Today, skin friendly colours have been replaced by cheap and highly unsafe industrial dyes which can turn the hair and skin rough, itchy and at times scarred. If you wish to enjoy your favourite festival of colours wholeheartedly without worrying about bad consequences, here are some tips from Dr Ajit Kadam, Aesthetic and Cosmetic Surgeon – Sterling Wockhardt Hospital, Vashi.
Before playing Holi
1. Generously apply warm castor oil or coconut oil for 10 to 15 minutes before stepping out. You can also mix a few drops of lemon in the oil. Because of the oil, the colours will get washed away
2. Apply ample amount of moisturiser on your face. This layer protects against harmful chemical colours.
3. Avoid wearing lens, as there are chances of the colour sticking to the lens and in return harming your eyes.
4. Try not to wear spectacles, as you might end up hurting your face from the edges of the glasses while playing Holi.
5. Don’t forget that your lips are also sensitive, apply ample amount of lip balm.
6. Try to wear full sleeved clothes, preferably cotton.
7. Cover your body with a thick layer of sun-screen or body lotion.
8. Women can avoid staining of their nails by applying dark colour nail polish.
9. Strictly use natural and soft colours and make sure that your friends and family also use natural colours based out of henna, turmeric, flowers etc.
After playing Holi
1. Use herbal or any soft shampoo to wash your hair. Harsh shampoos can sometimes wash away the natural oil of the hair.
2. Gently massage your hair with warm olive or almond oil. It will act as a natural conditioner. Use only cold water to wash away the colours.
3. You can use the home remedy of mixing milk and besan and applying the paste on your face. After a while you can wash it off with cold water.
4. Avoid vigorous scrubbing on your face. The skin on your face is a lot more sensitive than the skin on the rest of your body.
5. While washing your face do not rub your eyes, instead splash water to remove the colour.
6. Use a soft cloth or cotton dipped in coconut oil to remove colour stains on your body.
7. The use of Aloe Vera is highly recommended. If you don’t have the plant, Aloe Vera based products can also be used to remove stains for example soaps, face wash, shower liquid etc.
8. After taking bath, apply a generous layer of body lotion.
9. Chemicals in colours will make your hair dry and roots brittle. Continue to oil you hair a few days after the festival.
10. Remember, it may take a few days to get all the colour off, do not be too harsh on yourself while trying to get it out in the first go.