5 simple rules that will help you avoid skin and hair damage this Holi 5 simple rules help you avoid skin, hair-damage from Holi
Holi is by far one of the most fun festivals in India—it’s loaded with an abundance of colour and everyone’s up for a fun morning (that could even go on till the evening) and public holiday. However, the one thing we tend to forget about amongst all the fun is all the skin damage the excessive sun and colour exposure can cause. Celebrity dermatologist Dr Harshna Bijlani sets the record straight on what to do before you play and how to control the damage after. 5 simple rules help you avoid skin, hair-damage from Holi
The lesser skin you show, the better. Make sure you’re wearing long sleeves and preferably leggings or full length bottoms to reduce sun and colour exposure. “Shorts are still okay as people mostly put colour on the upper body,” says Dr Harshna Bijlani. “Full sleeves work best, it doesn’t have to be thick fabric, it should just cover your skin. Wear a cap with your hair tucked inside it so your scalp is protected from the colour and sunglasses to stop it from getting in your eyes. You could even braid your hair if you don’t want to put it up.”
Load up on the sunscreen. Most people usually forget about the sun amidst all the water and the colours. “Instead of using coconut oil on your body, I’d suggest using a thick sunscreen. Sure, the colour may come out quicker [if you use oil] but you’re going to come back more tanned. Use a creamy sunscreen, not the spray one. If you’re going to be out all day, it’ll only last for two-three hours. One shot glass of sunscreen all over your body is the quantity you should use.”
This is also the one day you should embrace sticky hair. “For your hair, make it as greasy as possible so the colour just comes off and doesn’t settle in. You can use a cold-pressed almond oil, not a very heavy one.” Don’t forget the overlooked areas. “Apply the sunscreen on all exposed parts—behind your neck, ears, on your hands and feet. Also, apply a thick layer of Vaseline or a lip balm with SPF, that’s perfect. Playing with herbal organic colours is the best as they come off very easily.” Make sure you apply nail polish on your nails and on the skin around it to avoid shaded hands for days.