With the long festive season comes a long list of health and skin problems. Partying round the clock, cutting down on sleep, not having enough water, piling up makeup on your face (and hitting the bed without removing it) can lead to a number of skin disorders.
What your body and mind are probably craving for right now is some rejuvenation. Here are some tips from health and beauty experts to refresh your skin, body and mind.
Start your day with a glass of methi (fenugreek) dana water that aids detoxification. “Soak methi seeds overnight in water and drink it on an empty stomach in the morning,” says beauty expert Gunjan Gaur.
Preserve that pout
If you love lipsticks, you also know that you need to care for your lips, which have such sensitive skin. They are more prone to cracking and chapping than any other part. “You can make homemade lip balm using jojoba oil, beeswax, cocoa butter and herbal powder,” says cosmetologist Dr Naresh Arora.
Bring the spa home
Who doesn’t love a good spa session? It’s relaxing, sure, but a good face masks also helps restore the skin’s vitality and suppleness. Give your skin spa-like pampering with luxurious face masks.
“Mix a tsp of ground coffee, a tsp of cocoa powder and plain yoghurt, and apply on your face for 15 minutes. Coffee is known to reduce swelling around the eyes, while the antioxidants in cocoa powder work against ageing,” says makeup artist Simran Kaur.
Go nuts for energy
It becomes important that you boost your body’s immunity and resistance by increasing the intake of antioxidants. “Up the body’s intake of antioxidants such as vitamins E and C, beta carotene and some trace minerals such as selenium. Include walnuts, peanuts, almonds, olives, half an amla and one serving of papaya in your diet,” says nutritionist Kavita Devgan.
Three golden rules
It is not just your eating habits that lead to breakouts on the skin and an overall feeling of lethargy. Rough weather and the onset of winter also mean dry and dull skin. “The key to good skin in autumn is regular exfoliation. Make an uptan using soaked urad dal (or oatmeal), besan, curd and turmeric powder. Apply toner or rose water immediately after cleansing to close the pores. Use a light-weight, preferably water-based moisturiser,” suggests makeup artist Aakriti Kochar.