The dry “Gulal” and the wet colours of today are not derived from natural sources. They contain chemicals, shiny particles of mica and even lead, as well as powdered glass, chemical dyes, acids, etc. These substances are not bio-degradable. They are a hazard to the environment and also affect the skin and hair adversely. They disrupt the normal acid-alkaline balance of the skin and scalp, leaving them vulnerable to allergies, itching, rashes, sensitivity and eruptions. The skin can also suffer from dryness, flaking and rough reddish patches. These substances also collect on the scalp, causing dryness and itching. The hair texture also suffers, becoming dry, rough and unmanageable.
Since Holi is played out of doors, remember to apply sunscreen 20 minutes before going out in the sun. Most sunscreens have built-in moisturizers. If your skin is very dry, first apply the sunscreen, wait for a few minutes and then apply a moisturizer. Apply moisturising lotion or cream on the arms and exposed areas.
Apply leave-on conditioner or hair serum on hair before playing holi. This protects the hair from the effects of sun exposure and dryness caused by colours. Hair Cream containing sunscreen is also available.
Apply transparent nail varnish on the nails. This helps to protect the nails from absorbing holi colours. Apply lip balm or lip gloss.
The real problem is removal of colours after playing holi. Rinse the face with plenty of plain water and then use Shacleanse or Shamoon cleansers. Apply and massage on the face. Then wipe off with moist cotton wool. Remember to cleanse the area around the eyes too, using a light touch. Shacleanse helps to dissolve the colours and facilitates their removal.
Shadew lemon turmeric cream may be used to remove colours on the body. It also gives added protection to the skin.. While bathing, scrub the body gently with a loofah or wash cloth. Immediately after your bath, apply a moisturizer on the face and body, while the skin is still damp. This helps to seal in moisture.
If there is itching, add two tablespoons vinegar to a mug of water and use it as a last rinse. This helps to reduce itching. However, if the itching continues, and there is rash and redness, there may be an allergic reaction to the colour. Consult a doctor as soon as possible.
While washing the hair, first rinse with plenty of plain water to wash away the dry colours and tiny particles of mica. Then apply a mild herbal shampoo, working it into the hair with the fingers. Massage the scalp gently and rinse thoroughly with water again.
The day after holi, mix two tablespoons honey with half a cup of curd. Add a pinch of turmeric. Apply this on the face, neck and arms. Leave it on for 20 minutes and wash off with water. Helps to remove tan and soften the skin.
Within the next few days give your hair a nourishing treatment. Apply warm oil on the hair. Then dip a towel in hot water, squeeze out the water and wrap the hot towel around the head, like a turban. Keep it on for 5 minutes. Repeat the hot towel wrap 3 or 4 times. This helps the hair and scalp absorb the oil better. Wash your hair after an hour.
The following products of Shahnaz Husain help pre-Holi and post-Holi skin and hair care
Enriched with botanical ingredients, the formulation offers broad spectrum protection from sun damage. In gel form for quick absorption, it contains aloe vera, cucumber, carrot seeds and sunflower. Ideal for all skin types, it protects and soothes the skin from the effects of sun-exposure, leaving it soft, smooth and radiant.
A vitamin-enriched formulation, based on advanced Nano technology, provides a surge of moisture and counteracts the harmful effects of sun- exposure. With a gradual skin lightening effect, it is easily absorbed, leaving the skin, soft, smooth, calm and radiant.
Specially reinforced with botanical extracts, it provides a surge of moisture to the skin, relieving dryness and enhancing skin texture. Relieves dryness. Can be mixed with Shabase and applied.
This powerful infusion of Ayurvedic ingredients has been specially created to protect and heal the skin. Provides protection from environmental effects and have a healing action on the skin. Suited to all skin types, it hydrates and soothes the skin, keeping it clear and healthy.
This protects the hair from sun-exposure, pollutants and chemical colours. It relieves dryness and keeps the hair shiny. Take very little, spread on both palms and massage light into the hair, or smooth palms over the hair.
After Holi, the following Shahnaz Husain products will help to remove colours:
Containing aloe vera and lemon, it removes impurities without disturbing the moisture balance. Keeps the skin soft and restores the desired acid-alkaline balance.
A natural preparation for normal to oily hair, it contains henna and other herbal ingredients for cleansing and conditioning the hair. Helps to remove impurities and strengthen the hair, making it look thick, healthy and lustrous.
Enriched with precious plant extracts of rosemary, thyme and fenugreek, it is specially created to add body and vitality to the hair. It conditions, strengthens and protects the hair, leaving it soft, smooth, shiny and manageable.
Excellent combination of herbal oils and extracts, like brahmi and amla, it revitalizes the hair and makes them appear manageable, healthy and lustrous. Apply with cotton wool on scalp, the night before washing.
Infused with natural extracts, this unique Hair Serum revitalises the hair and strengthens each strand with vitality. It helps to add shine and make the hair, soft, smooth and lustrous.
Shadew Lemon-Turmeric Cream
Ideal for body care too, it provides emollients and protects the skin from the effects of chemicals and exposure to the elements.
A blend of vegetable and essential oils to nourish the skin and keep it firm and resilient. It helps to counteract the effects of chemicals, pollutants and sun- exposure. It protects the skin, rectifies imbalances, tones the muscles and reduces fatigue. Contains oils of corn, sesame seed, olive, mustard, almond and essential oil of sandalwood.