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.

Here we have provided some basic steps you can use in order to save your skin:

  • Cover Your Body

    Wear long sleeves shirts or kurtas and full-length bottoms to secure your skin from colors. Make sure whatever you wear during the festival covers maximum of your body so that there will be less of skin exposed. Rather, wear polo shirts or full-sleeved shirts and old trousers or denim in order to protect yourself.
  • Apply cold cream or oil to your exposed body parts -

    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.
  • Wear protective glasses -

    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.
  • Apply nail polish -

    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.
  • Avoid wearing white or light colored clothes -

    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.
  • Never rub your face or your body forcibly to remove colors -

    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.
  • Apply oil to the length of your hair thoroughly -

    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.

Final Tips To Remember:

  • Always keep in mind to use cold water while removing Holi colors from your face because hot water makes it more resilient to remove these colors.
  • Don’t wash your face, again and again, since it can make colours dry.
  • Also, don’t forget to apply some oil on a cotton ball and scrub it on your face.
  • In case the above-mentioned ideas fail, then you can also use soaked amchur powder.
  • For women, one important thing is that they must not go for any hair or skin treatment such as facial, bleach, hair colour just after Holi. wait for at least 2-3 weeks before going through any harsh chemicals in the parlor.
  • Another home remedy is to prepare a [paste of curd and methi seeds powder. Apply this as a hair mask after the completion of Holi festival. This will help you prevent hair damage and keep your hair nourished.