How to glow like a goddess this festive season
The festive season is here and it is time to look your radiant bestbrunch Updated: Oct 14, 2017 22:15 IST
It won’t be long before we’re all dressed up for the festival of lights, so are your skin and hair as radiant as your outfit will be? If your answer is ‘not really’, don’t panic. Here are simple solutions from top wellness, beauty and make-up experts to help you glow like a goddess!
According to international beauty and wellness expert Suparna Trikha Dewan, it is most important to detox the skin from the harmful effects of pollution and get rid of the dullness and dryness that sets in with the changing weather.
“Make it a pre-Diwali ritual to cleanse and moisturise your face using a teaspoon or two of honey. Just massage it onto your face and wipe off 10 minutes later, using a wet cotton pad,” says Suparna.
Try this scrub too, says Suparna: Mix five powdered almonds, a teaspoon of sandalwood powder, and two teaspoons of oatmeal with the juice of half a lemon and some cold milk for a smooth consistency. Apply this on clean skin and when semi-dry, scrub off with your fingers in a rotating movement. Wash off first with milk, then water.
Follow up with a face mask made of a teaspoon of mint paste, two pieces of mashed papaya, and two teaspoons of Fuller’s Earth, all mixed with milk to make a thick paste. Apply on the face and neck, and wash off when fully dry. “This de-tans the skin, nourishes it and reduces blemishes,” explains Suparna.
Massage the scalp and hair with almond oil to which you have added five drops of rosemary oil and a teaspoon of aloe vera juice. Leave on. Half an hour later, apply a hair pack made with two teaspoons each of amla, reetha and shikakai, one egg and mashed banana, and two teaspoons of powdered fenugreek seeds. Leave on for 45 minutes and shampoo normally for super soft, shiny and nourished hair!
More than make-up
Make-up artist Vidya Tikari says that it’s crucial to prep the skin before making a hefty investment in costly cosmetics.
First, she says, fix an appointment with a dermatologist to zero in on the products that’ll help keep your skin glowing and hydrated.
Next, she recommends hydra facials for women aged between 25-30 years. Suitable for all skin-types, they especially work well for people with dry skin. On the other hand, older women should opt for photo-facials.
“While yellow peel works wonders for pigmentation, something simple like a facial clean-up is all you need for oily skin. That’s why it’s important to consult a good beautician and start professional facials at least 10 days before Diwali,” Vidya adds.
Follow up with a good face mask at home. “Take your pick from sheet masks from Nykaa, Sephora and Innisfree - they have options for different skin types,” says Vidya.
Vidya recommends everything from Keratin treatments for wavy hair to Kerastase for a glossy and moisturised look, and leave-in products for a healthy look. Or just use a hair straightening brush at home for 15 to 20 minutes for frizz-free straight hair.
If you have coarse or damaged hair, massage it with argan oil. “And the best way to treat dandruff and an oily scalp is to mix sea salt in your shampoo. It absorbs the oil secretion and clears the dandruff,” explains Vidya.
The much made-up look is out. Fresh and healthy-looking skin is in. To achieve this look, start by selecting the right foundation. For long wear, go for a nice non-transfer foundation and for short durations, buy an aqua based one - both render a natural effect.
Then swipe on some primer with a hint of shine. Backlight Filter Face Primer from Becca is a good choice, available at Sephora stores. Definitely opt for good contouring products like the Hoola Cream-To-Powder Quickie Contour Stick and a highlighter like Champagne Pop from Becca. Invest in the Naked Heat eyeshadow palette from Urban Decay for smokey eyes, using colours of flame ranging from coffee and toffee to cappuccino, deep ash, brown and caramel. Highlight with a flick of gold or silver liner.
If glitter is your thing, let your eyes do all the talking. To do this, coat your peepers with a layer of Magnificent Metals Glitter and Glow Liquid Eye Shadow from Stila.
Finally, paint your pout with a lip gloss in a warm hue for a day party, and switch to a rich, berry-toned lipstick for an evening do. All brands from Inglot to Faces, to Bobbi Brown, MAC and Colorbar have great hues to suit your taste.
It would be highly blasphemous (and unrealistic) to propose cutting calories at festival time. And our nutritionists agree. Still, you can keep the calories in check.
“If your aim is to not gain weight, then start eating a little less a few days before Diwali,” says celebrity nutritionist Hena Nafis. “For 3,500 extra calories consumed, you gain half a kilo. So create a deficit by eating fewer calories the day before Diwali, or by working out in the morning of the festive day to be able to safely indulge yourself.”
You could also maintain a food journal or download a calorie counting app on your smartphone. And you could burn calories, says Hena, by doing household chores, and basically, not eating like there’s no tomorrow.
Detoxing is best done after Diwali, says Hena. “A body that’s not in a state of rest will not detox. So the first step towards detoxification is to rest well,” recommends Hena.
Next, for at least a week, cut down sugar and fat. For example, instead of making a chicken in gravy, prepare a light stew and substitute fried fish or vegetables with baked or steamed ones.
Liquid diets are strict no-no, but consume plenty of water, as plain water is the best cleanser.
“Those who have partied too much and consumed too much alcohol can take MilkThistle supplements for detoxification, or drink aloe vera juice in the morning,” says Hena.
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From HT Brunch, October 15, 2017
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