Holi 2019: Be Holi-ready with these skincare tips
Holi is just around the corner and while it is a indian fun festival to celebrate, it can take a cost on your skin thanks to the harsh chemicals in colours. Even if you use organic colours ( Gulaal ), you still need to protect your skin so that it does not get deep damaged from being in the sun for long hours and prep it so that the colours come off easily.
So if you are enthusiastically waiting for the festival of colours but are also worried about the aftermath on your skin, here’s best help. All that colour on the skin coupled with exposure to the sun and infrequent water splashes can leave it looking dull and damaged your skin. Prep your skin so that you can enjoy Holi while minimising the damage. We have some tips for that will help you play Holi in a way that is safe for your skin.
Before you play out to play Holi, make sure you guard your skin with products that will help you abate the damage. Since your skin will be exposed to other external factors apart from chemical colours, it is important that you protect it well using sunscreen, coconut oil and other beauty products. Below we have a checklist for prepping your skin before playing Holi.
What to apply on your face before Holi
Since your face will be exposed to all skin damaging – colours, sun, heat, dust, etc, it is important to protect it beforehand. To add a layer of guard protection, wash your face and then apply a moisturizing lotion with SPF 50 cream. After that, take a few drops of olive oil, coconut oil and massage it well into your face and neck or ears. You can use a tissue to blot away the excess oil that hasn’t absorbed in.
Before stepping out you should follow some tips, Oodles your body with either a rich moisturizer or with coconut oil. Then give your body a good round massage so that it’s all absorbed into the skin. This will act as a shield between your skin and colours and it will also make it easy to remove colours later.
Since Holi is mostly an outdoor activity, make sure the clothes you wear cover maximum of your body parts full sleves shirt/tshirt , T-shirts or tops, trousers, salwars , jeans, full length joggers, etc. This will not just only protect your skin from damage of colours, but also from sun exposure that can further affect on your skin. Wearing dark colours clothes will ensure that the colours do not come on your skin so easily when mixed with water. If however you feel you want to wear something shorts, follow the other tips to prevent damage.
Use cotton clothing
Try opting for comfortable clothes that are made of fabric like cotton. Synthetic and tight clothes might start to rashes and allergic reactions when this type of fabric come in contact with colours. Even though many people opt for them because they dry quickly, it is best stick to comfortable fabrics that allow your skin breathe top prevent your skin.
Protection from the sun
To avoid sun tan and burns skin, use a generous amount of sunscreen and use on face and neck, preferably one that is waterproof or water-resistant. Make sure it has an SPF of at least 50 or higher so that it works during the harsh noon. If possible, carry the sunscreen with you and keep re applying it every 2-3 hours to keep the sun shield up. The best time to apply sunscreen is after your morning shower so that your skin absorbs it well. You can coat the oil or moisturizer layer on top after some time, just before you step out.
Prep your nails
Do not neglect your nails as well that is where colours can settle and even enter your digestive system when you eat with your hand. Save your nails from colours damage by keeping them short and painted with a dark nail polish. Rub a little olive oil on the nails before touching colours as this will act as a shield and not let them stain so easily. You can remove the nail polish after Holi and reapply a fresh coat. Cutting your nails before Holi will ensure that colour doesn’t settle as it can be dangerous if you ingest it while eating.
Keep drinking more water, juice, glucose, etc. throughout the day. Dehydrated skin can become dry and get sun burnt easily. This connected with the colours can make the skin appear dull and lifeless after Holi. If you plan to drink alcohol, remember to alternate with a glass of water as too much drinking can easily show up on your face in the form of puffiness and dullness.
Pay attention to ears, lips and eyes
Do not ignore these areas as colours can settle down around eyes, ears and into lip cracks quite easily as these areas are exposed all the time, and the colour is difficult to come off too in these areas. Coat these parts with a little petroleum jelly to keep them smooth and moisturized and also prevent colours from settling in. Apply the jelly on your eyelids and under the eyes but be careful that it doesn’t go inside your eyes it’s so dangerous and harsh your eyes.
How to remove Holi colour from face
If the colours used to play Holi are loaded with chemicals, they can be quite harsh and so hard to come off from the skin, especially the face since the skin here is more elegant and you cannot rub it off too eagerly. So to remove any colour, first wash your face with your regular cleanser. Remember to splash cold water instead of hot or lukewarm water as it makes it hard to get rid of the colour. A foaming face wash will be better opt suited as it will help in getting the colour off. Apply it and lather for 30 seconds before you wash off your face. Next, you use a cotton ball dipped in coconut oil and apply it on your face and rub. Let it stay for 5 minutes and then once again a foaming face wash . Since your skin is bound to feel a bit dry after this, apply a moisturizing lotion.