The Ultimate Skincare Mode: Activated!

Skincare is the ultimate form of self-love. True! But only when using the right products that further actually simply work. Diving into what makes the products ‘right’, it’s what’s inside them, A.K.A. the ingredients. Any product is only as good as the bunch of stuff that goes in it. Not the price tag, nor the brand on the cover page, nor the one endorsed by the handsomest actor. It is in the often-ignored little thing on the products, ‘Labels’ that the fate of the product and your skin rests.

Now in the story of any product, among all of the ingredients, the hero is, contrary to the usual, not the attractive, but the Active one! 

In talks for a while, Actives have gained a devoted fan base and quite some curiosity. For those new to it, Actives or Active Ingredients, are the elements that perform the respective specific tasks that the product is vouched and promises to do. Like cleansing, hydrating, lightening, exfoliating, brightening, anti-aging, and more. These competent potent ingredients are science-approved and in an ideal case, naturally driven. These are determined to do what they have to do and can work like magic on your skin. Retinol, BHA (Beta-Hydroxy Acid), AHA (Alpha-Hydroxy Acid), Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Hyalurnic Acid to name a few. Now, these heavy, ‘Acid’ ending terms may have put/scared you off or maybe completely be a no-no for you but that’s only until you discover how and for what they work. 

  • Retinol – prevents sagging and assists graceful ageing
  • BHA (Beta-Hydroxy Acid) – removes dead skin cells, improves sun damaged skin texture, combats acne and breakouts
  • AHA (Alpha-Hydroxy Acid) – reduces hyperpigmentation, brightens skin
  • Vitamin C – brightens skin, fights hyperpigmentation
  • Vitamin E – an antioxidant, gives lasting moisture, smooths skin
  • Hyalurnic Acid – restores and hydrates, protects skin from environmental stressors 

See, acids ain’t that bad no?

While actives may be super beneficial, combining them right is an important step in the process. The concentration and partner ingredient here hold the utmost importance.

Further, there come in handy few methods to include these potent heroes in your skincare routine! 

  • Taylor’s Tip (Not quite, but who knows): Wash It Off – The point here is to using products that aren’t meant to sit or stay on the skin, like cleanser.
  • Dilute – Simply add on the actives with a base moisturizer or even damp skin works.
  • Low Concentration – Be sure to keep the concentration controlled, not matter for how long you’ve been using these. Too much of acid or anything for that matter is not good.

Now hoping you are impressed enough and are actively (pun intended) looking for some good brands to start your skincare journey, let me save you some time and efforts of researching. Often brands claiming big results serve so not only on the cost of your skin but also the planet. It’s usually a choice between science and logic backed magic results, (some of which are in fact chemically driven and often temporary), or going all natural or conscious with both the skin and the Earth but with a “it will take time”. But these very brands are a fine blend of best of the said two options and quite impressive ones! Altogether, these bring to the market a mindful approach in what goes in the products and out in the environment. We LOVE!

So hey, scroll through and thank me later!

Daughter Earth

Be Introduced to the Brand:

Daughter Earth draws a fine balance and attempts to befriend science and sustainability to serve the people products that work like wonder, and without harming the environment. It puts forth a range of products that stand on scientific research, and run on active-plant based ingredients. They join hands with modern, and advanced formulas without letting go of the grip of the ancient heritage of Ayurveda. While alongside also recognizing the need to be eco conscious and doing the planet good by taking active measures for the nature as well as the society.

Product PaletteDaughter Earth has a plethora of product offerings ranging from skincare to make up, and everything in between. Oils, body butter, moisturizers, mists, cleansers, face wash, lip tints, serums, scrub. YES, literally all of it.

For the love of You and the Planet: 100% Vegan / Sustainable Packaging / Reef Free / Cruelty Free / No Microbeads, Nanoparticles, Silicones, SLS, SLES, Oxybenzone / Protect and Work for the Planet and with Non-Profits / Give Back / Fund Education of Girl Children

Handpicked by Hued

While the entire gamut of offerings is astonishing, one that goes right in the cart for me is the AHA BHA PHA Exfoliating Cleanser. A necessity more than a want, easy on pocket and effective on skin, the exfoliating cleanser promotes a fresh, pristine and healthy looking skin.

  • The various intelligently picked ingredients battle away dead skin cells and dislodge the pores and skin surface. 
  • Provides the skin the deserved breathing atmosphere by deep cleaning skin layer.
  • Leaves the skin renewed and freshly-glowing. 
  • Non-greasy, non-oily.
  • Specially for dry and normal skin types.  

