By Dr. Sonia Gupta | 6th Mar 2023
Holi, the vibrant celebration of colours, is a rejoicing festival that radiates with the joy of togetherness. It is a time when the vivid shades of spring burst into our lives, making everything colourful and lively. It is essential to take precautions while playing with colours, as the synthetic colours used during the festival can unleash a cascade of adverse effects on the skin. The harsh chemicals in the colours can wreak havoc on the skin’s delicate balance, causing various problems ranging from mild irritation to severe dermatological trauma.
Therefore, taking care of your skin before and after Holi is essential to keep it healthy and glowing. This article will discuss how to care for your skin before and after Holi.
Before you head out to celebrate Holi, preparing your skin for the onslaught of colours is crucial. Here are some tips you can follow to prep your skin:
Moisturise: Before getting colourful, slather some lotion all over your body for a few minutes. Pay extra attention to areas that tend to get dry, like your elbows, knees, and feet. And don’t forget to rub some on your hands, too – it’ll help keep the colours from staining your palms.
Use Sunscreen: We all know how difficult it can be to contain the joy and excitement while playing Holi, and the celebration often moves outdoors. It is thus essential to shield your skin. The best way to shield your skin from the potentially harmful effects of ultraviolet (UV) rays is to apply sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30.
Oil Your Hair: Please take a moment to grab some coconut oil (or any other oil you prefer) and massage it into your hair and scalp. The oil will create a protective barrier that will help shield your hair and scalp from the chemicals in the colours. Plus, it’ll make it easier to wash out the colours later.
Wear comfortable clothes: When celebrating Holi, protecting your skin from the colours is essential. Wear comfortable clothes that cover most of your body! But that doesn’t mean you must sacrifice style for safety.
Think loose, flowing fabrics like cotton or linen. These materials will keep you cool and comfortable while protecting your skin. Long sleeves and pants are also a good idea – they’ll help keep the colours from getting directly on your skin.
Restoring and Rejuvenating your skin after skin contact with colours is crucial for maintaining healthy skin. Here are a few steps you can follow to restore your skin after Holi:
Rinse Off: Now that you’ve had fun, it’s time to rinse off all those beautiful colours. But before you jump in the shower, you should remember a few things:
Use a Face Pack: After playing with colours, giving your skin extra tender loving care is essential. And what better way to do that than with a natural face pack?
Aloe vera, cucumber, and Honey are great ingredients for soothing and nourishing skin. You can use them separately or in combination to provide additional hydration and nutrition.
Aloe vera is known for its calming and hydrating qualities, making it ideal for skincare after Holi. Cut open an aloe vera leaf and scoop out the gel for an aloe vera face pack. After applying the gel to your face, please wait 15 to 20 minutes before rinsing it with warm water.
Cucumber is known for their cooling properties, which can help soothe any irritation or redness on your skin. Mix half a cucumber with a tablespoon of Honey for a cucumber face pack. After applying it to your face, please wait 15 to 20 minutes before rinsing it with warm water.
After applying a thin layer of Honey all over your face and allowing it to sit there for 15 to 20 minutes before washing it off, Honey is the ideal moisturiser and nutrient for your skin because it is a natural humectant that draws and holds moisture.
So, treat yourself to a natural face pack and show your skin some love. Your skin will appreciate it!
Moisturise Again: Apply a good quality moisturiser all over your body to hydrate and nourish your skin. It will help restore its natural moisture balance.
Drink Water: Playing Holi can be much fun but can dehydrate your body. That’s why it’s essential to drink lots of water after the festivities are over.
Drinking lots of water will help keep your internal organs hydrated and will aid in the removal of toxins from your body. Plus, it’ll help you feel more energised and refreshed after a day of playing with colours.
But drinking water doesn’t have to be boring! For a refreshing and flavorful twist, you can infuse your water with fruits like lemon, cucumber, or mint. Or, you can make yourself a delicious smoothie with hydrating ingredients like coconut water and watermelon.
And remember other hydrating beverages like coconut water, herbal tea, or plain old milk. These drinks can also help keep you hydrated and nourished after Holi celebrations.
So go ahead, drink up and give your body the hydration it.
As Holi approaches, it’s important to remember some dos and don’ts to ensure a safe and enjoyable celebration for everyone. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:
Use natural colours made from flowers and herbs.
Protect your eyes by wearing sunglasses or goggles.
Apply a lip balm to protect your lips from the colours.
Keep yourself hydrated by drinking water and fluids.
Use chemical-based colours as they can harm your skin and health.
Wash the colours away with hot water.
Rub your skin too hard while washing off the colours.
Stay in wet clothes for too long as it can lead to skin infections.
As the Holi celebrations end, think about how we can mindfully celebrate while caring for our skin. By using natural colours, protecting our skin with moisturisers and comfortable clothing, and staying hydrated, we can enjoy the festivities while caring for ourselves. And after the celebrations are over, we can soothe and nourish our skin with natural face packs and plenty of water. Remember, caring for our skin doesn’t have to be complicated or time-consuming. We can celebrate Holi mindfully and keep our skin healthy and happy with simple tips. So here’s to a happy and safe Holi and a lifetime of mindful celebrations!
It usually takes a few days for Holi colours to fade completely. However, you can get rid of the colours by washing your skin with a gentle cleanser and moisturiser.
Yes, Holi colours can cause skin allergies, especially if you have sensitive skin. The harsh chemicals in the colours can cause redness, itching, and swelling. Therefore, you must be mindful of the colours and products you apply to your skin.
Apply aloe vera gel or moisturiser to soothe and hydrate your skin. Consult a dermatologist if the allergy persists.
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