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How to protect your skin and play a safe holi this year

india Updated: Mar 21, 2013 00:33 IST

Check out our tips on how to safeguard your skin this Holi.

1 Oiling up a massage treat: Generously apply a fine layer of coconut or mustard oil on your body and hair, especially legs, face and hands before playing Holi. The greasy surface of your skin won’t absorb the colours and will help in preventing dryness too. It will also make it easy to wash off the colours later.

Holi2 Layer up the protection: You can also protect your skin from colours by wearing clothes that cover your arms and legs. Full sleeved tops and pants will ensure that only the exposed body parts will come in contact with the colours. Though people usually prefer wearing white garments as a traditional norm but try and avoid wearing light coloured clothes as they absorb more water and colours.

3 Washing away the hues gently: Use a gentle face wash, baby oil or Multani Mithi (fuller’s earth) instead of soap to clean yourself up after playing Holi. Make sure that you are gentle while getting the colours off. Do not rub your skin aggressively as this can damage your skin, making it appear red and inflamed.

4 Following the natural route: It is often said and repeated, but seldom followed! But, using herbal colours to play Holi is the best thing you can do for your skin. These colours are prepared naturally using flowers and herbs so they don’t harm your skin unlike artificial colours.

5 Pick a safe favourite colour: Even if red, black or green are your favourite shades, it is better you stay away from them! Dark colours have a high content of mercury sulphite, lead oxide and copper sulphate, which can lead to skin cancer.
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