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Skin care in the Festival of Colors – HOLI!
The festival of Holi is round the corner and the preparations are going on in full swing. According to Hindi Calendar, this festival is celebrated ‘Phalgun Purnima’ and is symbolic of arrival of spring and victory of good over evil. This is also a festival of forgetting bad memories and forgiving your enemies. In the midst of delicious aroma of Gujhiyas and frolic fight of colors, people often forget to take care of their skin. Your regular beauty regimen might fail to prevent your skin from the harshness of colors these days. Although we advise to play Holi with natural colors, but one can never be sure enough. So here is a quick guide of Do’s and Don’ts in this festival of colors.
- Apply Vaseline or any other petroleum jelly mixed with mustard oil all over your body right before you go out to play Holi. This mixture would make it easier to remove colors after playing Holi.
- Apply a thick coat of Vaseline or a good quality lip balm to prevent your lips.
- Paint your nails with a transparent nail polish inside out. It will help removing the colors from your nails easily.
- Oil you hair thoroughly with coconut oil or olive oil a night before and again repeat the process in the morning. Coconut oil will be preferable as it is easily available and due to its light texture, it will come out easily.
- NEVER EVER play Holi with your hair open. This way, you will only increase the chances of damage. Tie your hair in a ponytail or a bun.
- If you can, cover your hair with a thick scarf.
- Wear full sleeve clothes.
- Avoid putting any kind of makeup while playing Holi.
- First wash your face with normal temperature water repeatedly and repeat the same procedure with your hair.
- DO NOT try to rub off the colors with soap. Soap contains chemicals which might react with the colors.
- Make an Ubtan by mixing gram flour (besan), turmeric (haldi), and milk. See this home-made pack for better results. Rub this mixture all over your body and take bath with warm water. If the color doesn’t come out in one wash, repeat the procedure.
- Another effective Ubtan can be made by mixing wheat flour (aata) and coconut oil and rub off the colors with this mixture and warm water.
- Wash your hair with normal water first and then use your regular shampoo and conditioner.
- After shampooing once, wash your hair with buttermilk (chhachh) or yogurt to remove colors and to keep your head cool. Apply yogurt on your hair and leave on for 30 minutes. Then wash with your favorite shampoo.
FEW MORE TIPS
- Apply a thick coat of dark coloured nail paint to save your cuticle from colour.
- Don’t forget to apply sunscreen before you go out for play.
- Massage with cleansing milk to remove colours.
- Organic colours are also available these days, try to use them instead of chemicals.
So here is a quick reminder for you to take care of your skin and hair. Follow these simple tips and enjoy this festival to the fullest and without any worries. Wish you all a very happy Holi. ☺