Festival season that we keep waiting for throughout the year is round the corner again. And am sure all of you are busy with the preparations for the decorations, sweets, gifts and most importantly planning what you will wear, how will you make your hair, what makeup you will apply etc etc; in order to put your best foot forward.
We at Enriching UR Skin also want you to look and feel your best during this time of the year hence we have prepared this article containing useful skincare & hair care tips along with some beneficial remedies to help you look your best.
Well then before we proceed our entire team would like to extend their wishes to all of you for this upcoming Festive Season. We hope & wish our guidance & tips help you in achieving healthy glowing skin so that you can rock this season.
Pampering and preparing your skin before the main festival
- Detoxify your Skin
Incorporate detox waters & fruits in your regular diet. There are number of recipes to prepare detox water but the one benefited me the most is what I am mentioning here.
Lemon, Apple Cider Vinegar, Aloe vera, Honey & Mint Detox Water: Lemons are packed with vitamin C and also stimulate the liver, enriching your body’s detox capabilities. Apple cider vinegar is high in enzymes, and along with aloe promotes a healthier gut, leading to a clearer complexion. Honey is great for anti-bacterial purposes. Mint provides a cooling and refreshing sensation. Preparation (1Lt): cut 2 fresh lemons into 4 pieces each and add these to your water. Then add 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar + 2-3 tablespoons of fresh aloe vera juice + 1-2 tablespoons of honey + 8-10 fresh mint leaves (washed). Mix it and keep it in the refrigerator. Keep sipping on it all day.
Add one or more of these fruits in your daily diet: Avocado, Papaya, Grapefruit, Berries, Orange, Watermelon, Apples, Pineapple etc.
- Deep Cleanse your Skin:
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- For your face you can either go ahead with direct steam cleansing or oil cleansing
Steam Cleansing: If you have an automatic face steamer then it is great otherwise you can simply heat some water in a pan, let it boil then transfer it in a steel jug, tuck your head inside a towel and get some steam. Plz be careful not to touch your face to the hot steamer/jug and do not touch the hot jug with your bare hands. Steaming should be done for no more than 1-3 minutes. Steaming helps in temporarily widening/opening the pores of the skin.
Immediately after steaming apply your face wash on your wet skin and rub in circular motion for about a minute (you can also use a Clarisonic Skin Cleansing System for this) before finally washing off with lukewarm water. Dab a little rose water on your face. Pat your skin dry and apply your regular moisturizer.
Oil Cleansing: It works on the principal that “like dissolves like”, therefore “oil dissolves oil”. You may use any natural oil that suits your skin such as jajoba, coconut, olive, or almond oil. Gently massage a small amount of oil for at least one or two minutes until it saturates your skin.
Then place a clean washcloth under very hot water and wring it dry. Open it and place it on your face until it cools. Repeat the process using the other side of the wash cloth. You may also gently wipe off any remaining oil. The steam from the washcloth helps to dissolve any dirt on your skin. You do not need to moisturise your skin after oil cleansing as there will still be a thin layer of oil on your skin. It is normal for your skin to go through an adjustment period when you start oil cleansing. This could last about a week.
- For your Body
Use your bath to detox your skin by adding a cup of epsom salt and a cup of apple cider vinegar to your lukewarm bath water. These will draw dirt and other impurities out of your pores, helping your skin to start over fresh.
3. Exfoliate your Skin:
Exfoliation is the removal of the dead, keratinized skin cells sitting on the skin’s surface. Exfoliation leaves the skin smoother and fresher looking, and makes it easier for expensive facial products like serums & creams to penetrate the skin’s surface.
However, it is easy to overdo facial exfoliation, especially, at home with overzealous scrubbing and cheap products like apricot kernel scrubs. So remember do not over scrub as it removes all moisture from skin and may also harm the skin.
You can either use packaged scrubs available widely in the markets or homemade ones.
