Diwali is celebrated with a lot of fanfare throughout India in almost every house hold. Diwali is no longer a one day affair. Most of us get busy shopping, weeks in advance, literally like we won a lottery this season. But it’s one occasion that allows me to indulge in products and services I have been yearning to try. My favorite part of Diwali preparation is that it allows you to declutter the mess in your homes and spruce it up.
But while you are busy buying gifts, splendid outfits, dapper bags, suave cosmetics, home appliances and what not, you often forget to take care of your skin and hair. Here are some tips to make sure you glow brighter than the brightest star this Diwali.
Keep yourself hydrated
Diwali is synonymous with sweets, fried foods, chocolates and other foods we call ‘unhealthy’ round the year. Oily and sweet food leads to break outs on the skin. Most of these food items are popularly known to produce heat into he body. Hence, drinking at least 8 to 10 glasses of water everyday is a thumb rule. You may forget to drink water during the eventful festive days. However, keep reminding yourself to drink a glass every now and then. Have your own personal bottle and target to finish it, in a certain period of time.
Protect your skin
You may put on make up and look flawless during the festival. But protecting and maintaining your skin health is equally important.
– Don’t forget to use a SPF every single day. Apply it 30 minutes before you step out in the sun, and reapply it every two hours.
– Make sure you take off every iota of make up from your skin before you hit the bed. Massage your face with coconut oil to take the make up off, follow it with a mild cleanser and wash off. Use a toner to remove any make up left behind on the face. Apply your favorite moisturizer to complete the cleansing routine.
– During the festive season, the lips tend to dry out because of regular use of lipsticks or exposure to heat and pollutants. Apply a generous amount of lip balm before bedtime and gentle scrub your lips with a soft toothbrush the next morning.
Home Made Face Packs
There is no doubt about the fact that you are naturally beautiful, because God makes no mistakes. But, this festive season if you want an added glow on your face, you can These are simple home-made face packs you must try for an instant glow on your face.
– Milk and lemon juice
Take four to five tablespoons of milk in a bowl and squeeze a few drops of lemon into it. Take a cotton ball and rub this mixture all over your face. Leave it on for five minutes before you wash it off with cold water. This is also my favorite natural cleanser.
– Fruit packs
Fruit packs are the most effective natural way to get smooth, supple and glowing skin. For dry skin, mashed banana and papaya help to hydrate the skin. You can also add milk or honey to the mashed fruits.
For oily skin, mash a tomato and apply the pulp all over your face and neck. Rinse off after 10 to 15 minutes.
– Natural exfoliation
Diwali is a season when you can flaunt your sarees, lehengas and heavy Indian attires. For the outfit to compliment your skin, you can indulge in a quick prep by exfoliating your skin. Use a natural exfoliator to ward off the dead cells and moisture your skin. To prepare your own body scrub – Mix 1/2 cup of sugar, a tablespoon of lemon juice and two table spoons of olive oil. This scrub can also be used on the face, but make sure you scrub your face gently.
Check out my favorite DIY face packs here.
Choose your make up and accessories wisely
Although, Diwali gives you an opportunity to put your best desi foot forward, that does not mean you slather on shimmer and wear every piece of jewelry you own.
Choose make up that suits your skin tone and stays for long. Waterproof mascara, smudge proof eye liner and long-lasting lipstick could be your best friend during the long festive outings.
Clean your face thoroughly and rub a cube of ice before you apply make up. This would reduce sweating and help your make up to stay for long.
And most importantly don’t forget to have fun.
Wish you a very Happy Diwali and a sparkling New Year 🙂