It’s an irony that we take good care of our skin and hair all around the year to make it look beautiful and healthy but we forget everything in Holi. This is a festival of bright colors, fun, dancing and eating delicacy of Holi fest. But now it’s becoming more a festival of harsh chemicals and health hazards. It will be foolish to believe that others will be using natural colors instead of chemical colors. Despite of the known fact that these colors have adverse effect on skin, many people use such colors just for enjoyment. There are many cases of skin rash, allergy in eye or ear and much more reported after Holi. These colors are actually used as industrial dyes, and can cause serious harm to skin. But still you can’t be a spoil sport and sit home avoiding Holi. With some simple precautionary measures, one can actually avoid the effects of harsh chemicals and enjoy Holi fest.
Tips for a Safer Holi:
- Opt for natural or herbal colors as they are skin friendly. Use of too harsh chemicals will leave skin dry and even cause rashes and itching. These colors can penetrate into skin easily which can cause major skin problems. The best option for Holi is herbal gulaal which has powdery soft texture.
- While playing with colors, avoid wearing contact lenses. If the color comes between your eye and lens, it can cause infection and even eye damage.
- Try wearing clothes that covers maximum part of your body. Use a think body cream with UV protection that will prevent color to penetrate in your skin. You can also apply almond oil as this helps the color comes off quickly.
- When the synthetic color comes into contact with hair or scalp, it tends to turn extremely dry and brittle. Sometime hair roots can also be damaged by coming in contact with this color. Try applying coconut oil in your hair before playing Holi. Also cover your hair with a cap or bandana in order to protect your hair.
- If the color comes into contact with your eyes, ear or throat, wash off the color immediately. Try avoiding standing in sunlight as it will burn your skin.
- To get rid of color, do not rub your skin vigorously. Try to remove it with some skin cleanser or almond oil as it will prevent your skin from rash. It’s must for those who have sensitive skin. You can also apply a mix of besan (Gram Flour) with milk and bit turmeric powder. Let it dry on your skin and rub off gently and then use water to remove it completely.
There is saying “Prevention is better than Cure”, so why not start a Holi by using natural or food colors. You should never forget that in festive enthusiasm, you may accidentally harm someone.