The Beauty Survival Guide to: Holi Festival

There's no no better way to welcome spring than by playing with colours during the Holi Festival. However, the coloured powders can seep into your skin, hair and nails, and cause some damage. Even the natural pigments of turmeric, henna and marigolds can tint your skin for days if precautions aren't taken. But don't worry, there are always ways to protect yourself and we've got your back with a handy Holi Festival survival guide:

  1. Before venturing out to the festival, apply a good sunscreen at least half an hour prior. You're going to be playing out in the sun for a while and should protect yourself with some SPF. This will also provide a barrier to prevent the colours from soaking into your skin's pores.
  2. Once the sunscreen has set, protect your skin by applying a generous layer of oil over your face and body. You can use coconut oil, olive oil, or almond oil. This will add another protective layer between your skin and the colours. You should also use the oil on your hair and scalp for added protection, and don't forget to use a good lip balm on your lips. If oil isn't your thing, petroleum jelly works well too.
  3. Wear protective clothing. Yes, you may be celebrating spring but this isn't the same as a day at the beach. Wear clothes that cover most of your body and while you're at it, it's a good idea to cover your hair with a bandana or a scarf as well. Do not wear contact lenses, jewellery or your favourite items of clothing. Only wear clothes you're prepared to toss afterward.
  4. Don't forget to protect your nails. The colours can have damaging effects on your nails and cuticles. Cover them with a nail polish. It can even be clear polish (for the guys) as long as it covers the nails and extends down over your cuticles.
  5. And finally, before you step out the door, remember to wear protective glasses over your eyes. It's not foolish to consider wearing goggles. The powders can be very irritating, leaving you with red and swollen eyes.
  6. Once the fun is over, wash away the colours using gentle cleansers. Consider applying milk to your skin after cleansing and leaving it on for 30 minutes before rinsing to soothe the skin of any irritation. If that doesn't work, try scrubbing affected areas with nail polish remover. Hair should be rinsed completely with water and apply a clarifying shampoo.

If, after all this, you still have some colour on you, you might as well work it and wear it like a champ. Because, well, you went, you coloured and you survived Holi. Pat yourself on the back. Happy Holi!