Holi is just around the corner, one of the most vibrant festivals that we celebrate. Get out the colours, pails of water, water balloons and more! The aftermath of Holi can be terrible if you have not taken any tips for a safe and healthy Holi. Your skin is more sensitive than you think and it is very important to take proper precaution so that you don’t have any after effects of Holi.
In the earlier times, playing holi was nothing short of therapeutic! Yes, Holi colours were made using traditional herbs and flowers that didn’t cause any damage to the skin and hair. The colours we use today are laden with chemicals, unless you choose the natural colours which are available in the market. I would recommend the natural Holi colours from Omved because they are good and therapeutic for the skin and hair. I am waiting for my stock to arrive! Just in case you don’t get around buying natural colours, look these tips for a safe and healthy Holi.
10 Tips for a safe and healthy Holi
1. Holika is the day when we burn the bonfire, keep yourself and your children at a very safe distance from the bonfire on Holi. It can minimise any chance of an accident. Ensure that you light a small bonfire if you really have to indulge in this tradition, something that can extinguish in 10 minutes or lesser.
2. Oil your skin so that the oil acts like a barrier to the colours and won’t allow it to touch your skin. I have a stock of the Saffron Oil from Ecotique at home that will be applied on the boys before they venture out for Holi! Protect your skin from synthetic colours. The colours contain harsh colours like lead oxide in black colour, aluminium bromide in silver,mercury sulfide in red and copper sulfate in green.
3. Protect your eyes by wearing sunglasses and make sure that you remove your contact lenses before venturing outdoors. Rinse your eyes thoroughly of colour enters the eyes.
4. Have you tried making your own colours? Look up this blog post on how you can make your own natural Holi colours at home. Make it a DIY activity with your kids before Holi and it sure will be a lot of fun! Rose petals, marigold flowers or even gram flour make an excellent base for colours that will also be nourishing for your skin.
5. If you don’t have oil, apply a generous amount of moisturizing lotion or cream on your face and all exposed parts of the body. The trick is to use something that leaves a protective layer on the skin so that it is not affected by the harsh chemicals present in the Holi colours.
6. Don’t forget to oil your hair so that the chemicals in the Holi colours don’t turn them brittle, frizzy or dry. Indulge your hair in a bit of coconut oil therapy after Holi so that it can regains its strength. Wear a bandana or a cap to shield it from the colours.
7. Avoid using harsh soaps and shampoo to get rid of the colour. Use a mild soap or an ubtan to cleanse the skin gently without causing any abrasions. Using soaps and washes laden with chemicals will further irritate your skin and hair.
8. Opt for a waterless Holi if you can. It will help to save water, a very precious resource for us!
9. Since you will be outdoors for the majority of the time, ensure that you stay hydrated by drinking water at regular intervals. Keeping the body hydrated lessens the chances of the harmful chemicals from being absorbed into the skin. Water also will help to flush out the toxins if any.
10. Pamper your skin and hair after Holi to ensure that you give it the right nourishment. Make s nourishing pack of aloe gel, gram flour and rose water for your skin and wash off when it is dry. A good oil massage for the hair will nourish your tresses.
What are some of your tips for a safe and healthy Holi? Is there a tip that you would like to share? Leave in the comments and let me know!