There’s no question that Holi is by far the most vibrant and colourful festival in the world, surpassing Tomatina in Spain by a long shot. Traditionally celebrated with dry gulal and buckets of water, today it’s all about drenching in synthetic colours. The use of synthetic colours during Holi often causes severe skin irritation, dermatitis, burning and redness that can cause long term damage to skin and hair. Today there are rampant cases of toxic colourful mixes that use engine oil. Besides chemical colours are usually cheaper alternates to herbal pigments and many people tend to opt for them without realizing how toxic these can be. Here are some basic precautions and tips by Madhavi Irani, Chief Officer of Content at Nykaa.com, that you must keep in mind to enjoy the festival to the fullest.
Pre Holi Tips
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1. Apply mustard oil or moisturiser all over your body including your face before stepping out to play Holi. Do this at least 30 minutes before you plan to step out so the moisturizer has time to settle into the pores. This prevents the colour from sticking to your skin and makes it easier to scrub off later. Also apply a thick layer of a good sunscreen with at least SPF 50 all over your arms, legs and face as an added layer of protection and to prevent tanning.
2. Generously oil your strands before playing with colours to form a protective shield on your hair and prevent the colour from seeping into your scalp. Do this overnight so the oil coats the follicles evenly.
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3. Your lips are equally susceptible to catch colour. Your lips have no oil glands and are prone to chipping and flaking, so protecting them with a lip balm with SPF is equally important.
4. Protecting your nails is also important as they bear the brunt of all that colour. To protect your nails from Holi colours, you must apply nail paint. Start by applying a top coat for added protection and to prevent staining nails. After the festivities are over, simply remove with a acetone-free nail polish remover.
Post Holi Tips
1. Use a good moisturizing face wash on your face after playing Holi. Holi colours can be very drying and using soap or harsh facewashes can irritate the skin further.
2. Use a clarifying shampoo to rinse colour from hair. After shampooing, apply conditioner on the lengths of hair. Leave on for a couple of minutes and rinse with cold water. Use colour protect conditioner for colour treated hair.
3. After your shower, don’t forget to apply a nourishing body lotion and face moisturiser as the skin tends to become dry due to excess colour and sun exposure. Applying a good moisturizing cream after your bath will also help restore your skin’s lipid balance and soothe irritated skin.
4. All that scrubbing can leave your facial skin dry and inflamed. Choose a light face oil, that works best for your skin type, on thoroughly cleansed skin to soothe and hydrate it.
5. A simple home remedy to fade stubborn colour that simply won’t wash off: Make a mixture of gram flour, sweet almond oil and milk cream in rose water. Apply the paste on the areas where the colour has settled. Let the paste dry on the skin and rub it in circular gently to remove it.