The Carnival of colours, The spring festival, whatever you may call it, Holi is one of my favourite festivals. The hope, the joy, the love, the fun, the banter and most importantly the arrival of spring is all what I associate with this wonderful day.
But as much as the day is filled with colours, high spirits and spring time joy, your skin and hair bear the brunt of it, all due to the harsh colours, chemicals and coloured water.
Skin irritation, allergies, hair problems are some of the casualties of Holi, no worries, aromatherapy is at your rescue.
Prep your skin- Indulge in some aromatherapy:-
Hair- Oil your hair before soaking yourself in holi festivities to save them from the damage from all the harmful colours and chemicals. Synthetic colours cause hair to dry and harm the top most keratin layer of your hair.
- Try this nourishing oil concoction- 2 tablespoon Olive oil + 2 drops of Lavender essential oil + 1 drop of Rose essential oil + 2-3 drops of Lemon.
- Remember to tie or braid your hair or cover your head with a scarf before playing holi as it reduces the chances of colours seeping in your scalp.
- For men, it is important to take care of their beard while playing Holi, apply some coconut/mustard/almond oil beforehand or they can also apply 2-3 drops of ylang ylang oil on their beard while bathing after playing Holi to get rid of the stubborn colours.
After Holi, revitalize your tresses with this concoction:-
Add a few drops of rosemary essential oil to some yoghurt, apply on the scalp, leave on for 30 minutes and rinse it off.
- Apply a waterproof sun block cream before going out to play holi to avoid the ‘photo-toxic’ reaction caused by lethal mix of sun and water.
- Mix 1 teaspoon of jojoba oil in 1 drop of lavender oil and tea tree oil to make a protective base layer before stepping out for Holi festivities. Jojoba oil protects your skin against harsh sunlight and chemicals while lavender acts as a soothing agent and tea trea is a perfect fortress against skin allergies.
- You can further cleanse your face with Aroma magic turmeric cleanser. Moisturize your body with Aroma magic Honey & Shea Butter moisturizer as it is non-greasy, stays all day, keeps your skin super soft and not only moisturizes but repairs dry and damaged skin as well.
- Splash as much water as you can on your skin while playing Holi to ensure minimum contact with the harmful and toxic chemical laden colours. In case of itching and irritation on the skin, apply rose water or aloe vera juice followed by 1 drop each of tea tree and lavender mixed in jojoba oil.
One of the tedious tasks after playing Holi is to get rid of all the colours on your body. I recommend you a simple DIY home pack that will help you get rid of all the colours without damaging your skin.
Take 2 tablespoons of Besan, add a pinch of turmeric powder to it, add 1 teaspoon of honey and add milk/yoghurt to moisturize your skin simultaneously too. Keep this pack on for 15-20 minutes then rise off with tepid water. You can use this pack on your body as well.
Do not scrub your skin after Holi as it can further irritate and dry up the epidermal barrier of your skin. Use a cream based cleanser before taking a bath. Apply a lot of moisturising cream to keep the skin hydrated.
Glide some lip balm or a lipstick on your lips to keep them protected and well moisturised at the same time.
Hands and Feet:-
Moisturize your legs and feet with jojoba oil before stepping out to play Holi.
Wear dark, full sleeved cotton clothes.
Apply coconut oil on your nails to prevent them from absorbing the abrasive Holi colours. You can also apply dark nail paint or dab some Vaseline/petroleum jelly on your nail beds, folds and cuticles for a protective coverage.
So, what are you waiting for!
Maintain a healthy skin and a shining mane with these tips and keep that Holi spirit up while you soak in the festivities and riots of colours.
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