A Peak Inside the Product:

  • Fruits’ Extract: Grape Seed, Sweet Cherry, Strawberry, Suga Cane
  • Vitamin E
  • Coco Glucoside
  • Kaoline Clay
  • Plant Powered Alpha, Beta and Polyhdroxy Acid 
  • Tulsi Extract
  • Super Antioxidant Red Algae

The goodness of these is packed carefully in white opaque and dark amber glass bottles that prevent disarray of any sort, keeping the formula intact and are an absolute sustainable bet.

Three simply steps – one simple pump, with a little water, rubbed into rich lather, and you are good to wipe clean all things dirty and eh off your face and have your skin be the hero of your look!


Be Introduced to the Brand:

Aminu at the center of its heart seats science and nature. Every product is driven by the wonders of nature and technological advancements in the beauty arena. It dives deep to pack its products with all that aligns with the natural human skin structure. Each ingredient in each product is there for a good reason and performs its assigned task.

Product Palette: The product offering broadly consists of skin and body care. These include cleansers – wash and gel, scrubs, serums, concentrates, creams, oils, combos and more.

For the love of You and the Planet: 100% Vegan / Sustainable Packaging / Cruelty Free / Sustainable Micro Plastic Free / Fillers Free

Handpicked by Hued

Our pick from Aminu’s range is the Micro – Dermabrasion Face Scrub. Not too harsh, with just the right grain texture and size the scrub strikes off more things than your regular skin care checklist calls for. It works to strengthen and give the overall skin fresh and youthful feel and look.

  • Primarily aims to smoothen and soften the skin 
  • Acts as an energizing agent for the skin
  • Hydrates and reduces inflammation
  • Sure to leave the skin glowing, plumper
  • Strengthen the skin’s natural oil barrier 
  • Exfoliates away blackheads, flaky skin and basically all of the dirt and eh stuff
  • Improves the look of dull skin, fine lines, acne, scars, uneven tone, blemishes

A Peak Inside the Product:

  • Vitamin E
  • Oils – Chilean Rosehip Seed, Prickly Pear, Apricot Kernel, Pine Leaf, Meadowfoam Seed, Rose Geranium Leaf, Coconut, Grape Seed
  • Sodium Chloride (Himalayan Pink salt)
  • Plant-derived Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride and Glyceryl Stearate
  • Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil
  • Polyglyceryl-3 Caprate
  • Tahitian Garden Flower Extract

The products reach the hands packed in glass jars/bottles with recyclable plastic pumps and caps. Aminu avoids the usage of single use plastic.


Be Introduced to the Brand:

Etsley runs on the main theme of bringing the fresh in everyday look. Unlike other skin care brands or uniquely it practices being a lifestyle partner and exploring and bring in limelight the inner self through the pathways of self-care and skin/hair and wellness care. The brand through its products desires to tackle the everyday dropping air quality and become a helpful hand for the skin.

Product Palette: The Etsley shop offers a bunch of face creams, serums and masks.

For the love of You and the Planet: 100% Vegan / Cruelty Free / Sulphate Free / Silicon Free

Handpicked by Hued:

What catches our eyes from the range is Etsley’s Argan Oil with Silver Flakes Serum and here’s why. Being a beautiful blend of oils, it gives the skin the nourishment and treatment it deserves.

  • Repairs skin, encourages wound healing and other issues such as skin redness, irritation, sunburns, and flaky skin
  • Protects the skin against free radical molecules
  • Seals in moisture and enhances the skin
  • Brings in glow and freshness
  • Promotes skin-cell regeneration and healthier skin texture
  • Unclog pores and reduces visible signs of ageing
  • Boosts blood circulation hence, also collagen
  • Bids bye to dark circles
  • Eliminates acne eruptions and further their dark spots

A Peak Inside the Product:

  • Vitamin E
  • Argan Oil
  • Grapeseed Oil
  • Hazelnut Oil
  • Avocado Oil
  • Jojoba Oil
  • Silverflakes

If you have been devoting all your time and efforts in your skin care and are still struggling to get those results, it’s simply something that isn’t working for you. So instead give in a little time to read through the label, understanding the important ingredients (you guessed it right – the actives!) and get yourself stuff accordingly. I know this may not be the most fun part but it’s more important than you think. Trust me this is your way to have your skin be the hero of your look!


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