Are you excited about the vibrant festival of colours? Young or elderly, Holi is one day when everyone has a wonderful time! But in the midst of all the fun, it is important to be careful, alert and assertive. Let’s have fun in a way that doesn’t harm us or our environment!
How to take care of yourself this holi?
If you are going to play with colours, then you have to follow a few essential healthcare rules. Everyone’s skin and eyes are vulnerable to chemicals. Usually, most people purchase colours that are chemical-based that could cause serious damage to your health.
So what should you do?
First things first. Your face more than any other part of the body faces the brunt of enthusiastic hurling of colours. So you need to adopt these measures-
- Care for your face and eyes
- Smear coconut oil thickly around your eyes. Seems strange? Actually, the area around your eyes is particularly delicate. Applying coconut oil will create a layer between your skin and the colours so that they cannot seep into your skin.
Another benefit of applying coconut oil is you will be able to wipe off any colour easily without it entering your eyes. (Did you know that coconut oil is a terrific make-up remover).
- Rub moisturizer or cold cream onto your face. Since coconut oil for the whole face is not a good idea, moisturizer will do the trick. This will shield your facial skin from direct contact with chemicals.
- Wear an old pair of spectacles or sunglasses when you play holi to prevent colours from getting into your eyes. And if they do enter your eyes, make a dash for the washroom and splash your eyes with water repeatedly.
- Make a solution of water and rose extracts and wash your eyes with it after you’ve played with colours. Rosewater can soothe any eye agitation.
- Be prepared for the possibility that your eyes might sting. So before going out refrigerate a few slices of bread. And once you come back it, use the freezing bread slices as a cold compress on your eyes. It works wonders!\
- Haircare this Holi
- Just like your face, your hair too needs protection from chemicals which can permeate into your hair and scalp to trigger allergies, hair fall and even dandruff. Coat your hair with a layer of hair oil. Hair oil won’t allow the colours to linger on your head and will make washing them off easier.
- Clean your hair with a mild shampoo and warm water afterwards. Check in the mirror after washing to see if any traces of colours are still present on your scalp, if yes then wash again.
- Moisturize your hair with gentle hair oil or hair serum before you go to bed.
Tips to a healthy Holi
- Wear outfits that cover your body as much as possible to limit exposure to harmful chemicals.
- Eat healthily. People tend to gorge on unhealthy sweets on the day of Holi. While we are not suggesting abstinence altogether, try to opt for healthier sweets. What sweets qualify as healthy?
- Jaggery and coconut ladoos
- Sweets made from dates, nuts and oats
- Ragi halwa
Eating too many unhealthy sweets even if it is just for a day can make your blood sugar fluctuate.
Spare a thought for the environment
Let this Holi be a responsible festival of colours. Our actions are pushing the environment closer to destruction. Let us play Holi more sensibly and without harming the environment or the defenseless animals. Let us look at how playing Holi could hurt the environment.
- In some parts of India, people light a bonfire (Holika Dahan) which emits carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and other harmful substances into the air that contributes to air pollution. Avoid lighting bonfires.
- Have you noticed that at the end of the day, the streets are awash with colours? The chemicals from these colours seep into the groundwater and cause water pollution. To prevent this, use herbal and organic colours that are free from chemicals.
- Setting off firecrackers during holi causes both air and noise pollution.
Please note that coronavirus cases are on the rise in India, so avoid being in crowded places during Holi to reduce your risk of contracting it.
Celebrate Holi 2020 safely to ensure you and your loved ones remain happy and healthy.