India is a land of festivals and we celebrate every occasion with great zeal and vigour. This whole week would witness Holi Celebration in different parts of the country at different time periods. Although ‘Holi’, the festival of colours, signifies peace and harmony, we cannot ignore the negative incidents that occur in the veil of Holi. Here are a few tips & tricks to enhance your Holi Celebration and minimize any side-effects or negative impact on your body, health and well-being.
- Purchase organic colours ONLY as the chemical ones can severely damage your skin including skin and eye infections or even partial blindness depending upon the level of toxicity and exposure.
- Don’t forget to wear your sunglasses, it would prevent the colour from getting into your eyes.
- Put clear nail paint on your nails to avoid staining.
- Keep yourself surrounded with family and friends when you celebrate at places other than your home or office. Don’t leave your children unattended. This would prevent any mishappenings.
- Wear full sleeved cotton clothing to minimize chemical exposure. You can also wear a cap to protect your hair. Remember to apply oil or lotion to your hair and skin to ensure easy removal of colours and prevent the colour from penetrating into skin cells.
- Understand the difference between enjoyment and harassment. If anyone is not willing to play Holi with you, do not force them or rather take advantage of the occasion.
- Be cautious about the food items that you consume, some may have ‘bhang’ in it.
- Play with only colours (no metallic colours) and water and not materials like mud, eggs etc.
- Do not get an overdose of ‘bhang’ products or alcohol. Remember, ‘Holi’ is an occasion of peace and harmony, and not an excuse to misbehave and harass others.
- Refrain from hair and skin treatments both before and after Holi at least for a week.
- Be cautious while running on wet floor.
- DO NOT PUT COLOUR ON ANIMALS. They cannot wash them off. The chemicals can damage their skin too.
Tips to remove the colour easily:
- Dust off the colour from your clothes using a dry cloth.
- Use dry cotton pads to remove ‘gulal’ from your skin.
- Wash off the colour using lukewarm water.
- Exfoliate using a loofah for effective removal of colour.
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