Exposure to colours during Holi can affect your Skin & Hair. The annual festival of colours, Holi, is now around and all of us are looking forward to a fun-filled day marked by splashing of coloured powder, water and balloons, with the beats of “Holi Hai”. Traditionally semal flowers or spices and plants were used for making coloured Gulal.
There is no doubt that Holi is one of the best popular festivals, but there are also some hazards associated with the event such as the use of artificial colours made which can damage your eyes, skin and lungs. The colours also contain shiny particles of mica and lead, which can irritate the skin and collect on the scalp.
But if you love this festival of colours, enjoy it with the use of organic and home-made colours. These are also available in markets.
Since Holi is played outdoors, exposure to the sun can have an effect on the skin. It is good to use a sunscreen of SPF 20 while going out as most sunscreens have built-in moisturisers. It is good to use the ones which contain Natural Raw Honey as it is a natural moisturizer. If your skin is very dry, firstly apply the sunscreen and then apply a moisturiser. Applying moisturising lotion, body oils or cream on the arms and exposed areas containing honey can be beneficial.
Generally, it’s the hair that takes the most sabotage of colours. Here are a few tips for hair care post-Holi by applying Pure Honey.
Before the use of any shampoo, rinse your hair with water to allow the additional colours to wash it off. It is extremely important to condition your hair to prevent any hair damage. Make a simple hair pack by soaking a few fenugreek (methi) seeds in curd & a tablespoon of Natural Organic Honey. Apply this pack on your scalp and wash your hair with a good shampoo after 30 minutes. You can also apply a mixture of natural pure honey and warm olive oil for deep conditioning.
Colours do a lot of damage to the skin. So, apply Pure Honey to get the glow back on your face.
Do not scrub or remove the colour off with soap. Instead use a natural mild cleanser mix with Milk, Honey & lemon and follow it up with a lot of moisturising cream. If you feel any skin irritation, then take two tbsp. of calamine powder and mix it with some drops of honey and rose water to make a paste. Apply this on your face and once it has dried wash it off with water and apply a moisturiser. You can also take off the colour with a mixture of besan, honey and milk. If you are unable to do anything else, simply apply a generous amount of Multani-mitti with honey & water on the entire face and body to revive your skin.
Few more tips below on pre-care during Holi:
- For the hair, apply hair oil, leave-on conditioner or hair serum. This will help protect the hair from the effects of sun exposure and dryness caused by colours.
- Apply transparent varnish on the nails. This protects nails from absorbing Holi colours.
Few more tips below on post care during Holi:
- Always use cold water to remove Holi colours. It is difficult to remove colours with the help of hot water.
- Apply some coconut oil mixed with honey on a cotton ball and scrub off the colours using it.
- Do not plan a Salon based hair or skin treatments such as facial, bleach, hair colour just after Holi. You need to wait for at least two weeks before you go on to use any harsh chemicals.