Three useful homemade scrubs:
- Sugar scrub: Mix 2 tablespoon of brown sugar, 1 tablespoon finely ground coffee, 1 tablespoon of olive/ almond oil (if your skin is not acne prone) or jajoba/ argan oil (if your skin is acne prone). Mix it for 1-2 mins so that the sugar gets slightly melted. Dampen the skin with water, and scrub gently in circular motions.You can also keep this on for 5 mins after scrubbing before finally washing off with lukewarm water.
- Oats and curd scrub: It is important to use a scrub every few days to get rid of dead skin cells. Use oats to scrape this layer off your skin and curd for its moisturising action. Use this scrub once every 10 to 15 days if your skin is normal and oily.Preparation & Application- Mix oats and curd to get a grainy paste. Apply it on the T-zone and other parts of the face but avoid applying too much on the cheeks. Massage gently and then wash off with plain water.
- Papaya scrub: Papaya pulp is a perfect substitute for any face scrub you get in the market. Just cut a few big pieces of a ripe papaya, mash it with your hands and apply on the face like a scrub. Let it sit for 15 – 20 minutes and wash off with warm water. You can do this two times in a week for best results.
4. Moisturize, Pamper & Rejuvenate your Skin:
Moisturization is the key to any healthy skin hence do not skip your moisturizer at any cost. Also night time moisturization is crucial as that is the time when natural skin rejuvenation takes place.
If you have a busy schedule and don’t have time for face packs then you can opt for different SHEET MASK’s.
But if you can take out some time from your busy schedule then you should always indulge in conventional face packs. You can use packaged or homemade face packs for this. I would personally advice homemade natural packs.
You can click below to choose homemade face pack according to your skin types/Concerns:
- Normal Skin
- Oily Skin
- Dry Skin
- Combination Skin
- Sensitive Skin
- Acne prone Skin
- Blemished/ pigmented Skin
- Mature Ageing Skin
- If you have tanning you can try one of the packs:
- Almond and Milk pack: Soak few almonds overnight in water. The next morning drain the water and grind almonds into a semi-fine form. Add milk to these ground almonds and spin once more in the grinder to make a thick paste. Apply this on the face and let it dry for about an hour. Wash off with lukewarm water.
- Lemon Juice and Potato pack: Extract the juice of one medium sized potato, and mix together with a teaspoon of freshly extracted lemon juice. Apply this on your face like all other packs. Leave it on for half an hour before you wash it off with lukewarm water and pat dry.
- If you have dark circles you can try one of these remedies:
- Grate a small cucumber, extract the juice and mix with lemon juice in equal quantities, then apply it on the skin near the eyes using a cotton ball. Leave it on for 15 minutes and then wash it off with water. Do this once daily for eight to 10 days.
- Grate one or two raw potatoes to extract the juice. Soak a cotton ball in the juice and place it over your closed eyes. Make sure the juice covers the dark circles under your eyes as well as the eyelids. Allow the juice to sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse your eyelids well with cool water. Repeat once or twice daily for a few weeks.
- Boil two green tea bags in one-half cup of water for 10 minutes. Remove the tea bags and cool them in the refrigerator for half an hour. Put the cold tea bags over your eyes for about 15 minutes. Follow this remedy twice daily for at least 10 days to get positive results.
JUST A DAY or TWO BEFORE THE MAIN FESTIVAL:
- Do not bleach, wax or scrub your face.
- If you have oily or acne prone skin, avoid facials and massages. This can stimulate sebaceous glands, clog pores and cause whiteheads and blackheads right on the day of the festival.
- For your hands & nails- Mix almond oil and honey in equal parts and massage into the nails and cuticles. Leave on for 15 minutes and wipe off with a moist towel. OR Mix together 3 tablespoons of rose water with one tablespoon each glycerin and lemon juice. Apply on hands and feet and leave for half an hour. Wash off with plain water.
- Bring that radiance on your face with a mild pack that can be used for all skin types.
Instant Glow Packs:
- Mix 2 tablespoons of powdered/ground coffee + 1 tablespoon brown sugar (you can use normal sugar if you do not have brown sugar) + 1 teaspoon of olive oil + 1 teaspoon honey + cold milk. Stir it briskly to form a semi-thick paste (just be sure that the sugar gets melted a bit and it does not have sharp edges anymore). Wash your face with water and pat dry completely. Apply this paste on your face, spread evenly. Gently rub your face in circular motion with your fingertips. Let it sit for around 15-20 mins. Then rinse off with water and see a beautiful glow.
