Holi is here!!! I get very excited when the festival of colors is around. Holi is famous for two things: Color and gujiyas. I have a sweet tooth and homemade gujiyas are always so tempting, specially the ones made by my mother.Totally mouth-watering. Anyways, coming to the point, Holi colors have harmful chemicals which may harm the skin. And we should use herbal gulals and colors… Duh! Everyone knows this girl… But what to do when the person applying color on you is not using one? How to prevent your skin from getting stained? To not look like a canvas for modern art with colorful blotches scattered on your face, protect your skin and hair from the harmful effects of the holi colors by following these tips:
1. First and foremost, never step out to play Holi without smearing your exposed areas with a thick layer of coconut oil/ olive oil/vaseline. (This is my savior every year)
2. Wear long sleeved clothes and full length bottoms.
3. Wear sunscreen. I have noticed my skin getting more tanned on Holi.
4. Oil your hair generously. It gives the hair a protective covering and shields it from harmful chemicals, dust and dirt.It will also help the colors come off easily later.
5. Cover your head with a bandana, scarf or a cap.
6. Tie up your hair. Tying up gives lesser area of your head to be exposed to colors giving an added advantage to have lesser stains to worry about.
7. Wear cotton clothes. Synthetics will become sticky and body hugging and denims will be heavy once you have a bucket full of water splashed on you
8. Apply lip balm or vaseline on your lips.
9. Apply nail polish or multiple coats of clear topcoat on your nails to avoid getting your nails stained.
10. Never wear contact lenses while playing Holi. Never ever! The color can come between your eye and lens which can prove very harmful.
11. Apply some oil behind the ears, on earlobes and under the nails, as these are the ignored areas and the color tends to settle here.
12. Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from a misfire of color filled darts or water jets.
13. Try to wash off the colors while wet. The earliest, the better. For once if the colors dry, it becomes a bit difficult to get rid of them easily
14. Keep a calamine lotion ready in case of an allergy.
15. Wear socks to keep your heels protected.
16. Stay away from bleaching or highlighting your hair before Holi. The colors can turn the hair a totally unwanted pink, green or purple.
17. Don’t sit in sunlight after playing Holi. The colors on exposure to sunlight may harm the skin even more.
18. Don’t get a facial done up to a week before Holi. Facials tend to make skin more sensitive setting you up for inflammation.
19. Always clean your face with a cleansing milk or lotion with a cotton wool after playing with colors. Never wash your face with harsh soaps.
20. And the most important, DO NOT drive if you are high on alcohol or bhang.
Stay safe and enjoy. Have a Happy and Colorful Holi!
PS: I can’t get the Damn song out of my head… Holi-est song this year 😀