As you gear up to celebrate the festival of colours, it’s important to prep your skin to minimise the stained aftermath! Smear or get smeared, but don’t forget to wear sunscreen, oil/petroleum jelly, protective clothing, and sunglasses before you begin playing with gulaal.
Also, to get rid of colours easily, and with little trouble to yourself and your skin, follow these quick and easy tips.
- Rinse well. Once you’re done playing with colours, stand under the shower for about 3-4 minutes. This helps wash away excess colour without the need for rubbing.
- Use oil to remove stubborn stains. Dip a cotton ball in coconut or olive oil, and use it to gently wipe away dark colours. And for those that do not budge, apply a thick layer of oil over the stained skin and let it soak before washing it away.
- Use a gentle foaming cleanser. Unless you use herbal, skin safe colours, your skin gets worked up with loads of chemicals that are used to make Holi colours. So, treat it with a little extra care. A light foaming cleanser made for sensitive skin would do the trick. You could also leave the cleanser on for 20 to 30 seconds to absorb the stains better.
- Deep Hydration. Your skin often feels parched after all that vigorous rinsing, so keep it hydrated with moisturisers. Use lotions that are easy to absorb. Aloe vera gel too does the trick and is extremely useful in soothing irritated skin.
- Use a nourishing face pack. Try a home remedy made with curd and honey. Curd helps bleach the colour away, while honey moisturises the skin. You could also apply a fruity face pack after one or two days.
- Don’t srub. As much as you’d be tempted to use a body or face scrub to remove stubborn colours, be reminded that exfoliating only worsens the condition of your skin. Keep away from peels and baths salts for at least two to three days after Holi.
- Do not use harsh soaps or detergents. As crazy as it may sound, some people tend to use strong soapy solutions and detergents to get rid of colours. These ingredients can be extremely rough on your skin and may result in redness, itching, and inflammation.
- Don’t use skin care products that contain alcohol. The ingredient has a drying effect and can worsen skin that turns sensitive from exposure to colours and repeated cleansing.
- Refrain from salon treatments. Threading, waxing, bleaching etc. can wait for at least a week after Holi. This lets your skin spring back to its healthy state.
- Do not apply too much makeup. Your skin is pretty sensitive after waging a war with colours, so avoid taxing it with heavy foundations, concealers, and the likes. Instead, opt for a tinted moisturiser and set with compact powder if necessary.
Go ahead and enjoy the riot of colours without letting it wreak havoc on your skin!