While your family and friends pull you out of your homes this Holi to play with the colors, don’t stop yourself from having fun because we have got your back. We have 7 amazing hacks that will restore your skin flawlessly from the aftermath of Holi colors!
Wash your skin with cold water and a gentle face wash and body wash. Use a foaming face wash and massage your skin gently for about 30 seconds before rinsing. Gently scrub your skin with a loofah to get rid of the excess color. Aggressive scratching and scrubbing can cause redness and itching of skin.
Once the excess color is out, dip a cotton ball in coconut oil and apply it gently to your face. Let the oil sit on your skin for some time. Coconut oil seeps into your pores and removes the color. (For oily skin, you can also try a cleanser made up of two tablespoons of lemon juice into a bowl of curd.) Then, again was your skin with a foaming face wash, thoroughly.
Hydrate your skin by applying a sheet mask to offer your skin much-need moisturization and hydration. Try an aloe vera or sandalwood moisturizer to reduce the inflammation and burning.
Hair and scalp wash:
Shampoo your hair thoroughly till you get the last bit of color out. Any remaining color can weaken your hair strands causing breakage. Use a clarifying shampoo with heavy lathering ability. Use shikakai based shampoo if you want to avoid further chemical damage to your hair.
Exhaustion after the celebration should be no excuse to miss conditioning. Nourish your chemically stressed hair with a good conditioner (you can make one at home using yogurt with a few drops of almond essence) and keep in for a minute before you wash it off.
Just like your skin, your hair also needs protection after the rigorous hair wash. Follow it up with a serum and tie up your semi-dry hair in a warm and moist towel to keep it hydrated.
Allow your skin to breathe. Do not use any make-up or synthetic products for at least a day. Use neem and sandalwood face pack to ensure your skin is free from bacteria and breathes easy. For your hair, you can try a hair mask made up of coconut oil or a banana mask. Avoid using curling irons, straighteners and hair dryers for at least 24 hours. Avoid using gels, sprays at least for a week.
It is important to consciously remind yourself to be gentle and avoid excessive chemical-based colors during your Holi celebration. Strong soaps, vigorous rubbing, and scratching can irritate the skin and scalp. Have a happy and safe Holi!
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