Who doesn't want to get soaked in the colourful spirit of Holi? But often, our elaborate plans for Holi are dampened by thoughts about the havoc that chemical colours wreak on the skin and hair. (To learn how to make organic colours at home, click here.) And so we've listed down 9 must-dos from Maushmi Dhawan, an expert cosmetologist from Pune, to protect your skin and hair before you start playing with colours and after you're done rolling in them!
- Make sure you wear clothes that provide maximum coverage, as you will be stepping out during the day when the sun is the harshest. Wearing appropriate clothes will minimise tanning and dryness of the skin.
- Apply lots of moisturiser or, better still, a good quality baby oil all over your body or at least the exposed parts where you are likely to get coloured.
- Follow this up with a good quality sunscreen, which has an SPF of 50. In case you can't find this easily go for a minimum of SPF 30.
- Make sure you trim your nails and don't wear any jewellery where the colour can get stuck. You can also apply a transparent coat of nail polish to your nails so that you can protect the enamel from catching colour.
- Make sure you oil your hair too in order to avoid the colour catching onto your scalp.
- In case you forgot to apply oil to your body and hair before playing Holi, before you bathe, apply oil generously to your body and let it stay on your for at least 15 minutes so that your skin can soak it up. You can use a good quality baby oil, or even sesame oil to massage your skin and remove the colour effectively.
- If you have been sunburnt while playing Holi, you can use some kacha doodh (unboiled milk) on your skin. Use cotton pads to soak in the milk and apply it on your skin. Let the cotton pads rest on your skin before you remove it and start again.
- If you have colour-treated hair, make sure you use a colourant shampoo since this shampoo doesn't have sulphate, which can be harmful for coloured hair especially when it's been subject to other chemical colours too.
- You can apply a besan ubtan (face pack with chickpea flour, sandalwood powder turmeric and milk) before you have a bath to replenish your skin after playing Holi. The turmeric in the mixture will help with the tanning and the milk will help hydrate your skin.
Now that you know how to protect your skin this Holi season, go out there and be colourful fearlessly!