With festival of colors around the corner, we bring to you some valuable beauty tips to protect your skin from colors and have a joyous holi.
Skin & Hair Care
- Wear clothes that can cover maximum part of the body. A swimsuit or waterproof tights under your clothes can work very well to protect you from the harmful effects of chemicals in colours.
- Oil your hair lavishly. Coconut, castor or olive oil work very well. The oil will form a layer over the hair and when you will wash your hair the colours will come off easily.
- Apply a moisturizer or oil to your hands, face and all the exposed body parts. Also apply a sunscreen lotion after letting the moisturizer/ oil absorb for 15 minutes. This will prevent UV rays from reacting with the chemicals and harming the skin.
- Apply dark colour nail paint to your nails so that the nails do not get coloured. You can remove the nail paint later.
- Apply petroleum jelly under nails, behind ears and wherever, there is the possibility of colours getting stuck. Make sure to use a lip balm or chap-stick to your lips and keep repeating regularly.
- Apply foundation just before playing Holi. This will protect your skin from dry colours.
- Wash your face with cold water if you get any colour on your face. Some colours get permanent after drying up.
- Try to use only herbal/ natural holi colours as far as possible. When buying holi colours, feel them. They should be soft and must feel powdery, like talc or refined flour (maida) and not grainy or gritty. Many people also try to make their own colours at home using flowers, hebs, leaves & simple household ingredients.
Prefer red or pink colours because they can be easily removed as compared to colours like yellow, green, orange or dark purple as they have comparatively more harmful chemicals in them.
- Use water-soluble colours and stay away from “permanent” colours because they contain cheap dyes that cause reactions. Most dry colours are safe, but avoid glittery ones. They contain silica particles that can abrade your skin. If you are prone to skin allergies, avoid playing with gulal altogether.
- Always be vigilant when people hurl or smear colours on your face. Try to discourage such acts and if that is not possible, shut your eyes immediately. If any colour happens to get into your eyes, do not take it lightly and keep washing with water till the irritation subsides. If it still persists, seek medical advice from a doctor.
- If some kind of irritation occurs then immediately wash off colour from that part of body and apply soothing calamine lotion. Avoid sunlight in case the skin is seriously affected, as it will increase the irritation.