It’s THAT time of the year – when even though my well-informed mind is screaming out a loud NO at me, no exercise and bad eating habits appear justified. It’s Diwali💗
The effects of endless pre and post Diwali parties and gatherings, irresistible mithais, the drinks and the exhausting preparations show on my skin almost instantly. Also despite several campaigns, ads, social messages and government initiatives, there is smoke, toxins and pollution floating thick in the air because of firecrackers, a week before and after Diwali.
Here’s what I am doing to take a little extra care of my skin to improve its health :
The same old saga. But if only there was anything that could hydrate my skin like drinking plenty of water does. I make sure I drink atleast three to four litres of water everyday and it does not only improve how my skin looks but also keeps my body hydrated.
2. How you start your day
You may have read it time and again that the skin heals at night while you are asleep. But in my experience and opinion, the skin does not sleep during the day either. Using light and more effective formulations at night makes sense because you wouldn’t have to worry about SPF. But the thumb rule that works for me is to protect my skin at AM and treat it at PM.
The first thing I do as I wake up is cleanse my skin with a natural cleanser and apply a thin layer of a moisturizer with SPF even if I am indoors.
For the longest time, a glass of warm water with a tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar in the morning has been a detox drink that I swear by. With the festivities around the corner I am making sure I stick to this routine. A clean system from within is a prerequisite to good skin health.
4. Double Cleanse
I have been on a house cleaning spree and needless to say while I clean the house, my skin is exposed to the dirt, grime and cobwebs. I also wear makeup more often during these days. This combination is a perfect storm brewing for spots, dehydration, dullness – a whole plethora of issues that you do not want. It’s extremely significant to cleanse your skin thoroughly to get all the dirt and make up off.
5. Wash your face at night.
Do not sleep in your makeup. I prefer to ditch the Micellar water or wipes as a whole. I have never considered them to be proper cleansers. They are often loaded with chemicals and extra fragrance.
The cleansing method I prefer is to first use a non toxic cleansing butter or balm to melt away all the makeup and dirt. I then wipe away the balm with a soft cloth and use a gentle natural face wash to double cleanse my skin. This makes sure my skin is squeaky clean and I can avoid generating any waste like cotton pads or wipes.
5. Tea Tree
Excessive consumption of sugar, alcohol or over use of make up is likely to break your skin out during the festive season. Tea tree is a powerful oil that has been known for treating skin problems like acne, whiteheads, blackheads and cysts topically. It’s been a part of my skin care journey for almost a decade now.
Dilute a few drops of tea tree oil in water and apply it on acne or breakouts and allow it do it’s magic overnight.
6. Facial oils
I have acne prone skin, despite of that if there is one skincare product my skin really loves is a facial oil. A good oil works great for the skin whether it is dry or oily.
I love using a few drops of jojoba oil as a cleanser or a night oil. Plant Remedy by YBP cosmetics is an absolute gem too.
7. Home face mask
A simple homemade pack with yogurt, chickpea flour and a pinch of turmeric is what I rely on. It’s time to make this paste and slather it on to your face for that festive glow.
8. ICE ICE BABY
If there is one quick fix that really works for reducing inflammation is icing the skin. Wrap ice in a soft cloth and press it on to your skin before your apply make up or just during any time of the day.
9. Cover it like a pro!
It’s festive season and worrying about a zit or a pimple is really not worth the stress. Use the concealers you’ve invested in to cover up and feel like the Goddess that you are.
10. Take a break
In the true sense give your skin a break. It’s probably telling you to let it breath and allow it to heal itself once the festive season ends. Being a product junkie and trying on everything that the internet sells is no less than a punishment for the skin.