This Holi, Forget Skin-Care, And Focus Instead On Having Fun•
Back when I was in school, a couple of decades ago, Holi meant getting dirty. And I mean, you'd have to spend the next few days scrubbing yourself level of dirty. We ritualistically didn't shower on the morning of Holi, and would simply roll out of bed, wear our old, tattered clothes, and go out to get all sorts of things that weren't meant to be smeared on our faces, smeared on our faces. Egg, grease, mud, permanent markers, paint, you name it.
Holi was meant to be that one day when the rules of personal hygiene didn't apply, and we managed to drag the adults in the mess, too.
I don't recall too many incidents of the skin falling ill post-Holi. It was pretty much a given that we would all be in peacock colours for a few days, but no one really bothered with putting this product or that before and after the splash of colours. It just wasn't a thing.
Some people put oil in their hair, but those were people who anyway put oil in their hair on a regular basis. Some would go for a facial, but then again, for them, it wasn't a once-a-year affair. Some would slather on sunscreen, again... just like any other day. Holi special skin-care routine, to me, seems to be a product of Internet trends.
Those who are prone to rashes, acne, and allergies may find that these are aggravated thanks to the use of colours and whatnot. But, then, the Holi revolution that truly made a difference in this regard was the advent of organic colours. These (alleged) chemical-free products are the answer to those of us who would experience rashes or pimples, as a reaction to the chemicals. The key phrase here is, "those of us." Let's not forget that not everybody would face skin-care issues post Holi, even back when we would throw dirt at each other (quite literally).
It all boils down to skin-type, and your susceptibility to acne or rashes or other complications. The truth is, if you have sensitive or acne-prone skin, then there are a lot of things you should steer clear of, not just Holi colours. The irony here is that some of the recommendations for Holi skin-care routines on the Internet, include products that will, in fact, trigger acne, if you are prone to it.
Take applying coconut oil on face and hair, for instance. Oil is the last thing you should be using if you have acne, and yes, even on your hair. But, many beauty bloggers will tell you to put on a layer of coconut, or some other oil, to prevent the colour from staining your skin. Not only is this completely unnecessary (ref above where I talk about this being an integral part of Holi celebrations), the oil may also trigger a break out if you have acne-prone skin. But, if you don't know this, you will blame the colours. This is a crucial aspect of most skin-care recommendations that the Internet barfs at us - they lack adequate information on skin-type.
Skin-care is a daily affair, and not something that you ought to do occasionally, like on Holi, or before your wedding (there's a reason why Dermatologists don't offer "Bridal packages"). It is a habit one must cultivate, based on proper information about one's skin-type, and its needs. Everybody, regardless of skin-type, needs to cleanse and moisturise on a daily basis, using products that are meant for their particular skin-type. That's the bare minimum.
As for occasions like Holi, look at it more as an extension of your daily skin-care routine. If you do have sensitive or acne-prone skin, consult a dermatologist about what would be the best prevention strategy for you. And forget preventing colour stains - that's a mark of how well you celebrated the festival!
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