Holi, India

Holi is as much a festival of fun, frolic, colours and merry making, as it's a celebration of everything that's lively and youthful. However, health must never be compromised for the sake of fun. Indian festivals are diverse and it's a joy to partake in every single tradition and custom related to them- Holi is no exception to this.

Photo Credit: d4hm3r

Photo Credit: d4hm3r

In fact, it's one of the most important Hindu festivals and is celebrated with much fanfare by the community, across the world. On the other hand, a lot of people also indulge in activities which aren't really safe and healthy.For example, using chemicals in colours is sadly very common during Holi. These chemicals might penetrate the top layer of your skin and cause a breakout of acne and rashes.

Here are some tips you must keep in mind to celebrate a safe and healthy Holi 2019:

Photo Credit: IndianExpress

Photo Credit: IndianExpress

1. Drink Plenty Of Water You might get dehydrated due to all the running around and chasing your friends that you are likely to do. Since Holi falls in a summer month, it's essential that you drink enough water.

2. Check Your Khoya For Purity Adulterated khoya and mawa are unfortunately common in the market during Holi time. Make sure you test these ingredients for purity before you put them in sweets.

Photo Credit: StudentUniverse

Photo Credit: StudentUniverse

3. Use Natural Homemade Colours Store-bough Holi colours may harm your skin and hair. Try and make natural colours from flowers like marigold and kitchen ingredients like sandalwood and turmeric.

4. Use Kitchen Ingredients To Remove Colour Avoid using harsh chemical shampoos and soaps to get rid of colour from your skin. Use ingredients like wheat flour powder and lemon to gently remove the colours.

5. Wash Your Hands Every Time You Touch Food Since a lot of the Holi colours are in the form of fine powders, they often tend to get mixed up in boxes of dry fruits, nuts and sweets that you put out for guests. Make sure you keep your food covered and also wash your hands properly every time you reach for that plate of goodies. One more important thing to remember is to prevent excessive wastage of water.

Photo Credit: Medium.com

Photo Credit: Medium.com

And I hear you worry for your hair and skin, but fret not! Here are some preventions and solutions to put your mind at ease.

Coconut Oil tends to form a layer on your skin and hair that helps the colour come off easily. Moreover, it is gentle and has hydrating properties, making it safe for any skin type. The easiest way to make sure that your skin and hair is safe is to apply layers of coconut oil on the exposed areas; prefer applying on the whole body, considering you may play with water too. Another way to secure your skin and hair from damaging is adding a tinge of lemon juice in coconut oil.

Photo Credit: Daved Lille

Photo Credit: Daved Lille

Lemon acts as a natural bleaching agent so it will act with coconut oil to scrape off the entire colour easily. Applying sesame seed oil on your body and face will not only remove the colours but also protect your skin from their harmful effects.

In order to remove these stubborn colours, make a pack using honey, papaya and fuller's earth and use it as scrub all over your body. This scrub is not only gentle on your skin but will leave no stone unturned to remove even the darkest of colours on the body.

Holi colours can be a nightmare for people with acne-prone skin. These colours often lead to rashes and irritation, which is why you should apply rose water on the affected areas. Its soothing properties will relieve the inflammation and reduce the chances of developing more rashes.