Diwali is just around the corner. This means lots of shopping, family celebrations, fireworks, parties, late nights, binge eating… And through it all, you need to look perfect and flawless!
Step up your skin care routine. It is all being consistent. No matter how tired or busy you are, your must find those 5 minutes in the morning and evening to nourish and pamper your skin.
To make sure you shine through this festive season, Beauty Button has created the ultimate Diwali Brightening Regimen just for you.
1. Wash your face as soon as you get home.
Dirt, grime and pollution make skin dull. So if you want your skin to glow, you need to take them all off as soon as you can. Many of us wait for too long before washing our faces. This means the bad stuff is sitting on our skin for longer – doing more damage.
Whatever you do, never ever sleep without washing your face. You’re going to wake up to dull skin, blemishes, clogged pores and overtime, fine lines. So it’s best to wash up as soon as you walk in the door so that you don’t get lazy.
Stuff I ♥: La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel is gentle, but really effective in removing all the dirt and grime. My skin feels clean and fresh, but never tight and dry.
2. Brush away dull skin with a face scrub.
Gently scrubbing your skin should be an essential part of your regular beauty routine. When you exfoliate, you are removing the dead skin cells that make your skin look dull, patchy and uneven.
After you scrub, you will immediately see results. Your skin will be brighter & smoother, and your pores will look cleaner and smaller.
It’s very tempting to do this every day. But you should NOT!
Over-scrubbing is very bad for your skin. It can damage your skin barrier, making it too thin and sensitive. Twice a week is more than enough.
Stuff I ♥: Kiehl’s Epidermal Re-Texturizing Microdermabrasion does an amazing job at removing dead, dull skin and revealing clean, healthy skin. My skin glows instantly every time I use this product.
3. Get a glow in minutes with the right face mask.
The kind of mask you need to use depends on what your skin needs.
If your skin is oily, combination or acne-prone, clay, mud or charcoal masks work brilliantly to suck out all the excess oils, deep clean your pores and instantly brighten dull, tired skin. In just 15 minutes, your complexion will look fresher and more radiant.
If your skin is normal, dry or sensitive, you need a mask that’s nourishing and hydrating. Sheet masks work really well in pushing hydrating ingredients deep in your skin where they plump up your cells – giving you a dewy, glowing look in a matter of minutes.
Add masks to your skin care routine 2-3 times a week to get a glow that lasts and lasts.
Stuff I ♥: Forest Essentials Facial Ubtan Soundarya is mind-blowing. I mix it up with rosewater and milk and leave it on for 10 minutes. My skin is brighter than a bulb when I wash it off!
4. Toner is the first step to hydrate your skin.
This is a step many of us skip, but really, we shouldn’t!
A toner gives your skin the first boost of hydration that makes it easier for other products to be absorbed. Without a toner, your moisturizer won’t work as well. Remember, when skin is properly hydrated, it gets a healthy glow.
While applying toner, follow the 10 second rule. Always apply toner within ten seconds of washing your face. The faster you apply the toner, the more moisture you lock into your skin. If you wait for too long, your skin will start to dehydrate and you won’t get that beautiful glow.
Stuff I ♥: Forest Essentials Facial Toner Pure Rosewater is my go-to product when my skin is dull and lacklustre. In seconds, my skin is refreshed and energized. I keep this in my bag and just spritz it on whenever I need a pick-me-up.
5. Get a ‘lit-from-within’ glow with a serum
If you haven’t used a serum yet, now’s the best time to start.
The face serum is concentrated with nutrients that brighten skin, lighten spots & blemishes and fight aging. The best thing about serums is they go deeper into your skin than your moisturizer ever can. So they make a real difference to your skin’s overall tone and glow.
Use a serum every night under your moisturizer for a high-wattage glow.
Stuff I ♥: Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair is crazy expensive, but totally worth it. Every time I use it at night, my skin has a very visible radiance the next day.
6. Brighten your eyes with an eye cream.
To look radiant, your eyes should also be bright. But if you have dark circles and wrinkles around your eyes, you will look dull and tired. That’s why you should use an eye cream every night.
Eye creams hydrate, tighten and brighten the fragile skin around your eyes.
Be careful when you apply an eye cream.
Never rub or massage it in. The skin around your eyes in thinner and more sensitive than the rest of your face. Any motion that pulls or tugs this fragile skin can cause fine lines. Instead, use your ring finger (your weakest finger) to lightly tap the product in.
Stuff I ♥: Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado is so so so good. My eyes love this healthy treat. In a flash, they are hydrated and bright.
7. Hydration is everything.
Hydration is the key to flawless, radiant skin.
When skin is dehydrated, it looks dull, tired, patchy, uneven, super dry or oily, blemished.
Skin can function properly only when it is well-hydrated. That is why using a moisturizer every day, twice a day is a must. Do this religiously and you will see the results: plumper, more even-toned skin with a natural glow radiating from within.
Stuff I ♥: Forest Essentials Light Hydrating Facial Gel Pure Rosewater goes on so light and is immediately absorbed. And I’m left with skin that’s plump with a healthy, rosy glow.
8. Wear SPF to keep the glow.
The biggest mistake women make is not using sunscreen. The sun is a real bad guy when it comes to your skin. It causes so much trouble – from spots to dullness to uneven skin tone to breakouts to aging.
If you skip sunscreen, doing all the above steps is worthless. Which is why it’s SO important to include SPF in your daily skincare routine.
Stuff I ♥: Neutrogena UltraSheer Dry Touch Sunblock SPF 50+ glides on smooth and creamy, but ends with a slightly matte finish. Great for hot, sweaty days.