With spring comes the festival of colours - Holi! This is the time when even adults put all the rules aside and embrace the inner child by playing with colours, dancing to the tune of “Paan Banaras Wala” and hogging on an endless number of gujiyas without any worry in the world.
As you get ready to join the festivities - the only thing nagging on your mind must be - How to keep your skin safe from Holi colours? Traditionally, Holi was about using safe and natural colours which were made from fresh spring flowers and plants. Playing with natural colours like tesu or genda flowers, haldi and sandalwood are in fact beneficial for your skin.
Times have changed and now cheap and synthetic colours have flooded the market. These are made from harmful chemicals and artificial dyes that can cause skin allergies or irritation once the revelries are over! Such chemicals contain heavy metals, mica, glass powder and other dangerous alkalis which can cause serious harm to the skin.
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Even if you are using natural colors, you can never be sure about the colours which others are going to be use. Hence, we bring to you a list of effective tips to protect your skin before playing Holi:
Apply coconut oil all over your body. Using olive oil with Vitamin E will also work. When oiling, don’t forget places like behind your ears, between your fingertips and nails where colour usually collects. Oil your hair completely with mustard oil and tie it into a pony. Paint your nails with the darkest shade of nail polish possible as this will reduce Holi colour from seeping inside.
No matter how many precautions you take before playing Holi, the festival is bound to take a toll on your skin. Use the following tips to rejuvenate your skin after playing Holi.
5 Skin Care Tips After Playing Holi
#1. Wash your body with Cold Water
First, wash your skin with cold water gently removing the colours by sliding them. The oil applied before will ensure that this is an easier process. Don’t use hot water initially as this will open up your pores and colour will seep in deeper.
Next, rub a sliced lemon over your skin to remove colour stains. Lemon being a natural bleaching agent is quite useful in reducing colour stains. Leave lemon juice on for 15 minutes and then wash off. Now, you can use lukewarm water to take a bath with mild soap or body wash. Trying to forcefully clean the stains by vigorously scraping or rubbing the skin can cause dryness leading to more skin irritation.
#2. The Magic of Coconut oil
To remove the oil paints from your face, use coconut oil. Dip a cotton ball in coconut oil and apply on your face. Rinse off gently with both hands. Holi colours are known for causing the outbreak of rashes and skin irritation. For this, regular use of coconut oil and aloe vera can be very soothing.
#3. Dust-off dry colours like gulal
To remove gulal or dry colours from your body - don’t make the rookie mistake of using water. Instead of pouring water which only causes the gulal to spread all over your body and makes it all gooey and sticky - simply dust it away the gulal with dry hands. Use water only after you’ve dusted away the bulk of the gulal.
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#4. Herbal Shampoo and Hair Packs
For removing colour from your hair, use a herbal shampoo or a DIY hair pack. If you had applied coconut oil on your hair before going out to play Holi, then it would make washing the colours off easier. In case you are still having trouble removing colour from your hair, use a DIY homemade hair pack. To make this simple, take one spoon of lemon juice and mix it well into a cup of yogurt. Massage this mixture onto your scalp and rinse after 15 minutes.
You can also make a homemade shampoo by pre-soaking shikakai, reetha and amla overnight. In the morning, boil and strain the mixture. This will give you a chemical free ready-to-use homemade shampoo!
#5. Use Homemade Face Packs
Our facial skin is the most sensitive; so it is bound to take the maximum hit when you play with colours on Holi. Using homemade packs can provide the much needed relief as they are completely chemical free and provide much needed relief to your skin.
Use the following recipes of face packs for dry and oily skin for your post Holi beauty regime.
Recipe for DIY Homemade face pack for dry skin:
- 1 Tsp almond powder
- 1 Tsp honey
- 2 Drops lemon juice
- Some curd
Recipe for DIY Homemade face pack oily skin:
- Mix all the ingredients to make a paste and apply it on your face.
- Let it stay for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Once it is dry, wet your hands with water and rub off the pack.
- This will make your skin soft and clean.
- 1 Tsp Masoor Dal
- Dried Orange peel
- 1 Tsp rose water
- 2-3 Drops lemon juice
- Mix all ingredients together and apply it on the face.
- When the pack is dry, apply some water on your hands and then try to rub off the pack.
What is your tried and tested way to pamper your skin after Holi? Have to ever tried this homemade face pack? Share below!
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