Skin And Hair Care Tips For Holi From Experts
Holi is one of the major festivals in India which is widely celebrated across the country with people indulging in their love for colours. However, in the midst of all the celebrations, comes the increasing concern related to the negative health implications of chemical colours on skin and hair. Traditionally, Holi was played with herbal and organic colours, but then industrial colours took over. As a result, the chemicals used in these colours started taking a toll on health.
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The number of skin and hair-related concerns that are reported in hospitals around the festival season have increased substantially in the past. Synthetic Holi colours contain cheap, toxic substances including mica, acids, alkalis, and pieces of glass, which ultimately affect human health. The industrial colours are so toxic in nature that they don't even degrade under normal climatic conditions and cannot be removed by normal washing and drying.
To tackle the negative effects of colours on your skin, Dr. Vaibhav Sharma, Eye specialist at VPS Rockland Hospital, suggests the following quick tips to be observed while playing Holi:
- Use herbal powder colours available in market which are made up of beetroot, flower, and henna as they have lesser side effects.
- If in case anyone becomes a victim of irritating toxic colours, then they should immediately wash their eyes with clean water or rose water and see a doctor without delay.
- It is best to wear protective glasses while playing with colours. In fact, people wearing contact lenses should never let colour come in contact with their eye otherwise it can lead to the formation of corneal ulcers.
Permanent vision problems, chronic irritation, redness, itching, swelling, weak eyesight and blindness are some of the common problems which people face after Holi. Proper precautions while playing with colours will be helpful in avoiding these problems.
Coming to hair care, Dr. Jasdeep Kaur, Dermatologist at VPS Rockland Hospital, shares some tips to avoid scalp allergies:
- Skin and scalp are the most sensitive and easily affected areas while playing with colours. Applying a thick layer of moisturiser or coconut oil on the skin and scalp respectively is the best precaution that can be taken.
- Non-herbal colours can easily lead to allergies, rashes, swelling, eczema, and irritation to the scalp. Add a few drops of lemon to the massage oil for added benefits.
- Some cases have been so serious that patients are kept on short course of steroids to get rid of such severe problems. The best solution would be to cover the hair with a bandana or scarf.
Tips For Buying Holi Colours:
- Say no to colours that are made of glass powder
- Ask only for organic, herbal or eco-friendly colours
- Do smell your colours; you can easily make out whether it is made of engine oil or other chemicals
- Before using, read the instructions and avoid colours which have specific industrial instructions
- Opt for branded and trademarked colours
- Dry gulaal is best; also avoid dark and strong colours
Have a happy and safe Holi, guys! :)