A decade ago, skincare was simple. You used a face wash and moisturiser, and that was it. However, today there are tons of products in the market, and our skincare routines include a minimum of five to six steps. Each product has to be carefully selected based on skin type and ingredients, and at times it feels like you need a medical degree to develop the perfect routine.

While going to a dermatologist is important to get a thorough analysis, you don’t always need to run to the clinic for basics like a moisturiser. Simple, non-fussy, over-the-counter skincare products can easily fix common skin problems. Here are a few easy fixes that even your dermatologist will approve of.

 

Problem: Uneven skin tone and premature ageing

Problem: Uneven skin tone and premature ageing

Fix: Sunscreen

We will tell you this a hundred times and then some more; sunscreen is the most basic skincare product you can use for your skin. Just like you can’t go a day without washing your face, you shouldn’t skip a single day of sunscreen application if younger, even-toned skin is your goal. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen like the Ponds Sun Protect Non-Oily Sunscreen SPF 30 to protect your skin from UVA and UVB rays. The product spreads easily on the skin and does not make it greasy.

 

Problem: Excessive dry or oily skin

Problem: Excessive dry or oily skin

Fix: Gentle cleanser

If your skin feels too dry or too oily after washing your face, then you’re probably using the wrong cleanser. Using a gentle cleanser formulated for your skin type can easily address this problem. Use a moisturising face wash like the Simple Kind To Skin Moisturising Facial Wash for dry skin and Simple Daily Skin Detox Purifying Facial Wash for oily skin. Both these cleansers are formulated without any harsh ingredients and are super gentle on the skin.

 

Problem: Fine lines and wrinkles

Problem: Fine lines and wrinkles

Fix: Anti-ageing moisturiser

Wrinkles and fine lines have started appearing sooner than ever before. So much so that women in their mid-20s are advised to start using anti-ageing products to fight the signs of ageing. Products that contain retinol, vitamin A and niacinamide should be included in your skincare routine. The Lakme Youth Infinity Skin Sculpting Serum contains collagen boosters, vitamin A, and niacinamide to brighten, lift, and firm the skin while strengthening its barrier.

 

Problem: Dull skin

Problem: Dull skin

Fix: Skin gel

Dull skin is a common skin problem that arises due to constant exposure to pollution and other impurities. This can invite a number of skin issues, including rashes, irritation and breakouts. Using a gel on your skin in the morning will repair and protect it from environmental aggressors. The Lakme 9 to 5 Naturale Aloe Aqua Gel soothes, hydrates and acts as a barrier between pollution and your skin.

 

Problem: Dark circles and puffy eyes

Problem: Dark circles and puffy eyes

Fix: Eye cream

Dark circles, under-eye bags and puffy eyes are increasingly becoming common problems. To tackle these, you need nourishing and revitalising under eye cream. Massaging a tiny amount of the Dermalogica Stress Positive Eye Lift will de-puff, brighten and energise the eye area and give it a lifting effect.