**Bhubaneswar:** Holi, the most colourful and vibrant festival of India, is just round the corner. Smeared in rich and vibrant hues, Holi brings colour, unrestrained joy, a promise full of warm days and new beginnings.
However, over the years, natural colours have been replaced by synthetic ones to the extent that most Holi colours sold in the market are made of eoxidised metals or industrial dyes. So, Holi brings with itself problems- a lot of skin related problems.
But, with a little precaution and by following these simple tips, you’ll be able to save yourself from any sort of allergies, irritations and break-outs later on.
1: Avoid Chemical Based Colours, Use Natural Homemade Colours
Try to make colours at home using turmeric, marigold flowers or herbal colours; else buy herbal formulations. Colours bought from the market may harm your skin & hair.
2: Cover Maximum Portion Of Your Body
While you dig out old clothes from your wardrobe, make you sure what you wear during the festival covers the maximum of your body so that there will be less of skin exposed. Preferably full-sleeved shirts and old trousers or denims would work.
3: Magic of Oiling The Body
Smear your exposed body parts with cold cream or oil. The grease and slipperiness of the oil will not let the harsh colours settle deep into your skin. The old remedy of using mustard oil/coconut oil/ olive oil/ vaseline over your entire body on the night before and the morning of Holi does wonders in removing the colours easily post Holi.
4: Hair Care
Hair can turn brittle, frizzy and extremely dry due to Holi colours. Shield your hair from harmful chemicals, dirt and dust by massaging the scalp and hair with oil. Wear a cap or hat before heading out to play Holi.
5: Ways To Keep The Colour Off Nails
Nails are porous in nature hence they tend to absorb a lot of colour, which makes the Holi colour stain more prominent. Apply a layer of clear nail polish or any colour of your choice to prevent them from absorbing artificial colour.
6: Keep Yourself Hydrated
Dehydration causes your skin to dry and combined with harsh chemicals, the colour might seep into your skin. Keeping yourself hydrated is the trick. So keep drinking water, juices as well as glucose, should you feel the need of re-energising yourself.
7: Protect Your Eyes
Protect your eyes with gunglass or protective eye wear during Holi. Tie your hair or use a cap to prevent colour dripping in the eyes. Avoid using contact lenses, use spectacles instead during Holi. If colour gets into your eyes, never rub them as it may cause more irritation. Wash your eyes in cold water thoroughly for at least 10 to 15 minutes.
8: Don’t Scrub Vigorously During Bath
Apply a moisturised soap with lukewarm salt water and add a drop of baby oil to it. Remember, you should never rub your face or your body vigorously. It will not help you in removing colours but will cause damage to your skin. A mix of gram powder (besan) with milk can also be used to remove traces of colour. For people who suffer from acne – wash you face with an antibiotic gel.
9: Moisturise Your Skin Properly Post Bath
Moisturise your entire body thoroughly after the bath. It is possible for the colours to not come off that easily. Do not, I repeat, do not opt for facial, scrubbing or more such salon procedures. It will cause irritation and colours, instead of coming off, will settle deeper into your skin.
10: Post Holi Precautions
Avoid using your fingers to eat to avoid Holi colours from getting into your system through food. The changing weather conditions during this time of the year could make you more susceptible to colds and cough. Avoid drinks and food that are too cold. Go for lukewarm water instead.
On the festive day of Holi, let the use of vivid colours signify the happy occasion and express the joy which is brought with it. Holi is a wonderful celebration of colours that can be revitalising and a pleasant experience for the entire family.