March is here and with it comes the most colourful festival of the year, Holi. Most of us love this festival because of the fun it brings along with it. From throwing colours on one another to using the ‘pichkari’ and water balloons, most of us enjoy ourselves to the fullest. However, this enjoyment comes the worry of how to protect our skin from the colours of Holi. Yes, we do love colour at the same time, we love our skin too.
So here are 5 ways which you can follow to protect your skin from the Holi colours.
1. Choose the right dress
Holi is a festival, so you have to dress to flaunt. However, along with impressing others, you need to take care of your skin as well. So all you have to do is wear something which covers your whole body.
Full sleeves Salwar-kameez is the best option because it will cover both your hands and legs and prevent the colours from actually touching your body. Also if you wear a light coloured dress, the vibrant Holi colours will be more visible and easier to show off.
2. Protect your body
Before even selecting what to wear, you need to be aware of how you can protect your body. Yes, you may think that if you wear clothes which covers your whole body, then there’s no need for separate protection. However, it’s always better to be safe. So start your day of Holi by applying olive or coconut oil on your body. Do not forget to apply a thick layer of sunscreen on your face as well as on your body. This is the best way to protect yourself, both from the colours and the sun.
3. Do not bask in the sun
To those of you who’ll be playing Holi out in the sun, do not stay in the sun long after the colours have touched your skin. In case you don’t wear clothes which cover your entire body, then it’s essential for you to not bask in the sun for long. If the colours are chemical-based, then they get deeply absorbed in the skin pores if you’re out in the sun. As a result, it becomes really tough to scrub them off.
4. Discard wet clothes
Probably the simplest precautionary measure which you should follow this year is that do not stay in wet clothes for too long. There are two reasons for this. First, high possibility of getting rashes because prolonged moisturised skin can cause rashes to appear on your skin and second, wet clothes help the colours to seep into your skin deeply. As a result, to remove the colours from your skin will be a task you will remember for a while.
5. Stay hydrated
Last and the most effective way to reduce the side effects of Holi is to stay hydrated throughout. Drink plenty of water as you’ll be outside the whole day. Do not forget this because if you don’t drink water, your body will get dehydrated, which in turn will make your skin water deficient. This leads to higher possibilities of getting tans, and it might also reduce your energy levels (cause, of course, no one wants to get tired on this fun-filled festival).
Skin is not the only thing you should protect. Even though there’s no way to prevent your hair from getting wet, you can still protect your hair the same way you are protecting your skin.
The first step you should follow is shampoo and condition your hair on the day of the festival. After this, massage your hair with oil and tie it up in a bun. This will make it easier for you to cover your hair thoroughly with a scarf or maybe a bandana. Now you’re all set to go!
Follow these tips to have a fantastic Holi! Enjoy the festival with a fabulous festive spirit!