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How to Protect Your Skin from Holi Colors

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Apr 03, 2012
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Holi is a festival of spring season. Spring is the time when nature blooms with flowers. The surroundings look colourful and beautiful. There are religious legends too surrounding the use of colours on holi. One legend says, Lord Krishna used colours to smear Radha’s face as she was very fair and he was dark, he wanted to change her complexion temporarily. Lord Krishna played holi with Hibiscus flowers also known as flame of the forest (Tesu flower from  Palash Tree).This flower is used in various modern day skin cream preparations.

 

To celebrate the richness of natures vibrant colors and the medicinal benefits of protecting and healing the skin from any cut, rash  various coloured beautiful flowers were dried and made into powders for skin application. With the commercialisation of the festival, herbal color preparations have been replaced by synthetic and industrial chemical dyes.

 

These colour pigments contain high amount of oxides, mica, powdered glass for high sheen. These colours when applied on skin can have harmful side effects like skin allergies, rashes, itching and skin peeling. It is very important to play holy safely, protecting skin and hair. During holi it is advisable to follow skin protective safety measures.


Here are a few simple suggestions which  can protect our sensitive skin from breakouts and hair from turning brittle and dry.

 

  • Before playing holi apply coconut oil or olive oil generously to the body and hair.The oil forms a protective coating which  prevents colour adhering to them.
  • On the holi day apply a good moisturiser on the face and other exposed parts of the body.
  • Try to wear full sleeve clothes to protect more skin from being exposed and damaged.
  • Try playing with natural herbal colours made from natural dried flowers and vegetable dyes which are skin friendly ,non irritant and non-toxic. These colors when come in contact with skin do not harm, cause rashes or itching.
  • Herbal colors are also easy to rinse off .
  • Apply  nail paint  on hand and feet nails from any color deposition at the nail bed or free edge under the nail.
  • A home made ubtan can be used post holi to rinse off colour.
  • A sandal wood /chandan powder paste can be applied on the skin to control itchiness.
  • Post Holi curd can be used for hair and body wash to soften combat the dryness of skin and hair.
  • For face wash make a paste with milk and turmeric powder.
  • Splash eyes with cold water in case colors gets in them instead of rubbing.
  • In case of a skin rash apply ice on the affected area for a few minutes, pat dry the skin then apply calamine lotion.
  • Use herbal colors availble in the market ,manufactured and marketed by the cottage industries to avoid any kind of harmful effects of chemical colors.
  • In case of non stop skin or scalp itching, or severe redness, skin peeling rush to a dermatologist.

Follow these simple safety measures  to have a happy safe Holi Day.

 


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