It's that time of the year again! Yes, you guessed correctly. I am talking about the Holi time which comes each year in spring and is also called the Festival of Colours. A day full of laughter, happiness, colours and family time, this festival is so much fun.
I still remember my childhood days when I used to stay awake eagerly awaiting morning so I could go armed with all types of colours both dry and wet, balloons full of coloured water and brandishing my latest colour gun (pichkari) and showoff to my friends as well as play mischief on elders without fear of any repercussions.
|A pictorial representation of Holi as played by Lord Krishna with Radha, his friend.|
While Holi is a fun festival that brings people close, spreads equality and love and teaches to forget past grudges and live in peace, this festival can also wreck havoc on our skin if precautions are not taken.
Today, I'll share the tips that have been implemented in my home since as long as I can remember and work wonders in protecting the skin as well as getting colour off our skin easily without any damage.
1) Try and use only Herbal Colours.
Herbal Colours are skin friendly and contain no chemicals. So playing Holi using these colours is better as compared to the chemical laced colours that are not only harmful to our skin but can also cause sneezing, reddening of our eyes and even cause stomach infection if ingested.
2) Wear loose, cotton clothes.
Cotton is a skin friendly fabric and is both airy and light. Loose fitted cotton clothing further allows our skin breathing room and even when wet the clothes dont scratch and cause rashes on our skin.
3) Avoid wearing silk, synthetic, polyester or denim which stick to the skin when wet and can cause some serious itching, rashes, scratches and other painful eruptions on the skin.
4) Oil your skin or apply a thick layer of moisturizer on your skin before venturing out to play with colours.
In our family, we usually use mustard oil which is a bit thick as compared to coconut oil and creates a protective layer on the skin so the colours don't settle on the skin. This way the skin is protected and the colour also comes off easily as compared to when no oil is applied on the skin.
You can also go for moisturizers but prefer a thick base moisturizer as compared to a thin one.
5) Oil your hair.
Just like your body, your hair also needs protecting and the best way is to oil it thoroughly before. This way the oil forms a coating on the hair and the harmful colours dont harm the hair and come off easily.
6) Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes.
One of the most common things that can ruin the festive mood is the itching, watering and reddening of the eyes. To protect our eyes from any infections and irritation, wear sunglasses so the colour doesn't enter them.
7) Apply nail polish on the nails.
Holi is one event when even the men apply nail polish to protect their nails even if it is a transparent one!
A coat of nail polish creates a protective layer on our nails and prevents the colours from harming our nails.
8) Try to cover as much of your body as you can by wearing long sleeves, full length clothes.
Reducing the number of exposed areas of your skin is again preferred and is a great way to keep your skin protected.
9) Prefer Dry colours.
Play a dry Holi is possible. Dry colours are easier to remove and not as permanent as the wet ones which stick to the skin and are harder to remove, causing skin infection, irritation or rashes.
10) Stand under running water.
After playing Holi, stand under running water or a shower to remove any runny colour from your clothes and skin. This way only the colour that has settled on your body remains and all excess is washed off. This not only keeps your home cleaner but also prevents any extra colour to settle on the skin.
11) Use these homemade packs and scrubs to remove the colour.
a) One of my personal favourites is the turmeric, wheat flour and mustard oil scrub.
Steps to prepare:
- Take 3 tbsp of wheat flour, 1 tsp of turmeric and 2 tsp of mustard oil.
-Mix all with some rose water or normal water to prepare a smooth paste that is not too runny.
Apply this paste to your body and gently scrub in circular motion when it is semi dry. This scrub not only removes the Holi colours but also moisturizes our skin.
Turmeric acts as an antiseptic that prevents any infections and also makes the skin glow.
Wheat flour leaves the skin feeling smooth, lighter and cleaner. It only removes the colour but also any dirt and opens the pores of the skin.
Mustard oil is pungent in nature and acts as a cutter of colour. It not only removes the colours but also moisturizes the skin.
b) Another great pack is the curd and papaya pack.
Steps to prepare:
-Take 2 tbsp of curd and mix papaya pulp in it to form a smooth paste,
Apply to your body and gently scrub in circular motions when semi dry.
Curd is a great smoothing, tightening and skin lightening agent.
Papaya removes any colour, blemishes and irregularities in the skin.
Both these ingredients not only effectively remove the colour but also make our skin look healthier, smoother and lighter.
12) Don't use too much soap and shampoo to remove the colours.
Applying too much soap and shampoo can dry out our skin and hair causing cracks in our skin and brittleness in our hair.
Apply shampoo and soap atmost twice to remove the colours.
13) Don't scrub too much.
Scrubbing the skin too many times can cause rashes, cracks and dryness in our skin. So avoid scrubbing too much and be gentle when trying to remove any residual colours on the body.
14) Moisturize the skin after taking a bath and apply a sunscreen.
Moisturize your skin after you have taken a bath so that the skin stays smooth, healthy and beautiful. Applying a sunscreen again is a great way to keep the skin protected from any harmful UV rays and keeping it looking vibrant.
Follow these simple yet effective steps and have a lovely Holi!
Celebrate Holi with lots of sweets, thandai, laughter and happiness...Happy Holi!
If you have any other tips then do share with me in the comments. I love hearing from you.