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While you may have shopped for your festive outfits and even makeup, we suggest you do some prep for your body, too. "Our body does react to the changes in various ways like disturbance in our digestive system, hair fall, dryness of skin, etc. It is imperative to cleanse the body, during and post the festive season. Detoxification means getting rid of toxins to have an overall clearer system," says Dr Jyotsana, in-house Ayurvedic expert at Kama Ayurveda.
So, here are her tips on how to get gorgeous naturally for the celebrations.
Skin is the biggest organ of the body and is mostly made up of water, which serves to keep skin smooth, elastic and wrinkle-free. Drinking plenty of water will naturally flush out toxins, giving you a healthier glow. "One must include two cups of green tea and coconut water in the daily diet. Regular consumption of these will help getting glowing and soft skin as it would eradicate toxins from the body, replacing it with healthy minerals and vitamins," says Dr Jyotsana.
Cut your salt and caffeine intake
Most of the festival food is oily, sweet or salty, and excessive salt may cause water retention. And that, in turn, may cause the dreaded eye bags. Dr Jyotsana says, "Skin can become dry or oily, as skin overproduces oils to compensate for the dehydration, this can lead to skin breakouts. Coffee is highly acidic, high doses of acidic caffeine mess with your hormones and even dehydrate your skin if you drink too much."
So, limit your coffee intake to 1 cup a day or leave it in case you have acne prone skin, she advises. A cup of fruit juice a day is sure to guarantee a clear complexion as fruits hydrate and rejuvenate your skin.
Massage is a must
Body massage improves circulation of blood and sends the toxins out of the body through various routes like skin, kidney etc. It is nourishing, relieves fatigue, provides stamina, gives perfect sleep, enhances the complexion and brightens up the skin, promoting longevity. Dr Jyotsana advises using calming oils such as Bhringraj, Brhami, Amla and Mulethi for your massage session.
Working up a good sweat is equivalent to getting a mini-facial. While you exercise, pores dilate, sweat expels trapped dirt and oil. Just be sure to wash your face afterward so the gunk doesn’t get sucked back into the pores.