Holi is the most loved festival across India and people celebrate the same very enthusiastically. While doing so, they forget that the colors used can cause skin allergies, rashes and may increase existing allergies. Colors these days are synthetically made and have toxic materials in them.
To safeguard your skin, it is advised you wear full-sleeve clothes. For the rest of the exposed skin, applying coconut oil or olive oil can be of great help. Do not forget to apply oil on the earlobes, nail crevices and behind the ears. Oil acts as a barrier and protects the skin from the harmful effects of the colors. Apply oil in hair as well as it will make it easier for the color to be removed later. To protect your eyes, wear sunglasses as colors can get in the eyes as well and can cause redness and itching.
When removing the color, do not rub your face and body forcibly as it will cause even more damage to the skin and hair. We suggest you use a gentle soap and shampoo along with a moisturizer after bath. Do not panic if the color doesn’t come off as it will fade off eventually, leading to normal skin color.
A week before the festival, try to avoid saunas, scrubs or any the parlor activities which make your skin even more sensitive. In case of an allergy, take an anti-allergy medicine and apply soothing calamine lotion. If it doesn’t get better, consult a dermatologist.