I 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. 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- Nail paints: Paint those nails. if possible, paint them with dark colours.
- Water: Drink loads of water before you start playing holi. this will keep your skin hydrated. Also keep sipping water carefully while playing holi.
- 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.
- Don’t get waxing, threading , facials or skin treatment done atleast 3-4 days before holi.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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. 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.
What protective measures do you take for the Holi festival? Any suggestions?