Skin and hair care is an important regime for 365 days but it become more essential on some special occasions. As you know, Holi or the festival of colors is around the corner. It’s probably the only day in the year when you don’t have to worry about how you look and that’s why you can enjoy to your heart content. But it’s also the day you need to be extra cautious about your skin and hair.
Not every color we use during Holi is safe for us. They may contain ingredients which damage our skin and hair. People having sensitive skin need to be extra cautious about it. Therefore, while shopping we should check whether the colors are of good quality and safe for skin.
But what about the colors that others apply on you? What you should do about them?
Here we have listed 8 best tips to protect your skin and hair during Holi:
Oil your hair and skin
Oiling your hair with warm coconut oil, castor oil or olive will help in protecting it from the harmful colors. The oily substance will form a coating on your hair strands and not allow the Abir (powder color) to damage it. Generally, the Abir, we use makes our scalp dry. So, don’t forget to massage your scalp with oil as well. If you have dandruff problem you may use few drops of lemon juice along with the oil.
Also, apply oil on your hands, legs, elbows and feet. Massage oil properly for at least 20-25 minutes so it forms a nice coating on your skin.
Choose your clothing carefully
Choosing your outfit for playing Holi is no big deal. But if you wish to protect your skin you need be careful about it. Try to select a dress that covers most of your body properly. The more you are covered, the lesser are chances of getting affected by harmful colors. Also, try to avoid wearing denim or synthetic. The best outfit options for Holi are high necks and full sleeves.
Use a good quality moisturizer
If you have a dry skin, then it’s a must that you apply a good quality moisturizer before leaving. The Abir we use during Holi can make skin drier. It also causes itchiness if it is not of good quality. So, try using moisturizer on your hands, feet, behind the ears and even the earlobes.
Put on sunscreen
During Holi we spend most of our time under the sun so, do not forget to put on a good quality sunscreen before you leave. It will protect your skin from sunburns while you enjoy your day.
Put on nail paint
Generally, we forget to get protection for our nails during Holi. And it’s not that easy to clean your nails when the colors have dried on it. So, remember to put on dark shade nail paint before you go out to play. The nail paint won’t allow the color to stick to your nails and keep it clean.
Use quality lip balms and avoid wearing glasses or lenses
Lips are also prone to damages due to the colors. They make the lips dry. So, put on a good coating of lip balm on your lips before you go out. Also, try avoiding wearing glasses or lenses while playing with colors. It is not only uncomfortable but can be dangerous as well since you can get surprised colors on your face anytime. However, if you can’t stay without glasses then it’s recommended to be a little cautious while playing.
Drinking water is vital during Holi. Since, we spend most of the time under the sun while playing with colors, so our body needs to remain hydrated. You should drink lots of water before leaving otherwise you will feel tired and exhausted after few hours. Also be careful while sipping water while you are in the middle of playing so that you don’t consume the colors.
Carry a soothing agent
There are chances that some color may not suit your skin and you will feel itchiness. So, carrying a soothing agent is necessary. Try having an aloe Vera gel, rosewater bottle or cucumber juice bottle with you while you step out. Just in case your skin irritates, you can quickly use these items to soothe your skin.
What to do to remove color after Holi?
- Wash your body properly to remove the color.
- Use aloe Vera or glycerin based soaps to remove the stubborn color.
- Avoid using detergent soaps to remove color as it does more damage than any good
- Apply a good quality body lotion generously after taking bath.
- Wash your hair properly with shampoo. Also, make sure to massage your scalp while shampooing.
- Use face wash to remove colors from your face.
- If you have acne problem then use a paste of milk and besan to scrub off the color from your face.
- Don’t try to scrub your skin harshly to remove color.