Holi is one of the most vibrant and joyous festivals in India.
Everyone loves the bhaang, the gujias, the singing and the dancing but the aftermath can be pretty dangerous sometimes, with people suffering from eye allergies, skin rashes and discolouration of hair which can cause some serious damage to the skin, dermatitis, eczema, itching, irritation, itching and various other problems commonly reported post Holi.
Stay healthy and keep it safe this year by keeping these tips in mind before you get down and dirty/ or before stepping out!
1. Cover yourself:
The easiest way to be safe is wearing full sleeves clothes, be as much as covered as you can be to protect your skin from synthetic colours which often contain ingredients like oxide, mercury sulfide and aluminium bromide which can cause a lot of damage.
2. Block the sun:
Use a waterproof sunscreen to protect your skin from sun damage. Make sure your face is well creamed before and after. Vaseline does wonders too. Apply a huge amount of lotion on your face, legs, arms or any other exposed areas.
3. Oil works wonders:
Holi colours can damage your hair to a great extent leaving them frizzy, brittle and really dry. Protect them by massaging the scalp with coconut, olive or almond oil and wear a cap before heading out.
Oiling your body also helps in preventing harmful colours from entering the pores. It will avoid the skin from dryness, damage and irritation.
4. Eye care:
Wear sunglasses as a shield for your eyes. Don’t forget to remove the contact lenses before you start playing to prevent irritation or damage to the eyes. Keep washing your eyes with water at regular intervals.
5. Keep it mild:
Never use hard soaps or shampoos to get rid of the colour, it ruins your skin even more. Always use a mild soap or a baby shampoo so it’s not very hard on your skin.
6. Go organic:
Use herbal And organic colours like turmeric henna leaves or marigold flowers which are good choices and do not harm your skin, synthetic colours are an absolute no no. Better be safe than sorry!
7. Treat the irritation:
Incase you’re experiencing irritation or itching immediately wash off the colours and apply calamine lotion or aloe Vera gel, it has a soothing and a calming effect! If the rash or irritation worsens, see the doctor immediately with no delay.
8. Stay hydrated:
Water is the magic potion in your daily life. Stay hydrated by drinking water before and during the festivities. Staying hydrated won’t let harmful chemicals absorb into your skin.
9. Don’t forget to Moisturize:
Replenish and rejuvenate your skin post the festivities by applying lots of moisturiser or a homemade face mask of gram flour or curd. Go for a face cleansing or facial, it will rejuvenate the skin and you will feel pampered too!
And ofcourse, have a healthy, happy & colourful Holi! 😍💃
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