Holi is a popular Hindu festival celebrated across India. It is all about enjoying, having fun and playing with colors. as much as everyone loves to play with colors, it cannot be ignored that they are quite harmful to our skin and hair as well. Traditionally, flowers were used to make colors but eventually with time they have been replaced with artificial colors.These synthetic colors contain harmful chemicals, metals, acid, mica, glass powder and hazardous alkalis etc. Playing Holi with such harmful colors can result in itching, dryness, erosion of skin and eczema and other harmful effects. Thus it is very important to take care of your skin and hair after playing Holi and you can, by following simple tips shared with us by Rashi Bahel Mehra, founder of Alanna, which is a wellness and skincare brand. Here are few tips that you can take post-Holi to retain the freshness and glow of your skin and hair.  (ALSO READ Natural Colors for Holi: 5 Natural, Skin-Friendly Colors You Can Make At Home For Holi).

It is very important to wash off the dry color from the skin. To be sure of getting rid of the colors you can use some baby oil or coconut oil on parts where you still have colors and keep it for 5-10 minutes. Then wipe it off either with a wet tissue or a damp cloth.

Avoid using soaps or face-wash as they are alkaline in nature and will dry your skin. Rather treat your skin with try home remedies such as a mix of besan, curd, turmeric and honey to clean your body and face. (ALSO READ Holi 2018 Skincare: 5 Tips to Protect Your Skin from Harmful Colors This Holi).

It is advisable not use any kind of scrubs and exfoliators on your body and face as it would be very harsh on your skin because it might have got dry already due to the effect of colors.

Lastly, you can apply Aloe Vera gel as a natural moisturizer immediately on the damp skin as it will help to seal the moisture. It will also help in preventing itching and infections. You can also opt for natural and organic products to moisturize your skin.

Your hair is equally affected by the colors and so it needs equal attention. Here are few tips to take care of your hair after a fun-filled Holi:

Brush off the dry colors that must have been accumulated in your hair. Stand under running water for 10 minutes and let the colors wash off from your hair. Gentle rub on the scalp is good to loosen up the formation of clots blocking the pores.

To get rid of wet colors, first rinse hair thoroughly with ‘cold water’. You can then apply a homemade mask. (Recipe is given below).

1/2 tbsp. olive oil

1 tbsp. coconut oil,

1 tsp honey

1 tsp yogurt.

Make a fine paste by blending all ingredients, apply it on your scalp and hair and leave it for an hour. Then, wash it off. This will deeply condition your hair.

Use a mild natural cleansing shampoo or baby shampoo as they are gentle and free of chemicals. Don’t fret if the color does not leave in one go as it takes few days for the hair to retain its natural shine.

After a hair wash, apply a serum all over the length of your hair and leave to air dry.