Holi Skincare

Your Guide to a Glowing And Healthy Skin Pre And Post Holi routine

Dr. Sweta Rai, March 06
Holi is undeniably the most vibrant, energetic and colorful festival. Traditionally, it was celebrated with dry colors and buckets of water. Unfortunately, in today's scenario it comes with splashes of synthetic pigments which not only discomforts our skin, but may results allergic skin reactions, acne breakouts, frizzy hairs, irritated and dry eyes; moreover if we ignore, it can be harmful to our overall health. A little precaution goes a long way, with a modest care you can celebrate Holi with no worries, hesitations and free from problematic skin. Here are the care tips from the best for Holi skincare.

Pre-holi skin tips

Apply an oil-based layer all over your body, nails, cuticles and hair just a day before Holi. Stain your nails using organic turmeric paste so that the harsh chemicals of Holi colors don't get inside your nails. Oil creates a greasy protective layer as a barrier on hair and skin and helps the color wash out easily post the celebrations. Choose coconut, olive, almond and other oils depending on your skin type. These oils not only protect but also nourish and hydrate your skin preventing dryness.

Sun-protection cream

If you are playing Holi outdoors, you will experience sun tanning, damage and sunburn. Out on a sunscreen will ensure protection from harmful ultraviolet rays. Do not forget to protect your lips by applying a layer of Vaseline or petroleum jelly. Use a lip balm with an SPF too if possible. Try wearing long sleeved clothes and use of a nice long brimmed hats will somewhat offer protections.


It is also important to hydrate yourself with enough water, fruit juices and fruits with high water content to avoid dehydration when you are out in the sun. Juices and fruits help keep you hydrated and give your skin a healthy glow from the inside. It’s better if you don’t bleach, wax, thread or do chemical peels before Holi as your skin could get more sensitive to the colors and the sun exposure.

post-holi skin tips


It is vital to take care of your skin post Holi celebrations. Use mild cleanser, face wash and body wash thoroughly to cleanse your hair, face and body, ensuring to get rid yourself of colors in order to avoid acne, rashes and allergies post the Holi celebrations. Use good cleansing cream and oil that blends and works effectively on removing the leftovers of colors and harsh chemicals with minimum friction. Use a gentle clarifying shampoo to rinse color from hair. After shampooing, don’t forget to apply conditioner, do use a natural hair serum formulated by mixing base and essential oils like lavender or bergamot to relax your hair strands and reduce frizzy, dry and damaged hairs.


Apply effective, nourishing body lotions and good face moisturizer that matches well with your skin type. This will not only hydrate but also nourish and soothe your skin, resulting soft and supple as the skin tends to become dry due to excess colors and sun exposures. You can use mild steroids and antibiotic based creams if allergy happened due to harsh colors for a week. Also mix your moisturizer with a few drops of naturally extracted essential oils for a luxurious, lingering fragrance afterwards. Lastly you can use aloe vera gel as a sleeping mask before going to bed.

Sun-protection cream

Use a good and hydrating sunscreen which is best suited with your skin type. Apply generous amounts of sun protection cream on the face, neck, hands and the body. Don’t forget to reapply every 2 to 3 hours. Use long sleeved cotton clothes to cover most of your skin and hats to protect your skin.


Don’t forget to hydrate your body by drinking a lot of water throughout the day. Hydrate yourself with enough water, fruit juices and fruits with high water contents. Juices and fruits help keep you hydrated and give your skin a healthy glow from the inside. Keep yourself hydrated all the time.
These simple and easy steps will ensure a clean and glowing skin the next morning and will also protect your skin from harmful chemicals. Have a Happy and safe Holi!
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