Holi is around the corner, which means we are all gearing up for carefree fun with colours. This fun festival, however, can turn out to be a nightmare for the skin and hair. Leaving behind its mark in the form of flared up acne, rashes, dryness, hair fall, frizz and more. This does not mean you have to be torn between protecting your skin and hair and having a good time. With the right pre and post Holi care regime in place, you can do both:
Pre-Holi Skin & Hair Care Tips
Don’t just get out of bed and delve straight into the celebrations. You will be exposed to a lot of not-so-pleasant external elements such as colours, sun, and in some extreme cases, even mud, grease, and the likes. Creating a barrier between these elements and your skin and hair is the go-to pre-Holi care mantra:
- Cleanse and moisturise your face well.
- Apply a generous layer of sunscreen with SPF 30 or above. If you use a moisturiser with SPF (20 or more), you can skip this step.
- Top it up with another protective layer of virgin olive oil and massage it gently into your skin, use a tissue paper to blot out the excess.
- Apply a nourishing balm on to your lips.
- Comb your hair thoroughly and massage a generous amount of oil on to your hair and scalp before tying it into a tight bun or a pigtail.
- Cover the rest of your body with as much clothing as possible, and follow the body lotion-sunscreen-olive oil order for the exposed areas such as hands, feet and the neck.
Post-Holi Skin & Hair Care Tips
You may be exhausted by the end of the celebration and want to get rid of all that colour as soon as possible, but it is important to consciously remind yourself to be gentle. Excessive or vigorous rubbing can irritate the skin and cause fine particles of the colours to seep deep into the skin. Here are some important points to remember:
- Splash some cold water on your face, so that the excess colour gets washed off.
- Then, use a foaming face wash and massage your skin gently for about 30 seconds before rinsing.
- Now, dip a cotton ball in coconut oil and apply it gently to your face. Let the oil sit on your skin for about five minutes before washing it.
- The next day, apply a sheet mask to offer your skin some much-need moisturisation and hydration. You can either work with yogurt-based homemade masks or use all-natural options.
- Do not exfoliate your skin for the next few days, as it can aggravate any damage or skin irritation.
- It is best to go easy on makeup. Use a BB cream, moisturiser or mineral powder if needed.
- Shampoo your hair thoroughly till you get the last bit of colour out.
- Nourish it with a good conditioner and a hair serum.
- Follow it up with a hair oil-hot towel-hair spa regime.
- Avoid using gels, sprays or heat-based treatments for a week.
Now that your skin and hair concerns are addressed, you can start concentrating on all the mischievous Holi pranks to pull on your family and friends. Happy and safe Holi, y’all!
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