You don’t always inherit great skin. It is a matter of some great habits – with respect to what you eat, wear and live. When it comes to caring for your skin, it is very personal. But, it is always a good idea to seek advice, or/and read before you draw up your own skincare regimen.

I love studying the active ingredients in skincare products. I have collated a list of my favorite over-the-counter products that cater to nearly all aspects of skincare. All of them are now easily available in India.

• SESDERMA ROSOIL FACIAL/BODY

This one is for keeps. I use this oil during winters – sometimes, by mixing it with a moisturiser, or applying directly all over the face and neck. It is rich in vitamin A, E, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids, which keep your skin soft and supple. It can also be used to reduce pigmentation/skin inflammation, and to brighten and moisturise the skin.

• VRH VITONOMICS VITAMIN C SERUM

This one is for day use. The potent, antioxidant-rich serum helps brighten skin, boost collagen production and protect from the UV rays of the sun.

• HELIOCARE 360 SPF 50

I am currently using it, and I must say, it’s one exceptional product. Besides protecting your skin from UVA and UVB, heliocare Spf 50 is rich in antioxidants too! Its key ingredient, Fernblock that is found in the Amazon rainforest, effectively protects skin texture.

• AVENE EAU THERMALE

This amazing mist is my favorite essential. It has skin-soothing minerals and natural antioxidants. You can use it at any time of the day to refresh and rehydrate your skin.

• AVENE PHYSIOLIFT EYE CREAM

Here’s another one from the Avène skincare range. It is a nighttime treatment that is lightweight and fast absorbing too. Its ingredients – soothing thermal spring water, hyaluronic acid, dextran sulphate and retinaldehyde help reduce puffiness, fade dark circles, soothe and firm the delicate under eye skin.

• A-DERMA SOOTHING FOAMING GEL

This soap-free foaming gel is extremely mild and gentle. It’s paraben-free and is suitable for all skin types. The key ingredient, Rhealba oats has soothing properties. This one doesn’t leave you with a dry stretchy feeling after washing your face.

• YU REVERZO , STEMCELL REGENERATING CREAM

I am in love with this product! It is for both, day and night use. Besides the wonderful light fragrance, the cream helps refine fine lines, boost skin elasticity, enhance collagen production, nourish and moisturise your skin. Key ingredients include, Leontopodium alpinum (edelweiss flower), stem cells, vitamin A and E and shea butter.