Make your skin look as radiant as your diyas with this Diwali-special skincare routine!
Diwali, the festival of lights, is just around the corner—and most of us can't wait to get decked out in the finest clothes and accessories to enjoy the festivities. And while it’s all fun and games to display our new outfits during the festivities, it is also vital to let our skin speak for itself. After all, your radiant skin will make you shine bright this season.
While we're busy planning social gatherings and parties, how about blocking some time for skin care as well? While you do not need to drastically alter your daily skin routine, keeping these skincare routine steps in mind will certainly help you keep your skin looking radiant and glowing throughout the festive season.
#1 Stay Hydrated
We know you've heard it before, but staying hydrated is crucial to healthy-looking skin. Regardless of what else you do, make sure you keep a cute water bottle with you at all times.
Otherwise, you'll get dehydrated, and your dry, dull skin will show it.
#2 Cleanse Regularly (And Fully!)
To achieve radiant skin, thoroughly remove debris such as dirt, oil, and pollution particles that can clog pores and dull your complexion. You should wash your face in the morning and at night with a small amount of well-cleansing but hydrating face cleanser, massaging it in with your fingers in circular motions from the inside out to ensure full coverage.
Rinse it off with cool water.
#3 Exfoliate Your Skin
When it comes to brightening and boosting the glow of skin, exfoliation is a great way to achieve both results immediately and in the long run. By removing dead skin cells, the skin's surface becomes smoother, clearer, and more reflective.
Exfoliate either your face with a facial scrub two to three times a week. If you’re a fan of chemical exfoliators, use them once a week for dry or sensitive skin, and three times at most for other types.
#4 Moisturize and Protect
Adding a layer of moisturizer will enhance your radiance for the sparkling festivities. Hydrated skin also reflects light, giving it an instantly glowing appearance.
Be sure to shield your skin from sun damage by using broad-spectrum sunscreen or day cream with SPF 30 or above.
#5 Look For Skin Brightening Ingredients
Check the packaging of topical skincare products for terms like "brightening" and "skin tone-evening," as well as active ingredients such as:
- Vitamin C, an antioxidant that blocks pigment-producing enzymes, brightening the skin.
- Niacinamide, a type of vitamin B3 that lightens dark spots by slowing pigment production.
- Pink aloe vera, obtained by extracting aloe vera gel at extremely high temperatures, which causes the aloe vera to oxidize very slowly, making it way more potentthan green aloe.
By starting the use of these star brighteners a couple of weeks before Diwali, you can improve the appearance of your complexion over time. Within a few weeks, you will see effects, and maximum results will occur within about three months.
#6 Trust the Toner
Put on a hydrating toner before you apply any other products (like a serum, moisturizer, or makeup). This way, your serums, and other products will be able to penetrate deeper so you'll truly be getting the benefits.
Toners with witch hazel or salicylic acid are good for oily skin. Try a toner with glycerin or ceramides if you have dry skin.
#7 For a Quick Fix, Try a Face Mask
Apply a hydrating face mask to your skin whenever it feels dehydrated or right before the Diwali celebrations.
This will give your skin an instant glow.
#8 Or Make Your Own DIY Mask
Boost the vibrancy of your skin with this homemade skincare face mask. It soothes the skin and tightens pores.
- 1/2 cup yogurt
- 1/2 cup mashed strawberry
- 1/4 cup honey
Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix well. Use the product on your face and neck, avoiding your eyes. Rinse after five minutes.
If you want a more exfoliating formula, add two tablespoons of almond powder and scrub the mix onto your face before leaving it as a mask—your skin will look radiant.
#9 Give Your Face a Massage
Feeling down? Try a two-minute face massage to look fresh in the short term, as well as firm and contour your skin over time. Before applying makeup, apply a serum or oil to your face. Then use a jade roller or your knuckles to massage it thoroughly. By stimulating the blood flow, you can wake up your entire complexion.
As part of your regular routine, you can also massage your face whenever you cleanse it—to increase circulation and give it a natural vibrancy.
#10 Add Antioxidants to Your Diet
OK, so we've discussed how to boost your glow on the outside, but there are a few more things you can do to improve it from within. The best way to make your skin glow is to consume foods high in antioxidants.
Consider grapes, berries, and nuts like walnuts and pecans. Next time you're looking for an afternoon snack, grab those nuts and berries because their antioxidants can prevent UV damage to your skin.
#11 Get Good Sleep
There's a reason it's called beauty sleep! A sufficient amount of sleep helps the skin maintain its natural turnover and exfoliation.
Your skin is paying the price for not getting enough sleep, so make sure you get seven hours every night.
#12 Remember That Consistency Is Key
You won't see results if you follow the step-by-step skincare routine one day and skip it the next. Getting glowing skin for the festive season requires consistency. Make sure you follow these steps exactly as recommended.
#13 Give Your Foundation a Boost
If your skincare isn't working, you can just boost your foundation to give you a glowing complexion. Adding a few drops of liquid highlighter to your foundation will give your skin an extra glow for the Diwali celebrations. But make sure you use a hydrating foundation since the summer to monsoon switch happens close to Diwali.
As opposed to a straight-out highlighter, it creates an even, sheer layer of sheen that appears more natural.
The Bottom Line
We hope the above tips have answered all your questions about "how to get ready for festivals".
If you’ve got any more doubts, feel free to ask them in the comment section below!