Diwali skin care tips

The most awaited festival in India is just around the corner and let’s face it, as much joy it brings, it also brings skin woes. So ensure that you prep your skin before Diwali and continue your beauty regimen during and after Diwali to achieve a supple and glowing skin.

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Water, water and more water
With all the preparations for the festivities, people tend to forget drinking water. Drink at least 8-10 glasses of water every day as it detoxes your body and gives you a healthy glow. If you want to mix things up, then drink healthy fruit/vegetable juices.

Moisturiser and makeup
Nourish your skin with a moisturizer right after taking bath to restore the lost moisture. Also, use exfoliators to remove dead skin, so that the moisturiser can sink in easily. To protect your skin from dehydrating, use a moisturizer before putting on your foundation. Opt for waterproof mascara, eyeliner and transfer-resistant lipsticks so that the makeup doesn’t smudge and stain. Wash and cleanse your face and rub ice cube for few minutes to lower the sweating so that the makeup stays for longer time. Highlight your eyes with pastel colours. Pink, muted gold and lighter shades of brown are the perfect colours for this festive season. 

Limit your intake of sweets
We know how difficult it is to not eat sweets during the festivals. But you can keep the consumption under control. OD-ing on sugar and fried items will only result in skin breakouts, dull skin and weight gain. 

Protect your skin from firecracker pollution
Most firecrackers have high smoke emissions due to high magnesium and cordite content. These fumes and particulate emissions can settle on your skin and harm it, causing irritant reactions, chemical burns and allergies. Stay at least six to seven feet away from lit fireworks. If you have sensitive skin, it’s a good idea to tie a cotton scarf or dupatta over your face while lighting or watching a fireworks display. Most importantly, wash your face thoroughly with a mild soap and water immediately afterwards and follow up with a moisturiser. 

Indulge in face packs
Another option is homemade face packs or masks, a natural way to get smooth, supple and glowing skin. Use tomato mask if you have oily skin. Mash up a ripe tomato and leave it on your face for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water. Use a banana mask if you have dry skin. Again mash up a ripe banana, add some honey and apply it on your face and neck. Keep it for 15 minutes and rinse with water. If you have combination skin, use honey mask. Apply pure honey on your face and neck. Allow it to set until dry, say, for 15 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water.

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Daily maintenance tips

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Back to basics
Wash your face as if it were made of silk fabric; using a gentle, circular motion, sweep cleanser upward from your neck and décolleté rather than vigorously rubbing and pulling. Applying too much pressure can yield a temporary rosy glow but can damage capillaries and stretch out skin in the long run.

Cut those sugar cravings
Women tend to crave sugary foods, which can wreak havoc on the skin and are said to promote aging by triggering free radicals, inducing inflammation, and damaging cells. Consider a low-sugar diet, which can keep insulin levels down, allowing cells to maintain a healthy balance.

Dive into water based foods
Hydrated skin can be achieved not only by drinking water but also by eating foods that are high in water content. Raw fruits and vegetables (and juices containing them) are an amazing way to increase your body’s essential need for water without lifting a bottle or glass. 

Choose the right product
If you have dry skin that feels taut and deposits flakes when a piece of tape is pressed against it, seek out creamy moisture-rich cleansers with soothing plant extracts like seaweed. Oily or acne-prone? Use a wash with exfoliating fruit extracts (papaya, grapefruit) or salicylic acid daily, and slough dead skin cells with a gentle scrub twice a week. If your skin is sensitive with patches of redness, look for a natural cleansing oil or nonlathering face wash void of dyes and perfumes.

Get the right fat into your diet
Don’t remove all the fat from your diet if you want supple, smooth skin. Studies show that diets with a good amount of essential fatty acids promote healthy cellular turnover, calm inflammation, and result in a supple, more youthful-looking complexion. Omega-3s are plentiful in salmon, mackerel, tuna, nuts, and seeds, so be sure to keep them on the menu for great skin 

Replace lost moisture
Estrogen keeps skin supple but declines over age, making additional hydration essential for a youthful appearance. Supplement loss of natural estrogen with plant estrogens, rich in green veggies like broccoli that also contain glow-getting antioxidants like vitamins A and C. Also search for creams with plumpers like glycerin and hyaluronic acid and use them twice a day regularly for best results. Even if your skin is oily, don’t skip this step, as dehydrated skin will only produce more sebum, exacerbating your issues. 

Wrinkle culprit and moisture bandit
A good sunscreen is important for sun protection as well as protection against moisture loss. The sun shines all year long, making an SPF lotion a necessity—even when it’s below zero outside. In winter months, look for a more emollient version—there are nourishing moisturizers on the market that contain sunscreen as a bonus—to provide a protective barrier against harmful rays and other weather-inflicted skin conditions.

 

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