With Holi comes the myriad of colors. While white dresses easily turn into a cocktail of colors, our skin too gets tinted. Even with the markets streaming with organic and easy to remove colors, there is some tinge of green and blue that will stay put adamantly. Added to woes of carrying a green tint to the office the next day is the itchiness and irritation that these harsh colors can cause.
It is better to prepare for this in advance. There are a great many tricks which you can try to prepare your skin for Holi so that getting the weird tinges off your skin is an easy task. There are also some tried and tested ways to remove the Holi colors even if you weren't prepared to take on the blues and greens.
Before Holi: Get your skin Holi-ready
• Cover up! : While choosing a Holi outfit, pick one that covers up a lot of your skin. This is the easiest way of keeping the colours away
• Use Oil: Oil provides a layer of protection to your skin. The harsh chemicals and tints won't stick to your skin with some oil on. Use a good amount of coconut oil to your hair to protect your tresses from the harmful colours.
• Stay Hydrated: Drinking plenty of water is key. A hydrated supple skin is greater to avoid the risk of colours seeping in. Dry chapped skin can cause the colours to seep in.
• Vaseline: lather on petroleum jelly like Vaseline to your lips and under the nails. Vaseline covers up the pores on the dry skin.
• Suntan: Lather on some good sunscreen lotion before you step outdoors. With the days being warm, there is a high chance of getting a heavy tan with the colours.
After Holi: Getting rid of Holi colours
• Use cold water: Holi colours can be tough to rid off. Make sure that you do not rinse with hot water as it makes the stain solidify in your skin, making it hard to remove. Use cold water to rinse off the colours.
• Hair pack: Using a hair pack of curd or egg yolk to your hair will help remove the colours while replenishing the nutrients lost in the sun and colours.
• Skin pack: To remove the nasty colours from your skin, try the tried and tested method of a besan pack. Mix besan with yoghurt, sweet oil and rose water. The besan and yoghurt clear the skin, the sweet oil soothe and the rose water work to open clogged pores, cleansing deeply.
• Oil: Use coconut oil to rub your skin thoroughly before applying soap. This will help remove the colours from your skin
• Glycerin: Glycerin helps with the itchiness and irritation. Dab a cotton ball with a few drops of glycerin and rose water and gently rub on skin.
• Cleansers: Using a good cleanser can do a lot of the job for you to remove colours. Cetaphil cleansers are pretty good at removing stains.
• Avoid harsh chemicals: Your skin has already had an assault of all the harsh chemicals from the colours. Keep away from doing any procedures that have strong chemicals like bleach. Your skin needs to recover naturally before it can take on anything more.
Use these before and after tips to keep your skin healthy and protected this Holi season. Have a coloruful Holi!