These simple tips will protect your skin and hair this Holi!

Holi haiiii!
Yes, the festival of colours is almost here and we are all excited! We bet you have already bought colours and pichkaris, picked out clothes to wear and even created your playlists. But have you forgotten something equally important? Think again. 
The market is full of colours with all sorts of chemicals used in them. Opting for natural, environment-friendly colours is the best option. However, we cannot really control what others use, can we? Therefore, protecting your skin and hair is something you must add to your to-do list. And don’t worry, it’s not that difficult! 
Here are some easy tips which will come in handy while playing with colours. 

The ‘before’ care

The first step is to identify your skin type — dry, oily, combination or sensitive. And mind you, there’s no ‘normal’ skin type. If you have dry or sensitive skin, you need to be extra careful. Ensure you moisturise your skin in layers — use an alcohol-free toner (preferably with hyaluronic acid), serum and then moisturiser. This keeps your skin hydrated and forms a protective barrier against the harsh colours. 

Holi is played outdoors from morning till afternoon when sun’s heat is at its peak. So do apply a good sunscreen with an SPF of minimum 30. And don’t forget the most sensitive part of your face – your eyes. Apply some almond oil below your eyes and wear sunglasses when you step out. This will prevent any squinting and delay the formation of wrinkles around your eyes.

Colours also tend to stick under your nails and can’t be washed away easily. Apply some oil under your cuticles or your favourite nail polish. This will prevent the colours from sticking to your nails. 

And how can we miss out on hair? Apply a sufficient amount of oil to your hair to make it easier to wash away the colours later. 

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The ‘after’ care

Now that you have played with colours to your heart’s content, how do you get rid of them? Use pure aloe vera gel or micellar water (a makeup remover with some mineral content) to easily remove the colour. 

Skin reactions from playing with colours are a common occurrence during Holi. A vinegar cleanse can prove a simple yet effective solution. Simply mix half tablespoon of house vinegar in a mug of room temperature water and pour on the affected areas. 

Chemicals from the colours tend to make your hair dry and brittle, causing damage and hair fall. A simple moisturising hair mask will help you protect it. Blend a ripe banana with three tablespoons of almond or coconut oil. Apply this mask and keep for 30-45 minutes. Wash off with a gentle, sulphate-free shampoo using cold or lukewarm water. 

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