Playing with colours this holi? Follow these skincare tips

A sunscreen with a high sun protection factor of at least 30 would be good to apply on your skin before Holi. Photo: iStock/Ankit Sah

Holi, the festival of colours can be a lot of fun, but it can also affect your skin if the colours have harsh chemicals in them. From allergic reactions and skin irritation to staining and dryness, the potential impacts can depend on your skin type as well. However, a handful of tips can be followed before the festival to help your skin stay healthy even after the celebration. Here they are: 

Apply moisturizer generously: A hydrating moisturizer that suits your skin type can be applied all over your body. Make sure they are especially applied on the exposed skin of the face, neck, hands and legs. Also pay special attention to the dry areas of your body, like heels, elbows and knees. Almond oil, jojoba oil and coconut oil - which are often used as oil-based moisturizers - can also be excellent barriers that make it difficult to penetrate your skin.

A good sunscreen: A sunscreen with a high sun protection factor of at least 30 would be good to apply on your skin before Holi, as you may spend a lot of time outside in the sun. Start by applying on your face and move to other body parts, such as necks, arms and legs. After consulting with your skincare doctor, also apply on your scalp and hairline if you have short hair or a receding hairline. This can give a wholesome protection from sunburn. 

Protective clothing: Wearing breathable fabrics with full sleeves can protect your skin as much as possible from the harmful effects of colour. You can also consider wearing two or three layers of clothing if you are comfortable, as that would mean extra protection. Wearing a scarf, bandana or hat to protect your hair will also help your head from unnecessary sun exposure and colour stains. Remove rings, necklaces and other accessories too. Good sunglasses or any protective eyewear can also be an extra shield of protection for your body. 

Pre-hydrate your body: Start your day with water and continue to sip enough healthy liquids throughout the day. At least 8 to 10 glasses of water before leaving for the celebration would serve as adequate hydration. Also, have fruits and veggies with enough water content. Electrolyte-rich beverages like coconut water can also help replenish your body and regulate fluid balance. 

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