Diwali is a season of joy, festivities, traditions and crackers. It is also that time of the year when you spend time with your loved ones, indulge in gifting and socializing. While making the most of this festive season, a little care, awareness and alertness can go a long way in helping you look and feel good both on the inside and outside and keep a spring in your step as you spread joy and vitality all around.
How to care for your skin
- Most of us would be attending Diwali dinners, parties and get-togethers. For removing make-up after attending a party, one must use natural oils such as olive oil or coconut oil. These oils are able to cleanse the skin without over-drying it. They are also great at removing all types of make-up, including the darkest mascara and pigmented lipstick.
- In festival season, the skin becomes sagged, dry and dull. Therefore, don’t forget to moisturize your skin with an appropriate moisturizing lotion.
- Pollution and smoke from crackers can irritate your skin, especially if you have sensitive skin. Wash your face with a gentle face wash after you are done bursting crackers or being around them.
- Use rose water; put it in an empty spray bottle and use it as often as possible. This will keep the skin fresh and fragrant.
- The enzyme ‘papain’ in papaya is helpful in removing dead skin cells. Thus, applying papaya on the skin exfoliates the skin in the most gentle and natural way. So use papaya to have a glowing skin this Diwali.
- Finally, don’t forget to keep yourself hydrated. Drink at least 8-10 glasses of water every day. Drinking water clears up your skin and gives it a healthy glow.
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How to care for your diet
- It is natural to indulge at a Diwali dinner or party. You may end up eating food that you otherwise avoid through the year. In this context, detoxification after a heavy Diwali dinner or party becomes extremely important.
- You can prepare a mix of cucumber juice, a few drops of squeezed lemon plus mint leaves. This concoction works as an effective detox drink; it is both refreshing and soothing for your system.
- Having a glass or two of warm water with lemon squeezed in it first thing in the morning also works against acidic tendency of the body and promotes overall health and digestion.
- One should limit the intake of fried foods during Diwali as eating fried food promotes breakouts and dull skin.
- While preparing sweets to consume at home or ordering for gifting, use a simple trick. Go in for jaggery as a sweetener instead of white, refined sugar. Jaggery is a healthier option by all accounts.
- If you have had a late night, drinking herbal teas (fennel, mint or chamomile) the morning after helps. These teas calm, soothe and relax your stomach after a crazy night.
- The banana also calms the stomach. The fruit is also rich in electrolytes, magnesium and potassium, all nutrients that are depleted during heavy drinking.
- Take a Vitamin B supplement. Also, take a good probiotic to keep the energy levels up and the stomach healthy.
- Avoid smoking. Smoking can accelerate the ageing process in the skin. It breaks down collagen causing skin to age faster. Avoid it as much as possible.
- Avoid alcohol. The after-effects of hangovers are well-known to us. It is best to indulge in mocktails and keep up the spirit of celebration.
If you are happy and healthy, no one can stop you from looking and feeling good this festive season. Make the most of Diwali and give people a chance to turn back and look at your smile once more.
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