Holi is a celebration that has been enjoyed by people since centuries ago. This festival is to commemorate the victory of good over evil and to mark the beginning of spring and is celebrated by playing with colours and water.
Even though some groups have started producing organic powders, many of the ones that are still sold in the market are made of chemical compounds.
- Hydrate your skin before attending Holi, so it can be more resistant to the Gulal.
- Apply coconut oil/olive oil/ castor oil on skin and hair to prevent direct contact of harmful chemicals with the skin.
- Avoid too much sun exposure.
- Stay away from areas where accidental injury due to throwing of water balloons may occur.
- Play with plain water and natural shades.
- Before the festival, do not apply scrubbing or abrasive agents, to avoid skin damage.
What to do after playing Holi and how to clean yourself:
- Use baby oil, coconut oil, olive oil or moisturiser with cotton to clean the colour on skin. Clean with mild soap. Rinse with plenty of water. Do not scrub.
- Rinse eyes with plain water. Also rinse the nostrils, ears and all folds including the belly button with plain water to remove traces of colour.
- Wash hair with mild shampoo. Apply yoghurt and honey plus few drops of lemon prior to cleansing.
- Apply a mask containing lemon juice, curd, sandalwood mixture, turmeric and white flour prior to washing. Rinse with clear tap water.
- Apply conditioner or oil immediately after wash on the moist scalp.
While buying Holi colours:
- Smell the colours before buying, if they smell of engine oil or added chemicals with distinct smell do not buy them.
- Look for shiny particles in dry colours as they contain glass particles.
- Prepare natural colours at home using organic products like vegetable extracts, fruit extracts, etc.
- Read the warning label of the colour packets for allergic reactions.
- Opt for eco-friendly products.
If excessive irritation, dryness, redness, skin rashes, abrasions, wounds, etc., occur seek the advice of a dermatologist.