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Tips To Prep Your Skin For Holi and Take Off Colour Safely

Holi is around the corner, and if you’re planning to play this year, then first and foremost, don’t forget to stay safe and avoid big gatherings with the pandemic in place. However, you’ll need to prep your skin for all the blast of colours and its aftermath of overzealous scrubbing and wiping that can leave your skin feeling raw and damaged. Here are the expert tips on how to take care of your skin before and after Holi.

How Do Holi Colours Affect the skin?

Holi colours are usually meant to be made with natural and organic ingredients such as turmeric or dried flowers, these days, we find chemically-laden colours with numerous toxicants like lead oxide, mercury sulphate, to name a few, which can adversely irritate your skin. These colours can cause rashes and hives on sensitive skin and if you have acne-prone skin that can lead to clogged pores and pimples. It is always advisable to play with organic colours with natural or plant based ingredients to save your skin from chemical burns, allergies, and even rashes.

Must-Try: Ohria Ayurveda Holi Color Gift Box

A traditional blend of ingredients like tesu flowers, haldi, marigold, and gram flour to give a rich golden hue. This hamper is harnessing the essence of Mother Nature and reviving the tradition of playing Holi with flowers, the natural colors of spring.

How To Prep Your Skin For Holi?

  1. Building skin resistance is extremely important. Start including skincare ingredients like Vitamin C and Vitamin E to safeguard your skin from free radicals. 

Must-Try: Dr. Sheth's Amla VC20 Vitamin C Serum

This serum is power-packed with 3-o-Ethyl-Ascorbic Acid which evens out pigmentation and gives you glowing bright skin. The Vitamin E and Sodium Hyaluronate present in the product soothes and hydrates the skin deeply.

  1. Make non-comedogenic moisturiser your best friend to strengthen the skin barrier. It will deeply hydrate the skin but make the skin absorb fewer colours by creating a protective barrier against colour.

Must-Try: Qurez Hydrating Moisturizer with Niacinamide and Hyaluronic Acid

Moisture is one of the main factors which keeps skin healthy, and if that is absent, your skin is prone to damage. This non-comedogenic moisturiser is formulated to hydrate the skin and lock-in the moisture on the surface.

  1. Our under-eye area is delicate and requires extra attention in protecting from the harsh colours. So, apply antioxidant-rich eye cream to nourish the tender skin.

Must-Try: Dot & Key Antioxidant Illuminating De-puffing Eye Cream Concentrate

This luxuriously hydrating under eye cream is everything you need to rapidly nourish and visibly diminish dark circles while eliminating signs of fatigue. 

  1. Slather your skin with a layer of sunscreen to protect it against the harsh sun. It also builds a barrier to fight synthetic pigments.

Must-Try: Sadhev Ayurvedic Sunscreen SPF 30

This sunscreen keeps the skin exceptionally tender and supple all through the day. Its age-defying essence protects the delicate texture of the skin from harsh sun rays, reduces fine lines and blemishes, and keeps the skin glowing.

  1. Last but not the least, stop using any retinol, AHAs, BHAs, or two days before Holi and avoid using them for a day or two afterward either.

How to take off the Holi colour without damaging the skin

Experts recommend, do not scrub, rub or over-wash the skin as that can cause micro-injuries, which can lead to breakouts. For the face, double cleansing works the best. Use oil to emulsify the colour right off followed with a gel or foam cleanser. Once the majority of colour is taken off, rejuvenate your skin with fatty acids, hyaluronic acid-based moisturizer to strengthen the skin’s barrier.

For the body, start with scrubbing off the colour, use a nourishing body wash and follow it up with a body oil to feed the skin with nature’s best. Make sure to take a cool water shower as hot water can react to the chemicals present in the colour.

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