Holi is a festival of vibrant colors, flavorful delicacies, and a lot of fun.However, not everyone is a Holi enthusiast and many dread what colors do to skin and hair. If you are planning to miss the Holi party fearing the paints and the colors, I have got some excellent beauty tips to prepare you for the grand celebration. So, Go ahead and have a blast!
- Use Coconut Oil, Almond Oil, Olive Oil or a Thick Cold Cream on your face and body to protect the skin from the drying effect of colors. Massage gently till it is completely absorbed into the skin. This should be done at least 30-35 minutes before playing Holi. For oily and acne prone skin, these oils can be substituted with a good moisturizer.
- After a proper face and body massage, apply a layer of waterproof sunscreen. Sunscreen will act as a barrier against UV rays and will protect the skin from getting tanned. It should be applied at least 20 minutes before stepping out in the sun. Do not neglect earlobes and the area behind the ears.Oil and sunscreen will form a protective coating and will prevent the colors from seeping into the skin. It will be easier for you to clean yourself once the Holi party is over.
- Wear clothes that ensure maximum coverage and are comfortable. Clothes will add another layer of protection and the skin will not come in direct contact with colors. Long-sleeved T-Shirts/Kurtas and Cotton Leggings/Pajamas/Salwars are some good options when you go out to play Holi.
- Colors are made of harsh chemicals that rip off the moisture from the skin. Drinking lots of water during the day will keep you and your skin hydrated (It is important to drink at least 2-3 liters of water in a day). You can also meet this requirement by sipping juices and other refreshing drinks during the day.
- Chemicals in the colors cause the skin to lose its natural glow. Organic colors are made of edible ingredients and flowers that are safe for the skin. Using these organic colors is the best precaution that you can take this Holi.
- Avoid getting any kind of salon treatment 3-4 days before Holi.Waxing/Threading/Facials make skin sensitive and the Holi colors will irritate it more.
- Wondering about the best possible way to protect your hair? A thick coat of hair oil will save you many salon trips Post-Holi. Oil your hair and scalp with warm hair oil preferably castor, olive or coconut oil and make a ponytail, bun or a braid. Tying your hair will ensure that fewer strands are exposed and color does not reach the roots. It will be easier to wash colors off your hair with a shampoo.
- Wear a scarf or a cap for minimizing exposure to colored water and gulal.
- A dark colored nail paint will save nails from getting pigmented and looking ugly. Apply the nail paint carefully covering the cuticles.
- Coat the inside of tips with Oil or Vaseline to prevent discoloration.
- Holi colors can seep into the sensitive skin on lips, causing excessive drying and irritation. Using a thick coat of Lip Balm will protect the lip area. Wear a lip balm with SPF 20 to ensure protection from sun’s rays.
- Do not lick your lips while playing Holi. You may end up swallowing colors that cause allergy and inflammation. (For more tips on keeping lips beautiful, read HERE)
- Contact lenses tend to absorb colors and it is impossible to clean these colors off the lenses. Use of lenses should be completely avoided on Holi. If you don’t wish to ditch your contacts, use disposable lenses that can be immediately discarded after the Holi Party. Wearing glasses is a better option.
- Use a good eye cream or moisturizer around the eyes to protect the delicate skin.