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Holi Skin Care Guide 101: Prep and Protect Your Skin & Hair

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Holi is the festival of color, laughter, and abundant joy. It is also commonly called the ‘Festival of Love,’ ‘Festival of Spring,’ and ‘Festival of Colors.’ This ancient Hindu festival has its origins in India; however, it is widely celebrated in many countries today. 


These include neighboring countries like Nepal, Bangladesh, and Pakistan and countries with diaspora populations such as Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, South Africa, Malaysia, the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Australia, Mauritius, and Fiji.


Since not all of you might be aware of the incredible festival of Holi, we will start with a brief introduction of the festival. After the introduction, we will move on to the must-have skin care tips and products to celebrate safe and healthy Holi.


Holi, The Festival of Colors  

Holi has huge cultural and religious significance for Hindus as it marks the victory of good over evil. Holi celebrations begin on the night before with Holika Dahan, where rituals are performed in front of a huge bonfire. It is said that Holika, the sister of the demon king Hiranyakashipu was killed in the fire.


The morning after this is celebrated as Rangwali Holi, also known as Dhuleti. This marks the main festivities where everyone plays with colors and water. Water guns, colors, and water-filled balloons are considered fair games and are used abundantly with friends and family. 


Many delicacies are prepared days in advance to be devoured with loved ones on the day of Holi. All the open streets and parks are filled with playful fights and singing and dancing parties. Holi also celebrates the arrival of spring and the conclusion of winters.


However, this fanciful festival can sometimes turn into a skin care nightmare if you are not careful. A lot of the colors and sprays used in Holi are made of cheap and toxic materials that are bad for your skin and hair. 


As they say, the best cure is early prevention. Therefore, we have got a dermatologist-approved skin care routine that will let you enjoy Holi to the fullest. So keep reading and stop worrying about the side effects of substandard quality of colors people might use.


Pre - Holi Skin Care Tips


Let’s start with the things that need to be done before going out. Below is a list of things you MUST do before Holi to save yourself the pain of scrubbing yourself after red and purple afterward.


  • Keep Your Skin Hydrated


One Day Before:

A day before Holi, massage your entire body with a hydrating body oil to ensure that the body absorbs less color the next day. You can try Nourish Mantra’s detoxifyingDivya Body Oil, its nourishing ingredients will ensure your safety from toxic chemicals. In addition, it will enrich your skin with the goodness of essential oils, making it feel soft and supple.



On The Same Day:

On the day of Holi, your goal should be to hydrate your skin thoroughly. Lather your skin with a hydrating and nourishing body lotion to create a barrier between the skin and the irritants. It will ensure that no harmful chemical penetrates your skin.


If you are looking for a natural body lotion, orderSoft Nirvana Body Lotion for this Holi. This excellent product will deliver effective hydration with the goodness of therapeutic botanicals like Tamarind, Gotu Kola & Indian Ginseng. 


Along with the needed protection, this natural moisturizer will also:

  • Hydrate, nourish, and buff your skin
  • Provide bright and refreshed skin
  • Keep your skin hydrated round the clock. 

  • Hair Care

Some of you might not be fans of oiling your hair, but it is absolutely essential during Holi. You need to apply a generous amount of oil to prevent the colors from penetrating and settling into the roots. This should be completed thirty minutes before leaving the house.


Cosmic Sutra Hair Oil is natural hair oil with Ayurveda at its core. It has potent ingredients such as Bhringraj, Fenugreek, Moringa, and Argan oil that will help create a protective shield around your hair. This will help diminish the ill effects, making it easier to remove.


  • Nail Care

Holi colors can horribly stain your nail bed, sometimes also settling inside the nails and on the cuticles. The worst part is that they look ugly and take weeks to come off completely. The most effective way to prevent this is by oiling the nails. Use olive oil for nail strengthening. 


All you have to do is take a little bit of oil and rub it around your nails. Another thing that you must do is cut your nails short and paint them with a dark shade. This will ensure that there is no nail staining. 


