Holi is one festival that gives me that happy feeling. I feel joyful when I see a rain dance and people having a blast, I love the celebratory vibe but I'm not a fan of the mess it creates on the road afterwards. I love the vibrant colours but I skip playing Holi because I don't like that some artificial colours refuse to budge from the skin. Those colours are harsh on the skin, especially, sensitive or acne-prone skin. And if you are on the same page as me, I've got some good news for you.
There are a few measures you can take to avoid this post-Holi situation both before and after playing Holi. We already told how to now let your Holi fun affect the health of your hair, now here's how to avoid skin damage during the festival of colours.
As per Dr Harshna Bijlani, Medical Head of The AgeLess Clinic & Celebrity Skin expert, before you start playing with colours, you must use a thick sunscreen of SPF 30 or more on your skin instead of coconut oil. "Use a generous amount of creamy sunscreen, don’t opt for the spray ones for Holi. If you’re going to be out all day, remember that it will only last for two-three hours and touching up will not be an option with colour on your body," suggests Dr. Bijlani. Apart from that, use herbal colours if you have sensitive skin and make your hair as greasy as possible by using cold-pressed mustard oil, castor oil or olive but almond oil feels lighter. You can also use warm Forest Essentials' Body Massage Oil - Khubani and Ginger (Rs 1,750) both before and after playing Holi. Apply vaseline on your lips and foundation on your face for protection.
It doesn't matter how much we try to avoid it but once we are done playing Holi, there'll always be some colour or a patch that will stay on the skin or get stuck in our hair, on the scalp. To get rid of those without harming your skin, you can try the following methods.
1. First of all, however rigid the colour is, do not start scrubbing your skin with a loofah roughly. Be gentle.
2. Instead, just take a bath with your normal body wash and then rub some oil on your body. This will get rid of the colour, will nourish the dry skin and will help your skin recover from the damage caused by the colours.
3. Do not use hot water to wash off the colour as it will solidify it.
4. You can make a paste of gram flour, lemon, rose water, yoghurt and add a vitamin E oil to it. While the kitchen ingredients will help you get rid of the colour, vitamin E will restore skin's health.
5. Use soaked amchur powder to wash your face. However, don't overdo it as it might lead to dry skin.
6. You can also apply Fuller's Earth (Multani mitti) and honey paste to get rid of the colours from your face and to nourish it.
7. Apply glycerine and rose water on your face and rinse it with warm water.
8. Aloe vera and lemon cleanser will also help you remove the colours from and around your face.
9. Apply egg yolk or curd on your hair and leave it for 30-45 minutes. Then, wash it off using a mild shampoo.
10. Do not skip the conditioner as they too need nourishment. After that, either go for a hair spa or apply a hydrating serum to restore the damage.
11. If you prefer home remedies then take two teaspoons of fenugreek seeds, shikakai juice or powder, amla juice or powder and add them to three cups of water. Boil the mixture and use it on your hair with the shampoo. Post this, you can apply henna to your hair.
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