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New beauty essentials that take your self-care routine to the next level.

If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that the lines are blurred between skincare and self-care. Now, add grooming habits, beauty tools and personal care into the equation and you pretty much have a long list of wellness requirements that will take you through the pandemic comfortably. As for us, our beauty shelf got a massive reality check and an upgrade all at once. It has beautifully extended to dental care (hello fancy tooth pastes), hand creams (WFH essentials #forthewin) and luxe sanitisers ( do we remember how life was before these?) alongside other self-care items that prioritise ‘feeling good’ over ‘looking good’. We took at look at the three most popular skincare and self-care essentials that you need to take your shelfie to the next level this year.

Dental care

Officine Universelle Buly Concombre-Coriandre-Menthe
From Buly Facebook Page

More than anything, Indians have started looking for Ayurvedic and age-old dental rituals to revive the much-ignored oral care routine. There are tooth pastes that go beyond regular Colgate and tooth powders with ingredients like charcoal that are getting more popular by the day. Marvis was definitely a cult product for us alongside Kendall Jenner’s Moon Line alongside another cult tooth paste label, Officine Universelle Buly Concombre-Coriandre-Menthe from France. In India, Arata’s new-age toothpaste (Rs 349) has been gaining popularity as well as Dent Tabs (Rs 745), innovative toothpaste tablets that are eco-friendly and sustainable.

Dent Tabs

There are sustainable options like Bare Necessities Small Peppermint Party Toothpaste (Rs 175); Amrutam Dentkey Manjan (Rs 179);Chamkeela – Natural Toothpowder by Raw Beauty Wellness ( Rs 399) and The Beauty Co. Coconut Shell Activated Charcoal Powder (Rs 449). Bamboo tooth brushes ( Switchfix, Rs 345) are becoming popular and Oil-Pulling (Rs 795), as a dental ritual has come back through Cureveda.


They are the new handbag essentials, your lip balm has slipped the ranks. Sanitisers are now so popular that new versions are cropping up everywhere. Close on the heels of Manish Malhotra’s Anti-microbial Oudh-based sprays came in Bianca Louzado’s makeup sanitising products named Code Beauty. The popular ones in the market are Svish with interesting sprays, Vetro Power Anti-Microbial Shield for fabric and leather surfaces and Purest, an affordable range for daily needs.

Hygiene Labs, has a good range of disinfectant sprays and surface wipes. The glam ones, if you’re looking for something fancy is at Bath & Body Works while Ma Earth Botanicals is for those looking for something effortless.

Hand Creams

This is the year of fancy hand creams with exotic ingredients and a mood-lifting fragrance to go along with it. We love the fact that we have an array of choices from well-known labels that makes our shopping weekend easier. Vaunt just launched their new Super Handy Non-Greasy Ceramide Care cream while Disguise Cosmetics too came up with their own hand creams that’s all over Instagram.

We already are big fans of L’Occitane and The Body Shop hand creams that are great for gifting and for daily use – the ingredients are just refreshing and well-suited to self-care on-the-go. The Blood Orange Hand Serum by Forest Essentials has been a staple in our WFH desk for a while now. If you want to go luxe, don’t look beyond the Clarins Super Restorative Hand Cream and the cult Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve.

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.