New Delhi: Busy collecting balloons, coloured powders and pichkaris for Holi? How about investing in some mild cleansers, oils and caps to protect your skin and hair from harsh chemicals and the sun? Most of the powders used in Holi are not derived naturally and contain chemicals like mica and even lead that not only irritate the skin but also collect on the scalp.
"While bathing, scrub the body with a loofah and remember to apply a moisturiser after your bath, while the skin is still damp. This helps to seal in moisture," suggested Hussain. Rana added: "One should avoid using hot water after playing Holi because it fixes the colour into the skin, making it difficult to remove." Hussain also advised adding lemon juice to a mug of water and using it as a last rinse to condition the hair. "This helps to restore the acid-alkaline balance of the scalp. Beer can also be used as a last rinse. In fact, it will soften and condition the hair. Add the juice of a lemon to the beer. Pour over the hair after shampoo. Leave on for a few minutes and rinse off with plain water," she said. A day after Holi, some people might have to deal with the effects of sun exposure, like dryness or tanned skin. For this, one can mix two tablespoons of honey with half a cup of yogurt and a pinch of turmeric to remove the tan, Hussain said. IANS
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