Holi is nearby and as we get into the spirit of this festival it is important to be watchful about the protection of your skin and overall body. Please make sure that playing with colors doesn’t do any sort of severe damage to your skin or hair.
Almost every year during holi, we heard that lot of people suffers due to the use of colors that contains harsh chemicals. Extreme usage of these chemicals into your skin not only harms it but can leads to serious lifestyle issue also.
Many a times harmful chemicals penetrate easily on the skin layer so it’s always good to moisturize your skin well with oil or moisturizer before started playing as it works best for the skin and prevents chemical accumulation.
Tips for your hair and skin protection
- First and foremost stay hydrated drink gallons of water, juices etc. Dehydration causes your skin to dry and combined with harsh chemicals, the color might seep into your skin.
- You should oil your hair well before you start playing. Coconut oil and olive oil are fine options to protect your hair from harsh colors.
- Also apply some oil behind your ears, ear lobes and nails as these are points were the color easily settles.
- Avoid sitting in the hot sun, with the colors still on your face or body, after playing Holi, especially if you have used chemical colors. This makes the colors stronger and difficult to wash off. Sit in a shade even if you are outdoors
- Use more of red or pink colors, which can easily be taken off. Gaudy ones like purple, green, yellow and orange have more harmful chemicals in them and should be avoided.
- Don’t forget to wear waterproof sunscreen before you step out for a day in the sun atleast SPF 30 or more.
- Wear clothes that cover most of your body. Avoid heavy fabrics like denim that don’t dry easily.
- Cover your head with a thick scarf or bandana.
- Don’t wear lenses when you go out to play. While Holi colors cause irritability, lenses have a tendency to absorb the color, thereby making things worse. Wear glasses and keep wiping them clean from time to time.
How to remove color afterwards:
- Hair should be deep conditioned after the wash. Make sure your hair is clean. Apply hair mask after 2-3 days to cure the damage.
- Cleaning the skin and hair after playing with colors is very important. Do not rub the skin vigorously with soaps to wipe the face of gulal, instead opt for a cleanser. Follow this up with lots of moisturizer, especially ones that are meant for sensitive skin.
- Avoid scraping off colors with your finger nails as they will leave unpleasant marks. Gently apply a granular scrub on the body and face to get rid of the colors
- Do not bleach, shave, wax or go for facial or clean ups the following week. Give your skin and body some time to recover from the damage.
- Avoid using kerosene, petrol and spirits to remove stains, as they will make your skin dry.
- Rejuvenate your skin with a mixture of sea salt, glycerine and a few drops of aroma oil have anti-bacterial and anti-fungal effect and can take care of removing chemical colors.
BY: Dermatologist Dr. Nivedita Dadu Founder and Chairman from Dr. Nivedita Dadu’s Dermatology Clinic