Holi is the occasion to spend some time with family and has some flavorsome delicacies like gujia, dhuska, malpua and delicious holi special barfis. But, in the middle of all this enjoyment and celebration, we forget to take care of our skin.
Your skin needs the best care before and after the Holi celebrations; from cleansing the face with a suitable cleansing lotion to nourishing with an ultra-hydrating moisturizer. So, here are some of the pre and post holi skin care tips for you. These tips will surely help you prevent all the nasty skin concerns that you might face while playing with colors this Holi.
To better understand how to protect your skin from damage during Holi, knowing how the Holi colors can affect your skin is necessary. Most of these colors consist of chemicals that can cause dryness and irritation to your skin. In addition, all these chemicals absorb the moisture from your skin and thus, making it flaky, dry, and prone to acne.
Therefore, you should try using natural colors that do not contain chemicals. However, making sure that you’re only exposed to natural colors is not possible when celebrating Holi in public. So, always prepare your skin well before stepping out of your house. Some of the significant side effects of Holi colors are:
The artificial Holi colors can have a profound impact on your healthy skin. Hence, it becomes essential to make sure that you prepare yourself to avoid the side effects of such colors. Here are some easy tips to prevent damage to your skin while rejoicing in the spirit of the festival of colors.
Using ice cubes can work wonders to close your pores before stepping out to play Holi. You can rub some ice cubes on your face after cleaning it. Do this for at least 15 minutes to ensure that the harmful and chemical colors don't penetrate your skin and cause outbreaks.
People generally prefer to play Holi outdoors. However, constant exposure to the sun, color, and water can take away moisture from your skin. As a result, it can leave you behind with dry and tanned skin. Further, restoring your skin's natural color becomes complicated once it gets tanned. Therefore, you can avoid such a problem by applying a good amount of natural sunscreen before stepping out to play Holi.
One common mistake we commit while celebrating Holi is forgetting about staying hydrated. Today, when checking your health, it is equally important to drink enough water to produce saliva. Moreover, this keeps you as well as your skin hydrated. In addition, try to intake foods rich in vitamin C and collagen to provide you with antioxidants to fight against the free radicals generated by the chemical colors.
Do you know there's a myth that you can only oil your hair? Well, oiling can also be done on the skin. You should oil your skin with organic oils to restore your skin's natural texture. Further, some organic oils have the inherent properties to treat acne and other skin allergies miraculously.
You can try making a mixture of 1 teaspoon Organic Coconut oil and Organic Almond Oil. Apply this mixture all over your skin. This creates a thick barrier between your skin and all the harmful colors. Hence, in this way, it will be easier for you to keep your skin moisturized and also take off the colors easily after celebrating.
Of course, while doing pre holi skincare, you might forget about protecting your ears. Holi colors can badly settle down around your ears and stain them. So, to avoid this, you should use a good amount of petroleum jelly around the ears to prevent colors from staining the ears.
The most sensitive area of your skin is your lips. So, do not forget to cover it up with a layer of nourishing natural lip balm before stepping out. Natural lip balms introduce moisture to your lips and prevent the harmful colors from setting in the cracks of your lips.
Almond oil works as a magical ingredient for your skin. So before playing Holi, the first thing you should do is apply almond oil to your face. Almond oil is highly rich in Vitamin E and nourishes your skin. Also, it acts as a protective layer between your skin and the colors. Apart from this, it also prevents stains from sticking to the face.
Sometimes even after taking up almost every precaution, you might fall prey to some chemical colors on your skin. For this purpose, Post-Holi skin care is of great importance to get back your glowing, supple skin. No need to dampen your spirit, as I have curated a list of some post-Holi skin care tips for you already!
Try using a foaming face wash like Kama Ayurveda’s Sensitive Skin Cleansing Foam as it is ideal for removing dirt, colors, and excess oil on your skin. Also, it retains the natural moisture of the skin. Remember to use a cleanser that suits your skin type to prevent any reactions and skin damage.
Don't forget to moisturize your skin well with a hydrating moisturizer when you're done cleaning. Also, it would be best to use Coconut oil, Almond oil, or olive oil as these are undoubtedly the best natural skin moisturizers.
It would help if you used natural face masks or scrubs to eliminate the chemical colors. You can utilize ingredients like Turmeric, Rosewater and Sandalwood. All these ingredients help nourish your skin from within without causing any side effects. Moreover, try to keep using these face masks until the Holi color is completely gone from your skin.
You may also use Kama Ayurveda’s Suvarna Haldi Chandan Face Mask which is a pure, Ayurvedic face pack with Turmeric, Sandalwood and Multani Mitti as key ingredients.
I know it might be essential for you to visit the salon for threading, waxing, etc. But, your skin gets so exposed during Holi that you should postpone revealing it to something else for at least four to five days.
It is possible that because of playing Holi outdoors, you get sunburns. So, rubbing a cube of ice wrapped up in a thin cloth all over the affected areas can help in easing up your skin and reduce redness and burns.
You can also use Jwalini, Kama Ayurveda’s ultimate post-Holi treatment to relieve roughness and skin irritation. It also helps the skin heal from sunburns.
You should avoid using warm water to cleanse off the colors on your skin. Instead, use cold water as it easily wash off the colors.
Protecting your skin during Holi festivities requires you to follow some of the pre and post-Holi skin care tips. The tips mentioned above will help you look fresh, revived, and young. Further, it's always better to use organic colors and flower petals instead of chemical colors. If you have to use colors, go for natural colors like beetroot juice, Haldi, and organic gulal. It's super easy to keep your skin protected during Holi. All you need to do is follow some skincare tips, and you're all set to step out for Holi this year! Have a safe Holi!
Shreya Dalela is a certified Yoga instructor and a professional dancer trained at The Danceworx. She’s passionate about Ayurveda and holistic living with over 6 years of experience in doing extensive research and content creation in the domain.
Certified Ayurvedic Doctor (Central Council of Indian Medicine) working in Kama Ayurveda as an Assistant Training Manager.