8 Skincare Basics You Need To Know Before Holi

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It’s time for the annual Indian colour fest, Holi! And the excitement can get to the better of us. All that fun, food and colour splash, sure makes for an amazing celebration. But make sure that you don’t end up with skin woes in the midst of all this.

As you gear up for the riot, we are here to help you out with some pre-Holi skincare essentials.

PROTECT YOUR FACE

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1. Seal Your Pores
When you play Holi, there are high chances that your skin will absorb all the colours. And considering the high chemical content of most of these hues, they can wreak havoc in the form of breakouts, allergies and rashes. Go the prevention way and seal up your pores with a thick layer of moisturiser. Not only will the pigments remain at bay, the moisturizer will also make it easier to remove their stain at the end of the day.

2. Shield from the UV rays

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The next most important thing is sunscreen. Because water and the overhead sun are a horrible combination for your skin. Once the moisturizer has seeped in well, apply a generous coat of high SPF to stay safe from sunburn and tanning.

3. Don’t Ignore The Ears

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Pink or deeply coloured earlobes long after Holi don’t really look great. You sure do not want to turn up like an ape at work. So, take all the preventive measures for your ears. In addition, remove all the jewellery that you may be wearing. These can get damaged while you are having fun.

GUARD YOUR EYES

1. Wear Glasses
Do not let any colour enter your eyes as this can lead to serious eye problems. Wear protective eye wear as much as possible. Flexible and elastic bands with unbreakable glasses are a good idea. Or you good take a smarter step by investing in a pair of diving/swimming shades.

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2. Avoid Contact Lenses
Contact lenses might sound like a tempting solution to protect your eyes without any heaviness but they can absorb moisture and mess things up for you. Avoid them if you or going to be with people who don’t like a dry Holi.

TAKE CARE OF YOUR HANDS AND FEET

1. Protect Your Nails And Cuticles
Just like the skin on your face and body, your nails can absorb a lot of colour. The stains look less than appealing and can also cause your cuticles to become infected. So, dip your fingers in some baby oil or slather a good amount of nail cream to keep the nails on your hands and feet safe.

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2. Make your skin colour-proof
Just like you would prepare your face, prepare your hands and feet. The rules remain the same. A thick layer of moisturizer followed by sunscreen. And if possible, wear socks and thin cotton gloves for that extra precaution.
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Most important, try to be as eco-friendly as possible. Remember that we too are a part of the environment which means if we harm the latter, we ourselves wouldn’t be immune to that harm. Play safe with natural or herbal colours. Go for flower petals instead of toxic commercial dyes. Also, avoid wasting water. Holi doesn’t have to be a mess. It can be fun even when we are putting ourselves at a lesser risk of damage.

Author Biography
D’ipanjenah Ali Ghoshal D’ipanjenah is an artist and designer from NIFT. Apart from painting and fashion, her appetite for creativity also encourages her to write poetry, blogs and papers. She also plays the guitar in her leisure time and loves reading. She is a traveller and coffee fanatic too. D’ipanjenah currently resides in New Delhi with her two year old cat!

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