  • Lip Care

Lips are one of the most sensitive parts of your body, saying that they need extra care. Select a nutritious lip balm with natural ingredients like Jojoba Oil, Shea Butter, and Argan Oil. It will keep the lips moisturized and prevent the color from settling in the crack.


Pro tip: Use a lip balm with SPF for better protection. 

  • Top It Off With A Sunscreen


Sunscreen is another essential component of any pre- Holi skin care regimen as it provides dual benefits. It ensures that your skin is guarded against the sun and the toxins present in the colors. SPF 30 or more will be ideal for Holi. 


Pro Tip:Apply sunscreen every few hours for the best protection.


Post Holi Skin Care

  • Face Care


Deep cleansing is crucial post-Holi, but this doesn’t mean you should overdo it. Begin cleaning your face with oil cleansing, then add a natural cleanser. Double cleansing will help the skin remove colors and toxins without irritating the skin further.


Our Recommendations!


  • Cucumber Mint Upvan Facial Cleanseris a tried and tested natural product by Nourish Mantra. It has soothing ingredients like Cucumber and Aloe Vera that will draw impurities without irritating the skin. Its antioxidant design will also calm and protect the skin from environmental stress while hydrating the skin.

  • Ratrani Moroccan Lava Clay Cleanseris yet another great dead skin cleanser to use after Holi. Enriched with Moroccan Lava Clay, French Red Clay, and Activated Charcoal, this cleanser has a buttery-soft base. This texture is ideal for removing colors, pollution, and deep-seated impurities.

Once your face is clean and fresh, look for a suitable face cream to replenish the moisture. You can check out Nourish Mantra’srange of face moisturizers that are designed to suit all your needs!

  • Body Care

Before jumping into the shower and picking up your washcloth, oil your body! You have to take body oil and apply it all over the body. It will loosen the color on your body which you can then pat dry with a towel. 


After this, again, go for natural mild bathing bars or shower gel to wash off the remaining color. Make sure you use only cold or lukewarm water for showering. You can try our favorite

range of Handmade Bathing Bars by Nourish Mantra, they offer:


  • Brighter skin with every wash
  • Improves and evens skin tone 
  • Removes skin tan!
  • Prevents pimples and acne!
  • Maintains natural pH 


Once you have cleansed your body effectively, move on to the next step: moisturization. Moisturizing after Holi is vital to recovering the natural oils of your body. However, it would be best if you did not use strong chemical body lotions as they might irritate the skin further. 


Mystic Indian Rose Body Lotion is another great natural body moisturizer by Nourish Mantra infused with Indian roses. This product promises a soft dewy glow that simultaneously nourishes and hydrates your skin.


  • Hair Care


Your hair might take a little longer to get over the poor effects of Holi. However, if you oiled it well beforehand, it would be easier. The first step is to wash the hair with a natural and mild shampoo that washes off the colors. 


The next step is to pick your favorite natural conditioner to hydrate and moisturize your hair. A hair conditioner will help your hair breathe and bring back the natural oils. If you wish, you can also add a hydrating hair mask for additional moisturization.


Additional Tip


Use a Face Mask!


Cleansing and moisturizing are vital, but a face mask makes all the major difference. You need the best face mask for glowing skin to restore the much-needed hydration and moisturization into your skin barrier. 


Nourish Mantra’sTruglow Face Mask is one of the best face masks for glowing skin. It is enriched with healing extracts of Sandalwood and Turmeric that eases redness, skin irritation, and inflammation.

 

To Conclude

We are sure you have your own set of tips and tricks, passed through generations to which you are extremely attached. Now, we are not saying that they don’t work, all we are asking is to review the ones we shared and see the change for yourself.


It is very simple when it comes to skin care, if you take care of it, the favor will be returned. So this Holi follows this step-by-step guide to skin care and keeps the skin looking refreshed and healthy despite all the toxins in the colors.


The combination of your favorite dead skin cleanser, the best face mask for glowing skin, and all the rest of the products will make your Holi extra special. Do not wait for long, and start ordering all the products you need to celebrate a safe and healthy Holi!


Happy Holi!