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he world we now live in, Holi is as much a festival of chemicals as it is of colours.

If you have sensitive skin and the idea of playing Holi is giving you jitters, here atre some tips to make the most of the festival.

Pankaj Chaturvedi, senior consultant dermatologist at Medlinks clinic, shares tips to protect your skin this Holi by using things that are easily available in your kitchen.

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Prepare your skin for the occasion by undertaking ways to minimise the damage:

– Apply a waterproof sunscreen on your skin to protect it from the sun.

Buy only natural colours which are skin-friendly. The best you can do is to play Holi with flowers and homemade colours so that your skin doesn’t get affected.

– Apply a thick coat of moisturiser or oil all over the body. The slipperiness of the skin prevents the dry colours from sticking to the skin and will ensure that the colours come off easily later.

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While playing:

– If you experience irritation in any part of the body, wash with cold water immediately. Pat dry and apply soothing calamine lotion. Avoid using a face wash.


Once the festivities are over, instead of spending hours in the shower, use these methods for easy removal of colours:

– If the colours don’t come off easily, do not rub or scrub the face over and over. The skin becomes dry and can also peel. One can use curd to soften the body and hair.

– Homemade ubtans like fuller’s earth and sandalwood powder are helpful to rinse off the colours.

– Prepare a paste with milk and turmeric powder. The paste works especially well for those with sensitive skin and will provide necessary nourishment.