It is time for the biggest springtime festival in North India, Holli. Almost everyone loves to celebrate Holi, and smear their loved ones in colours. But after the festivity ends, it’s the dreadful phase of getting rid of the stubborn chemical colour stains on the face, hairs. These harsh chemicals along with overexposure to sin can lead to dryness and irritation on the skin that can last for weeks after the festival departs.
If you love playing Holi but do not want the festival to affect your hair and skin, here are super easy tips to make your celebrations stress free.
Pre Holi prep-up tips
To save your skin from the harsh chemicals create a barrier between skin and colour. Apply sunscreen, oil at least 30 minutes before stepping put. Remember to apply the face oil and sunscreen on the ears, neck and other exposed parts of the body.
If you wear cotton fabric which is advisable to feel comfortable, the colour can seep underneath the fabric. In such cases go for comparatively thick fabric and full sleeves to ensure the least exposure of bare skin to colours.
To not let colours get stuck to your nails for days, trim your nails and apply glossy nail paint apply clear-coated nail polish. Also, apply the polish to the skin around your nails to not let colour seep or get stuck around your nails.
For your hairs, oil them overnight. You need to drench your hair in oil, so avoid getting any expensive bottles. Coconut oil is good to go for the day. Tie back your hair in a tight bun or wear a scarf to not let anyone put colours on your hair.
Drink plenty of water to keep you hydrated through the day as colours, exposure to the sun, fried snacks, desserts can easily dehydrate you.
Post Holi clean-up tips
Now that your face has become a canvas for different shades of pink, red, black that takes a lifetime to get off, post all the fun gulal smearing, before stepping straight to shower, try to take as much colour off as can be with oil. Some holi colours get worsen when trying to clear with water but are dissolvable in oil. Dab your face with cloth soaked in oil to remove colours.
Skin hot water, use cold water to effective remove colours. Don’t over-exfoliate your skin, it will worsen your skin texture making it sensitive to damage. Use gentle soaps. Don’t try to get rid of all stains in a day. Moisturise your skin properly once done.
Lastly, resist the temptation to visit a salon around or immediately after Holi as the skin and hair are more vulnerable to damage then.