Let me say it as it is - mehendi looks nice only for the first couple of days. After that, it starts to slowly fade away. That’s when things get messy. Even though I like getting henna on my hands and feet, scraping it off once the occasion is over is a headache by itself. Since I prefer western clothes to ethnic wear, faded mehendi looks rather odd than flattering. If you know where I’m coming from, then you’ll totally appreciate these 9 ways to remove mehendi from your hands quickly. Good luck!
Hello? Did you know that baking soda and lime are both natural bleaching agents? Making a paste using these two ingredients will help you remove mehendi stains like a pro! All you’ve got to do is mix half a cup of baking soda, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and a few drops water. Mix well and apply the paste on your hands. Leave it on for 10 minutes and continue to exfoliate your skin in circular motions. Since baking soda can be too harsh on the skin, you might want to moisturise your hands later.
One reason to love bleach is that it contains abrasives that help to remove mehendi stains from the hands. What kind of bleach to use, you ask? The same one that you use on your face of course! Just follow the instructions on the packaging and first apply the mix on a patch of skin first. If it agrees with you by causing no skin reaction, then good ahead and apply them to your hands.
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When it comes to natural skincare ingredients, I think sea salt deserves more credit. It contains chlorine that helps wipe off old mehendi stains. The process is simple, for 30 minutes, dip your hands into a bowl of lukewarm, salty water. Moisturise with lotion after drying your hands.
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Whenever I used to get burned or a paper cut, my mom would instantly apply plain, white toothpaste on my wound. It helped with healing faster. Toothpaste also does a magnificent job at removing mehendi stains. Packed with abrasives and detergents, you must apply some toothpaste on your hands and use your fingers to blend and spread the paste on your hands. Leave it to dry and once you’re done, you can wash them with cold water.
If you’re running short of time, try scrubbing your hands using a face exfoliator. Pick a scrub with microbeads. This helps to remove the stain molecules and causes the mehendi to fade off on its own. You’ll not only remove the colour, but the dead skin cells will come off as well.
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Olive oil is one of the gentlest ways to remove henna stains. It acts as an emulsifier and does not cause any side effects. Start by applying some olive oil to your hands. Massage well and add some salt to the mix. Leave the oil to penetrate and get absorbed into the skin. Wash your hands and pat dry using a towel after.
Hydrogen peroxide is available at almost every drugstore. It’s non-toxic in nature and is packed with bleaching agents. These properties contribute to removing nasty mehendi stains. For instant results, apply it on your hand using a cotton ball. After 15 minutes, rinse your hands with warm water.
The more nourished and moist your skin is, the better the chance at keeping mehendi stains away. Dip your fingers into a cold cream container. Scoop the cream out and apply it all over your arms and fingers. After half an hour, use a cotton ball to wipe your hands.
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If you thought that nail polish removers were only meant for your nails, you thought wrong! They can be used to remove mehendi stains as well. Wipe your hands with nail polish remover solution and scrub till you notice positive results. Since polish removers contain harsh chemicals, the solution could dry your skin out and damage it in the long run. If the solution is too strong, mix it with water.
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Just before we sign off, we have another tip to share with you. According to celebrity makeup artist, Clint Fernandes, you can use a concealer on the back of your hands and wrist area. However, it’s not advisable to use it on your palms because they tend to get sweaty. Also, choosing makeup to conceal mehendi stains largely depends on the climate. If it’s too hot and humid, your makeup will melt - you constantly need to keep touching it up. It’s also a safer option to let a makeup artist do the job than a person who’s new to makeup.