- Mix 1 tablespoon full spoon of rice powder + 2 tablespoon of cold milk. Make a fine paste. Apply on face for 15-20 minutes and then gently rub your face in circular motion with your fingertips before finally rinsing off with water. It exfoliates, purifies and re-mineralizes your skin to give a glowing skin. It’s natural anti ageing and oil-absorbing properties, makes them good for oily or acne-prone and dull mature skin.
Important Points to Remember & Follow:
- Always keep your wet wipes handy and also carry a thermal spring water mist/spray with you while you are busy shopping or traveling during this season.
- Do not forget to moisturize your skin twice daily because as winter approaches during this time of the year, the air becomes very dry.
- Even if you have a hectic schedule never skip sunscreen.
- “ALWAYS” remember to cleanse your make up before you hit the bed, else you are going to end up clogging all your pores, resulting in a breakout.
- For Diwali: Continuous bursting of firecrackers increases the level of suspended heavy metal particles in the air significantly. Large amounts of toxins are also emitted in the air, which can not only cause blocked pores but can also irritate your skin. Therefore do not forget to cleanse your skin before going to bed on Diwali day.
- For Chritsmas & New Year parties: the skin is under bright lights/flashing lights for hours together making it susceptible to irritation. Also usually these parties go on entire night hence remove your makeup and cleanse your face as soon as you come back home/in the room.
Pampering and preparing your hair for festival
- Oil & Massage your scalp: Oil helps keep your hair healthy and retain its naturals shine. Apply liberal amounts of lukewarm oil on your scalp at least once a week and try to oil at least an hour before you shampoo. Additionally to enhance the effect you can also using a hot towel wrap. For this dip a towel in hot water, squeeze out the water and wrap the hot towel around the head, like a turban. Keep it on for 5 minutes. Repeat the hot towel wrap 3 or 4 times. This helps the hair and scalp absorb the oil better.
- Pamper your hair with some packs:
- Avocado hair mask/pack: massage gently a mixture of mashed ripe avocado and banana onto your scalp. Allow it to sit on your scalp for about 30 minutes. Wash it off with lukewarm water.
- Coconut milk pack: grate a coconut and grind it in a mixer. You can extract the milk from this ground paste. (Packaged ready made coconut milk is also available in the market.) Apply the milk directly to the scalp as well as along the hair length from the roots to the ends. Leave it on for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Wash using a mild shampoo.
- If your hair is dull & damaged. Mix one teaspoon each of vinegar and honey with one egg. Beat them together well. Massage the mixture into the scalp. Then wrap the hair in a hot towel for twenty minutes, before washing the hair. Your hair will have more body and look shiny and manageable for at least 1-2 weeks.
3. Just a day prior to the main festival day give your hair a quick conditioning treatment. Condition your hair with one of the following to get those shinning healthy tresses:
- Mayonnaise: This is one of the most important shiny hair recipe. Apply thin layer of mayonnaise on your hair like conditioner according to your length and cover your hair with a shower cap. Leave it for 20 minutes to set up. Wash thoroughly.
- Vinegar: Vinegar is one of the vital home remedies for instant shiny hair. Mix 2 spoons of vinegar in a bowl of water. After cleaning your hair with shampoo, wash your hair with this solution. Instant shine of your hair is that much easy.
- Beer: Among the home remedies for instant shiny hair, beer also has positive impact. Beer has natural ingredients to condition your hair. After shampooing, pour beer on damp head and slightly massage on scalp. Wash out.
As the festivities bring running around, late nights, un-healthy food and pollution along with it; the skin is subjected to all these stress factors; besides the dry weather that winter brings along. Therefore it becomes imperative to replenish your skin after the festival season finishes. For which you should first exfoliate and then rejuvenate your skin. Also after all the unhealthy food & sweets; it’s time to eat high fibre foods like vegetables, sprouts, citrus fruits and salads every day along with consuming lots of water.