Follow these skin and hair care tips to protect them this holi
Holi is the time of the year when people let go of their inhibitions and enjoy this festival of colours thoroughly. However, the festival can prove expensive on your hair and skin as they bear the brunt of the chemicals, sun and water the most. Here are a few tips that can save your skin and hair from damage this Holi.
Organic is the way to go
Holi has been celebrated in India for hundreds of years. However, it is only in the recent past that complaints of allergic rashes, outburst of acne, dandruff, brittle hair and patchy skin have skyrocketed. Artificial and chemical colors that are sold at cheap rates are the major cause behind the scenario.
In order to protect yourself, your family and your friends from undesirable repercussions later on, ban artificial dyes and choose natural colors. These are safer on the skin and hair. Also, use clean water to mix colors.
Skin and hair care must-dos just before heading out for Holi
- One of the oldest and the best Holi skin and hair care tip is to apply oil thoroughly so that direct contact of color and skin can be prevented. The best oils that you can use are pure coconut oil, rosemary oil and jojoba oil.
Petroleum gels work excellently as well. If your skin is excessively oily, apply a thick coat of moisturizer.
Holi Care Trivia
Skin clinics reiterate every year that their clientele shoots up after the festival
Drink lots of water to avoid dehydration due to prolonged exposure to sun and heat during the festival
- Better still; invest in a bottle of waterproof foundation so that you can play safely with water colors.
- People who suffer skin infections and allergies should consult a doctor and follow recommendations.
- Never forget sunscreen and your lip balm.
- Avoid having a facial or any kind of skin treatment before the festival. Dead skin layer can in fact protect the underlying fresh skin. You can go in for a facial a few days after the festival.
- Wear clothes that cover most of your body so that direct exposure is avoided. Choose a white or a light colored cotton dress so that every splash of color leaves its mark on the light canvas! Holi signifies the onset of summer and light colored cotton clothes are good in this regard as well.
- Cut and apply olive oil on nails. Colors and dirt tends to get lodged in long nails. Also, nails increase the risk of sustaining and inflicting scratches on the skin, which can aggravate infection if colors get into such injuries. Girls can apply nail polish and men can apply a coat of transparent nail enamel before going out to play.
- Tie a bandana or wear a cap to protect your hair and scalp from damage.
Skin and hair care after the festival
- Colors can leave your skin dry and damaged. So, avoid excessive rubbing and scrubbing to get the color off. Oil and creams applied before playing make it much easier to get colors off without scrubbing too much.
- If color does not come off, massage hair and skin with warm olive oil and wash off.
- If you have pimples and they burst open, clean face with an antiseptic lotion or astringent to prevent an acne epidemic on your skin.
- Do not use hot water for bathing after the festival. Hot water opens pores, thus undesirably facilitating color pigments to be absorbed by the skin. This increases dryness and allergies.
- Cold water, on the other hand, closes pores and protects skin. Use mild baby soap and shampoo.
- For best results, wash body with a homemade cleanser made up of besan, milk, a few drops of lemon juice and turmeric powder. Antiseptic properties in turmeric protect skin against infections.
- Hair can be washed with a homemade shampoo consisting of shikakai, amla and reeta. Use lemon juice or white vinegar mixed with a mug of water for the last rinse of your hair. Colors disturb acid-alkali balance and a last rinse with these substances restores the balance.
- Hair conditioning with natural hair pack consisting of eggs, hung curd, fenugreek powder and henna is important. Apply the pack the next morning to restore hair texture.
- Do not submit your hair and skin to heat treatments.
- Keep your skin moisturized after bathing to prevent dryness.
- A honey pack with couple of drops of lemon is a good remedy for skin.
Risk of damage to skin and hair is no reason for you to lock yourself up in a room when the rest of India rings in the most colorful festival of the year with unmatched merriment. Follow holi body care tips, take your mind off skin care concerns and enjoy the festival of colors to the hilt.