Wow! We are already celebrating holi in 2019. How fast does time move? Now a days, organic colors have become a little more common and everyone is concerned about putting unnecessary chemicals on their skin. Kudos to us! But, we are not yet rid of the chemically synthesized colors completely yet. So, you have to take precautions so that the color does not touch your skin and does not affect it.
How to protect your Skin and Hair in Holi?
Getting ready to play
Wear a high factor water proof sunscreen on every part of your body which is exposed. Apply it in a thicker layer than usual. Wear white clothes so as to deflect sun rays. Do not forget your forearms, hands, feet and back of the ears while applying sunscreen.
If possible, follow up with a light layer of body oil, preferably almond or coconut oil, over the top of sunscreen. They make a film on your skin and protect direct contact from colors. Sesame Oil also provides an added sun protection as it is a natural sun blocker. Protect your lips, nails and cuticles as well.
A leave-in conditioner or a serum will protect your hair from absorbing any colors.
Observe these precautions while playing with colors
Protect your eyes with sun glasses. It would be advised not to wear contacts as they may come out when playing with water or if someone accidentally pokes you in the eyes. Glasses are better. If any color enters your eyes, wash them with cold water repeatedly.
Go for organic or homemade colors instead of the synthetic ones. They are also good for the environment.
Playing environment conscious holi is a way to save water. Play with dry colors and encourage everyone to do the same.
How to wash off after playing with colors?
If you have put on sunscreen or makeup, use a cleansing milk or cleansing balm. Most of your color should come off right then. Clean your lips as well.
Brush your teeth once just in case you accidentally got color there. It does happen!
Wash off the dry color with cool or room temperature water. Do not use hot or lukewarm water as it takes more time to wash off.
Use a gentle soap and do not be harsh on your skin. Try to remove as much color as possible but do not scrub your skin too harshly. In case the color is not getting off, let it be.
Wash off your hair with a clarifying shampoo to remove buildup. Condition it with a hair mask for 10-20 minutes, preferably.
If color has gone into your nails beds, clip your nails or use lemon wedges to clean your nails.
So, follow these tips and I am sure you will have a wonderful Holi. Wish you all a very Happy Holi. Feliz Holi, todos!
Till then, ciao.