The festival of colors, Holi, is just around the corner. The streets across India will be filled with colors and bring merriment into the life of everyone. So Lets talk about some Holi Skin Care Tips.
Holi is celebrated on the full moon day of the Vedic month of Falgun. This year, it falls on March 21st. The festival of colors marks the end of cold days and the beginning of summer. Even nature is springing up a variety of colorful surprises with flowers ready to bloom everywhere.
Just like nature, our bodies are also going through subtle transformations from hair to skin. The sudden rise in temperature and humidity can bring about a lot of changes. Spring also brings within an array of infections due to the sudden increase in bacteria that had been dormant in the winter months. Thankfully, Ayurveda knows everything about combating these conditions in a natural way.
Holi and Ayurveda
Traditionally, the Holi powders were prepared from Ayurvedic herbs like Neem or Henna for Green color, Kumkum, and Raktachandhan for Red, Haldi for Yellow, Jacaranda flowers for Blue, Amaltas, marigold and Yellow Chrysanthemums etc. All these powders have Kapha-reducing property and help detox the skin or help get rid of its toxins.
Colors also have a deep association with the seven chakras of the body. It is said that every chakra possesses a color and playing Holi with colors has an impact on our body’s energies. They can help clear negative emotions and restore positive energy and balance. This ultimately leads to the restoration of the three doshas i.e. Vata, Pitta, Kapha.
Holi Skin Care Tips
These days a lot of colors tend to be chemical which can do more harm than good. They can wreak havoc on the hair and skin when you’re playing out in the sun. These skin care tips can help you minimize the ill-effects, should you be smeared by chemical colors. Try these and enjoy a healthy, colorful, natural Holi.
Before you Play
- Apply a gentle, light oil on your hair so that the holi colors do not penetrate the shaft of the hairs. Cold-pressed Almond oil from Sutatva is a great option to take care of your hair.
- For the face, use a good moisturizing lotion and protect with a good sunscreen with SPF more than 30.
- Make sure you use a moisturizer or cream all over the body. Rub a generous amount into drier areas like elbows, knees where dry skin can accumulate more color. Using a moisturizer prevents colors from penetrating deep into the skin.
- Remember to protect your lips and nails too by coating them with petroleum jelly or lip balm. Dab a good cuticle oil or sweet almond oil over the nails.
- While playing Holi, if the color gets into your eye, avoid rubbing them and splash water immediately. Then use a dropper to apply Rose Water to your eyes to soothe them. Try Sutatva’s Organic Rose Water to cool down the irritation.
After Playing Holi
- Cleanse your skin gently using circular upward massaging strokes. You can use an oil-based cleanser to remove colors. You can also try a simple home remedy to fade stubborn colors by mixing Gram Flour (Besan), Almond Oil and milk cream in Rose Water. Apply the paste on areas where the color is deepest. Once the paste is dry, gently rub on skin to remove it. You can also try our Ubtan which helps remove holi colors in an all-natural way.
- Moisturize your skin and apply an effective sunscreen after playing Holi. Sutatva’s UV Cream is an excellent, natural option.
- Wash hair thoroughly with a good shampoo and conditioner. Sutatva’s Healthy Root Sulfate-free organic shampoo is an all-natural solution for your hair.
- Use a body lotion after you shower.
- Remember to hydrate your cuticles with good cuticle cream and use a lip balm on your lips.
Enjoy a safe, colorful Holi and protect your skin from harsh chemicals. Make sure you try and buy only organic colors made from natural herbs. Wish you all a very Happy and Joyous Holi.