To maintain healthy, glowing skin this festival of colours, make a note of these tips and tricks to protect your skin and hair from harsh chemicals
Skin there, done that
Holi is generally played outdoors and the constant exposure to sun can strip away the moisture from your skin leaving you with tanned, dull-looking skin. Shivani Prabhakar, Head-Marketing & Product Innovation, Soultree, suggests applying generous amounts of sunscreen lotion before stepping out to enjoy the festival. Further, they suggest prepping your skin by applying Ayurvedic face oils or moisturisers to protect it. “Doing this will help replenish your skin, restore its oil balance and protect it from absorbing harmful chemicals,” shares Prabhakar. If you want to incorporate easy-to-use home remedies as a part of your post-Holi beauty routine, Prabhakar reveals a simple home remedy to lessen colour that simply won’t wash off. She shares, “Apply a mixture of gram flour, sweet almond oil and milk cream in rose water to the affected portions of your skin. Once the paste dries, rub it off in gentle circular motions to remove it.”
Remember, your lips are equally susceptible to endure colour damage. “Since our lips have no oil glands and are prone to chipping and flaking, protecting them with a lip balm with SPF is equally important,” points Madhavi Irani, Chief Content Officer, Nykaa.com.
Before playing with colours, generously oil your strands to build a kind of protective shield and prevent the colour from seeping into your scalp. Do this overnight so the oil coats the follicles evenly. After the celebrations, Irani suggests using a clarifying shampoo to rinse off any harmful colour. “After shampooing, apply some conditioner to the strands. Leave it on for a couple of minutes and rinse it off with cold water. If your hair is colour treated, use colour protection products for the same,” suggests Irani. You could also turn to natural home remedies to protect your hair. “Apply a mix of coconut oil and sesame oil to protect your hair against the harmful effects of artificial colours. After Holi, use a sulphate-free cleanser with a few drops of lemon juice to remove the colour from your hair. Before stepping out of the shower, rinse your hair one final time with water mixed with vinegar.” suggests Rajni Ohri, Founder, Ohria Ayurveda.