March is the month that brings happiness and colors to our lives as the month itself is filled with the aroma of Holi colors. It is the time when everyone bathes in the mishmash of colours and spread love. Holi without colors, water balloons, pichkari, etc., is simply no fun. Going wild with colors is very much the essence of Holi; while color is the spirit of this festival, the skin-friendly natural colors were used a decade ago but now it has been substituted by synthetic colors that may have critical effects.
You may buy natural and herbal colours, but other people around you may not be so conscious about the quality of colours they use. Synthetic colours can cause itchy patches, rashes, and dryness in the skin.
We all take precautions before Holi, but we do not realize that getting rid of colours needs to be done carefully, to save our skin. So, pay attention to several aspects so that you do not have to wrestle with the after-effects of the festival. With a few preparatory steps, you can protect your body from synthetic colors and dyes.
Apply Vaseline, mustard oil, olive oil, coconut oil, on your exposed body parts like your face and hands before and after playing with colors. The slipperiness and grease of the oil will not let the harsh colors settle down deep into your skin. Applying oils and lotions will help you remove the colors easily.
While playing Holi, the most important thing is to protect your eyes. One can also wear an old pair of sunglass this will help them protect their eyes and also looks fashionable! Always, wash your eyes clean with cold water and if there is some kind of irritation after a few hours of playing Holi, see an eye specialist.
To keep your nails safe from the unsafe Holi colors, you should apply nail polish on them and also trim long nails. Then, apply a thick coat of nail paint on the nails and put vaseline under the nail edges.
Most people love to wear white clothes in Holi, but these clothes absorb more amount of color and they might appear transparent when these clothes become wet. Especially, women should avoid wearing light colored clothes.
Once the function is over then comes the most difficult part of removing color from your skin. Here, don’t agitate and never try to vigorously remove color from your skin as It will not help you in removing colors but will only cause more damage to your skin. Don’t panic if the colors don't get off from some parts, it will come off eventually with each shower. Usually, the Holi colors vanish in 3- 4 days.
Before playing Holi it's important that one should thoroughly apply oil on your hair so that the colors don't stick to your hairs and can be removed easily afterward. This will also help you to keep your hair smooth an silky as after these colors the hairs become very rough.
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