Cleansing of the skin assumes more importance in order to get rid of the impurities and pollutants that are deposited on the skin during Diwali. The chemicals in urban air, along with the pollutants from the fire crackers, are potent skin irritants. They not only cause dryness of the skin, but actually disrupt the normal acid-alkaline balance of the skin.
They can also cause rashes and other eruptive conditions. As it is, Diwali heralds the beginning of the cold and dry weather.
Here are some post Diwali Skincare tips I would recommend :
• If you have dry skin, use a cleansing cream or gel. For oily skins, cleansing milk or face wash may be used. For oily skin, also use a facial scrub after cleansing. To make a home cleanser, take a tablespoon of cold milk and add 2 drops of any vegetable oil (olive, or til or sunflower oil). Mix well. Dip cotton wool in it and use it to wipe the skin. Then, wipe the skin with a rose based skin tonic or rose water to complete the cleansing process and refresh the skin. It improves blood circulation to the skin surface and adds a glow.
• Green tea also makes a good skin toner. If there is a rash or eruptions, add a little rose water to sandalwood paste and apply on the face. Wash off with plain water after 15 minutes.
• A face mask would also help to remove impurities and restore the normal balances of the face. Mix two teaspoons wheat bran (choker) with one teaspoon each of almond meal (ground almonds), curd, honey and rose water. Mix everything together into a paste and apply on the face, avoiding the lips and area around the eyes. Wash it off after 20 minutes. Or, make a simple face pack by mixing one teaspoon each honey and milk with one egg white. This cleanses, nourishes and moisturizes the skin.
Haircare Tips post Diwali :
• Particulate air pollutants collect on the scalp and makes our hair rough and dull. Mix one teaspoon each of vinegar and honey with one egg. Massage the mixture lightly into the scalp. Leave on for half and hour and then wash the hair. Rinse well with water.
• Give the hair hot oil therapy. Heat pure coconut oil and apply on the hair. Then dip a towel in hot water, squeeze out the water and wrap the hot towel around the head, like a turban. Keep it on for 5 minutes. Repeat the hot towel wrap 3 or 4 times. This helps the hair and scalp absorb the oil better. Leave oil on overnight and wash the hair next day.
• The impurities and pollutants can also affect the eyes, causing burning or redness. The eyes should be washed with plain water several times. Soak cotton wool pads in chilled rose water and use them over the eyes as eye pads. Lie down and relax for fifteen minutes. This really helps to remove fatigue and brightens the eyes.