One of the most celebrated festivals of South India; Tamil Nadu gears up whole heartedly for the biggest harvest festival of the year, Pongal. While celebrations, shopping and get together form the core of this fiesta, a naturally glowing face adds manifold to the joy of the festivities. Shikhee Agarwal, Assistant Vice President, Kiehl’s puts together a pre-festive skincare routine for the days of celebration.

Cleansing, Toning and Moisturizing:

Pollution, unhealthy diets, dramatic climate changes and hectic schedules lead to dull and damaged skin. Follow the three simple step routine – Cleaning, toning and moisturizing every day. However over cleansing your skin can also be damaging as it robs off the natural health of the skin. It is important to use a cleanser which helps in removing the impurities from the skin and keeps it hydrated as well. Post cleansing, use a toner for closing the pores and tightening the skin. Sign off with a moisturizer that keeps your skin soft and smooth.

Recommended Product:

  • Ultra Facial Cleanser
  • Calendula Herbal Extract Alcohol Free Toner/ Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Toner
  • Ultra Facial Cream


To rid the skin off the dead cells, make sure to exfoliate once a week. This helps in unclogging the pores and keeps the skin radiant.

Recommended Product:

Clearly Corrective Brightening & Exfoliating Cleanser

Ensure to use a mask according to your skin type once a week, in-order to keep it hydrated and nourished

Recommended Product:

Calendula & Aloe Soothing Hydration Masque/ Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque

Use a good sunscreen:

No beauty regime is complete without the application of sunscreen. Although it is winter, we often refrain from using the sunscreen. It is a myth which needs to be busted. The winter sun is also very harmful and one should not step outside without applying the sunscreen. Choose a sunscreen with SPF 50 which not only hydrates the skin but also protects the skin from the environmental stressors.

Recommended Products:

Ultra Light Daily UV Defense Aqua Gel SPF 50 PA++++/ Ultra-Light Daily UV Defense SPF 50 PA++++
Nourish Your Lips
Winter makes the skin dry and chapped. One should use a good quality lip balm which will keep the lips hydrated. Carry the product with you and apply every 3-4 hours to keep it soft and smooth all day long.

Recommended Product:

Butterstick Lip Treatment SPF 25

Body Care:

As the weather is harsh the nip in the air makes our skin scaly and uneven. One should adopt a hydrating routine to lock the moisture. Use a good quality body scrub to get rid of the dead skin. One should use a chemical free gentle body wash that will lock the moisture of the skin without making it feel scaly or rough. Post shower, use vitamin E enrich products to lock the moisture. One should also avoid hot showers as it is very harsh on skin and make the skin feel dry and rough.

Recommended Product:

Lavender Gently Exfoliating Body Scrub
Made for All Gentle Body Wash

Stay Hydrated:

During the hustle of the festive period, we easily indulge in unhealthy diets which can dry out our skin or lead to breakouts. Ensure to drink eight glasses of water a day to give the skin a healthy boost.

Healthy Diet:

Maintaining a healthy diet will not only help you to look glowing and refreshing but will also help to fight the diseases which comes with the winter. Maintain a healthy diet this harvest season and flaunt your glowing skin.