Festive season is in full swing and it’s time to flaunt your best looks. Dusshera or Dasara, the major Hindu festival and the auspicious Navaratri’s (9 days and nights) are not just about worship and chanting, it is also time to dance to the beasts of dandiya, enjoy music and fun filled evenings.

While it is a tradition in South India to arrange for a Bommala Kolu (a display of dolls), North Indians celebrate Dasara by organizing Ramleela, to mark the victory of Lord Ram over demon Ravana and Goddess Durga killing Mahishasura and dandiya dance in the evenings.

Be it attending a Bommala Kolu or watching Ramleela with friends and family, festive season demands you to look at your beautiful best.

In case, you are hard pressed for time to get a facial at spa, try these easy-to-make facemasks for an instant glow and fair skin.

Instant Glow Face Packs:

Papaya, Aloe Vera Face Pack:

Ingredients

100 gms of ripe papya pulp, mashed

½ tsp of pure sandal powder

½ tsp aloe vera gel

2 tsp of rose water 

Method:

In a bowl add mashed papaya, sandal wood powder, aloe vera gel and mix it.

Add rose water to the mixture.

Apply a thin coating of the face pack evenly.

Let it dry and wash it with water. Pat dry.

How It Works: Papain in papaya is an excellent exfoliator and cleans all clogged pores. Sandalwood removes dead skin cells, while aloe vera moisturizes the skin and brighten the complexion.

Banana, Honey Face Pack :

Ingredients

1 ripe banana, mashed

1 tsp raw honey

½ tsp yogurt

Few drops of rose water

Method:

In a bowl, add mashed banana, mix it with honey and yogurt

Add rose water to the mixture.

Apply it on the face and allow it to dry

Wash it with lukewarm water.

How It Works: Banana and honey are natural antioxidants and help in reducing wrinkles. This face pack gives an instant glow to dry, dull, patchy skin.

Rose and Milk Face Pack

Ingredients

Fistful of fresh rose petals

2 tsp of milk

2 tsp of sandalwood powder

Method:

In a mixer, make a fine paste of rose petals adding very little bit of water.

Blend it with sandalwood powder and rose water.

Apply it on the face, let it dry.

Wash it cool water.

How It Works:

Rose petals are rich in antioxidants and improve elasticity of the skin. Loaded with Vitamin E, rose petals enhance skin complexion and hydrate the skin. Milk is a natural skin toner and sandalwood removes dead skin cells.