Holi is the festival of colours. It is celebrated with great joy and enthusiasm across India and other parts of the world as well. Well, Holi 2024 is just around the corner, it’s time to have a blast with colours, food, music, and dance. However, as you get ready to have a colourful celebration, don’t forget to prepare your skin for the same!
While it’s all fun and games to play with colour in so many forms, these can wreak havoc on our skin, causing redness, rashes, and breakouts. But that doesn’t mean you have to give up on your favourite festival. Simply know that it’s crucial to take extra care of your skin before, during, and after Holi to keep it healthy and glowing.
7 Tips to Protect Your Skin from Redness & Breakout During Holi
Holi is equivalent to a gala time with colours. However, to enjoy this festival without harming your skin, you need to take some measures. Here are some tips and tricks to protect your skin from any damage:
1. Prepare Your Skin Before Holi
One of the most important pre-Holi skin care tips anyone can give you is that you need to keep your skin barrier at its optimum health. It’s time to simplify your skincare routine. Skip the serum and spot treatment if you use any, as active ingredients present in them can be hard on the skin’s natural barrier. Now, simply cleanse your face with a mild cleanser. Avoid using harsh cleansers or exfoliators as these will open your pores making it easier for the colour to seep in. Post cleansing, apply a generous quantity of moisturiser. Then, top it off with some powerful sunscreen. Opt for sunscreens with an SPF of at least 30 with PA++ protection.
2. Cover Up Your Skin:
It is extremely important that you cover up as much of your skin as possible. Wear light and airy clothes that cover up most of your skin. Breathable fabrics will prevent your skin from getting irritated. Moreover, if the colours are put on your clothes and not directly on your skin, there’s a much lesser chance of them damaging your skin. So, always go for protective clothing when stepping out for a Holi party.
3. Avoid Wearing Makeup:
Makeup can clog your pores and lead to breakouts. Hence, try to avoid wearing makeup on the day of Holi. You can use a good BB cream with SPF 30 or higher, such as the Pond's Instant Coverage & Glow BB+ Cream. When applied before sunscreen, this provides another layer of protection to your skin. Now, if you really have to apply a foundation, go for oil-free and waterproof products as they are easier to wash off and won't clog your pores. Avoid using lipsticks or lip glosses as the Holi colours can get stuck in the cracks of your lips.
4. Play With Natural Colours:
Synthetic colours can prove to be harmful to the skin. Try to use natural and organic colours. Natural colours, made from flowers or herbs, are gentler as they don't contain harsh chemicals that can damage your skin. You can either buy such colours from the market or make them at home using various flowers such as marigold, rose, hibiscus, and others. These colours even smell better than those synthetic colours.
5. Use A Sunscreen Spray:
Now that the pre-Holi skincare prep is done, you must learn how to prevent Holi colour from sticking to your face. And the easiest way to do so is by keeping your barriers strong. Carry a sunscreen spray with you and keep cleaning your face in between playing sessions to touch up with the sprayable sunscreen.
If you’re wondering how to save skin from Holi colours, just protect your skin as much as you can, and don’t stress about the rest
6. Wash Off Colours Gently:
Once you’re back after the Holi party, gently wash off all the colour on your face. First, you can use oil-based cleansers or even coconut oil to easily wipe off the colour from your face. Then, double-cleanse your face with another mild cleanser.
You can even use a gentle exfoliator to ensure that none of the colours or their particles remains entrapped in your skin.
7. Hydrate Your Skin & Stay Hydrated:
Now comes the most important question - how to hydrate skin naturally? It’s simple. You can either apply an all-natural aloe vera gel to hydrate your skin naturally or go for a rich moisturiser that can compensate for all that your skin has lost in the Holi party. After this, amp up your skincare routine for a few days to ensure that your skin gets all the oils and nutrients that it has been stripped of. Now the question is - how to keep your skin hydrated? Drink plenty of water, before, during and after Holi, and always keep your skin moisturised.
That’s it! If you religiously follow all the 7 tips and tricks mentioned above, you’ll come out of the Holi party rejoicing in the festivities, and not worrying about your skin. Just remember that you should only use oil-free and waterproof products as much as possible. Similarly, don’t forget to apply a lot of coconut oil to your hair to prevent it from getting damaged. Happy Holi!