Holi is finally here after long dreadful winters. I just simply love Holi. The colors, food, all the mixed (hush hush) thandais, lip smacking sweets, crazy laughter riots, the madness and then wanting to just sleep it off under the warmth of the sun. But I have a love hate feeling with Holi. Inspite of loving all this, the worst part is coming back home and spending hours in the shower, trying to rid yourself of all the ‘pakka rang’. Ughhh…so annoying! Don’t fret, we got you covered. Just a little bit of effort in pre-holi skincare, will really save all the angst. Follow these simple home-remedies to protect your skin.
Pre Holi Skincare:
Oil it up! – Yes, oils are your best friend. Use any thick oil like coconut oil, olive oil, almond oil, or sunflower oil. Just make sure you heat up a small pan on high flame for a minute and turn it off; then pour the oil in the pan. Let it sit for about 5 mins. [Directly heating the oil will lose its nutrients and efficacy.] In the meantime, stimulate your scalp by adding moderate pressure with your finger tips to increase blood circulation and then apply the oil on the scalp, roots and strands. Make sure you pull your hair back in a way that the scalp isn’t visible and tie it up in a bun. The oil layer will act as a barrier against the colors from settling into the scalp.
We know that we gotta do all this and also look good. Haha… who looks good on holi!? But a girl’s gotta do her bit, right? Now for your face and body instead of applying heavy oils, apply light oils like Hemp seed oil, Watermelon Seed oil, Rosehip Oil, Grapeseed Oil, or Safflower Oil. The lightweightedness of these oils, will absorb quickly into your skin, without making you look like a grease pan!
Stay away from the sun- Now I know this is tough. After playing with colors and water for hours, one feels the need to bask-in the warmth of the sun, especially after all the damp winter months. But that would be a big mistake. Sun is only going to seal in all the colors and dry it up, making it really difficult for them to wash off. So slather some sun-screen, but try and stay away from the sun. You are going to be playing the entire morning and afternoon. No sunscreen is going to last that long. Therefore, sit in the shade! Also, wear light, quick drying, cotton clothes which covers most part of your body. Shorts and gunjee will make you look cool only for a ‘short-period’ ;)
Hydrate – Very important. Please drink 1 glass of water for every glass of thandai ;) (if you know what I mean). Trust me, you will thank me the next morning!
Post Holi Skincare:
Cleanse- use oil cleanser or simple coconut oil and massage your face and body for a few minutes. Use gentle soap free cleansers to wash off the colors. Avoid scrubbing. If the colors are stubborn, its ok! Follow the same procedure for another 2 days, the colors will eventually come off. No point tugging and pulling your skin. In case of a reaction or allergy, just apply colloidal oats. Mix 2 tablespoon of oats in some distilled water and leave in your fridge overnight. Apply it on your face and body after a shower and rinse it off with distilled water. If you have dry skin, then just add a teaspoon of honey to this mixture. It is the most effective, gentle and natural way to treat a rash or any skin irritation.
Avoid Bath salts or Epsom salts- Ever wondered why a beach tan becomes more stubborn? It’s sitting under direct sun and then going for a swim. The sea water which has salt, locks in the tan, making it difficult to come off. So avoid adding any kind of salts to your shower routine for a few days.
Masking- An extra step would be to apply a mask. Add some honey and tomato/lemon juice to a cup of yogurt. Make a paste and apply on the face, body and hair and rinse it off with luke warm water.
Moisturize- Use a light moisturizer or a nice skincare oil. (Try our Superlunary or Superhero facial oils depending on your skin type. Check out our website for great offers.) Massage it into your skin and sleep it off. Oh and don’t forget to drink 2 glasses of water before hitting the sack.
Also, please avoid a facial, laser treatment, chemical peels, waxing or threading a day before holi. It will only make your skin more sensitive.
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