Its september and you’re ready to board the festival bandwagon once again. With Bakra Eid just around the corner, here are a few easy tricks to keep your skin and hair glowing from both inside and out.
Vibrant dresses, detailed mehendi tattoos, breakfast and late night barbeque parties…the three days of Eid are about to arrive. It’s that time of the year when the energy and spirit are high, with “dawatain” at their peak. However, the accompanying days of fasting may make your skin look dull too. Being a purifying practice, fasting is considered good for skin. Some believe it reclaims their beauty as the body wastes and toxins are purged. The flip side, which most people experience but fail to admit is the fact that, if not done properly then fasting can also dehydrate your skin and leave it in need of extra care than before.
Treat your skin internally, what you are on the inside reflects on the outside
Your skin is your bodys mirror , no other organ reflects the state of internal health more honestly than the skin. An unhealthy lifestyle, lack of sleep and exercise, stress, nutritional deficiencies all show on your face.
The healthier and more physicaly fit you are, the more radiant you look. It is also true that you are what you eat, Include a variety of natural foods, like fresh fruits, raw salads, sprouts, yogurt, fresh fruit juices, leafy green vegetables, dalia, oats, green tea, in your diet.Keep yourself hydrated, drink plenty of water.
A healthy diet is the best way to remove toxins and cleanse the system, not only will it add a glow to the skin but will also keep you energized.
Create a glow on the outside.
The ingredients to keep your skin naturally glowing on the outside lie right there on your kitchen shelf. Chilled rose water works as a great toner, just dip a cotton ball in it,freeze and wipe. Use outward and upward movements on the cheeks, ending each stroke at the temples and applying gentle pressure. On the forehead, start from the centre and go outwards on each side, again ending at the temples. For the chin, use circular movements. Let it dry on its own.
A natural face mask can leave your skin clean and glowing. “Mix honey with egg white and apply it on the face for 20 minutes, then wash it off. For those with dry skin, mix honey with egg yolk and a little milk. Leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse off with water. Follow by toning the face with rose water, as It is very refreshing, removes exhaustion and adds to the glow.
Fruit packs are great for achieving instant freshness, and can be applied daily. Mix grated apples with ripe papaya pulp and mashed banana. Yogurt or lemon juice can also be added to the mixture. Apply it on the face and leave it on for half an hour. Wash off with plain water. It not only adds a glow, but also removes tan and softens the skin.
Multani mitti also clarifies the skin and is particularly useful for oily skin.
Hit the spa and treat yourself to a massage.
Apart from the basic beauty teatments that are waxing, facials, cleansing, manicures and pedicures, treat yourself to some face polishing and rejuvenating body massages.
A proper massage will help you, tone up muscles and improve blood circulation.
If you cant make time for the spa , have someone do it for you at home. Start with massaging the body with sesame seed oil, Then apply “Ubtan” on body, before bathing. Wash off to clear away the dead cells, leaving skin softer and smoother.
Be best friends with this instant energizing drink.
In a glass of water, squeeze some lemon juice and add to it one teaspoon honey and a pinch of salt.
DIY facial scrub
Scrub twice a week. and watch it to wonders to your skin
Mix almonds with yogurt. Add dried and powdered lemon and orange peels. Dried and powdered mint (pudina) leaves also help to add a glow. Apply the mixture on the face and leave on for a few minutes. Then, rub gently, with gentle circular movements, washing off with water. Or, make a facial scrub with walnut powder, honey and lemon juice. Apply the same way.