The Holi festival is often marked by flinging colours in the air and friends drenching each other in buckets full of water. However, one should be wary of the numerous skin problems that artificial and permanent colours can cause. Here’s how you can protect your skin this Holi season:
It’s equally important to protect your eyes from colours. Wear a pair of sunglasses when you head out to play Holi. It is better to use a UV- protect-version of sunglasses to protect your eyes from both colours and UV rays.
Apply Mustard Oil or Coconut Oil on your Body
Before engaging in the hearty battle of colours, make sure to apply a layer of either mustard or coconut oil to your body. It will help you remove colours much more quickly and prevent chemicals from penetrating your epidermis (top layer of skin). Make sure you apply it on your hair as well. Permanent colours could be a pain if they get stuck on your hair.
Use a gel-based sunscreen.
Once you’re done with a bit of impromptu oil massage, the next step is protecting your face. It is recommended that you use a sunscreen that is gel-based so that it is light on your skin. It is preferable if the sunscreen is SPF 25 or higher.
Consume plenty of water.
It is essential to stay hydrated in the Holi season. The sun bearing down on you can cause loss of energy and electrolytes. It can also dehydrate the skin.
While it’s essential to have fun, do not forget to take care of yourself during this festival. Excessive exposure to colours and water can harm your skin. Stay safe and have a great Holi!