Holi Skin and Haircare Hacks Everyone Should Know!
Holi is so popular that it is celebrated all over the world. You know who doesn’t like Holi though? Your skin! Most colours contain chemical solvents and toxic agents that cause rashes, breakouts and other problems affecting skin, hair and nails.
Here are some tips on how to prepare for Holi and how to safely get the colour off.
Sun protection: You won’t realize how much you’re exposing yourself to the sun because of all the colour and water but it can leave your skin dry and dull afterwards. Apply a good sunscreen about 20 minutes before you step out to play Holi.
Hair care: Apply oil, a serum or leave-on conditioner to create a barrier between the hair and the colour. This will protect the hair and make it easier to wash off.
Nail care: Apply transparent nail polish, varnish or petroleum jelly to your nails and cuticles. This will keep your nails from absorbing the colours.
Lip shield: Use a lip balm to act as a protective layer on your lips. This will also keep lips moisturized and soft.
Skin care: Apply almond oil to all the exposed areas of your body. This will keep the colour from sticking and the Vitamin E will keep your skin nourished. You can apply a good moisturizer instead of oil or a moisturizing sunscreen.
Hair care: Deep condition your hair after the wash and get a proper hair spa with hair mask a week after Holi.
Skin care: Do not rub your skin vigorously. First wipe off the loose powder, then use cold water to remove the colour. Use gentle and natural cleansers and you can also use a cleansing lotion. After you’ve removed the colour, remember to moisturize.
Make your own cleanser with cold milk and olive oil. Dip a cotton ball into this mixture and gently rub off the colour from your skin. To remove the stubborn colours, apply lemon juice and rinse it off. You can even make a face mask with curd and sandalwood.
- Wear clothing that covers most of your skin.
- Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes.
- Don’t leave your hair loose while playing holi. Tying it up will ensure that it doesn’t get too much colour and also doesn’t get tangled and pulled in all the mayhem.
- If your hair is too short to tie it up, use a bandana.
- Use only cold water to wash the colour off.
- Wait a few days before going for any skin or hair treatments after holi.
The best thing you can do for yourself and the environment is to play with only natural, skin-friendly colours. Have fun and enjoy the carnival of colours. If you have more tips to help others, add to the list by leaving a comment below.