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Festivals are an integral part of our cultural heritage. Holi is one of the most colourful and vibrant festivals of India and everyone enjoys it and everyone likes to celebrate Holi without keeping any grudges in the heart.
And while the bhang and gujiyas, the singing and dancing, the masti with colours are great fun, the outcome can sometimes be unpleasant with serious damage to skin, and discoloration of hairs, dermatitis, abrasion, irritation, itching, rashes, eczema and dryness
We all know that Holi color contains various metals and one of them is chromium which can damage our skin. Many people suffer from skin damage, rashes and boils after Holi.
Another hazardous chemical compound known as Copper Sulphate is a can lead to redness, damage and in some extreme cases blindness in the eye.
Harsh chemicals used in Holi colours can cause a lot of damage to our hair and scalp. These chemicals cause dryness and itching of scalps and also hair falls. Now days with trend of coloured hairs this effect can be multifold.
Although it does not sounds good but pregnant women should avoid playing Holi. Lead oxide which is integral part of many colors can cause miscarriage..
Chemical in specific colours can trigger asthma. Asthmatic patients should exercise caution while playing Holi with colours.
Exposure to chemical-laden colours can also cause skin cancer.
Precautions for Holi
On the eve of ‘Holika Dahan’, one must maintain a distance from the fire. Make sure that your kids are also at a safe distance from the flames, in order to avoid any kind of injuries.
The official drink of Holi, bhang, when consumed in large quantities can lead to increased blood pressure and a hike in heart rate. Drink in moderation and avoid mixing it with alcohol.
There is so much food adulteration during the festivals. The sweets and snacks are all adulterated and stale. Thus, do not forget to check the purity of the food items and sweets you buy. Always check the expiry date and if possible taste them before buying.
Not just this, make sure you wash your hands properly before eating anything. Besides this, do not play with colours where there is food. Also, do not eat too much junk and fried food.
Stay hydrated by drinking water before, after and during the festivities. Water keeps the harmful chemicals from being absorbed into the skin and also helps get rid of excess toxins
-It is very important to prevent harmful chemicals from penetrating into your skin. When you are all set to play with Holi colours on the next day, make sure you apply moisturiser or oil(Castor oil) on the entire body. This creates a layer of protection all around the skin. Applying oil or moisturiser helps to save the skin from the harmful impacts of chemical present in the colours
-Also Use water-proof sunscreen for sun damage
-Don’t forget to dab some oil behind your ears, earlobes and nails as these are the places where colours tend to settle easily.
-Prepping your hair with oil is a must a night before Holi. Massage your scalp and hair with Castor oil. Add lemon for sensitive scalp. By doing this, the oil will provide extra nutrition that won't dry your hair due to colors. Tie your hairs properly and if possible cover them with some bandana/hat/shower cap.
-Make sure you wear something that completely covers your body. This will help the body to have an outer layer of clothes to save the skin from coming in contact with the colours.
-Make sure you wear sunglasses before playing with colours. Do not use contact lenses while going out on Holi. In case the colour gets into your eyes, wash them properly till you feel relaxed.
-If someone tries to colour you, cover your eyes and lips properly. This will help to prohibit the flow of colour into your eyes and mouth.
-Save your nails by applying a nail colour to them. The stains of colour will automatically fade off by doing this.
Post-Holi skin and hair care regime
Do not rub your skin vigorously with soap to get rid of the colors. Use a mild which has moisturizer and cleansing properties.
Follow the above by applying 2 tbsp Olive oil mixed with 10 drops of Turmeric essential oil on your skin. Being lightweight, Olive oil will easily get absorbed and the richness of Vitamin E and antioxidants will protect your skin from dryness by deeply conditioning it. The anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties of turmeric essential oil will help soothe sunburns caused while playing Holi.
Once your hair is completely dried apply Olive oil to your hair and massage it thoroughly and wash it next day. This oil will make your hair healthier, stronger and shinier, controls fall, exfoliates scalp, helps you get rid of dry scalp, flakes and restores damage like frizzy hair.
To hydrate your hair further, you should apply Citronella Essential oil mixed with your after wash hair serum. This essential oil will conditions your hair strands and makes it rich in volume, frizz-free, soft and healthy.
After taking a bath, apply a hydrating moisturiser to your skin. Replenish and rejuvenate your skin after the festivities with lots of moisturizer or a homemade face pack of gram flour (besan) and curd or cream (malai). An oil massage (coconut, olive or mustard oil), plenty of water and a good amount of rest should have you in good form sooner than later.
Immediately visit the specialist (Doctor) if you find any problem as listed in this article. Visit https://www.viecare.in to book appointment.
Identifying safe colors
Now we have read harmful effect of synthetic color we need to learn how to buy safe colors?
Buy colors from trusted shops and read the ingredients on the packet
Smell- Should not have any petro chemical smell.
Dissolve in water- Chemical colors will not dissolve completely
Visuals-Organic colours will not have shiny particles. If the colour you are buying has shiny particles in it, that means it contains silica.
Shades of color-Organic colours do not come in dark shades. Shades of black, dark purple and silver are not natural.
Please also ensure that you don’t waste too much of natural resources like water and respects all forms of life like dogs, cats cows etc and avoid putting colours on them.
Have a wonderful, colourful, healthy and safe Holi
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