11 fresh new beauty products you need to try out this April
Here, the many—new and improved—ways to take care of your skin
Use cleansing oils
The great oils have slickly taken over our world. Mixed with water, cleansing body oils turn into milky emulsions to lift off dirt from your skin, while leaving it supple and protecting its moisture barrier. Besides, with Good Earth’s version, you’re massaging a nourishing blend of lavender plant oils that are grown in Kashmir, in the foothills of the Himalayas, onto your skin. That does sound better than using a regular shower gel, doesn’t it?
Amritam Kashmir Lavender Shower & Bath Oil
Each of Nykaa’s bathing bars is a labour of love. First, dollops of shea and cocoa butter are hand-churned. Then, olive and coconut oils are swirled into it. Finally, essential oils and spices are added to impart a natural scent. All this is then cold processed, poured into moulds and cured for six weeks. One more reason to lather up? Their delicious ingredient pairings—rose and almond, tea tree and aloe, lavender and chamomile—are guaranteed to turn your mundane bath into a sweet-smelling spa.
Nykaa Soap Story Lavender and Chamomile Bathing Bar
Remove makeup with essential oils
Kama Ayurveda’s makeup remover is a blend of essential oils of rose and jasmine that will melt into your skin and remove every last speck of makeup without leaving your face tight and dehydrated.
Kama Ayurveda Natural Makeup Remover
Sleep on it
Let’s face the fact that just a nightly beauty sleep isn’t enough to fade away the dark circles, lines and dullness that appear as we brave the skin stressors the day throws at us. With active ingredients from the Persian silk tree to reduce skin fatigue, fruits of wu-zhu-yu for radiance, Vitamin-C-rich kakadu plum extract to brighten and more, Dermalogica’s gel-cream will work the graveyard shift with your skin’s natural overnight recovery process to bring life back into it.
Dermalogica Sound Sleep Cocoon
It’s all about targeted masking—point every problem spot on your face with a potent mask and let it all get to work.
Apply Purearth’s molten lava-like mask made of Fuller’s earth, kaolin and rhassoul clay, along with organic honey and cacao butter, on areas that don’t need hardcore exfoliation, yet need enough deep cleansing and also that extra bit of nourishment.
Purearth Mitti Clay Face Masque
For oily dehydrated skin, we love the Clarins SOS Hydra mask. Apply to restore moisture and plump up dehydrated skin.
Buy now: Clarins SOS Hydra Refreshing Hydration Mask
LOVE YOUR HANDS
You use them all the time, wash them the most, and yet, when was the last time you used a targeted cream just for your hands? The semi-wax technology used to create Innisfree’s hand creams will ensure its subtle scent remains long after application. Plus, they have a different one for every month of the year, so the novelty won’t wear off that easily.
Innisfree Jeju Life Perfumed Hand Cream
UP YOUR HYDRATION LEVEL
You’re leaving your skin thirsty more often than you know. Try the Kiehl’s heavy gel cream, a nourishing multitasker infused with white birch to smoothen and increase hydration, Vitamin C to prevent discolouration, and glycolic acid to moisturise.
Buy now: Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Brightening & Smoothing Moisture Treatment
DRINK YOUR COLLAGEN
At a time when superfoods supersede every other food, it can get a little cumbersome to consume all that green tea and berries every single day for your daily nutrition. With Nutrova, you can just drink your nutrients. One serving will give you collagen peptides from fish (that help replace damaged collagen with healthy protein); antioxidants like lycopene from tomatoes (that acts as a shield against UV rays and improves appearance), OPCs from grapeseed extract (that fight free-radical damage), taurine for hydration; and vitamins C and E. The drink smells fishy, tastes fruity and gives you hope that though the damage (to your skin) is done, it can be repaired.
If you didn’t know already, collagen is the structural protein in your body that gives your skin strength and elasticity, which naturally starts diminishing with age. Lesson: Drink it if you can’t produce it adequately.
Nutrova Collagen + Antioxidants
Here’s a little quiz for you: Think of India. Now, think of the flowers that remind you of India. Ten points (and a Jo Malone London fragrance!) if you came up with jasmine and marigold. If there are two blooms that deserve to represent India to the world, it’s these. The British fragrance brand captures India in a bottle this month with their new scent, Jasmine Sambac & Marigold Cologne Intense. The opening is intensely jasmine—a light spritz is enough to transport you to the sensory chaos of an Indian flower market at the break of dawn. A few seconds later, voluptuous marigold joins the party and takes the fragrance to heady heights. It’s a scent that, to us, smells and feels like India—it’s rich, it’s full-bodied and it’s intoxicating. It feels like home! — Nidhi Sharma Punjabi
Jo Malone London Jasmine Sambac & Marigold Cologne Intense (100ml)