Holi – festival of fun, fervour and colours. But, this Holi festival takes a toll on our skin and hair. The colours used for this festival are rich in chemicals and extremely harsh for the skin and hair. Even if you use organic colours, you still need to protect your skin so that it does not get damaged from being in the sun for long hours and prep it so that the colours come off easily. So, while enjoying the Holi fever, it is necessary to take care of your skin and hair.
So, if you are eagerly waiting for the festival of colours but are also worried about the aftermath on your skin, here’s help. That entire colour on the skin coupled with exposure to the sun and intermittent water splashes can leave it looking dull and damaged. Prep your skin so that you can enjoy Holi while minimising the damage. We have some tips that will help you play Holi in a way that is safe for your skin.
PRE HOLI CARE
Before you head out to play Holi, make sure you guard your skin and hair with products that will help you lessen the damage because of harsh Holi colours. Since your skin and hair will be exposed to other external factors apart from colours, take all the necessary steps to protect them.
Oiling: Apply good amount of oil all the way from roots to tip of the hair. Oiling is the best way to protect hair from chemically laden colours. Oil forms a protective layer on your hair which can be easily washed off afterwards. This prevents chemical colours from damaging the natural gloss, lustre of your hair, it prevents hair from becoming dry and dull, and it prevents hair from breakage and hair fall. There is no better protection to your hair than oil for Holi. So we only suggest this best hair care ritual before your fun begins. Keshkalp Hair Oil by SSCPL Herbals is rich in Maka, Neem, Jatamansi, Brahmi, Amla and Teel which is non-sticky and a perfect solution to all your hair problems from dandruff to hair fall.
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Cover Up: Since Holi is mostly an outdoor activity, make sure the clothes you wear cover maximum of your body parts. Opt for full-sleeve kurtas, T-shirts or tops, trousers, salwars, full length joggers, etc. This will not only ensure that your skin and hair are totally safe from coming into contact with colours, but also from sun exposure that can further affect your skin. Wearing dark colours will ensure that the colours do not come on your skin so easily when mixed with water. If however you feel you want to wear something short, follow the other tips to prevent damage. If it is not possible to cover your hair, then braid them so that they will be partially protected.
Moisturise: Before stepping out for the Holi fun, slather your body with a rich moisturiser. Then massage in a circular motion so that it is all absorbed into the skin. This will act as a barrier between your skin and colours and it will also make it easy to remove colours later. Use a generous amount of moisturizer all over your body, especially behind your ears and ear lobes as these are areas one tends to neglect. SSCPL Herbals has a wide range of moisturizing lotion as per your skin type which you can select from.
Sunscreen: Applying moisturizer is not sufficient; to avoid sun tan and burns, use a generous amount of sunscreen, preferably one that is waterproof or water-resistant. Make sure it has an SPF of at least 30 or higher so that it works during the harsh afternoon sun. If possible, carry the sunscreen with you and keep re-applying it every 2-3 hours to keep the sun shield up. The best time to apply sunscreen is after your morning shower so that your skin absorbs it well. You can coat the oil or moisturiser layer on top after some time, just before you step out. SSCPL herbals has two best sunscreens for your protection. SPF 30 and SPF 50 which are also tested as PA+++. It is light weight, matte finish and water resistant. Also, these sunscrrens are free from Parabens, oxybenzones and avobenzones.
Nail paints: Do not neglect your nails as that is where colours can settle and even enter your digestive system when you eat with your hand. Save your nails from damage by keeping them short and painted with a dark nail polish. Rub a little oil on the nails before touching colours as this will act as a shield and not let them stain easily. You can remove the polish after Holi and reapply a fresh coat. Cutting your nails before Holi will ensure that colour doesn’t settle as it can be dangerous if you ingest it while eating.
Hydrate yourself: Keep drinking water, juice, glucose, etc. throughout the day as you will be continuously outdoors with a lot of sun exposure, which is the main factor for your dehydration. Dehydrated skin can become dry and get sunburnt easily. This combined with the colours, can make the skin appear dull and lifeless after Holi. If you plan to drink alcohol, remember to alternate with a glass of water as too much drinking can easily show up on your face in the form of puffiness and dullness.
