Play It Safe This Holi


Holi, the festival of colors, is here and we all are dreaming about playing with water balloons, water guns, vibrant and exciting colors, dancing on Holi songs and gorging on Gujiyas and of course thandai. I am sure, all of you must have planned out something different for the festive day, but, have you planned out something to protect your skin from the harsh colors, so that you do not suffer from any after effects? If not, then here are some tips to take care of your skin from skin allergies or irritation after the game is over.

In older times, there were all natural colors made from flowers and herbs. But today, we see a variety of synthetic colors that are made from chemicals and artificial dyes and are cheap and easily available in the market. These chemicals may cause severe damage to the skin. Though some people bring natural herbs like sandalwood, haldi, rose petals and make colors from them but when you go out, you are not sure about the colors that people are using. So prepare yourself for the worse and keep the after problems at bay.

  1. If you have any open cuts, then cover it with a bandage prior to playing Holi to avoid the absorption of harmful chemicals.
  2. Try to cover your body as much as possible to avoid direct contact of your skin with color and then sun.
  3. Apply a thick layer of moisturizer on your body and do not forget places like behind the ear, between fingertips and near the fingernails where the paint is bound to collect the most.
  4. Apply mustard oil or coconut oil to your hair and do the braid. You can ever wear a bandana or a scarf. The oil will protect your hair from the harsh colors and also the colors will come out easily when you wash your hair.
  5. Paint your nails with the darkest shade possible to avoid the Holi color from seeping into the nail bed. And if you are not obsessed with long nails, I suggest you cut your nails short.
  6. Taking care of your eyes is extremely important as chemicals can cause irritation and even blindness if they go into your eyes. Do not wear your contact lenses while playing with colors. Wearing an old pair of sunglasses is also a good idea as they will protect your eyes and look fashionable at the same time.
  7. And don’t forget the lips, apply a thick layer of vaseline or your favorite lip balm on your lips.
  8. After you have had all the fun with colors, first, stand under the shower for 5-10 and let the color start to wash itself off. Do not scrub or scratch aggressively at this point. Next, use a liquid soap to gently clean your body. If, there is still some color left, try some easy home remedies that are effective but not harsh on your skin.
  9. Be more careful while removing the Holi color from your face. Use olive oil on cotton to remove the color and if there is still a lot of color remaining, try this home remedy. Make a paste mixing fresh lemon juice, curd and a pinch of sandalwood powder and apply on your face for 10-15 minutes. Then with a wet hand rub it gently and remove the paste and wash off with cold water.

However, if there is still some color left, then don’t rush into removing it all at once. Give it a couple of days to lighten naturally.

Also, if you’re eyes get itchy and red, or if any form of irritation persists on the skin, then it is advisable to see a dermatologist just make sure that it is not a serious allergy.

We wish you a happy, safe and colorful Holi!


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