Time to flaunt the colourful ghaghras and cholis, your dandiya and garba skills, picture-perfect looks, glowing skin and gorgeous hair, every night as you dance away with your friends to the lilting rhythm of the dhol…
Let us make this Navratri extra special with a few handy tips for flawless beauty and charm. From face scrubs and packs for glowing skin to hair masks and quick fixes for skin issues… take a look at
The Ultimate Ritual to keep your Skin Glowing throughout Navratri...
1. Prep Your Skin
A few minutes of preparation before you put your makeup on goes a long way in keeping your skin super radiant throughout the nine days of fun and frolic.
Tone your skin
Toning is an important part of the cleansing process. A good toning regimen will remove any remaining bits of oil, dirt and debris left behind by washing or cleansing.
More importantly, toning helps soothe, nourish and hydrate the skin while restoring its delicate pH balance.
DIY Home Remedies Skin Toning
Pour some rose water in a bowl. Place cotton wool pads in it and let it soak in the rose water. Keep the bowl in the fridge.After 15 minutes, remove the bowl and start with wiping your face with the soaked cotton pad. On the cheeks, wipe with outward and upward movements in such a way that each stroke ends at the temples. Lastly, pat the skin with the cotton wool pads and wipe it gently with a soft napkin.
Scrub your skin
Dead skin cells, sweat, dirt, and oil can accumulate and build up on the surface of your skin, day after day. These leave your complexion a little dull and even flaky. Exfoliating with a face scrub can remove this build-up, leaving you with skin that feels clean, smooth and glowing.
DIY Homemade Peel scrub
Mix powdered almonds with yoghurt. Add dried and powdered mint and basil leaves. Apply the mixture on the face and leave it on for a 15 minutes. Rub gently, with small circular movements. Wash off with water.
Homemade scrubs can work wonders on the skin by removing the dead skin cells and making the skin brighter.
Mask is Must
Face masks are the perfect skin care treatment to help you with your skin care concerns. The right face mask can help hydrate skin, remove excess oils and help improve the appearance of your pores. They're also an excellent way to help pull out impurities. Masks can deliver higher concentrations of active ingredients to plump, hydrate, and balance the skin. A face mask completes the skin prep regimen leaving your skin smooth and soft.
Refreshing Rose water pack
In a bowl, mix 1 teaspoon rose water and 1 teaspoon milk powder. Mix into a paste and apply on the face. Wash off after 20 minutes. For oily skin, replace milk powder with Fullers earth (multani mitti) for the same paste. After applying the face mask, take two of the cotton wool pads soaked in rose water and use them as eye pads.
Skin Conditioning Fruit pack
Mix grated apples with ripe papaya pulp and mashed banana. Add a little yoghurt or lemon juice. Apply it all over your face and neck and leave it on for half an hour. Wash it off.
2. Enticing Eyes
If you love to enjoy garba every night, then you need to look out for eye bags or puffy eyes.
So the best and natural way to do it is by getting enough sleep. Get 8 hours of sleep every single night
DIY Homemade Cucumber Mint Eye Mask
Blend a cucumber with 4-5 mint leaves. Add a small amount of water to thin the juice. Dip 10-15 cotton pads in the juice and gently squeeze them to get rid of excess juice with your palm. Place the cotton pads flat and separated in a clear bag and freeze them until they are iced. At the end of the day, just take two cotton pads out of the bag and place them over your eyes for around 20-25 minutes.
Cucumber is high in water content and vitamin K, which plays a huge role in refreshing and bringing your tired eyes back to a healthy state. Cucumber is also very effective in reducing the appearance of dark circles, hydrating and soothing the skin around your eyes. Mint has a cooling effect and soothes and removes the under eye bags making your eyes more youthful and lively. By soaking the cotton pads in the cucumber juice and refrigerating them, you can maximize the benefits and have your masks ready whenever you need them.
3. Make up
Always go for waterproof makeup.
Navratri falls in the hot humid month of October. The dancing makes you excessively sweaty.
Waterproof makeup will keep your eyeliner, lipstick and foundation in place.
Apply a light foundation. Don't go all out with your foundation because when you sweat, the foundation will start to look cakey.
Do remember to remove the makeup however tired you are.
Use these skin-friendly makeup removers to keep your face blemish free.
Soak a cotton ball in milk with a few drops of almond oil to remove your make-up.
Wipe away your eye make-up or bold lip colour with cotton ball soaked in baby oil.
4. Flaunt your Back
Navratri is the perfect time to wear those backless cholis and blouses.
But before you do that it is better to get your back waxed and polished.
This works as quick fix for your dull back skin, making it clear, smooth and shining.
5. Prep Your Hair:
You would love to flaunt Your Luscious Long Hair at Garba and Dandiya Nights.
For dull hair, have a quick conditioning treatment before your shampoo.
Conditioning Hair mask
Mix one teaspoon of vinegar and almond oil. Massage into the hair. Do the hot towel wrap. Wash hair after half an hour. Hair will look smooth, bouncy and shiny.
To soften rough, bushy or frizzy hair, mix some water with a creamy hair conditioner and put it in a spray bottle. Spray the mixture on the hair. Then comb the hair, so that it spreads through the hair.
6. Hands and Feet Care
Give yourself a manicure and pedicure well before Navratri begins. If you don’t have time for one, rub your hands and legs with a mixture of sugar and lemon juice.
Continuous and vigorous dancing tends to dehydrate you and your skin. Hydrating your body with ample water is the first trick to a glowing skin during dandiya. Have everything from water, fresh juices, lime water and coconut water as well. This will hydrate your body and give your skin a glow from within. Increase your fluid intake at least by a litre. A helpful tip is to carry lime juice concentrate with sugar, black salt and black pepper powder added. All you have to do is to add water to the concentrate, take a break and sip it slowly … and you will feel as energetic as ever.
8. Relive your feet
Dancing your heart out can cause your feet to revolt.
And you have 9 whole days to dance your heart out.
A simple remedy can help to soothe your aching feet and you are back again with your dancing shoes on ...
You will require 1/2 cup baking soda, 1/2 cup Epson salt, 1 cup apple cider vinegar, 5 or 6 drops of lavender (alternatively basil or rosemary) essential oil.
Fill a tub big enough to hold both your feet comfortably and fill it with hot water. Add all the ingredients and relax. Add marbles into your foot bath and roll your feet over them for a massage.
9. Skin Allergies
Jewellery, costumes and sweating can cause irritation and sometimes red rashes, itchiness, pricking on skin or boils.
Remember to remove the jewellery before sleeping. Wipe them with a soft cloth to remove the sweat and grime on them (It maintains the jewellery and reduces the chances of allergies)
Remove makeup gently with baby oil. Apply ice compresses on the affected area. Application of little baby oil or virgin coconut oil will soothe the skin.
See a Dermatologist immediately if rashes persist or increase or if there are angry boils.
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Happy Navratri !