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Safety on priority during festival of colours

Safety on priority during festival of colours

Kolkata, Mar 19 (UNI) It's the week of celebrations in India and the vibrancy of colour is something that brings in a lot of positivity in our lives.

And Holi being the festival of colour is actually a day worth rejoicing.

The festival of Holi is predominantly a festival of fun. People spend a lot of their time during the festival days engaging in smearing colour on each other.

With the country gearing up to celebrate the festival of colours, Holi, the festivity and jubilation takes its toll on our skin and hair and urges us to re-think our plans to celebrate the festival this Thursday.

Dr. Madhumita Bhattacharya, consultant, department of dermatology, CK Birla Hospitals-CMRI have shared effective tips to avoid the side-effects of the colours.

She said the amount of colours and water one ends up playing with on Holi can have a serious toll on your skin unless you are well prepared in advance.

Dr Bhattacharya said, " For those who have dry or normal skin, one should apply oil on their face and body. Oil will act as a barrier between your skin and colours while keeping your skin moisturised all along.You can opt for coconut oil, castor oil and olive oil. "

" Also, you should not forget to moisturize to ear lobes and neck. Also, use a waterproof sunscreen to protect your skin from sun damage. "

“Drink lots and lots of water before playing Holi. It keeps you hydrated and you can feel energetic and refreshed. Dehydration causes your skin to dry and combined with harsh chemicals of the colour. Wear sunglasses and remove contact lenses before venturing outdoors. If colour enters the eyes immediately,” she said.

" Wear dark full sleeves cotton clothes which will cover your whole body and can protect you from direct harm of colours, unless organic. Synthetic would seem to be sticky on your skin when you will get wet and denims would be heavy once you have bucket full of water splashed on you. The rule you must follow during playing holi that the more you cover your body, the higher are the chances of saving your skin from colour harm directly,”Dr Bhattacharya said.

" If you want to protect your hair from every bit of colour, wearing a bandana would be a great option. It is very much in trend and enhance your look for the occasion. Hold your hair together and make a low bun then tie a bandana covering your complete head. This way you can protect your hair and can play safe Holi with your love ones.,” she said.

Dr Bhattacharya said the official drink of Holi, bhang, when consumed in large quantities can lead to increased blood pressure and a hike in heart rate. Drink in moderation and avoid mixing it with alcohol.

She said to avoid the dire consequences of synthetic colours and harsh chemicals, give yourself a thorough head massage with a coconut based hair oil.

“Coconut oil achieves up to 90 per cent hair penetration right through to the cortex, thus forming a protective layer around your hair, preventing it from the damaging effects of not only colour, but heat and dirt, because the molecules are arranged in a linear fashion and light chained. Therefore, it can pass through the outer cuticle,” Dr Bhattacharya added.

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