Diwali is one of my favourite Indian festivals. It's that time of the year when I actually take the effort to dress up. I go shopping for the perfect festive outfit and choose a makeup look to go with it too. In fact, the dressing up and makeup is not just limited to the day. The numerous card parties and family dinners start almost 10-12 days before the festival. While it's all fun and games till Diwali, you get a reality check once the party is over. My skin for that matter looks like it's been through a war! The late nights, unhealthy food choices and layers of makeup take a toll on the health of my skin. If you too are in the same boat, here's some help. With proper care, you can bring back the glow!
Skin detox is a form of self-love too. When you're happy and healthy from within, it shows on your skin first. That's what we're gonna learn today. Here's how to detox and give your skin a well-deserved break for putting up with your festive shenanigans.
You need a beauty product more powerful than a cleanser to help unclog your pores. A scrub would do your skin good in this case. The one I'm lovin' at the moment is this Balinese Boreh face scrub from POPxo. I love that it has a healthy infusion of vitamins and antioxidants that make my skin feel smooth, soft and nourished post-cleansing.
For a whole week, don't apply makeup. Let your skin breathe and recover. Get comfortable with bare skin. If you can't live without makeup, a little bit of concealer can work miracles. However, if I were you, I would take a break from makeup. Also, don't forget to remove even the slightest product that you do apply before going to bed.
Continuing to consume sugar-rich foods even after Diwali does more damage than good. It will break you out as it spikes up the body's insulin levels and damages both, collagen and elastin, in the long run. Satisfy your cravings by opting for foods that are rich in alkalines like berries, lemons, oranges, bananas, peaches, watermelons and oranges. These are loaded with vitamins and water. Imagine how much your skin will benefit from this!
I'm not going to mother you about how much water to drink. However, I am going to tell you that it's good for your digestive system and skin. You can easily tell if a person is dehydrated or not by the way their skin looks. Are their lips chapped? Is skin peeling off from the bridge of their nose? Has their skin started to look stretched, shrivelled and tired? Any of those signs do not indicate health. Take baby steps. Start with 4 glasses of water and gradually increase your intake. Feel free to add lemon juice and honey for taste!
Just because you are on a makeup break, doesn't mean you can take a break from skincare as well! Don't forget the basic cleansing, toning and moisturising. Follow the CTM routine once in the morning and once at night. Moisturising is especially important if you want baby soft and nourished skin. You'll need a face creme that prevents clogged pores, reduces sebum production and makes your skin firmer and brighter. You'll never have to use a filter on the 'Gram once you make the POPxo Egyptian White Lotus Face Creme a part of your skincare routine.
Have you been missing your workouts due to all the late nights? Lack of exercise can not only take a toll on your body but on your skin as well. That's why you got to go for a good sweat sesh. Working out at the gym or even a run around the park increases blood flow, helps nourish skin cells and get rid of trapped dirt and oil. Sweat pushes out the toxins and removes impurities from the skin, thus giving you a natural glow.
What better way to relax than to put on a face pack, sip on a glass of wine and read a good book, right? Indulge babe, indulge! For tired and dull skin, you might want to give POPxo's honey, oatmeal and clay mask a shot. The pack smells divine and leaves a radiant glow on your skin. Wait? Did I just make you a weekend plan? Woohoo!
Give it a couple of weeks and I bet that your skin's texture will get back to normal and look healthier and brighter. All the best, ladies!
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