This Holi- Eat, Drink And Make Merry
What’s the first thing that comes to your mind, when you hear the word ‘Holi’?
8 out of 10 would say, Colors, of course. There would be some who would say, Food; and a large contingent of young would say, Drinks and Parties. Fair enough; after all that’s what the festival of Holi is all about: Eat, drink, and make merry. Right? Wrong; there are also those for whom the first though on hearing the word were issues like skin allergies, the pains of having to take the colors off after the festival, and the nightmare of that bad hangover the next day.
But all this can be avoided; well, reduced to a large extent at the least, if not completely avoided. Given below are some tips, tricks, and precautions, which will help you to go all out and enjoy the lovely, colorful festival in the true spirit it should be enjoyed; carefree and bindaas.
1. Oil your body
It’s proven that dry skin allows the chemicals present in the colors, to penetrate far easily and quickly. So, before you step out to celebrate, DON’T FORGET to oil your entire body thoroughly, especially places like back of the ear, in-between the finger lobes, and in and around your nails. The best oils to use for this are coconut, Vitamin-E, and Olive oil.
2. Paint your nails
This one is meant for the women (although, nowadays you do see some men with painted nails too). Paint your nails with the darkest shade available. This will help in ensuring that any external color doesn’t get seeped and settle in.
3. Go Herbal
Easier said than done; but as far as possible, use herbal colors. In the olden days, people used to make their own colors, using natural ingredients like Beetroot juice, Turmeric, Tesu and Marigold flowers etc. Now, we know it’s not entirely possible today, and so do the sellers; hence these colors are easily available online and also in your neighborhood market.
4.Choose your color
Once again, this one is easier said than done. After all the person who has come to celebrate Holi with you is not going to ask for your choice of colors; but as far as possible, stick to colors like red, and pink. Avoid others like green, black, and purple, as these are the ones which are susceptible to contain more harmful chemicals, besides looking dirty and being tough to take off later.
5. Keep covered
A dark colored, full-sleeved shirt, paired with an equally dark colored denim is the best outfit for celebrating Holi in. Also, it won’t be a bad idea to keep your eyes covered behind protective sunglasses, and your teeth behind dental caps. As they say, precaution is better than cure; but should you get the colors in your eyes, immediately wash them thoroughly with cold water, and see an eye specialist if the irritation persists. It won’t be a bad idea to keep your head covered in a bandana or even a cap.
6. Be Patient
Do not be in a hurry to take off the colors. Most of the dark colors available in the market today contain harmful chemicals like lead, and alkali. Do not try to rub them off immediately; instead let them dry for a while, and then gently rub them off using a cleansing milk.
In the next article, we’ll suggest some safe and gentle ways to take off all those colors from your body that you have enjoyed being put on. 😉
Do write to us in the comments box below, and tell us how you ensure a safe yet fun-filled Holi.