The festival of colors is here. But, like last year, we will have to eliminate large gatherings and public celebrations. However, this shouldn’t lower our mood. Holi is also about forgetting pain and celebrating life’s small pleasures. A little color, lots of candy and gujiyas and a little water – what’s Holi without all the crazy fun? The good thing is that you can always celebrate Holi at home with your family and close friends because, as they say, even two is company! So what’s stopping you? If it’s the fear of skin damage, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with this Holi skin care guide.
Holi is a time of party and fun as we celebrate the festival of colors, we also come across various skin problems like rashes, pigmentation and not to forget, stubborn color removal. Here are some tips to follow as we celebrate the holidays.
To keep your Holi skin care under control, HealthShots spoke with Karan Bhaskar, expert skin care consultant at Clinique India, to distribute a complete skin care guide for Holi.
Here’s a Pre Holi Skin Care Routine
Bhaskar suggests that the more coverage you have, the less likely the colors are to damage your skin.
- Wear opaque clothes. Wear long sleeves, covering the skin. A physical barrier can be the first line of defense against strong colors and environmental damage.
- Before going to play, apply oil and moisturizer to the skin. A moisturizer with ceramides will be the right choice as it creates a barrier between the skin and the outside elements.
- A good dose of SPF 50 sunscreen on the face and all over the body is essential. Choose a sweat- and heat-resistant sunscreen that won’t mess with water splashes and color.
- Apply several coats of clear nail polish to your nails before playing Holi, unless you want stained nails for another 3-4 months.
Here’s a Post Holi Skincare Routine
- After playing Holi, use a cleansing milk so that the colors come off very easily.
- Once the colors are removed, follow with a suitable moisturizer to banish dryness.
- Homemade packages help the skin to regain its pH and luminosity balance. Apply a ripe papaya paste, add lemon juice and a spoonful of powdered milk and apply evenly to the face. Let it act for 20 minutes and then rinse.
- You can apply a packet of coconut yogurt to remove all the color from the scalp. Ingredients: 2 tablespoons of yogurt, 2 tablespoons of honey, 1 tablespoon of olive oil (optional) and 2 tablespoons of coconut oil. Just mix all the elements in a bowl and apply them evenly. Leave for at least 25 minutes before rinsing with cold water.
Do’s and Don’ts of Holi Skin Care
- On Holi avoid exfoliating the skin 48-72 hours before and after Holi. Even rubbing in color quickly can cause permanent skin damage.
- “Avoid all skin and salon treatments like cleanses and facials for a few days before and after the festival,” says Bhaskar.
- Treat dry, dehydrated skin developed by overexposure to UV rays and heat with a moisturizing overnight mask.
- Also use hydrating eye and lip masks to soothe the skin.
- Bhaskar suggests using organic colors and avoiding those that contain copper sulfate, lead oxide, and mercury sulfate.
- Use very gentle and skin-friendly products before and after playing Holi.