by Internet Medical Society

How to Protect Skin from this Holi: Holi Skin Care Tips

Holi is here! The festival of colours brings with it many skin and hair problems due to the rampant use of chemical colours these days. While it is good to enjoy the festivities, it is also essential to protect your skin from possible damage. Here are some pre- and post- Holi tips for you by Dr. Ajaya Kashyap (Chief surgeon in cosmetic and plastic, Fortis Hospital) and Abha Kashyap (Aesthetic Image Consultant, MedSpa). 


Skin protection before playing Holi


Playing Holi can be a lot of fun but these days, people use chemical colours which can harm your skin. It is best to use natural colours but if that isn’t possible, here are some must-dos before you step out to play Holi.


Body – You literally need to soak your body in oil. From head to toe, drench yourself in coconut or any other easily available oil. Alternatively, you can also use heavy creams like cold cream which form a thick layer on your skin.

Nails – Coat your nails in transparent nail paint, this way the colour won’t stain your nails. Even guys will love this tip.

Hair – Make sure your hair isn’t dry as colour will penetrate faster in roots and stain them. Oil your hair religiously before you step out.

Face– Apply a thick layer of the greasiest sunscreen you can find. The oils in it will not let the colour seep deep and the SPF in it will prevent you from the harsh rays of sun.

Lips – A thick layer of petroleum jelly is advisable. One can also use long-lasting lip tints to prevent staining.

Teeth – Warm some petroleum jelly and gently rub it against your teeth. It will prevent staining.

Other areas such as cuticles, back of the neck and ears – We often ignore these areas and end up having the most staining there. This time, coat these areas with some heavy duty oil.

Wear clothes with long sleeves and full length bottoms to protect your skin. You can cover the hair with a dupatta/bandana and a polypeptide-based gel can be applied to partially repel colour.


Tips to remember while playing Holi


Always cover your eyes whenever there is a chance of colour coming in contact with them. Sunglasses are useful for this.


Try to dissuade people from applying colour all over your face with their hands. If you fail to do so, be extra careful in keeping your eyes and lips tightly shut. Always request the person not to smear the colours near the eyes.


If you are travelling by car, keep the windows closed. The menace of water balloons can be tackled in this way. Water balloons can be damaging for your eyes as they can rupture the eyeball or even lead to retinal detachment.


People wearing contact lens should take them off before they begin to play with the colours. When somebody is spraying water colours on your face, keep your eyes shut to prevent damage to the pupil, cornea and iris.


Don’t sit in sunlight after playing Holi. It makes it difficult to remove the colours and harms the skin as well. Sit in the shade even when playing outdoors.


Don’t remove colours by scratching them off with your nails. Use a granular scrub on the body and face to get rid of the colours. 


Holi aftercare


Wash the colour off your body at the earliest. Use your basic body wash and if the colours don’t go off after the wash, try this home remedy:


Make a paste of gram flour (besan), lemon juice and milk cream and apply it on the stained area. Let it stay for few minutes and then remove it by taking it off with olive oil.

Your hair should be deep conditioned after the wash. Apply a hair mask after 2-3 days to cure the damage.


For face, remove the colour by using a light oil like jojoba or grape seed. Rinse it with face wash and lukewarm water. Apply a thick layer of moisturiser after this.


Do not bleach, shave, wax, or go for facials or clean ups the following week. Give your skin and body some time to recover from the damage.


Keep these pointers in mind and have a happy and safe Holi.


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