Now that winter is waving us a goodbye and spring is finally here…its also time for festivities and what other than holi can embark this beautiful begining. Holi is the time when you let your hair down and enjoy to the fullest and what an amazing way we Indians have found to celebrate…no one can do it better than us.
Butvare you being a spoilt sport and running away from your friends on holi day….are you worrying that colours will damage your skin and eyes?
Well, we agree now a days, the colours found in markets are full of chemicals and they can damage you…But WORRY NOT,we have found some amazing tips and tricks so that you can enjoy the festival to the fullest, because you know what they say, BURA NAA MANO HOLI HAI!!!
Pre Holi Skin Care Tips
1. Get some oiling done
Start your holi preparations by layering your whole body with some good oil. It would be better if the oil is light-weight and non-sticky. Do not apply way too much or way too low, just a good in between amount. Doing so will benefit you as it will create a resistance between color and your skin and will not let the color absorbed by the skin. Also, it will greatly reduce the hard work of removing colors from your body after playing holi. Do not forget your hair to be massaged by the oil from the roots to the tips of your hair strands.
2. Apply some good amount of moisturizer
Applying a good amount of moisturizer will give you, definitely, a hydrated and healthy looking skin as well as it will save you from the after effects of the dried color which got stick to your skin. The layer of moisturizer on your skin will prevent the color from penetrating through the skin and makes it little bit easy to come off.
3. Get a layer of sunscreen
It is so obvious that you are not going to play holi inside the house. That would totally kill the joy. So, prepare beforehand and apply a high SPF rating sunscreen. Also, make sure that your sunscreen is water resistant otherwise it will be washed away by colored water. Do apply the sunscreen not only on face but all over the exposed skin. You don’t want to get tan, right?
4. Try to wear clothes which cover you body
Well, what you want to wear and what not on holi, is totally up to you. But we would like to recommend to wear clothes which cover your body. You can also go for long sleeves too. The reason behind this, is that clothes will not let the colors to directly come into contact with skin. This can save you a little bit.
5. Use organic holi colors
There are variety of holi colors available in market. Generally, we go for whatever colors being sell. But this can be very harmful for your skin because of the chemicals mixed with these colors. So, be proactive for your skin and search for the organic colors. It may be possible that they will not be available that much easily. So, do some research and try to get them. Also, you should learn how to differentiate between organic and chemical mixed colors. And use that color for playing holi. Every person whom with you play holi will be grateful to you for these organic colors.
Post Holi Skin Care Tips
Now let’s say you already met with disaster and monstrous color is not coming off your skin. Then what to do in this situation? We are giving you some ways to try. These can save your skin.
1. Dry of the extra color
Take a old towel or any piece of cloth. Now, slowly and firmly try to wipe out the extra dry color sticking to your skin. Do not do it forcefully or try to flick it because if you do this, the color will fly off to all the possible directions. That color could go into your eyes and nose with breathing and can be irritating.
2. Do some oiling
This can sound weird but yes after wiping out the excess dry color, apply some oil all over your body and massage it gently on your skin. Let it do its magic for 10 minutes. The oil is capable of pulling out the color from your skin to some extent.
3. Use Cleansing milk
After layering your body with oil, wash your body with the cleansing milk for at least 2 minutes. Cleansing milk, as you all aware, is used for removing oil, dirt and also to remove make up. Here too it will help you in getting rid of the stubborn colors.
4. Scrub your body
You can also scrub out the colors after using cleansing milk. But do remember not to scrub your skin roughly or harshly as this can damage the upper layer of skin. This can also result in sensitive skin which can be easily prone to tan, rashes or sunburns.
5. Apply good amount of moisturizer
After soothing your skin with above described treatment, pamper it with some good amount of moisturizer. This can be helpful for the after effects of holi colors and sun exposure. Due to these, your skin might have high chance of getting dry, rough and damaged. Applying moisturizer can serve you well.
6.Drink enough water
While playing holi, we should not forget to drink water. This will help you immensely in keeping your skin and body hydrated.
After taking these much precautions and care, if you are facing itchiness, redness or any irritation, apply some good rating anti-biotic cream before applying moisturizer. And visit your dermatologist as soon as possible. You must not take any risk.
So, these are the life-saving or might say skin-saving tips and precautions for your skin which should be followed while playing holi. So that you could play holi care free without worrying about your skin.
1. What should I do to prepare my skin for Holi?
To prepare your skin for Holi, it is important to take a few simple steps. First, make sure to cleanse your skin thoroughly the night before the celebration. This will help to remove any dirt and oil buildup on your skin, which can cause irritation during the festivities. Additionally, be sure to apply a moisturizer to your face and body. This will help to keep your skin hydrated, which is important since Holi can be a long and hot day. Additionally, you can apply a layer of sunscreen to protect your skin from any sun damage. Finally, you can apply a light oil or petroleum jelly to your skin to help create a barrier, which will help to protect your skin from the colors. Following these steps will help to ensure that your skin stays healthy and happy during Holi!
2. How can I protect my skin from harmful colors during Holi?
One of the best ways to protect your skin during Holi is to apply a generous amount of natural oil to your skin before playing. Coconut oil, olive oil, and almond oil are all great choices. Additionally, wear long sleeves and full-length pants to cover up as much skin as possible. Make sure to use natural, herbal colors that are safe for your skin. Avoid mixing the colors with water if possible and wash off the color as soon as you can. Additionally, don’t forget to use a good quality sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher before stepping out. Lastly, don’t forget to moisturize your skin with a natural moisturizer after playing Holi.
3. How can I remove Holi colors from my skin after playing?
The best way to remove Holi colors from your skin after playing is to use a combination of oil and soap. Start by soaking a clean towel in warm water and rubbing it over your skin to loosen the colors. Then, apply a generous amount of oil to your skin and massage it in to help break down the colors. Finally, use a mild soap and water to wash off the oil and colors. For tougher stains, you can also try using a mixture of lemon juice and baking soda.
4. What natural ingredients can I use to keep my skin safe during Holi?
To keep your skin safe during Holi, there are several natural ingredients you can use. You can mix together equal parts of turmeric, sandalwood powder, and yogurt to form a paste, and then apply it to your skin. This mixture will help protect your skin from the harsh chemicals used in most Holi color powders. You can also use a mixture of lemon juice, rose water, and honey to form a paste and apply it to your skin. This will help soothe any irritation and hydrate your skin. Finally, you can apply coconut oil to your skin before playing Holi, as it will act as a natural barrier to the color powders.
5. Is it important to use sunscreen during Holi?
Yes, it is important to use sunscreen during Holi. Holi is a Hindu festival that typically occurs in the spring and involves throwing colored powder or water at one another. Unfortunately, the bright colors and water can leave your skin vulnerable to sun damage if you’re not protected. Sunscreen is an important way to protect your skin from the sun’s damaging rays and ensure that your skin stays healthy and protected. Make sure to apply sunscreen before you go out and reapply as needed throughout the day.
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(Reviewed by Dr. Samiksha Rane)
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