“Bura mat maano, Holi hai” is one phrase followed to the T. It gives everyone and anyone the chance to plaster our face and hair with colour. The only way to avoid it is by not stepping out. Now, is that even possible? Who wants to miss all the fun? There is so much fun and excitement involved in smearing Holi colours on each other that the thought of skin and hair damage takes a back seat. Also, we moms hardly take care of ourselves.
After the first half of the day, the second half is spent in the shower trying to scrub off the colour combinations on the skin and hair and nails and nostrils, but the truth is that some of that colour is here to stay. But all is not lost – we can do some damage control and restore the health of our skin and hair to normal.
Traditionally, Holi was celebrated with dry gulaal and buckets of water. But now, it also comes with unwanted and unexpected splashes of synthetic watercolours whose after effects are not so favourable to the skin and hair. So, it becomes important to follow good post-Holi skin care and hair care regimen to get rid of the Holi colours gently and in a way that it does not damage your skin and hair.
We all know that it is essential to apply some castor oil or almond oil or olive oil or a nice sunscreen before you go out for colour play on. This layer of oil will help you in the removal of stubborn Holi colours from your face. Additionally, this application of oil will not allow the colours to stick to your skin.
Now, once you have followed that routine, here are some post-Holi skincare and haircare routine which are recommended:
Avoid Warm Water For Bathing
Use cold water while removing your colours post-Holi. Because warm or hot water will make the colours to stick to your skin and difficult to remove.
Shampoo With Care
Use a mild shampoo or those shampoos with Milk protein or high moisturizing effect. Don’t scratch your scalp too much. Simply, go for a mild massage and wash off.
Condition The Hair
Don’t forget to apply a good conditioner on your hair and let the conditioner sit on your hair for at least 10 minutes. Keeping the conditioner for 10 minutes would help your hair strands to regain the softer touch.
Avoid Any Cosmetic Scrubs
Please avoid the usage of cosmetic scrubs as they would make your skin rougher. Use mild natural products or mild Ayurvedic products to clean or scrub your face. In case you are scrubbing your face post-Holi, then once is enough. Don’t go for scrubbing 2 or 3 times a day!
Makeup Remover Helps To An Extent
You can use your make up remover liquid or water to remove the first layer of Holi colours from your face.
Go All Natural With Bathing Products
At least for your bathing post-Holi celebration, choose the mild and soap-free face cleansers. Because they will retain the natural moisture of your skin.
Moisturization Is Key
The Holi colours – be it natural or artificial lead to the roughness of the skin. Holi is a spring festival and that means a bit of winter climate is still there. So, consecutive use of dry colours and washing off with water leads to oil depletion from the skin. So, for a week post your Holi celebration, use a very nice and thick body lotion, body moisturizer, or body butter.
Face Masks Help Reduce Effects Of Holi
Opt for the natural face packs that you can make at home to get rid of the remnants of colours from your skin. You can prepare a papaya face mask with grated papaya, rose water, honey, and fuller’s earth. Or you may use the mixture of equal parts of lemon juice and honey and massage your face gently for 5 minutes. In fact, by rubbing banana peel also helps you to get rid of the Holi colours.
DIY Hair Packs Nourish The Hair
If your hair becomes too dry after the Holi celebration, you can go for a nice hair pack. Take 1 cup of raw milk and mix that with 1 tablespoon of honey. Now, apply this mix on your hair starting from the roots to the tips. Keep it for half an hour or 1 hour and follow that with a shampoo using lukewarm water.
Taking Care Of Rashes If Any
If you’re beginning to feel a rash come on, it’s best to take some preventive measures before it gets worse. Apply Aloe Vera gel on the dry and rash areas. It soothes the skin, heals the rashes and provides moisture to the skin too