Holi is around the corner; while you have got your itinerary chalked out and water guns ready to join in on the frenzy, don’t forget to attend to your skin. Before you start with the festivities, you would do well to prep your skin and hair to minimise the damage that the inorganic chemicals and prolonged exposure to the sun might cause.
Stated below is your pre and post-Holi skincare regimen that will help you ace the skin game while indulging in the celebrations:
Before stepping out, don’t forget to moisturise your skin by applying a rich moisturiser or coconut oil on your body and hair. It will act as a preventive layer, protecting your skin and hair from the drying effects of inorganic Holi colours. Also, it will not let the colours stick to your skin, thereby helping you get rid of them quickly.
Apply sunscreen with SPF of at least 30, or higher; it will protect your skin against damage from prolonged sun exposure. Opt for a waterproof sunscreen to make sure it doesn’t get washed away during the celebrations. If possible, carry the sunscreen along with you so that you can reapply it every hour and keep your shield up at all times.
Intoxicants like alcohol and bhang can dehydrate your skin quickly, making it prone to sunburns. While keeping off bhang entirely is no fun, make sure you are ingesting adequate fluids in the form of water, juice, or any other glucose-based drink. This will also help you steer clear of lifeless and dull skin once the celebrations are over.
No matter how much sunscreen or moisturiser you apply, exposing your skin directly to the sun and other harmful colours is never a good idea. That’s precisely why you should wear full-sleeve tops, shirts or kurtas, and ankle-length joggers or trousers before stepping out. Also, wearing a cap or bandana can prevent colour-induced damages to your hair.
Only when the festivities draw to a close does begin the real challenge of removing the colours from your face and body. First thing first, wash your face with clean water using a scrub face wash. Don’t use soap as it can react with the chemicals and cause further irritation.
Apply a foam-based face wash and lather gently for at least a minute before washing to ensure all impurities and toxic substances wash away.
Playing Holi under the scorching sun can leave your skin dry and sunburnt. The best remedy to cool your skin is rubbing an ice-pack on your hands, face, neck, and other body parts that were exposed to the sunlight. Thereafter, apply a moisturiser on your body. This will help to heal your skin and retain its smoothness.
It is usual for your hair to turn dry and frizzy from the continuous exposure to the variety of colours. To get rid of this, apply coconut oil on your scalp thoroughly and leave it for at least 10 minutes. Thereafter, wash it away with a mild shampoo.
After the shower, keep your hair wrapped in a towel; it will make sure your scalp retains the moisture, and your hair appears shiny again.
Sometimes, your skin can react adversely to the chemicals, resulting in redness, irritation or allergic breakouts. In such a situation, you should consult a dermatologist without any delay and get yourself treated before things get worse. For immediate relief, you can apply ice cubes or aloe vera gel on your skin.
If you have a history of skin irritation and rashes, it would be wise not to play Holi or only use organic colours that are less harmful
All in all, stay safe, stay healthy. Happy Holi!