As the festival of lights approaches, our to-do lists get longer. Ingredients to buy and prep for festive feasts, ornaments to deck our homes, gifts to buy people, new attires to shop for. Amidst this extensive checklist for Diwali 2023, prepping our skin to glow is not really something that occurs to us until the last moment and then we just resort to expensive salon procedures. But what if we tell you of easy ways to get that glow without breaking the bank? Happiest Health shares expert tips on maintaining healthy and glowing skin this Diwali season.
Common skin issues during Diwali
Bengaluru-based Dr Mikki Singh notes that the increased use of makeup and exposure to firework’s smoke, coupled with Diwali’s dry weather, can cause dry, flaky, and dehydrated skin. Skin allergies may also arise from contact with chemicals in fireworks or skincare and makeup products. Dr Leelavathy says that increased intake of sweets, prolonged exposure to environmental pollution, and smoke can contribute to an uneven skin tone and trigger acne breakouts.
Singh recommends incorporating a deep cleansing treatment like Hydra Medi Facial once a week. She advises, “Use skincare products rich in antioxidants like vitamin C to combat the effects of pollution. Ensure you have a night skincare routine in place. This is when the skin repairs itself.” She suggests using a good hydrating serum or oil along with alcohol-free toners to maintain the pH balance of the skin. She says that excessive makeup can clog pores, potentially causing breakouts or skin irritations.
Bear these in mind
Dr Singh, consultant dermatologist at Bodycraft Clinics and Dr Leelavathy, professor and head of department, dermatology, Bowring and Lady Curzon Hospital jointly offer valuable glowing skin tips to help you achieve and maintain a radiant complexion this Diwali season:
- Cleanse regularly: Given the pollution from fireworks and the frequent application of makeup, it is essential to cleanse the face and body at least twice a day to remove dirt and impurities.
- Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water to keep the skin hydrated from within. Use a good quality moisturiser suitable for your skin type. Hydrating and moisturising products containing ceramides, hyaluronic acids, vitamin C and vitamin E are recommended.
- Sun protection: If you are stepping out during the day, apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen to protect your skin from harmful UV rays.
- Exfoliate: Use a mild exfoliator once or twice a week to get rid of dead skin cells and promote skin renewal. Use a face mask once a week.
Expert recommendations for glowing skin
- Conduct a patch test before using new products.
- Choose mineral-based or non-comedogenic makeup, and avoid skincare products known to be comedogenic.
- Effectively remove makeup before sleeping, using a gentle makeup remover.
- Allow your skin makeup-free days for recovery and breathing.
- Maintain a consistent skincare routine.
- Opt for light makeup and always remove it before bed.
- Regularly clean your makeup brushes and sponges.
- Consult a dermatologist in case of any adverse skin reactions.
Dr Leelavathy emphasises the significance of diet in achieving radiant skin. She suggests incorporating skin-friendly foods such as:
- Citrus fruits (oranges, berries, and lemons)
- Nutrient-rich nuts (almonds and walnuts)
- A variety of vegetables
- Nourishing coconut milk
- Protein-packed eggs
To enhance skin health, she advises minimising or avoiding junk, fried foods, and excessive sweets. In addition to dietary choices, Dr Leelavathy recommends maintaining a holistic approach with regular exercise, sufficient sleep, and balanced meal intervals. She says these factors collectively contribute to maintaining healthy, radiant skin.