Did you hear? Former Miss India, Bollywood actress, and MTV Roadies leader Neha Dhupia has been signed on as the first-ever brand ambassador of Dermalogica India, and we’re so stoked! A long-time user of Dermalogica products, she has sought skincare treatments and solutions from the brand consistently, “The brand has literally saved my skin. I love that the brand promotes skin health, and empowers women and men to feel good in their own skin.”
As a brand, Dermalogica is committed to prioritising sustainability through their vegan, cruelty-free, and gluten-free approach. And their products are formulated without artificial colours, dyes, or fragrances—talk about beauty that extends beyond mere aesthetics. We decided to reach out to Neha, and talk to her about the collaboration, her skincare routine, and a couple of never-revealed-before secrets for glowing skin. Trust us, you don’t want to miss out on this one.
BB: How did the Dermalogica partnership come about?
Neha: Dermalogica has been with me for over 15 years through lights, camera, action…and two kids! The brand’s skin care products have saved my skin and seen me through arc lights and the unforgiving lens of the camera. So it is now a privilege to represent the brand as India’s first-ever ambassador. I love that the brand promotes skin health, and empowers women and men to feel good in their own skin. Honestly, this association feels serendipitous to me.
BB: What are your top 3 Dermalogica picks?
Neha: The first has to be the Daily Microfoliant; I've been using it religiously for years, and it’s given me visibly brighter, smoother skin. The second is the Skin Smoothing Cream, my holy grail moisturiser, which provides up to 48 hours of hydration. The third would have to be the Biolumin-C Serum. It's been a lifesaver for my fine lines and wrinkles, and it's one of the primary reasons my skin glows.
BB: We have to know: what’s your everyday skincare routine?
Neha: The moment I wake up, I drink a glass of warm water. I prefer using a gentle cleanser that does not strip away the nutrients from my skin. I start my day by double cleansing using a Dermalogica Precleanse followed by the Special Cleansing Gel to gently get rid of the dirt, makeup and grime. Then, I use a mild exfoliant, my go-to is the Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant. It is my favourite exfoliant and my skin feels so much smoother and brighter post usage. It's so gentle that it can be used everyday. I, then, spritz the Multi-active Toner all over my face and wait for it to dry before applying my serum.
My favourite Vitamin C serum is the Biolumin-C from Dermalogica which enhances the skin’s natural defence system to stop damage before it even starts. In addition, it gives my skin a glow like no other. The Skin Smoothing Cream is my holy grail moisturiser and I use it diligently every day. I also use the Stress Positive Eye Lift Masque to help with my dark circles and the fine lines under my eyes. This product is one of the main reasons my eyes look bright and fresh and now you know my secret!
BB: Given your busy schedule, how do you manage to maintain your glowing skin?
Neha: It can get challenging to balance work and home lives while also taking care of myself and my skin's needs on a daily basis. Despite my hectic work and home schedule, I don't let anything get in the way of giving my skin the care it deserves. A consistent skin care routine has helped me overcome the effects of constant makeup layers, erratic timings, and harsh lighting on set. I always make it a point, no matter how tired I am or how hectic my day has been, to remove my makeup and follow #myproskinroutine from Dermalogica every day.
I also make it a point to include anti-ageing products in my skin care routine to help slow down the signs of ageing. In addition to a good, consistent skin care routine, I eat healthy and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
BB: When you have absolutely no time to indulge in a proper skincare routine, what’s a quick yet effective routine you follow?
Neha: Cleanse, tone, moisturise, and apply SPF. Even on days when I have to rush out the door and barely have time to do my makeup, I make it a point to complete these four steps. I, in particular, never leave the house without sunscreen and always carry my Prisma Protect SPF30 with me. I reapply it every 2-3 hours to ensure the best sun protection. I spritz the Multi-Active Toner all over my face whenever I feel tired or my face needs an instant boost of hydration. I keep the tiny 50ml version of the product in my makeup pouch with my sunscreen.
BB: You have two adorable munchkins. Did pregnancy take a toll on your skin?
Neha: Pregnancy was a beautiful time. I loved spending time with my husband, friends, and family. Having said that, pregnancy, and especially post-partum, did take a toll on my skin and hair. Postpartum acne and excess sebum production were caused by hormonal changes, stress, and sleepless nights. My skin was going through a rough patch at the time. Healthy eating, constant hydration, movement, and a good consistent skin care routine, on the other hand, aided me.
BB: What are some skincare tips you would like to share with new moms?
Neha: We all love our babies. I love holding my baby in my arms and watching him sleep. It's one of the best parts of my day. However, adjusting to life post-pregnancy can be challenging, and thus, practising self-care and taking care of your needs is an important part in your journey to complete postpartum recovery.
It is important to take care of yourself while taking care of your baby. Indulge in regular skin, hair and body care, they can help elevate your day. I pretty much stuck to my basic skin care routine of cleanse, tone, moisturise, SPF, and added on the Biolumin-C Vitamin C Serum and the Dermalogica Total Eye Care SPF15 eye treatment cream. These products aided in the reduction of acne breakouts and helped me get clearer, brighter skin.
Along with a good skin care routine, I also want to advise every mom to fuel your body with healthy food. I was blessed with healthy food throughout my pregnancy which helped me keep my skin and hair woes at bay and feel my best. Good and healthy food, with proper hydration are key to having healthy skin and hair, and feeling your best.
BB: How do you get rid of the effects of heavy makeup on your skin?
Neha: I am a firm believer in the adage ‘less is more,’ and this is especially true when it comes to makeup. I prefer no-makeup makeup looks and don't like overloading my skin with beauty products. To achieve that natural glow, I would rather invest in a skin care routine. I never go to bed without first removing all of my makeup and dirt from my face. However, on shoot days when heavy makeup is required, I double cleanse before going to bed. I begin my routine with the Precleanse, which is oil-based and melts away all of the day's makeup and impurities. I then use the Special Cleansing Gel to gently cleanse my skin, leaving it smooth and clean. After that, I apply my anti-aging Vitamin C serum which is the Biolumin-C serum, and my favourite Skin Smoothing Cream moisturiser.
BB: What’s next for you?
Neha: Sanak was recently released on Hotstar. I also have another OTT film called A Thursday that’s releasing soon. I shot it when I was around 8 months pregnant. It was quite adventurous! Lots of other advertising work and I get back to work in a few months. Give or take one or two months and I'll be back on set.
Image Courtesy: @nehadhupia