The festival of colours is almost upon us! Are you ready to get soaked in Holi colours? While some run away from it, others joyfully celebrate this festival of colours with family and friends. However, as much as you enjoy playing with the vibrant colours, the chemicals that they contain can do some serious damage to your skin and hair.
Contrary to the popular notion, washing off the colours with just soap, face wash and shampoo are just not enough to remove the harmful ingredients that the vibrant Holi colours contain. We have some expert tips for you to remove not just the colour, but harmful chemicals too from your skin and hair, that too without being harsh:
Tip #1. – Don’t use hot water to remove the colours:
Contrary to popular belief, hot water does NOT help in removing Holi colours. Instead, it solidifies the colour, making it tougher to remove. So, it is recommended that you wash off the colour with cold water instead.
Tip #2. – Use homemade ubtan to remove colour from your face:
Ubtan is a natural paste made by mixing Besan, rose water and curd. Apply this paste on your skin and let it dry completely. After 30 minutes, splash some rose water on your skin and massage gently in circular motions for 10 minutes. Wash off with cold water and pat dry with a soft towel.
Tip #3. – Scrub your skin with Papaya paste:
Mix papaya pulp and honey to make a paste. Add some multani mitti to this mixture. Use it to thoroughly yet gently scrub your body. While the colours might not come off completely in the first attempt, they will definitely fade a bit. Use this paste every alternate day until the effect of colours wears off completely.
Tip #4. – Use an antiseptic cream to prevent rashes:
Rashes are one of the ugly side-effects of Holi colours. People with sensitive or acne-prone skin are most vulnerable to having them. Therefore, it is highly recommended that you massage your body with an effective antiseptic cream after removing the packs and scrubs.
Tip #5. – Massage your face Lacto calamine lotion:
Make a mixture of Lacto Calamine and rosewater and apply on your face after removing the packs and scrubs. Gently rub the calamine lotion on your face in a circular motion until the solution is completely absorbed in your skin.
Tip #6. – Use glycerine and rose water:
Folk with sensitive skin are prone to itchiness and irritation right after playing with Holi colours. To prevent this, simply apply a mixture of rosewater and glycerine on your face after removing the packs and scrubs. Gently massage the mixture on your face for good 10 minutes and then wash it off with lukewarm water.
Tip #7. – Use lemon wedges and mango powder:
Do you know that lemon wedges and mango powder can also be used to remove colour from your face? Take a lemon and cut it into small wedges. Rub these wedges on your face to remove the colour stains. Alternatively, a paste of mango powder and water can also be used as a scrub to remove colour. While this remedy will not completely remove colour from your skin on the first day, the ascetic acid in lemon and mango powder will definitely lighten it considerably.
Tip #8. – Use egg yolk or curd to remove colour from your hair:
Before shampooing, apply egg yolk or a mixture of methi powder and curd on your tresses and leave it on for about 45 minutes. This will not only remove the colour and the chemicals from your hair but will also prevent it from breaking and falling.
While these tips are handy in removing the colour from your skin and hair, the best remedy is prevention. It is better to avoid colours that contain toxins and chemicals and stick to organic colours instead. Do not forget to find check out the Holi offers on Amazon and save big on your festive shopping.