Holi is one of the playful and joyous festivals of our country, and the essence of this festival is Colours and water. But, playing with Colours is equally cheering and hazardous as they are full of harmful chemicals unless herbal and natural Colours are used.
Follow some safety measures so as to protect your face and hairs from ill effects of chemicals to ensure a safe and happier festival.
Pre Holi Care Tips:
- Apply a thick layer of non-oily cream or aroma oil on your face.
- Massage coconut or mustard oil on your hands and body to make it slippery so that you can protect yourself from the mob attack and also oil does not let the Colours to get absorbed in the skin.
- Dental caps can also be used to let the teeth protected from stains.
- Wear sunglasses to avoid a direct attack of Coloured water from Pichkaris on eyes.
- Use cotton balls in ears so that the Colours and water do not get inside the ear lobes.
- Rub a layer of petroleum jelly on your lips to prevent dryness from colours.
- Apply dark coloured nail paint on toes and fingers so that the nails do not get spoiled with Colours. You can also use skin gel inside nails so that the Colours do not get inside the gaps of long nails.
- Massage your hairs with oil and tie them so that the Colours do not get to the roots of hairs and removing Colour from oily hairs is easy as it does not stick to hair strands.
- Wear full sleeved clothes and full-length bottoms that cover your body completely so that the chemicals of Colours do not get in touch of your body directly.
If you forgot to follow any of the above tips then no need to worry, there are other ways to follow after playing with colours by which skin can be prevented from being damaged.
Post Holi Care Tips:
- Use muslin cloth to dust down all the dry Colour from the face.
- Do not try to remove Colour with nails or harsh scrub, instead use cleansing milk or a mild scrub to massage the face gently. Do not over-scrub the face.
- Use a face mask made of gram flour, curd, lemon juice and apply it on the face, leave it to get dry and wash off a with Lukewarm water.
- Rinse your hairs with plain water to remove dry Colours from the hairs and then use a mild shampoo to massage your hairs gently, rinse off and use a good conditioner.
- If still the Colour is left, then massage with oil and wash off the next day because using too much shampoo on the same day can damage the hairs.
- Mix sea salt in lukewarm water to take the bath.
- Remove the nail paint from a good quality remover and massage the nails with olive oil or castor oil afterwards.
- Massage your skin for some time with a nourishing cream after you are completely done with the cleanup regimen.
- Apply a suitable hair mask after some days to recover from the damage caused.
Smart Tips :
- Play with organic and homemade Colours which are natural and skin friendly. Turmeric and sandalwood can be used to get yellow and red and Colours respectively.
- Use good equality colours, either red or pink which are comparatively less harmful than purple, black or green Colours.
- Wear a hat or cap or cover your hairs with a muslin or cotton cloth.
- Do not wash the face frequently while playing with Colours as it will dry the skin and also try not to wash the face with hot water as it will make the colour absorbed on skin ,instead use lukewarm water.
- Do not throw water balloons and spray Pichkaris on any body’s face as they can cause damage to the eyes.
- Avoid wearing contact lenses while playing, as the Colour may get absorbed into the lenses causing a severe eye infection. Wash off the eyes immediately if the Colour gets into eyes and on prolonged burning wash off the eyes with milk to neutralise acidity and burning sensation.
Follow the above tips and drench yourself fully in the colourful festival and enjoy it without worrying about the ill effects, so as to leave a joyous memory of the day forever.
“Play safe, enjoy colourful Holi”
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