Go natural this Holi

Holi is a festival of joy and fervour, music and dance, colours and vibrancy.

Colours are an important part of this festival and everyone is excited to enjoy the festival to the fullest.

However, the colours splashed on the skin during the festival can be extremely harmful to your skin and hair. A little bit of extra care can go a long way in protecting the skin during the festivities.

Dr. Sangeeta Amladi shares quick tips to ensure that the skin remains radiant and you glow through the festival of colours.

For your skin:

1. The chemicals used in the colours can make your skin susceptible to allergic dermatitis. Apply coconut oil or a moisturizer to all the parts of the body that are exposed, prior to venturing out. If your skin feels irritable, immediately splash lots of water and then re-apply a moisturizer.

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2. To protect your skin from dryness, caused by these colours, make sure you use a cleanser for sensitive skin

3. Be extremely careful and ensure that the colours do not go into the eyes, nose, ears and mouth

For your hair:

The colours of Holi can make your hair dry and brittle. You can oil your hair to protect it from the harmful chemicals used in these colours.

• Use a gentle shampoo to cleanse post the festival, followed by a protective conditioner that restores your hair to its healthy state

• Cover your hair while you play Holi, it helps protect the sheen and protein of your hair

To make your Holi truly colorful:

• While most of the dry colours are safe and do not cause any long term damage, try to avoid the ones with glitter. These colours contain silica particles which can abrade your skin.

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• Use water-soluble colours and stay away from “permanent” colours because they contain cheap dyes that cause reactions

Go natural this Holi – use home-made natural chemical free colours.

Dr. Sangeeta Amladi is Head Medical Services, Kaya Skin Clinic

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