No matter what you do, sometimes you just can’t avoid being smeared with colours on Holi. Instead of making futile efforts to stay away from the fun for fear of damaging your skin, follow these steps to ensure it remains as flawless as it was before it was coloured pink, red and green.
Different colours can lead to allergic dermatitis. Cover yourself with full-length clothes and dodge the colour by applying almond oil, olive oil, cold cream or moisturiser on all exposed body parts.
Keep yourself well hydrated by taking a liquid diet before or while playing Holi, to avoid the ill-effects of colour on the skin.
Apply foundation just before you step outside the house. This will provide a protective base to the skin.
Apply lip balm, vaseline or lime glycerin mixture to your lips.
Oil your hair. Massage it with castor oil, coconut oil or warm olive oil. Also add a few drops of lemon juice to avoid infection. In case your hair is coloured, wear a shower cap or any scarf, as Holi colour spoils hair colour and does not come off easily.
To protect your nails, apply a coat of nail booster, which is easily available in cosmetic shops. Nail enamel works as a protective shield, so make sure to apply any nail polish, too.
If you are allergic to colours, use water-soluble organic and herbal colours instead of chemical-based ones.
You can also make Holi colours at home with besan, turmeric, sandalwood powder, rose petal powder and talcum powder.
Don’t wear lenses. If at all the eyes come in contact with colour, then wash them immediately with cold water.
Inputs from: Seema Malik, Eleganza; Sangeeta Amladi, Kaya Skin Clinic; Beauty Expert Meenakshi Dutt and Simmi Ghai, Xpressions