“Skin and Hair or the Holi fun? Here are some post holi tips…” This is possibly what’s going on every Indian girl’s mind now and yes, you aren’t alone! But.. this Holi, we aren’t allowing any boundaries and so shouldn’t you, after all ‘Holi Hai’!!! Yes, skin and hair are extremely important and we have to admit that Holi usually gives you a reason to not look into the mirror for a couple of days but you’ll still find yourself tempted to be smeared in colours, right? And.. Why not, Holi only comes once a year, enjoy your heart out rightfully! If the colours are what’s bothering you, leave them to us! We know, no matter how much you try, the colours will always find a way to be with you post your celebration. However, with these tips, you’ll do away with them in the easiest way possible! Stubborn colours? Act on time! Some colours tend to get stubborn with time so it’s better to wash them off as soon as you can! No hot water Avoid hot water completely and instead, use cold or lukewarm water. Hot water will further dry up your skin and make the stains harder to get rid of. No soaps! Yes, you saw that right! It is a common practice in most homes to wash the colours with soaps but soaps or face washes can dry out the skin due to their alkaline nature, which makes avoiding them a safer bet. You can also use baby oil or coconut oil to get rid of the colours- just rub them gently on the skin for 7-10 minutes until the colours start coming off and then wipe off with a wet tissue. Cleansing oils can also do the trick. Home remedies As usual, they are effective! Here are some home remedies that you can try as post holi tips! A paste of curd and gram flour. A paste of honey, rose water , papaya and Fuller’s earth. A paste of papaya and Fuller’s earth or make a pack using curd, gram flour, olive oil, turmeric and lemon juice. Use the pastes as a scrub. The colours might not come off at one go but If you have tough stains that seem impossible to get rid of anytime soon, these are the safest methods to try! Note: Too lazy for the packs? Just take a piece of lemon and rub it on the problem areas! Lemon is one of the best natural cleansers and also has bleaching properties! No rashes please! Holi colours have harmful chemicals and often lead to rashes or allergies, especially on acre prone or sensitive skin. If you have got allergies, you can try applying aloe vera lotion and wait until the itching subsides. For rashes, apply a good antiseptic cream. Tip: Even if your skin hasn’t acted up immediately, it will still be a good option to apply antiseptic cream for prevention. The Hair We know right, hair can’t be ignored. Our scalps are usually sensitive and the chemicals of the colours often lead to hair fall or damage the strands. Thankfully, there are solutions too! To make sure that your precious locks are unaffected by the colours, use any of the following homemade hair masks. A bonus? Not only will they remove the colours, they will also leave your hair looking healthy and lustrous! Massage egg yolk onto your scalp for 30 minutes (We know, it doesn’t sound or smell awesome but it will definitely leave your hair awesome!)A mixture of Fenugreek (methi powder) and curd can do the trick too! Mix the powder with a few tablespoons of curd and leave it on for 30 minutes. Mix a tablespoon of lemon juice to a bowl of curd and leave it on for a few minutes. Post the application of the masks, cleanse your hair properly. It is better to use a mild shampoo that won’t dry out your scalp further. Also, do not forget the conditioner or serum. Skincare? Once the colours are off, you can continue with your daily skincare routine or may also add scrubs and extra moisturizers according to your skin condition. However, we recommend avoiding the face brush for the day since tiny particles of the colours can still be there and the face brush can further force them into the pores instead of taking them out.