10 Beauty Tips for a Safe Holi

by Rati on February 26, 2010 · 13 comments

Holi Beauty TipsI have loved Holi more than any other festival all my life. I can’t think of a  single thing that I have not played holi with- gulal,wet paints, natural colours (we used to make them ourselves with flowers), grease, mud and what not. :P I used to wait for holi but I especially cherish holi memories of my hostel. I miss them so much now. :( As usual, before and after playing holi I used to call up mom to take the prevention and cure tips.  So today I did the same. But this time to write tips on my blog. :) Here you go:

  1. Oiling: Oil your hair with warm coconut oil, castor oil or in my olive oil. If you have dandruff add 8-10 drops of lemon in your oil and liberally apply the mixture in your hair. Apply oil all over your body, including hands, feet, and elbows. If you have normal or dry skin, apply oil on your face as well. If you have acne prone skin or oily skin, stay away from oil on your fce, just apply a a regular moisturiser and water proof suncreen. Do the oiling part atleast 20-25 minutes before you start. If you want, you may also apply a waterproof foundation on your face, this would act as a barrier between your skin and colour.
  2. Clothing: Wear dark colour-full sleeves cotton clothes. Synthetics would be sticky and denims would be heavy once you have a bucket full of water splashed on you. :P
  3. Nail paints: Paint those nails. if possible, paint them with dark colours. :)
  4. Water: Drink loads of water before you start playing holi. this will keep your skin hydrated. Also keep sipping water carefully while playing holi.
  5. Lips and Eyes: Don’t wear lenses. In fact completely avoid wearing lenses or glasses. But if you cannot do without glasses, just be careful while applying colour. Mostly people are interested in applying surprise colours on your face and the edges of your specs might hurt your face. For lips, apply a lip balm generously.
  6. Don’t get waxing, threading , facials or skin treatment done atleast 3-4 days before holi.
  7. Soothing: Use an aloe vera gel, cucumber juice or atleast a rose water bottle handy with you, just in case get some irritation from a colour, these would act as soothing agents.
  8. Hair: Use a mild shampoo to remove colour from your hair and follow up with a conditioner. Don’t use harsh soaps on your hair  just because you want to remove every last speck of colour from your hair.
  9. If you have acne avoid scrubbing your face past holi. Use a paste of raw milk and besan and gently work on your face to remove the colours.
  10. Use glycerin or aloe vera based soaps. I have seen people using detergent soaps on their body to remove colour. AVOID such desperate attempts. Apply a body lotion on your body generously after taking bath.

Here are some daddi maa ke nuskhe:

Face and Body: 1. Mix two teaspoon of besan+ 1 tea spoon of mustard oil + a pinch of turmeric+5-7 drops of gulab jal (rose water) in a bowl and apply the paste on your face. leave it for 5-4 minutes and rinse it with water. Follow up with your moisturizer.This is a good scrub for removing colours post holi. I remember our hostel aunty used to make this for us and it used to work better than soaps. :P You may increase the quantity as per your requirement and apply the paste all over your body as well.

2. Mix a 2 tablespoon of miltani mitti (fuller’s earth) + 1 tablespoon of glycerin + 1 table spoon of  curd. Apply the paste on your face for 7-8 minutes and wash it off with regular water. Follow up with rose water or any facial spray. If you want you may also apply moisturiser.

Lips: Mix equal amount of glycerin and lemon in a bowl and apply it liberally on your lips. This works great for chapped lips.

Teeth: Teeth especially look scary post holi. Try this : Take 1 tea spoon of slat+ 3-4 drops of lemon+3-4 drops of mustard oil and rub it on your teeth. The taste sucks but it will bring back your teeth to a decent condition. :P

What protective measures do you take for the Holi festival? Any suggestions? :)

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Rima Kaur February 26, 2010 at 1:00 pm

i have weak eyesight. naturally i don’t wear contacts while playing holi but i simply cannot do without spectacles, or i will end up blind as a bat. now i want to send a clear message to whoever is reading this – PLEASE APPROACH PEOPLE WHO WEAR SPECS WITH CAUTION! DON’T SMASH THEIR FACES WITH COLOUR AND WATER – IT HURTS! BE GENTLE!

and also be gentle towards people with nose/eyebrow/lip/chin piercings. grr!

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Cynthia Zacharica February 26, 2010 at 2:37 pm

Great tips girl esp Dadi’s :) N thanks for linking my post!
Hope u have lots of fun on Holi
♥XX♥

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tanveer February 26, 2010 at 3:45 pm

Nice Tips! I too love to play Holi, but hate the fact that the gulal actually enters my open pores.. ugh! I can see pinks dots the next day on my nose and cheeks.. I always have to do a deep cleaning after that using steam..

I have been doing this “oil yr skin” thing for the last 2 years.. But i sometimes feel that it actually maybe causing me more harm.. Like the gulal dissolves in the oil and penetrates the skin faster & also becomes more pukka.. I don’t know if this is right tho.. just a thght that has been in my mind these days..

I think i’ll go down with a layer of vaseline :D

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dvja February 26, 2010 at 4:22 pm

so its holi today??? u girls r having fun???

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

GOD, What am i doing here sulking all the time? will i ever go back? how i wish i have wings….

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Rati February 26, 2010 at 4:38 pm

Rima, People like to do these wild surprise attacks and it turns out pretty gross at times. Especially men have hard hands but they are juts so inconsiderate at times. :( With glasses it’s all the more scary…So yes, I go with you. :)

PLEASE APPROACH PEOPLE WHO WEAR SPECS WITH CAUTION! DON’T SMASH THEIR FACES WITH COLOUR AND WATER – IT HURTS! BE GENTLE!

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Rati February 26, 2010 at 4:39 pm

Most welcome , Cynthia. :)

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Rati February 26, 2010 at 4:45 pm

Tanveer, I have been doing this oil application thing for I-don’t-know-how-many-years and I have also made my friends do it at hostel. We have had no issues with it. In fact, people who don’t use oil they have tough time cleaning their skin. I remember one of my hostel mates got so desperate to remove her color that she used kerosene on her face but she was scared to use oil pre holi.

Steaming is a great idea but I am so lazy that I would be okay if the color goes away within a few days than me making extra efforts to remove the colour the same day. :P

Regarding gulal, oil your face atleast 15-20 minutes fore stepping out so that most of the oil is absorbed by your skin and keeps the surface smooth.

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Rati February 26, 2010 at 4:45 pm

Divija, Holi is on Sunday and Monday and that is why I wrote the tips. :)

*hugs*

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Poornima February 26, 2010 at 5:33 pm

Nice tips Rati..In fact I had read Cynthia’s post too on this..

There is not much of refined Holi celebrations in Bangalore other than specific communities/society events..But those roadside don’t miss a chance to throw crude coloured water packets on people though…grrr

God!! I miss those days in Mumbai.

Anyways..Happy and colourful Holi to you and your family much in advance :-)

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piya February 26, 2010 at 6:10 pm

HAPPY HOLI TO ALL OF U WID FAMILY

ENJOY

PIYA

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Rati February 26, 2010 at 11:17 pm

Piya, A very Happy Holi to you too. :)

Poornima, You must come to Delhi. People here play holi in all fancy ways. :PHappy holi to you as well. :)

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Rati March 21, 2010 at 8:31 am

Hi Zyanga,

Welcome to my blog. :) Glad you liked the blog and I agree with you to an extent.

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