Holi special: Eight skincare tips to protect you from harmful colours
Most of us dread the havoc that colours cause to our skin during Holi. Whether oily, dry, normal or sensitive, our skin bears the brunt of the harmful chemicals in the festive colours. It's also time consuming and takes a lot of scrubbing to remove the ugly stains, leaving our skin dry and damaged. Indulge gets some useful preventive and post-playing colourd tips from reputed dermatologist Dr Madhumita Bhattacharya, consultant, department of dermatology, CK Birla Hospitals-CMRI, to save your skin from the onslaught of colours.
- Rub ice cubes on your face before venturing out. This helps close skin pores and ensures colours don’t seep into your skin and cause breakage.
- Oil your skin. Oil will act as a barrier between your skin and colours, while keeping your skin moisturised all along. You can opt for coconut oil, castor oil and olive oil. Also, you should not forget to moisturise the ear lobes and neck.
- Use a waterproof sunscreen to protect your skin from sun damage.
- Wear dark, full-sleeve, cotton clothes, which will cover your whole body and protect you from direct harm of colours, which are not organic. The thumb rule is to cover your body as much as you can to save your skin from the harmful effects of colours.
- Avoid sitting in the sun with the colours still on your body or face.
Post Holi tips
- Use a mild soap to get rid of the colours from your skin.
- Avoid using kerosene, petrol and spirits to remove stains, as they will further dry up the skin.
- Post-celebrations, apply lots of moisturiser or a homemade face pack comprising gram flour (besan) and curd or milk cream (malai).
- After you’ve scrubbed yourself clean of the Holi colours, and before you soak yourself in body lotion, take some time to apply a generous amount of rose water. It acts as a real soothing agent and will totally calm down the skin.