Skin and hair care tips for Holi

Holi can take its toll on one’s skin and hair. Follow these steps to ensure a safe and fun holi :

Apply liberal amounts of a waterproof sunscreen to your face, arms and other exposed areas of your body atleast 20 mins before you step out to play. Some chemicals found in synthetic colours together with the ultraviolet sunlight can cause a photo-toxic reaction on your skin.

Those having sensitive skin should use a moisturizing sunscreen. This will form a thin layer on your skin and prevent the colours from reaching the deeper layers. It will also help to easily wash off the colours afterwards.

Alternatively one can apply coconut, almond or olive oil to the skin.

Apply lip balm or Vaseline petroleum jelly to protect the lips.

Wear clothes that cover most of your body.

The colours tend to accumulate in the nail folds, so you can protect them by applying nail paint.Apply Vaseline petroleum jelly beneath the nails and also over it. This will prevent permanent staining of your nails and adjacent area.

Hair should be covered with oil from scalp to the tips. This will ensure that the colours come off easily while washing. Tie your hair or cover it with a bandana.

Avoid any parlour procedures 2-3 days before holi so that the skin is not irritated or sensitive.

It is important to remove the colour as soon as you are done playing. The longer you let the colour stay, the harder it is to remove.

Dust off all the dry colour before hitting the shower.

Do not use a harsh soap to wash off the colours. It will only further dry the skin. Use a mild cleanser instead. Avoid excessive scrubbing or rubbing as it will irritate the skin.

Wash the hair with a mild shampoo and do not over shampoo. If the colour doesn’t come off immediately wash again in a day or two.

Make sure to use a hair conditioner to prevent excessive drying off hair.

Apply a moisturizer immediately after the bath.

If the skin appears irritated, is red or a rash appears, apply calamine lotion to calm the skin and take an anti-allergy pill.

If the skin does not settle down, consult your doctor.

Dr.Siddhi Chavan, Consulting dermatologist and cosmetologist, Mumbai.

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