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Skin and Hair Care Tips For Safe Holi

Traditionally, Holi is a festival that celebrates the return of spring – and people played with colours made from the flowers of those trees. However, over the years, the natural colours gradually came to be replaced by cheaper industrial dyes which may contain chemicals and toxins, grease and grime, oxidised metals and sometimes-even glass! This has a negative health effect on people in form of skin rashes, allergies, dry brittle hair, eye injury etc.

Examples of Harsh Chemicals in Colours :

Green (Copper Sulphate) - Skin Allergy and Eye Puffiness

Silver (Silver Bromide) - Carcinogenic

Blue (PrussianBlue) - Contact Dermatitis

Red ( Mercury Sulphite) - Skin cancer

Water Colour (Gentian Violet) - Contact Dermatitis

Gulal can also be mixed with lead, chromium, nickel or silica which can make skin dry and photosensitive (leading to sunburn)

The skin is the largest organ of the body is the most traumatized at the expense of our joy. A lot of people instead of taking precautionary steps crib on how 'bad' the skin has become or rush to a dermatologist with a rash. We want you to stop worrying about skin and hair during Holi 2022 and go out and enjoy this day Because our Dr Ritupurna Dash MD Dermatologist helps you by sharing skin and hair tips on how to take good care of your skin and hair while playing Holi.

Here are some FAQs that might help you get answers to protect your skin while playing HOLI :

Q1. Do I use sunscreen?

Yes! Use a good water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF 30 + and PA+++ rating, 30 minutes before you get out to play colours. If possible reapply sunscreen every 3 hours.

Q2. Any other way of protecting the skin?

Colours are all chemicals and even “organic colours”. Apply coconut oil liberally all over body and hair irrespective of skin/hair type. Apply Vaseline inside nails, feet, elbows, at the back of the ear. It will create a layer of protection preventing the colours from seeping into the skin. Wear a bandana and cover your hair.

Q3. Things to follow while playing Holi?

For as long as you can stick to dry colours. Avoid getting wet unless you have to get wet! Wet skin is more porous. This means that the colours tend to seep in more and get absorbed quickly.

Q4. How to wash the colours off?

Just before your cleansing reapplies a layer of coconut oil for 10 minutes. Use lukewarm water and use a pH balanced body wash according to your skin and gently try to dislodge the coloured particles off of your skin. Do not use pumice stones or loofahs! Do not scrub! Scrubbing your skin will cause micro-trauma thus inviting an itchy rash. Follow the Holi Skin Care Tips and enjoy the festival.

Q5. What to do when you develop a skin rash or allergy?

If the colours react, they should be immediately washed away with running water. In case of any irritation or burning, calamine lotion can be applied. If the irritation persists, or their eyes or lips swell; consult a dermatologist urgently. Please do not apply OTC creams for the same, which may do more harm than good!

We hope the skin and hair care tips mentioned above will help you to play a safer Holi. In case of any skin allergy issues, you can visit our website and book an online consultation for allergy-free skin.

Wishing you all a day full of 'Holiness!

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