What should you do to protect your skin in this holi festival?

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What should you do to protect your skin in this holi festival?

One of the major festivals of India, Holi is celebrated with enthusiasm and gaiety on the full moon day in the month of Phalgun which is the month of March as per the Gregorian calendar. Entire country wears a festive look when it is time for Holi celebration. Market places get abuzz with activity as frenzied shoppers start making preparations for the festival. Heaps of various hues of gulal and abeer can be seen on the roadside days before the festival.

Holi festival may be celebrated with various names and people of different states might be following different traditions. But, what makes Holi so unique and special is the spirit of it which remains the same throughout the country and even across the globe, wherever it is celebrated.

Besides the festival of colors, Holi also is as much a festival of chemicals. If you have sensitive skin and the idea of playing Holi is giving you jitters, here are some tips for you to make the most of the festival.

So, let's explore it -

  • Buy only natural colors which are skin-friendly. The best you can do is to play Holi with flowers and homemade colors so that your skin doesn't get affected.

  • Apply a waterproof sunscreen lotion on your skin to protect it from the sun.

  • Apply a thick coat of moisturizer or oil all over the body. The slipperiness of the skin prevents the dry colors from sticking to the skin and will ensure that the colors come off easily later.

  • If you experience irritation in any part of the body, wash with cold water immediately. Apply soothing calamine lotion. Avoid using a face wash.

  • Oiling is the best way to prevent your hair from all the damage that awaits. On the day of Holi, make sure you massage or oil your hair from the roots with coconut oil and tie your hair in a braid or bun to avoid maximum damage.

  • Oiling the skin prevents colors from sticking to the body, and makes it easier to rinse off the colors post the play. In addition to this, almond oil is also a rich source of vitamin E and provides nourishment to the skin.

  • Rub ice cubes on your face. Doing this helps close pores on your skin and ensures colors don’t seep into your skin and cause breakage.

  • With all that color being splashed around, your lips are bound to get some of it on them. Protect your lips by applying Vaseline or lip balm in advance.

  • Another trick to protect your hair is to cover them using a scarf or a bandana. Tie your hair in a tight pony or bun and cover them to reduce the impact of synthetic colors.

  • Rinse the colors off with herbal and natural soaps.

  • You can apply some lemon juice on to the colors.

  • If the colors don't come off easily, do not rub or scrub the face over and over. The skin becomes dry and can also peel.

  • One can use curd to soften the body and hair.

  • Homemade paste like fuller's earth and sandalwood powder are helpful to rinse off the colors.

  • Prepare a paste with milk and turmeric powder.

  • The paste works especially well for those with sensitive skin and will also provide necessary nourishment.

  • Mix honey, papaya, and Multani Mitti to make a pack. Apply this pack on areas where color is still present. The color may not disappear in one go but will certainly lighten. Do this every alternate day till the color disappears completely.

  • Contrary to popular belief, using warm water to remove colors will make it worse. Hot or warm water will make the colors to stick for longer. Instead, use cold water only to fast track the color removal.

  • To keep your skin safe from colors, try wearing clothes which cover the whole of your body. This way, less part of the body will come in contact with colors.

  • On the Day of Holi, mostly water is used. So, avoid wearing white or light-colored clothes. As these clothes let to absorb more amount of color.

  • Especially, ladies should avoid wearing transparent clothes, so, they will not feel ashamed of getting wet in water.

  • Do not wear jewelry on the day of Holi. The force and emphasis while playing Holi can make you lose them.

  • Consult a dermatologist if a rash appears and persists.

  • Keep drinking plenty of water or clear fluids to keep yourself and your skin hydrated.

  • Alcohol has a dehydrating effect on the body, so try and moderate your alcohol intake to the minimum.


Here's wishing you all a happy and safe Holi 2019.


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