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Holi Hacks To Keep Your Skin Protect From Getting Damaged | Max Hospital

Protect Your Skin During This Holi With These Tips

By Dr. Ajita Bagai Kakkar in Dermatology

Mar 22 , 2024 | 1 min read

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Holi, the festival of colours, represents rejuvenation and renewal, as it paves the way to forget old beliefs and let go of negative emotions, and makes way for new perspectives and positive changes. So one must celebrate this festival joyfully! You should not be terrified by colours!

However, it is important to know the challenges of using colours for the festival. Synthetic colours contain heavy metals and can cause irritant and allergic dermatitis (rashes, itching, burning on the skin, brittle hair and nails), eye damage, cancer, photosensitivity, and even respiratory disorders. Often, the longer they stay on the skin, the more is the damage. Natural colours, made out of flowers do not cause any harm to the skin

You should know about the damage it may cause and take precautions to prevent adverse effects. Prevention is better than cure! Below are a few tips to enjoy the festival of colours responsibly:

  • People with atopic dermatitis, sensitive skin, dry skin, photosensitivity, Rosacea, Psoriasis, bronchitis and other allergic diseases should take extra precautions as the condition can flare up.
  • No facials, waxing threading, laser hair removal or any cosmetic procedures should be done at least 1 week prior to Holi.
  • Apply olive oil or moisturiser liberally all over the body and hair before playing with colours. This prevents them from coming in direct contact with your skin and mitigates allergic or irritant dermatitis.
  • Apply moisturiser or vaseline on and under the nails. This will prevent nails from getting stained.
  • Wearing protective clothing like water proof tights under clothes, full sleeves clothes etc is essential. 
  • Rinse out all the colours once you are finished playing.
  • Some household items like vinegar, lemon juice and olive oil can be used to remove colours.
  • Consider using a conditioner after shampooing and apply a generous amount of moisturiser after taking a bath. 
  • Syndets, gentle cleansers for face wash and PH balanced soap are recommended for bathing rather than using traditional soap.

  • In case you develop any redness itching, or rashes it is important to visit a dermatologist for the appropriate treatment .

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