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Two factors that seemed to decide the fate of skincare products are the formulations (hello squalene and rosehip oil) and their popularity on Instagram (if it got ‘grammed, it definitely had something good going for it). But what about the little gems that slip through the cracks? We found five great skincare products that are packed to the gills with powerful ingredients and have set the gold standard in beauty. 

Dior Dreamskin 1-Minute Mask

Dior Dreamskin 1-Minute Mask

We all know that radiant skin is the need of the hour so here’s why this 1-minute mask makes sense for the busy working woman. It comes with something called the ‘new skin effect’, and is the perfect peeling mask to give your skin love in 60 seconds. The foam-to-crème texture and gentle peeling action are enough for this product to make it to your kitty. Its ingredients? Opilia, a plant which gives you naturally radiant skin, and Longoza, a flower prized for its extraordinary age-defying effectiveness.

Shiseido Perfect UV Protection SPF 50+ Wetforce

Shiseido Perfect UV Protection SPF 50+ Wetforce

If you’re looking for an effective sunscreen, look no further than this one. The product uses WeForce technology – it means the more you sweat and come into contact with water, the more protective this is – and protects skin from UVA/UVB rays. It also helps reduce the appearance of photo-ageing with exclusive SuperVeil-UV 360™ technology. And a little goes a long way, so the bottle is on your table forever. A good investment if you ask us.

Elizabeth Arden 8-Hour Cream Skin Protectant

Elizabeth Arden 8-Hour Cream Skin Protectant

It’s a trade secret and Sara Capela, our resident makeup artist, told us it’s the best moisturiser and multi-usage product for anyone with dry skin. The formula is versatile so you can use it on your face, body, lips, and feet in one go. Enriched with Vitamin E, this thick, apricot-coloured salve is just like petroleum jelly but better and more luxurious.

Forest Essentials Sheet Masks

Forest Essentials Sheet Masks

Sheet masks are the thing, and we are happy that an Indian label has made this international trend more accessible with their new formulations. All three of Forest Essentials’ masks – the Sundari Hydration Mask, Ojas Arresting Mask, and Tejaswi Brightening Mask – come with power-packed ingredients, and are known to deep-condition and replenish. Handy to carry and easy to use, Ayurveda’s got a makeover with these offerings.

Bobbi Brown Hydrating Face Cream

Bobbi Brown Hydrating Face Cream

What’s most underrated about this? The fact that few know how amazing Bobbi Brown skincare really is. This hydrating cream is an open secret among makeup artists and its light-weight formula is known to instantly hydrate and nourish, and is even used as a primer under makeup. Two ingredients that work in its favour are Bobbi’s signature Enriched Mineral Water Blend, which makes your skin feel plumped, and caffeine.

Latha Sunadh
Deputy Editor
When she's not trying on a new serum, researching on yet another classic fragrance and sharing lip balms with her 5-year old daughter, Latha Sunadh keeps it reined in with a nice song and a good book. Special skills include obsessing over handmade, home-made and handcrafted luxuries.