Everyone loves to celebrate the festival of colours but no one realises the havoc it plays on our skin. Read on to learn some do’s and don’ts for protecting your skin this Holi
SAY NO TO ARTIFICIAL COLOURS
Originally, natural powders derived from sandalwood, turmeric and flowers were preferred to play Holi with as nothing else was available. However, ever since artificial colours were created and found to be significantly cheaper than the natural sources, these new artificial powders began taking over the market. These Holi colours are a huge risk as many of them contain ingredients like Prussian blue and gentian violet, which are known causes of dermatitis (skin irritation or inflammation). Furthermore, many of these colours can cause eye puffiness and irritation, and even pose a risk of temporary blindness.
OPT FOR NATURAL COLOURS
To prevent these problems, look for natural vegetablederived colours from a good store. These herbal colours should be hypoallergenic (i.e. certified by a dermatologist that there is a low risk of allergy) and easier to wash off. Also, make sure you check the ingredient list to ensure they are as natural as they appear to be.
USE A BARRIER CREAM OR OINTMENT ON THE FACE
It’s practically impossible to prevent other people from bringing artificial colours to the parties. But to save yourself from those colours and the troubles they can put you or your skin into, wear a cream that can act as a barrier against those damaging powders. A cold cream or even petroleum jelly will create a layer between your skin andthe powder, keeping you safe. It also makes the Holi colours easier to wash off
DON’T USE DETERGENTS/SOAPS
Always stay away from strong detergents or soap. They will only irritate the epidermal barrier, making your skin drier and itchy. With the artificial colours already wrecking havoc on your skin, why add to it with sulfate-driven detergents.
Once those powders are on your face, it’s natural that you want to scrub them off. But, scrubbing itself can cause irritation, dryness and rashes. And, scrubbing doesn’t work as well as one would want and usually causes skin trauma.
USE OILS AND GENTLE CLEANSERS
Use gentler cleansers no more than a few times a day to get rid of the powders without irritating the skin. For stubborn colour, using oil can often be very helpful as some colours are soluble in oil. You can apply oil to the skin and massage it for a few minutes. Then, using a gentle cleanser, wash the oil and the colour away.
When you are out playing with colours and enjoying Holi, it’s easy to completely forget about the problems UV rays can cause to your skin. Tanning, pigmentation, sun allergy and more can occur during your hours in the sun. So, to prevent all this, do not forget to wear a waterresistant sunblock with at least SPF30++ for UVA and UVB protection to help protect your skin. Also, don’t forget to reapply every three to four hours.