Get glowing this Holi with these amazing face packs

  • Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Mar 27, 2016 11:57 IST
Girls playing with gulaal to celebrate Holi (Photo: Bidesh Manna)

You know there’ll be no stopping you from playing Holi today! And there will be an after-party where you’ll want to walk in looking all pretty and glowy. Forget that trip to the parlour and get a natural glow with these highly effective rejuvenating face packs

1) Crushed wild rose pack:

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The ancient Greeks and Romans used rose petals to perfume their baths and beautify their skin. Rose calms and soothes the mind and detoxifies your skin of polluting agents

What you need:

a) juice of rose petals from 2 roses

b) 1 drop of glycerine

c)1 tsp rose water

d) 1 tsp cream of milk

How to make: Use a mortar to grind the rose petals. Then add glycerin and rose water. Mix well. Refrigerate for 10 minutes. Add cream of milk just before applying. Leave on for 20 minutes. Then wash with cold water. This pack helps you gain a natural glow and will soothe your skin of any dryness caused by the chemicals in the colours.

2) Sandalwood mask

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Sandalwood does wonders for your skin. It nourishes the skin and gives it a radiant glow and eliminates acne. Rose when used for beauty care makes your skin smooth and baby soft.

What you need:

a) 3 tbsp fresh rose petal paste

b) 1tsp fresh cream/yoghurt

c) 1tsp sandalwood

How to make:

Mix all the ingredients together to form a smooth paste and apply to skin with the help of makeup brush. Leave it on for 10 minutes. Wash off with cold milk and then water.

3) Cool cucumber mask

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Cucumbers have a subtle, skin lightening effect on the skin and are great for hydrating the skin

What you need:

a)  1tsp sandalwood powder

b) 1tsp grated cucumber

c) 1tsp grated potato

d) 1tsp cornstarch

How to make:

Mix all the ingredients together and form a thick paste. Apply to face and leave on for 10 minutes. Wash off with lukewarm water.

4) Muskmelon anti tan pack

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Rich in vitamins K and E, muskmelon keeps your skin radiant and gives it an instant glow.

What you need:

a) pulp of 1 muskmelon

b) 1 tsp honey

c) 1 tsp olive oil

How to make:

Completely cool the pulp of the melon then add honey and olive oil to it. Mix it well and apply for 20 minutes. Wash off with cold water. You can add a little rose water if you have oily skin.

5) Rejuvenating lotus pack

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Lotus has Vitamin C and is loaded with antioxidants. It gives you an instantly brighter complexion.

What you need:

a) stem of 2 lotus flowers

b) juice of half a cucumber

c) 1 tsp milk powder

How to make:

Thoroughly mash the lotus stem and add milk powder to it. Then add the cucumber juice and mix well. The mix will turn out to be of a little thin consistency so apply it with the help of a makeup brush. Leave it on for 10 minutes and wash off with tap water.


If you’re having a hard time trying to wash off the stubborn colours, here are two ubtans that’ll help. You can make the following ubtan or scrub for Holi and mix it together before you go to play.


What you’ll need:

a) 200gms oatmeal

b) 100gms powdered almonds

c) 100gms green lentil powder (masoor)

d) 100gms orange peel powder

e) 10drops rose or sandalwood oil

f) Milk to mix to a smooth paste

How to make: Mix all the ingredients together and bathe with this mix, scrubbing gently. Not only will it help dislodge colour from the body, but will also leave you feeling soft and well moisturised.


Reveal the best of your body with this ubtan. Mix 1 bowl of gram flour, turmeric, sandalwood and orange-peel powder each, and dilute using adequate amount of milk, olive oil and rosewater. Now apply and rub against the direction of the hair growth to scrub off all impurities. Let it sit for at least 15 minutes and wash away with cold water.


1) Orange colour: Simmer Tesu flowers in water. Leave overnight. Strain and use the water to play Holi. Tesu flowers leave a yellowish orange colour. The botanical name of Tesu is Butea monosperma.

2) Green colour: Henna powder can be mixed with gram flour (besan) or maize flour (makki) and used as dry green colour.

3) Yellow colour: Turmeric (haldi) can be used both as dry and wet colour. Turmeric can be mixed with gram flour for dry colour. Or, it can be added to water and boiled. Leave overnight and then use.

4) Purple colour: Boil beetroot in water. This leaves a bright magenta colour. Cool and use the water. Or extract beetroot juice, add a little water and then use it.

5) Red colour: Peels of red pomegranate (anaar) when boiled in water gives a red colour. Also, red sandalwood powder can be used both dry and wet colour.

Inputs by beauty experts Shahnaz Husain , Suparna Trikha, Gunjan Gaur and Aashmeen Munjaal.

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