Holi is by far one of my favourite festivals! Not because it’s a holiday, but the fact that it brings family and friends together. Each year, there’s a rain dance party that happens below my building, which is always super fun. As much as I love playing with colour and water though, I dread the thought of post-party clean up. Most of the times, artificial dyes are packed with harsh chemicals that damage skin by causing rashes and burns. Since my skin is sensitive, synthetic colours cause a nasty reaction on my skin. You also can’t expect everyone to play Holi with herbal and skin-safe colours. If you too want to learn how to protect your skin from harm, you’ve come to the right place! We’ve put together a guide to help prep your skin for this festival. (Here’s wishing all you lovely ladies a happy and safe Holi!)
High-necks, full-sleeves, long pants, should be your go-to Holi outfit. Old yet comfy clothing should be your first choice. Stick to dark colours and make sure that your outfit covers most of your skin. This trick will prevent colour from sticking to your skin. Also, don’t stay in the water for more than two hours. This will cause skin damage and you could even catch a cold! If it’s a dry Holi party, you might want to wash your face and hands in between your playing sessions.
Don’t like colour staining your nails and cuticles? I hate that feeling too! To avoid such a situation, apply dark nail polish and a coat of petroleum jelly on your nails and fingers. This will prevent the colour from spoiling and damaging your precious nails.
Initially, colours were extracted from flowers and herbs. These were considered beneficial to both, hair and skin. Nowadays, Holi colours are made from oxidized metals and industrial dyes. If you have dry skin, your skin will absorb the chemicals instantly. This is where coconut and mustard oil come into the picture. Apply a thick coat coconut oil on your skin and mustard oil on your hair. Please note that this must be done an hour before you play Holi.
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After you’re done oiling, apply sunscreen to your body. Make sure that the SPF is waterproof and gel-based so it doesn’t feel sticky. This will keep your skin protected from the sun for about 3-4 hours. Feel free to re-apply if required.
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We bet you didn't know that dry skin causes pores to open up wide. When that happens, the colour powder could clog the pores and irritate them. Apply a lip balm to keep your pout, moist and nourished. Avoid wearing lenses when playing Holi. If by chance, colour does get into your eyes, don’t rub them, but splash water on your eyes. You can also put on your sunnies to protect your eyes.
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Not drinking enough water causes the skin to dry up. When that happens, the colour could seep into your skin and damage it. Stay away from alcohol and try to drink water and juices. This will help stay energised and hydrate your skin as well. Also, if you do experience irritation or burns on your skin, wash your skin immediately with cold water and apply some Lacto Calamine to soothe the itching.
Since dry colours are more troublesome to get rid of, it’s much better to wash colours when they’re wet. Use a mild soap to wash the colours off and bathe in lukewarm salt water. Feel free to add a couple of drops of baby oil to the water as well. For your hair, rinse it lemon water. This will help restore the acid-alkaline balance of the scalp. You can also have glossy and soft locks by washing your hair with flat beer.
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Two natural recipes that have helped me remove the colour from my hair and skin are multani mitti and turmeric powder. For the multani mitti pack, I add sandalwood powder and rose water. This DIY paste cleanses my skin like a pro! Since I have sensitive skin, I usually make a mix using turmeric powder and milk, I keep it on my skin for about 10-15 minutes. I then wash the mix off by taking a warm shower.
After a bath, make it a point to moisturise. Aloe vera gel and lacto calamine are perfect for moisturising. This will keep your skin smooth, soft and nourished. Also, don’t just apply it to your face, arms and thighs. Pay attention to your neck, earlobes, back and stomach too!
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At least for a week after Holi, avoid making a trip to the parlour. Facials, waxing and bleaching could irritate the skin even further. Use a fragrance-free lotion and minimal make-up for soft and smooth skin.
Have a fantastic Holi, ladies!
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