There is no second thought that Holi is one of the most vibrant and colourful festivals of our country. Traditionally celebrated with dry gulal, today people use synthetic and chemical colours. These harmful colours cause skin irritation, burning, redness and a lot of other damage to your skin and hair. Despite all precautionary measures, you are most likely to end up being all green, pink and blue by the afternoon. While spending hours scrubbing off the Holi hues are part of the festive fun, make sure you use the right ingredients to do so. Dr. Apratim Goel, Cosmetic Dermatologist, and Laser Surgeon share 5 post-Holi skincare tips to help you protect from allergies and reactions.
- Lemon juice is a natural whitening agent and is effective for fingers and nails. To get rid of colours on fingers and nails, apply lemon juice and leave it for 15 to 20 minutes. Wash it off with warm water. Apply a good moisturizer.
- If the colour doesn’t come off, apply some warm olive oil. Rub the skin with a soft cloth gently. Apply curd or a herbal pack made with gram flour and milk afterward. It helps to soften the skin. Use face pack made by mixing gram flour and curd till it becomes a smooth paste then apply it on face and massage gently to take out the traces of color left.
- Replenish your skin with a paste of soybean flour or besan mixed with milk. You can also use a moisturising soap to scrub off the colours. Never rub the skin vigorously. A mixture of sea salt, glycerine and few drops of aroma oil that has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal effects can mend the harm caused by chemical colours to some extent. Liberal use of cold cream or a moisturiser thereafter is a must.
- Shampoo hair immediately after playing with color and don’t forget to condition your hair. If hair is too dry then warm oil accompanied with hot towel treatment is a must the next day. Wash your hair with a mild shampoo as soon as possible and rinsed with either lemon juice or beer to bring back the shine.
- Avoid bleaching, waxing or facial for a week before and after Holi.