Tips on skin and hair care for Holi

This article has been written by Sanskrity Sinha for METROMELA.COM

Holi is here and on this beautiful festival of colors that heralds spring time, skin care should not be ignored. Harmful chemicals in colors can take a serious toll on your skin during Holi. The best form of treatment is prevention, says Dr. Mukta Sachdev, Consultant Dermatologist at Manipal Hospital, Bangalore. Here are a few tips that Dr. Mukta shared with MetroMela to prevent any irritation from colors on your skin, hair and nails.

HoliBefore Holi

• Try to wear clothes that cover most of your body, so that there is minimum contact of color with your skin.

• Apply castor / olive / coconut / almond oil to your hair before stepping out.

• Use a barrier moisturizer / oil and a sunscreen on exposed parts of the body like face, arms, upper back and neck.

• Make sure you use a thick under-eye cream to protect this extra sensitive area.

• Protect your lips and nails with Vaseline even if you are wearing lipstick or nail polish as this barrier coat of Vaseline will give you extra protection.

After Holi

• Rinse the colors off using tepid water and even if you have celebrated a dry Holi, do dust off the powder before washing. color splash

• Avoid repeated washing or using a scrub repeatedly as your skin will become extremely dry.

• Use a mild cleanser instead of a strong detergent soap.

• Do not use kerosene or any other spirits to get the color off.

• After your shampoo, remember to use a conditioner and this will prevent dryness of the hair.

• After washing off all the colors, liberally apply moisturizer on your skin.

Problems and solutions

• In case you have an allergic reaction, say itching, burning or rashes, apply a soothing calamine lotion for relief and consult your dermatologist immediately.

• If you have a history of dryness, sensitive skin, eczema or Atopic Dermatitis, then there is a higher risk of developing Allergic Contact Dermatitis from Holi colors and dyes. This will manifest in itching, a red rash and irritation on the area of contact.

• It is always preferable to use natural/skin friendly and herbal colors or the ones made by reputed companies using natural products – these are generally safer. Synthetic colors used during Holi often contain lead oxide, engine oil, diesel, chromium iodine and copper sulphate, which cause skin irritation and even blindness in cases of extreme exposure. Natural colors made from henna, turmeric, rose and marigold are better alternatives.

Take precautions to protect your skin and you will enjoy the festival of colors. MetroMela wishes everyone a very colorful, bright and happy Holi!

This article has been written by Sanskrity Sinha for METROMELA.COM


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