Sparkle from the inside this Diwali

Sparkle from the inside this Diwali
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The run up to Diwali is just a few days away and our preparations in terms of gifts, diyas and sweets are already rolling. For the festival, most of us seek quick solutions to fix our beauty woes and tend to laden up the skin with numerous varieties of costly chemical cosmetics to look natural, youthful and evergreen.

Here’s a simple solution to shine brighter than the festive lights from comfort of your home:

Start taking care of the skin and hair a few weeks before. Night time cleansing is an absolute must, especially for city dwellers. Chemical air pollutants, dirt and grime hang in the air.

For normal to dry skin, cleanse twice a day, with a cleansing gel, containing ingredients like aloe vera. Massage the cleanser lightly into the skin and remove it with a moist cotton wool. Then apply rose water or skin tonic, using cotton wool.

During the day, use a sunscreen, before going out in the sun. Use moisturiser, if you are indoors. They are available in cream and liquid form. For dry skin, at night, after cleansing, apply a nourishing cream and massage it on the face. Wipe off with moist cotton wool. You can apply a serum afterwards.

To moisturise oily skin, mix one tsp pure glycerin with 100 ml rose water. Keep it in an airtight jar in the fridge. Use a little of this lotion after cleansing. This moisturises the skin, without making it oily. Use a cleansing milk or face wash to cleanse the skin.

The use of facial scrubs helps to brighten the skin and add a glow. Use facial scrub twice a week. Mix ground almonds (badaam) or rice powder with curd and a pinch of haldi. You can also add dried and powdered orange and lemon peels. Apply on the face and rub gently on the skin with small circular movements. Then wash off with water.

Apply a sunscreen before going out in the sun. So, you can look for a sunscreen lotion or cream, depending on your skin type. You should also look for day creams, nourishing or night creams and serums.