Probably the most celebrated festival in the country, this Hindu festival marks the beginning of the summer season. The moment we hear the term “Holi”, and voila, flood of memories of playing with colours, running around in the lanes of the colonies, throwing water-filled balloons at one another, even at the “innocent” passer-bys, and who can forget the sweet-sweet Gujiyas..yummm!!! But, another thing that needs our attention is our skin and hair care that will be needed while enjoying this festival of colours. The task at hand is not to let the harsh chemicals of these colours along with constant drenching in water damage your skin. Following are some of the natural to protect the skin:
- MOISTURIZE: Use a generous amount of moisturizer with sunscreen all over your body, especially behind your ears and ear lobes as these are areas one tends to neglect. Make sure that the moisturizer has an SPF as you do not want to catch a tan from the sun!
- The best option would be to play with natural home-made colours. Your skin and hair will feel tampered with the use of skin friendly natural products.
- If natural colours are not possible, then ensure a better quality of colours. Buy colours from a reputed shop or vendor.
- Use more of red or pink colours which looks good and can easily be washed off. Gaudy purple, green, yellow, orange have more harmful chemicals in them and should be avoided.
- Apply thick coating of paint on your nails- both in fingers and toes so that they remain protected.
- Make sure that powder or any other product does not get inside your eyes. Eyes are extremely vulnerable on Holi because of their strategic place in body and also because of the use of harmful chemicals in colours these days. Please ensure that your eyes remain protected at all times. Use a sunglass to protect your eyes from a misfire of colour filled darts or water jets.
- OILING: Oil your hair with warm coconut oil, castor oil or olive oil. If you have dandruff add 8-10 drops of lemon in your oil and liberally apply the mixture in your hair. Apply oil all over your body, including hands, feet, and elbows. Do the oiling part at least 20-25 minutes before you start playing.
- CLOTHING: Wear dark colour-full sleeves cotton clothes. Synthetics would be sticky and denims would be heavy once you have a bucket full of water splashed on you.
- Ensure that the clothes you choose to wear should cover maximum parts of your body. The best choices would be high-necks or full-sleeves. The rule: the more you cover your body, the higher are the chances of saving your skin from colour harm.
- If you have acne avoid scrubbing your face past Holi. Use a paste of raw milk and besan and gently work on your face to remove the colours.
- Use glycerine or aloe-vera based soaps. Some people use detergent soaps on their body to remove colour. AVOID such desperate attempts. Apply a body lotion on your body generously after taking bath.
- SOOTHING: Use an aloe vera gel, cucumber juice or at least a rose water bottle handy with you, just in case get some irritation from a colour, these would act as soothing agents.
HAVE A SAFE, SOUND, COLOURFUL AND HAPPY HOLI!!