Lips and Eyes: Do not ignore these areas as colours can settle around eyes, ears and into lip cracks quite easily as these areas are exposed all the time, and the colour is difficult to come off too. Don’t wear lenses. In fact completely avoid wearing lenses or glasses. But if you cannot do without glasses, just be careful while applying colour. Mostly people are interested in the surprise element and the sudden, forceful application of colours on your face and the edges of your specs might hurt your face. For lips, apply a lip balm generously.
Do not get waxing, threading, facials or skin treatment done at least 3-4 days before Holi.
POST HOLI CARE
After playing Holi, you need to give your skin some basic CTM care so that it can recover from all the damage caused. If you have followed our pre Holi care tips damage will be lesser than usual, but even so, you need to do some post Holi care rituals. Here are some tips to follow
Remove Holi colours: Colours used to play Holi are loaded with chemicals, even if not, they can be quite harsh and difficult to come off from the skin and hair, especially the face since the skin here is more delicate and you cannot rub it off too vigorously.
Skin: To remove the Holi colours don’t rub your face very harshly, instead use face wash and cleansing milk. SSCPL Herbals has a wide range of natural face washes & Cleansing milks which gently exfoliate the skin and remove all dust, dirt and various residues from the skin.
SSCPL Herbals Complete face cleanup is one more very unique and effective herbal product which gently exfoliates your face to remove the traces of pollutants and colour residues which are deeply seated in your pores.
Use our wide range of soaps as per your skin type to remove Holi colours from your body.
Hair: To remove colours from the hair and scalp use SSCPL Herbals Scalp repair Shampoo and conditioner which not only cleanses you hair but also clears the scalp. Deep conditioner repairs the damaged hair by providing necessary nourishment and moisture balance. SSCPL Herbals Shampoo and conditioners are enriched with hydrolyzed Keratin which helps regain the keratin back into the hair by penetrating through cuticles.
Soothing: Harsh chemicals, exposure to sun causes skin irritation, redness and burning. Use SSCPL Herbals Aloe-vera gel or cucumber gel or papaya gel for immediate relief from this burning sensation as these gels are full of natural extracts of aloe vera, cucumber and papaya. These are naturally known soothing agents and suitable for skin which mitigates the further damages.
Even Ice cubes are perfect to do this job effectively. Ice cubes not only help in shrinking pores, they also provide relief from the heat and burning sensation, making your skin appears smoother.
Cleanse, tone, moisturise (CTM): If you have any colour residue on your skin even a day after Holi, follow your CTM ritual to get rid of it faster. This along with soothing face masks will do the trick. While scrubbing is also good for the skin, it is best to do it after a day when the skin starts getting back to normal. SSCPL Herbals have all the products necessary for your CTM. Right from herbal cleansing milk to toner to moisturizer, we have everything in our product basket as per your skin type to avail your CTM routine very properly.
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Sunscreen: Your skin has been damaged because of Holi colours which are full of chemicals and toxins. To prevent your skin from further damage because of sun exposure as the temperature is high, applying moisturizer is not sufficient; To avoid sun tan and burns, use a generous amount of sunscreen, preferably one that is waterproof or water-resistant. SSCPL herbals has two best sunscreens for your protection. SPF 30 and SPF 50 which are also tested as PA+++. It is light weight, matte finish and water resistant. Also, these sunscrrens are free from Parabens, oxybenzones and avobenzones.
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Avoid makeup: Since your skin has been exposed to colours all day, it is best to avoid wearing too much makeup as the chemicals in your cosmetics can react with them and cause a skin reaction. If you do want to wear makeup, don’t layer up much so that your skin can breathe. A light, tinted moisturiser and compact powder or a BB cream can be used. Avoid heavy foundation and too much products on the same day. You can go back to your makeup routine after the colour wears off from your skin.
Consult Skin Specalist if skin reacts adversely: Sometimes, if you have very sensitive skin or if the colours used are too harsh and full of chemicals, your skin can react adversely and result in redness, irritation or breakouts. If this happens to you post Holi, it is best to consult a skin specialist than trying to treat it on your own at home. You may do more damage than good in the process and make it worse for your skin. If however you cannot get expert help at the moment, you can simply apply ice cubes or aloe vera gel. But before you apply the gel, do a patch test so that you know if it suits your skin. If it doesn’t, do not put it on your face.