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india Updated: Mar 14, 2011 00:55 IST

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To save skin from holi colours

1 Protection time: Holi is the time when the skin gets totally ripped off its natural oils and softness, due to the chemicals contained in colours, so taking taking proper precautions is important. Apply a body oil, face cream/oil and hair oil before stepping out to play holi. The cream acts as a barrier and does not let the pores of the skin soak up the colours directly.

2 Use natural colours: It’s always best to use natural colours that are made from turmeric and flowers. They are not only safe for the skin but can also be washed off easily. Use your kitchen ingredients to whip out some safe for skin colours. Think beetroot colour or a green spinach colour.

3 Keep yourself away from sunlight: Avoid sitting in the hot sun, with the colours still on your face or body, after playing Holi, especially if you have used chemical colours. This makes the colours stronger and difficult to wash off. Sit in a shade even if you are outdoors.

4 Use scrubber: Avoid scraping off colours with your finger nails as they will leave unpleasant marks. Gently apply a granular scrub on the body and face to get rid of the colours.

5 Clean well: Wash your hair with a mild shampoo 2-3 times. Try to wash off as much colour as possible. In case the colour doesn’t completely to go off, repeat the process the next day too. After the shower, splash the face and body with a deep moisturiser.

(With inputs by Divita Kanoria, Tatha)