Holi is around the corner and with the kind of excitement building up for it, there is also a sense of danger. Yes, the danger to your skin and hair. The chemically laden colours can easily damage your skin and hair. Here are few experts tips that you can use before stepping out for Holi.
Wash your hair before Holi: You may avoid washing your hair before playing Holi, thinking it will anyways get dirty. But, according to dermatologist and skin care expert Meghna Gupta when the pre-dirt mixes with colours, it can further damage your hair, making it rougher and vulnerable to breaking. So wash and condition your hair well before playing with colours.
Use sunscreen: On the day of Holi, use a thick layer of sunscreen so that it acts as a barrier to the colours. Wash the face regularly and re-apply the sunscreen so that exposure of skin to colours is restricted to minimum time, says Dr. Datinderjeet Singh Tulla, dynamic plastic, cosmetic & hair transplant Surgeon at VLCC.
Use oil or hair sunscreen to protect your hair
Use oil or hair sunscreen: To prevent the hair shaft from coming in contact with colours, use hair sunscreen or gels as a barrier. Even liberal oiling with coconit oil will do the trick.
Avoid these skin treatments: Do not go in for invasive skin treatments like fractional lasers, deep peels, etc., before the festival. Doing this may lead to severe allergies and reactions as the skin would be sensitive, says Dr. Datinderjeet Singh Tulla.
Cover your head
Cover your head: Get yourself a headband or a bandana to protect your head and keep your hair from tangling. Tie up your hair in a bun, this will again ensure maximum protection to your hair and scalp. Wear an oversized pair of sunglasses that will protect your eyes.
Apply oil on your skin
Apply oil all over the skin: The synthetic colours available in the market may contain harmful chemicals and even glass particles. It is highly advisable to take steps that will minimise your skin's direct contact with colours. Applying a thick coat of oil on your skin and hair is a good way to do this. Lather yourself in oil an hour before stepping out. The oil acts as a protective layer and makes it easier for the colour to come off later. Don't miss out on places like behind your ear, between finger wedges and near your finger nails.
Use mild face wash: Post-Holi, wash off the colors using face wash. Don’t indulge in scrubbing as it can further excoriate the skin.