In 2012, Mumbai; Holi celebration took on a nightmarish turn when a teen died because of “color poisoning.”
Around 200 people were also admitted to the hospital after complaining of giddiness and burning sensation on the skin.
That is why it is essential to take care of your skin and avoiding synthetic colors because they can cause serious health implications.
The longer the harmful colors are on your skin, the harsher the damage will be. So, prevention is always better than regret.
Holi is indisputably the most vibrant, colorful, and cheerful festival celebrated in India and worldwide. Traditionally Holi was celebrated with natural gulal and water buckets.
Unfortunately, today, the colors come with dashes of synthetic pigments, which can cause discomfort to our skin, scalp, and eyes and cause a severe allergy and rash.
Hence, being precautious is essential. With the celebration and fun, you should also take care of your health.
If you don’t take care of your skin rightly, it can get dry and irritated.
So, after you have your parties and fun this Holi, here are a few suggestions to consider to take care of your skin too.
Colors are much easier to remove when wet and more challenging after they dry out.
Take a shower, use a mild body wash, face wash, and gently scrub the skin to get rid of the color. Use a mild clarifying shampoo to wash out the color from your hair.
Apply conditioner after the shampoo, leave it on for a couple of minutes and then rinse your hair with cold water.
If you have dyed hair, use color-protect products. You should never rub your skin too vigorously; this will make your skin more sensitive and irritated. Using oil to remove colors gently is much better and easy.
Don’t forget to apply a lotion or moisturizer on your skin after the shower, as your skin needs nourishment and hydration after exposure to color and excess sun.
You can apply any lotion with anti-inflammatory properties or aloe vera gel if you have a mild rash.
But if the rash doesn’t subside even after taking allergy medicine, visit a dermatologist without any delay.
If you plan to get a facial done, go only after a week, given that you don’t have any skin issues.
Caring for and protecting your skin pre/post-Holi requires you to follow all mentioned pre and post-care tips.
After Holi, people go about their daily lives and work-schedule the next day onwards, but the coming few days can be embarrassing because of the stubborn colors refusing to come off.
It would be best to use water and flower colors.
If you are going for colors, choose organic or use natural colors such as beetroot juice and organic gulal.
Some Post Holi tips to get rid of the color residue, pampering your skin are mentioned below.
To use harsh chemicals to remove other harsh chemicals is counter-productive.
Contrary to popular belief, it would be best to avoid kerosene, spirit, or petrol to remove Holi color as they will damage your skin and make it dry.
Usage of cold water is suggested to wash the colors because warm or hot water will make it further hard to remove.
After playing Holi, the first thing one should do is to splash cold water on the face and body to remove the color.
Excessive and rigorous washing of the skin can make it dry. It would be best if you used only mild soap and shampoo to wash away the Holi colors.
Apply a natural face pack involving honey, curd, olive oil, lemon, and turmeric to remove the remaining colors. This natural remedy will help regain, replenish natural skin color and health.
After cleansing out the colors, moisturize your skin and face using mild products on the skin or natural homemade remedies.
Make a mixture of turmeric, besan, and cream to apply on the face; after leaving it for a while, wash it off to restore the natural elasticity and color of the skin. You can also use aloe vera gel, coconut oil, and rose water to moisturize and rejuvenate the skin.