meant for night-time routines, but my under-eye skin gets super-dry, and my regular moisturiser is just not cutting it anymore. What can I use to combat this during the day?
A: Contrary to popular belief, eye creams can do a lot of good during the day, too! But be careful: since the under-eye skin is very delicate, some potent formulas can react if exposed to sunlight and pollution. You can use a gel-based hydrating formula, such as Laneige’s, to tackle dryness during the day. This cooling gel contains micro-sized hydro ionised mineral water particles that penetrate the eye area and prevents dryness for up to 24 hours.
Laneige Water Bank Eye Gel_EX, Rs. 2,330
Q. By mid-day, my face looks very dull, and skin parched and oily at the same time. What should I do?
A: It seems like you are doing something wrong in your daily beauty regimen that is causing this imbalance. Is there a new product that you have included in your AM/PM routine? Or are you using products that are meant for your skin type? It could also be that your natural pH level is imbalanced. And to restore that, you need to keep your face clean and hydrated. We would advise against washing it frequently, but you can spritz a hydrating facial spray a couple of times a day to replenish the moisture level. This one by Neemli Naturals does just that, and also restores the skin’s pH balance and fights damage caused by pollutants.
Neemli Naturals Rose & Patchouli Facial Toner, Rs. 675
Q. With gyms shut at the moment, I have been thinking of adding a safe outdoor activity to stay fit. What’s a good sunscreen that will protect my skin and not wear off?
A: What you need is a high SPF, sweat-resistant formula that stays put while you work that body. Lotus Herbals has just launched a new sunscreen with SPF 50, which forms an invisible micro-filter to prevent the penetration of fine pollutants into the skin, and provides protection from free radicals and toxins. This innovative formula is non-greasy, preservative-free, and waterproof. Bonus: it also prevents skin from sun spots, freckles, and pigmentation.
Lotus Herbals Safe Sun Sports Daily-Defence UV Block SPF 50+, Rs. 545
Q. I hate using multiple products, but I am also digging this season’s colour-happy beauty movement. Are there any multi-taskers that can help me create a seamless look?
A: Bright lips and lids have been trending for a while. And we totally get that layering too many products can be a task. But, using a lipstick as an eyeshadow is not an unheard of phenomenon. In fact, celebrity make-up artist Shraddha Naik used one to create fuchsia smokey eyes on Shraddha Kapoor, too. Get yourself a cream-to-powder matte lipstick—like NYX’s—which glides on as a creamy formula (making it easy to blend) and settles into a matte-powdery finish...perfect for the lids!
NYX Professional Powder Puff Lippie Cream in Group Love, Rs. 650