Holi Safety Tips

The Holi countdown has begun. Everyone is eagerly awaiting the long weekend ahead. Going wild is very much the essence of Holi, and most of us enjoy this festival just because it offers the opportunity to throw restraint out of the window for a few hours. Here are a few tips and suggestion to make your holi safe and joyous. Play safe. Don’t get to boisterous and do not let others to be rude on you.

So why not prepare yourself for the inevitable onslaught of water and colour? While colour is the essence of Holi, the skinfriendly natural dyes used a decade ago have now been replaced by synthetic dyes that have toxic effects. To minimise the potential effects of these on the skin and hair, it’s best to take precautions.

Use natural / home made colours

  • The best option would be to play with natural home made colours. Your skin and hair will feel tampered with the use of skin friendly natural products.

  • If natural colours are not possible, then ensure a better quality of colours. Buy colours from a reputed shop or vendor.

  • Use more of red or pink colours which looks good and can easily taken off. Gaudy purple, green, yellow, orange have more harmful chemicals in them and should be avoided.

Alternatives to harmful colours. Here are  list of few things one can do at home:

  • Mix haldi powder with besan for a lovely yellow.

  • Slice a beetroot and soak in water for a deep pink.

  • Boil Marigold or Tesu flowers in water for yellow colour.

  • The other easy way to get a yellow liquid colour is to soak peels of pomegranate (Anar) overnight.

  • For an orange red paste, henna leaves (mehndi) can be dried, powdered and mixed with water.

  • Boil Tea or Coffee leaves in water. Cool it and use it.

  • The blue Hibiscus, which is found in Kerala, can be dried and powdered just like the red hibiscus, or crush berries of Indigo plant and add water to it as per the desired colour strength.

  • Safe black colour boil dried fruits of Indian Gooseberry (Amla) in an iron vessel and leave it overnight. Dilute with water and use.

Protect your face

  • Make sure that your face is well creamed before and after the play. If you apply cold cream, Vaseline, olive oil or coconut oil on body , half an hour before playing Holi then the hold of color on skin becomes weak.

  • Use dental caps to save your teeth from any unwanted stains.

  • Try to save yourself off from all possible attacks on the face. In case your such attempts fail, keep your eyes and lips tightly shut if you are attacked on your face.

  • If you are prone to skin allergies, avoid playing with colours altogether. Going to a dermatologist (skin specialist) serves no purpose, after the damage is done.

Protect your eyes

  • Make sure that powder or any other product does not get inside your eyes. Eyes are extremely vulnerable on Holi because of their strategic place in body and also because of the use of harmful chemicals in colors these days. Please ensure that your eyes remain protected at all times. Use a sunglass to protect your eyes from a misfire of colour filled darts or water jets.

Protect your hair

  • Oil your hair well, so that colour doesn’t stick on your hair and can be washed off easily later.

  • Cover your hair. Make use of hat or caps to protect your hair from being coloured with hard-to-rinse dyes.

Protect your fingers

  • Apply thick coating of paint on your nails- both in fingers and toes so that they remain protected.

What to wear

  • Put on your worst clothes so that you won’t have to take on the hassles of an immediate washing.

  • Rags like tattered denims and bright shades like black, blue, green, purple are highly recommended.

  • To keep your skin safe from colors, try wearing clothes which cover whole of your body. This way, less part of body will come in contact of colors.

Avoid peak hours / traveling

  • If possible avoid going outside your home, atleast for the peak hours of celebration. The premises of your home ensure that you are safe from pouncing hooligans, even friends who can be a little rough on the day.

  • When traveling keep the car windows thoroughly shut, even if you don’t have an AC car. Do not bump into the frenzied group of mob if you take to streets. Better you cross the road to the sidewalk across. Or, simply stay at a safe distance.

Avoid Dyes and other dangrouse items

  • Do not use permanent dyes. If someone has applied it on you, do not rub the face with soap immediately in order to get rid off it, especially when it is wet. Instead, use good quality cleansing milk for removal. It’s better than using soap, which will dry up your skin.

  • Rotten eggs when thrown on your head, flying missiles from locality buildings…are still not too bad, will be smelly yet is a good conditioner for your hair. But tar, shit, Mobil, stones and all the rubbish that you can be hit with is not. Avoid being a prey to hooligans.

  • Remember you also have police on your side and if any untoward revelers misbehave, you can make your complaint. Mark out the locality, building and if possible the person.

Other misc things

  • Avoid running on jumping on wet floors, so that you don’t slip and injure yourself. Bones are specially vulnerable on this day.

  • Avoid over indulgence in bhang, drinks or food… so that you don’t repent later.

  • Do not drive if you are high on alcohol or bhang.

After Holi celeration

  • On Holi, if a color is applied by rubbing, then use face wash instead of soap to remove it. But, do remember to remove the color gently from the skin. Rubbing and then washing can harm your skin.

  • Use ubtan / Mix gram flour, oil and milk cream in rose water. Make a thick paste of it and apply it on face, hand and legs. Let the paste dry. Then remove it by rubbing with hands. This way the color on skin can be removed.

  • Add half bowl of curd in two spoon of lime juice, and apply it on the areas having color. Then take a bath with normal or a little warm water. This way the color surely goes off.

  • Take a bath much later after the entire Holi celebration is over. Taking frequent baths, washing the face again and again, will ruin your skin. You will also lose hair, for too much soap/shampoo has a drying effect.

  • Make sure you use cold water for washing as hot water sticks the colour on the skin.

  • Don’t panic if the colours have dried, it will come off eventually with each shower.

Very important

  • Harsh chemicals in the colours can cause itching and rashes, which lead to eczema upon scratching. Contact dermatitis, abrasion, irritation, itching, dryness, pruritus and burning sensation are the other problems.

  • Keep handy pain killers, anti-oxidants, anti-allergic tablets if all the above tips have been disregarded.

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