Dear readers, Happy Holi. The festival of joy, colours and good vibes is here. So, while you get ready with your water guns, balloons, colours, sweets and thandai and sharbat, do not forget to take care of your health. We know it may be the last thing on your mind as you’d just like to celebrate the festival in joy with your loved ones. But we also assume that developing allergic reactions would be the last thing you’d need. You wouldn’t want to report to work the next day with rashes and marks on your face. 

So, what do you do when hiding yourself is not an option? You exercise precaution. Here are a few tips that can help. 

Opt for natural colours:

One of the best ways to prevent allergic reactions during Holi is by using natural colours made from organic sources such as flowers, turmeric, and herbal extracts. These colours are free from harmful chemicals and are less likely to cause skin irritation or other allergic responses. Encourage your friends and family to embrace eco-friendly colours for a safer and more sustainable celebration.

Protect your skin:

Before stepping out to play Holi, apply a generous amount of moisturiser or coconut oil on your skin. This acts as a protective barrier and makes it easier to wash off the colours later. Additionally, wearing full-sleeved clothing and covering exposed areas can help minimise direct contact with allergens. Remember to choose breathable fabrics that won’t exacerbate skin irritation.

You can also apply aloe vera as it comes with anti-bacterial and anti-allergic properties, protecting your skin from rashes and allergies. Do this before playing Holi.

Stay hydrated:

Hydration is key to flushing out toxins from your body and maintaining overall well-being, especially during outdoor festivities like Holi. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to stay hydrated and support your immune system. Avoid excessive consumption of sugary drinks or alcohol, as they can dehydrate you and worsen allergic reactions.

Be mindful of food allergens:

Holi is also a time when people indulge in a variety of festive treats and delicacies. If you have food allergies or intolerances, be cautious about what you eat and drink. Check the ingredients of sweets, snacks, and beverages to ensure they don’t contain any allergens that could trigger adverse reactions. Consider preparing homemade dishes using fresh, allergy-safe ingredients to enjoy a worry-free feast.

Limit exposure to pollutants:

In addition to colours and food, environmental pollutants can also contribute to allergic reactions during Holi. With increased outdoor activities and gatherings, air pollution levels may rise, aggravating respiratory issues in sensitive individuals. To minimize exposure, try to celebrate Holi in well-ventilated areas away from busy roads or industrial zones. If possible, wear a mask to filter out pollutants and protect your airways.

Rinse Off thoroughly:

After the festivities, make sure to rinse off the colours gently yet thoroughly using lukewarm water and a mild cleanser. Avoid scrubbing too harshly, as it can irritate the skin further. Pat your skin dry with a soft towel and apply a soothing moisturiser to replenish lost moisture and nourish your skin. Pay special attention to sensitive areas like the face, neck, and hands.

Don’t forget to protect your eyes and hair 

Yes, you wouldn’t want to develop skin rashes, but what about scalp and eye infections? Holi colours may not be kind to your eyes and hair, so you have to have your armour. It is suggested that you wear sunglasses and apply oil to your hair to minimise the damage.

Holi aftercare tips to remove colour 

Holi colours can be stubborn, it can be a struggle to get rid of them even after several washes. In those cases, you can consider the following skincare tips. 

To remove stubborn colours, use milk as a face pack

Milk is rich in vitamin A, which treats dry and oily skin. It removes the debris that clogs pores. Additionally, it contains lactic acid, which kills the microorganisms that cause skin issues and closed pores. Apply a paste made of milk and besan to your face. Wait for 10 minutes and then wash off.  While you are applying the pack, scrub gently in a circular motion. 

If your skin is itching, apply ghee 

If you experience a burning and itching sensation on the skin after applying colours, you must wash off your face. Following that, apply some ghee to the area to get relief. 

Closing thoughts 

As we immerse ourselves in the vibrant hues and festive cheer of Holi, let’s not forget the importance of prioritising our health and well-being. So, let’s dive into the festivities, play with colours, and cherish the moments with loved ones, all while staying safe and allergy-free. Wishing you a vibrant and allergy-free Holi!

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