Just follow these easy precautions to make the best of the festival of colours.

The festival of colours is right around the corner, and as careful as you can be with your own colours, you never really get to know the quality of colours people are applying on your skin.

It’s not uncommon for Holi colours to cause rashes, itching and irritation. More often than not, most of us are found with myriads of colours on different parts of the body many days after Holi.

So, to avoid looking like Oompa Loompas (read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) for the days after the festival of colours, or getting a horrid skin infection, take these precautionary measures before you step out and indulge in the play of colours.

Dress right

As obvious as this might seem, it’s advisable to wear long-sleeved clothing that’s preferably in dark colours. And whatever you do, stick to cotton–it’s safer for the skin, lets your body breathe and dries up quicker than every other fabric.

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Oil it up

And by ‘it’ we mean pretty much your entire body. Pick an oil that you know suits your skin type–olive or mustard–and apply it generously on all the body parts that you know are going to be exposed, especially your hair.

If the hair and body are oiled well, they won’t absorb the harmful colours as much. If oil seems a bit too far-fetched for the body, apply a thick layer of moisturiser.

Sunscreen is a must

You’re going to be out and about during the day, you’re going to get exposed to the sun. Just don’t forget to apply a thick layer of your high-on-SPF sunscreen on Holi, because you’ll be facing the sun much more than a regular day.

If you’ve noticed, colours are the hardest to get out of ears, cuticles and nails. So, it’s advisable to layer these parts with either Vaseline or any thick moisturising cream. Don’t forget to apply Vaseline between your fingers, and apply a thick coat of nail paint on your nails before stepping out.

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The sun is not your best friend

We understand that you have to move about, and cannot afford to avoid the sun (frankly, you shouldn’t, it’s Holi!), but once you’re so layered on with colours that you can’t recognise your own face in the mirror, try to avoid sitting in the sun. Once the colours get baked in the sun, they become even more difficult to get off the skin.

Keep yourself hydrated

Drink lots and lots of water before playing Holi. It keeps you hydrated, thus energetic and refreshed. Dehydration causes your skin to dry up, which can wreck havoc when met with harsh chemicals of the colours.

Source – IndiaToday