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Follow This Guide to Protect Your Skin and Hair from Holi Colours

Your complete skin and hair care guidelines for Holi

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Holi, the festival of colours is one of the most favourite festivals among all age groups. Pixabay

Holi, the festival of colours is one of the most favourite festivals among all age groups. The colours have a lasting impact on mind, mood as well as skin and hair. Following rituals and following small steps can help preventing damage to hair and skin, letting you enjoy without being worried about post-Holi rashes, dryness, irritation of the skin, dry lusterless hair, acne breakouts, burning, and red scaly skin.

According to Dr Smriti Naswa Singh, Consultant Dermatologist, Fortis Hospital, Mulund, here’s what will help you prep better for Holi.

Pre-Holi preparation:

Avoid bleaching or waxing or doing facial one week before and after Holi

Apply a thick coat of oil or petroleum jelly or cold cream on your skin; do not forget the lips, areas behind the ears, and the navel.

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Nail polish is a good idea to protect nails from Holi colors, that stain them Blue and Green. Pixabay

Oil your hair and beard too, liberal use is advised

Sunscreen should be applied in generous amounts on all sun exposed areas, 30 minutes before going out in the sun, and repeat every 3 hours if you are outdoors

Cover yourself with long sleeve clothes

Nail polish is a good idea to protect nails from Holi colors, that stain them Blue and Green

During Holi:

Prefer playing with dry colors and those that are certified esafe’, if using wet colours, opt for organic colors

Avoid colors which are actually Golden and Silver paints

Wash your skin immediately after you see the 1 st sign of irritation or itching

Keep the moisturizer handy, applying moisturizer immediately reduces irritation, and the coat of moisturizer protects topmost layer of the skin from irritants in the colors

Keep yourself hydrated, drinking water ensures that the deeper layers of skin are nourished

Avoid consuming too much alcohol

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Prefer playing with dry holi colors and those that are certified esafe. Pixabay

Post Holi cleaning ritual:

Take a bath while the color is still wet

Soaps vs. cleansers vs. ubtan – ubtan-like packs made of earthen clay (Multani Mitti) or a combination of Wheat flour, Curd, Haldi can be applied all over the body to remove the color. This ensures the skin doesn’t get too dry as against using the soap, as its detergent action might dry-out the skin.

Lukewarm water always helps. Use cleansing milk and lukewarm water must be used on the face, as second wash after using the Ubtan. You can also apply a combination of sea salt, Glycerin and an aromatic oil to remove the colour.

Do not scrub, remove the Ubtan while it is still wet, this is especially important for those with acne prone facial and truncal (chest and back) skin

Shampooing is necessary to clean the scalp and conditioner will help condition and moisten the hair, preventing them from getting frizzy.

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Post bath:

Liberally apply moisturizer for the skin, and serum for hair Hand and foot cream should also be used specifically because these areas have maximum contact with colour. (IANS)

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Skincare Routine for Different Phases of Menstrual Cycle

Alter your skincare regime to follow your menstrual cycle

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There are a whole host of reasons why we suddenly breakout, but the main culprit is hormonal changes, especially throughout a woman's menstrual cycle. Pixabay

Within a 28-day cycle our complexion can change drastically; from crystal clear one minute, to pimples the next, super dry and flaky to oily and unpleasantly shiny. Whether you are a pimple popper or a diligent skincare devotee, we just cant win against the spots and zits that Aunt Flo brings in.

There are a whole host of reasons why we suddenly breakout, but the main culprit is hormonal changes, especially throughout a woman’s menstrual cycle, say experts.

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To understand the cause and amp up your arsenal to fight the zits, here are the stages of a menstrual cycle and changes our body goes through:

Stage 1: The Menstrual Phase (Day 1 to 5)

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You need to take special care of your skin during the first phase of your menstrual cycle. Pixabay

The first phase starts with day one of your period, and it tends to be the peak time of the month when we are most vulnerable to breakouts. During this time, our bodies start to produce excess oestrogen, which triggers the production of oil and sebum, and causes skin the main aggregators to spots. Try to battle the sluggishness of the body that accompanies during such time and take care of skin by gently exfoliating and cleansing the face, especially the T-zone, which is often the main problem area as it is the most oily, as well as our chin, and around the nose too.

Stage 2: The Follicular Phase (Day 5 to 15)

The midpoint in a woman’s cycle is when we notice our skin has become dry and flaky, in comparison to the week before, which left us feeling like a grease ball, all because our oestrogen levels have dropped.

During these 10 days our skin, and body, is crying out for some extra TLC. Say yes to hydration for repairing the skin’s barrier after a week of going through the volatility of hormones in the first phase.

Hydrating masks, deeply nourishing moisturisers, vitamin sprays, and simply drinking all the H20 will work wonders on the skin and help to achieve the desired glow.

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The last stage of your menstrual cycle gives you a glowing skin. Pixabay

Stage 3: Luteal Phase (Day 15 to 28)

In the last leg of your cycle, and the prime time to show off your radiant skin in all the selfies your camera roll can handle.

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During these two-weeks ahead of your next period your blood circulation will increase, thanks to oestrogen, which instantly leaves us looking fresh faced with a bit more colour in our cheeks. Although oestrogen will start to rise again it is not to the point where our face becomes too oily.

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Our skin in this fortnight will easily absorb ingredients, which is why we still need to be mindful of what we put on our skin, and in our bodies too.

So, while you are tailoring your beauty routine, be a 10-step Korean-inspired regime or a simple CTM, try making changes keeping in mind the monthly cycle to retain the glow throughout the year. (IANS)