It’s that time of the year again – the time when you take out your shiny sarees or pull out that embroidered confection to be party-ready. And you must face the festivities with a glow that just won’t quit. Mumbai-based dermatologist Dr Batul Patel says that the best way to get glowing skin is to start with a good skincare routine now. Her first picks would be to start including a broad-spectrum sunscreen and a vitamin C liposomal serum which acts as an antioxidant. Bengaluru-based dermatologist Dr Priyanka Reddy says that glowing skin is nothing but a reflection of healthy skin and that does not happen in a day.
Up your skincare
Considering that the festive season is also the most polluted time, upping your skincare routine is just good skin sense. “The most important thing is to keep your skin moisturised and nourished by picking up a moisturiser that is ceramide or hyaluronic acid-based,” Reddy advises. Pat dry your skin to allow moisture to stay.
Keep away from pollution and smoke as much as possible, eat healthily, drink plenty of water. Reddy advises following this routine: Use cold water to wash your face, use sugar as an exfoliator and a face pack of papaya and aloe vera. Finally apply a pack made by mixing curd, egg white, a pinch of turmeric and you can add molecules like vitamin C into it.
In-clinic treatments like jet facials and brightening laser treatments can be used for an instant glow. Patel recommends getting a good natural cleansing scrub like fine brown sugar mixed with aloe vera and honey to help remove dead skin cells or use fresh strawberries as an exfoliator. “For skin tightening effect, pulp a dragon fruit and apply. This helps in moisturising and fighting free radicals too,” she says. For very dry skin, make a clay pack of rose water with fresh coconut – it removes toxins.
Get instant glow
During this time, the skin is also more sensitive, so avoid any deep peels or resurfacing lasers like Erbium lasers or CO2 lasers. Supplements like collagen powder or antioxidants help combat oxidative stress, suggests Patel. Her pick for getting the glow is anything with blackberry extract as its star ingredient as it penetrates into the deep skin layers and gives a high level of hydration. For instant glow, Reddy advises rubbing tomato juice, keeping it for 10 minutes or rubbing ice cubes as it makes the skin firm – it also makes the skin ready for make-up. Her tip: avoid layering make-up or minimise the layers.
Points to note
The festive season, till Diwali and after, is the time when pollution is at its highest. There is also a high level of particulate matter. All this is reactive towards the biological structure and surface of the skin and can induce oxidative stress on your skin causing extrinsic ageing, pigmented spots, dry skin, allergic reactions like eczema, atopic dermatitis, skin sensitivity
1. How you use make-up wipes matters. Use it in small strokes and different wipes for different areas
2. Avoid wipes with alcohol in it. If you are, wash off with water on the face and moisturise
3. Micellar water is the best option to cleanse make-up – and it can be used for the eye area as well
4. Or make your own cleaning solution by mixing fresh aloe vera, rose water and few drops of lavender oil or grapefruit oil – just make sure you are not allergic to essential oils