Holi, as we all know is the festival of bright colours, water balloons, lavish gujiyas and catchy Bollywood songs. These are some of the ingredients that make Holi a perfect festival! But with time this festival has turned into a prime culprit for some very serious Skin diseases and allergies. The toxins used in these colours can result in a range of diseases, including skin allergies, irritation leading to chronic skin diseases like eczema.
Traditionally, the festival was all about naturally made colours from flowers and herbs. But with time, dyes have replaced these natural ingredients. Chemicals and heavy metals along with certain acids, mica, glass powder and dangerous alkalis are rapidly being used in the colours these days. So to safeguard our skin from these harmful chemicals, we decided to do a pre and post Holi Do’s and Don’ts after discussing it with our panel expert and leading dermatologist Dr. Deepali Bhardwaj , who is based in Delhi.
"The chemicals can cause itching and rashes, and serious injury to the skin upon scratching," said Dr Deepali Bhardwaj. Dr. Bhardwaj also suggests that if any open wound or cuts are there on body before Holi then band aid or bandage should be done prior to playing the Holi so as to avoid entry and absorption of the harmful chemicals from it which can even lead to dangerous effects like internal cancers at a later date, blindness etc due to being absorbed in the blood stream.
Below are certain tips you must keep in mind before playing Holi:
-Before Holi please ensure not to get a haircut 2 weeks prior to the festival because after Holi, as a dermatologist Dr. Deepali Bhardwaj always suggests atleast a trim should be done if not proper cut.
-Oil the hair from roots preferably a night before Holi else on the same day in the morning.
- Always oil the whole body with preferably coconut oil, olive oil, vitamin E oil and for hair use mustard oil lavishly because dry skin allows these chemicals to penetrate easily.
- You must apply oil at places like behind the ear, between finger tips and near finger nails.
- You should paint your nails with the darkest colour possible so that the Holi colors cannot go inside nail bed.
- Try to wear protective glasses while playing Holi even old pair of sunglasses is a good idea as that even looks fashionable!
- Always, Wash your eyes clean with cold water and see an eye specialist if the irritation persists after few hours of Holi.
- It is difficult to make out differences between a natural colour and a dye. Taking precautions is, therefore, necessary. Try to use only Herbal colors or else home-made colours from kitchen or garden like tesu flowers, genda flowers or beet root juice.
Below are a few tips that can be very useful after Holi:
1. After Holi, for removing the colour from the scalp it is best to stand under running shower for 5 minutes and then using anti dandruff shampoo to cleanse your scalp. But, no aggressive scrubbing or scratching should be done
2. Use liquid soap gently and after that use home remedies like
- For scalp massage with white vinegar and lemon juice on oily scalp.
- Cleanse with amla and shikakaki powder on dry and normal scalp.
- You can use Beer to wash your hair after cleansing it once with mild shampoo. This will ensure the natural shine which could have reduced due to playing Holi and also shall help strengthen the roots.
- For face use olive oil on cotton to remove the make up by Holi colors after lavishly washing with running water
- Apply lemon juice, curd and sandalwood mixture on the skin. Adding turmeric and white flour to this mixture will also make a good face pack.
These home remedies are the way to go for stubborn colors!
Kindly remember if there are still colors on the body then let it go with time. Try to stick to the home remedies for a few days or a week and we are sure you will be colour free on the scalp and skin.
Wishing you all a colourful Holi 2015 and hoping it’s Herbal and surely a SAFE one!