We all love celebrations, don’t we? Festivals are a welcomed breather from work routines and unavoidable worries, giving us the chance to immerse in an ambiance of merriment and joy. The delight of catching up with family and friends, reliving old memories, and enjoying cultural rituals- indulging in delicacies- Indian festivities are indeed good times. Coupled with the loud beats of music and elevated movements- the downside of these good times is that they can take a toll on your skin and worse- even on your health!
The nine-night festival of Navratri is almost here, and Indians worldwide will be making the most of these colorfully vibrant days, spending most of their time dancing their heart out to folk songs. Heavy lehenga cholis, mirror work sarees, red-bordered silk sarees, Kediyas, chunky jewelry, and dance props- people’s attire for these days is as effervescent as the occasion itself! The fest also involves a lot of cultural rituals like Durga Puja, fasting, and an array of sweets distributed in the form of prasad. While all this may sound exciting, you need to take good care to stay in high spirits from day one to Dussehra, because looking and feeling good is always a priority! With these easy steps, you can maintain the gorgeous glow of your skin and keep your energy levels throughout the overwhelming influence of such jubilant days:
Skincare and health care tips for Navratri & other festivals
Keep yourself hydrated
The essentiality of water for quality skin is unquestionable. Dancing and sweating- plummeting water levels can be a nightmare! Less water in your body can show up in the form of dark circles and dull skin in just 2-3 days while having even more severe effects on your health. I assume you wouldn’t want to feel dizzy while twirling on the ground, so you ought to be taking in more than your regular intake of water. If you feel weak, then you must also consume lemon juice with salt and sugar twice a day.
Choose the right outfits
The details of your attire have a considerable impact on your skin, mood, and indirectly on your health too! There’s no point in getting decked up in a heavy silk lehenga choli or draping a thick gota patti saree if your skin does not permit that. So take it easy on your wardrobe and create your festive looks with comfort at the core. A printed cotton lehenga choli is better than a heavily ornamented velvet lehenga choli when seen through the lens of comfort fashion.
For the Durga Puja, choose lightweight and flattering fabrics like a red and white georgette saree or a soft art silk saree that is easy to pleat.
Your special Navratri diet
When I say diet, I don’t mean that you control your cravings! But yes, high amounts of sugar intake can drastically lower your energy levels. Stay away from soporific foods like sweets, fast food, and processed dairy products as far as possible. Also, while raising a toast to old memories with your favorite brand of wine may sound fun, you might as well avoid that to enjoy your festivities in good health!
If you’re planning to dance during the late hours of the evening or night, then you must have your supper before sunset and avoid having anything else later!
Catch up on sleep!
Got back home- tired, and wait- did you pick up your phone again? A heavy-head and puffy eyes and needless to narrate the other hazards of less sleep- cutting down on slumber – a big NO! It is better to bid your social group an early goodbye and wake up feeling fresh for the celebration the next day, but if staying up late can’t be avoided, then it is better that you complete at least 6 hours of sleep before stepping out for office next morning!
Nourish your skin
All those savories, heavy HD make-up, and, if you’re celebrating the fest on open ground, then the layer of dust added- that’s too much for your glowing skin and pretty face! Before going to bed, meticulously remove all the make-up and cleanse your face with a mild face wash. If you’re not too keen on salon treatments, then these simple home remedies will keep your skin looking fresh throughout-
- Before applying make-up, put a thin layer of anti-bacterial cream to prevent skin break-outs, rashes, and pimples.
- For removing make-up and keeping your skin supple at the same time, use ghee or milk instead of using a make-up remover.
- Mix 1 spoon of orange juice with two of wheat flour. Add water or curd if required. Apply the paste on your face and wash off after 10 minutes. This citrus pack will instantly rejuvenate your skin!
Little steps can lead to visible results- that’s how it goes with skin and health care! By putting in a little effort, you can enjoy your special days to the fullest and make better memories to cherish forever!