These Expert-Tested Beauty Essentials Will Get Your Skin Winter-Ready

Vasudha posted on 13 January

My skincare is super-nourishing this winter. I’ve taken a break from heavy-duty cosmeceuticals, and am indulging all season in face oils. I’m cleaning with oils, then misting, and then applying more oil on my face. Of course, I’m using a mild acid peel to get rid of the gunk that we accumulate in a city like Delhi. Sometimes, when I see a girl with beautiful skin in this city {and there are tonnes of them}, I think its a real feat to achieve that clarity with the sort of pollution we face everyday.

Anyway, here’s my new winter skincare routine. And I have to say that it’s working rather well.


Step 1

Massage my face with an oil. These days I’m using the H is For Love Rapha Harmonizing Oil Cleanser, which I find quite good {it came in my Boxwalla Beauty Box}. But you can pretty much pick any cold-pressed oil and massage it all over your face. Then, I drench my The Body Shop Luxury Face Flannel in hot water, wring it and use the wet, damp flannel to wipe my face.

Buy the Boxwalla Beauty here and The Body Shop Face Flannel here.

Step 2

I mist my face with Forest Essential’s Pure Rosewater so it’s quite damp. And then, I take two drops of Lepaar Precious Facial Oil {I got this as well in the Boxwalla green beauty box – they do deliver to India} and massage it all over my face. This oil has skin-soothing ingredients, such as calendula and bits of 24k gold to stimulate collagen. Then, if I need to, I pat on the tiniest amount of Dr Hauschka Rose Day Cream Light.

Because I’m working from home, I try to avoid sunscreen when indoors. I know you’re supposed to apply it during, the day whether you’re indoors or outdoors, but I don’t want to put unnecessary chemicals on my face, especially when I’m sitting inside my room. If I am going out then I put on Avene Sunscreen.

Buy Forest Essential’s Pure Rosewater here.


Step 1

If I’ve gone out in the day and I have makeup on, then I’ll use Clinique take The Day Off Cleansing Balm, followed by a cleansing oil.

Step 2

Once again, I mist my face well and massage in two drops of Purearth’s Rosehip Seed Supercritical Face Treatment Oil. I’ve started using this oil to soften old acne scars{(this particular brand of rosehip seed oil contains a whopping 39% vitamin A, which is basically retinol}. However, I have to be very careful about the amount. The moment I become greedy and use more than three drops I break out. Two drops is best, three if my skin is feeling extra dry.

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I’m absolutely in love with Dr Jart’s Micro Milk Peel. You need to apply it for a few minutes, and then wash it off. I keep it on for about ten minutes and then wash my face. I usually do this at night, before the mist and rosehip oil. This makes my skin look luminous and even-toned.


I love, love, love face masks. And among the ones I’ve used Purearth’s Mitti Clay Masque is my favourite. They’ve reformulated it so I find that once it dries I can literally peel this mask off using rolling motions starting from the periphery of my face and working inwards.

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For the next three months I want to reduce inflammation in my body. So I’m taking two capsules of Organic India Turmeric Formula and two capsules of Hum Nutrition OMG! Omega The Great everyday. I’m also on 1,000mg calcium a day.

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Tea & Water

Three litres of hot water and four cups of Organic India Tulsi Brahmi tea. I find that this tea gives me the stamina to work and also clears brain fog.

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This recommendation was first posted on V Beauty.