Follow this skincare routine while immersing in Holi festivities

- March 25, 2024
| By : Stuti Nanda |

Stay hydrated, apply sunscreen and moisturiser before playing with colours; protect lips and hair with coconut oil. Beware of toxic sprays causing eye and skin issues. Consult a dermatologist before trying trendy skincare acids like AHAs and BHAs

Students playing Holi

Holi, the festival of colours, is celebrated with immense joy and pleasure. From colours in the air to water splashes on your skin, it is not only a delight to be a part of but a visual treat to behold.

However, at times, people are so engrossed in the festivities that they forget about the basic hygiene protocols. Accidentally inhaling hazardous sprays or letting toxic colours stick to the skin, revellers tend to take it easy when caring for their skin during these Holi celebrations.

Dr Neha Khuraana, a renowned dermatologist, shared some tips on how to take care of oneself while celebrating the festival. “First and foremost, remember to stay hydrated, as drinking plenty of water in the days leading to Holi will keep your skin hydrated from the inside out. Secondly, before stepping out to play Holi, apply a layer of moisturiser all over your body and do not forget to top it with sunscreen, especially on your exposed areas. Do not forget your lips in the process, as it creates a barrier against colours and UV rays. Lastly, do not forget your hair. Apply a generous amount of coconut oil on the scalp as well as the hair length; not only does it protect the hair, but it also makes it easy to wash off the colour later.”

Khuraana highlights how toxic sprays and colours damage our skin, saying, “Skin, eye, and respiratory tract are the three primary organs prone to injuries from toxic sprays. The most common of them all is eye injury. Resulting from directly spraying into one’s eye or inadvertent rubbing of coloured fingers, the chemicals present cause severe irritation to the cornea, which may also lead to keratitis.”

She concluded by commenting on the ongoing trends of AHAs and BHAs being used solely by social media influence. She said, “While everything on social media looks persuasive, one must always consult a dermatologist before incorporating AHA and BHA, two types of exfoliating acids commonly used in skincare to improve skin texture and appearance.” She advised, “While these do offer numerous benefits, they can cause side effects if not used properly. Common side effects include mild redness, dryness, or sensitivity. Introduce these acids gradually into your routine, starting with lower concentrations and frequency.”