Holi, the much-awaited festival of colours, just got over. Dipped in the hues of cheerfulness, joy and revelry, it is one of the most vibrant festivals in the country. However, the use of harsh Holi colours made with chemical solvents, and toxic agents like lead oxide, mercury sulphite and copper sulphate, can cause severe damage to your skin, hair, eyes, nails and ears. Thus, it becomes important to take a few precautions.
Protect your Eyes
Wash your eyes thoroughly if any irritation is caused due to the colours or coloured water. The chemicals used in these colours can result in eye problems, like a corneal ulcer, conjunctivitis, severe allergies, and can also lead permanent blindness in severe cases. You can also wear sunglasses or clear glasses to protect your eyes. It is important to note that wearing contact lenses can further increase the irritation in your eyes, warn ophthalmologists at AMRI Hospitals, best hospital in Kolkata.
Protect your Skin
The chemicals and synthetic dyes used in the making of Holi colours can cause severe skin infections and dermatitis, resulting in itching and swelling. That is the reason why more and more people are choosing herbal colours over traditional ones, helping them to protect their skin from any harmful impact, point out dermatologists of AMRI Hospitals located at Bhubaneswar, Saltlake, Mukundapur, Dhakuria, Southern Avenues.
It is important to apply moisturising lotion or cream on the arms and exposed areas before playing Holi. Also, you need to safeguard your skin from exposure to the sun using a sunscreen of SPF 20 and above. It is equally important to stay well hydrated, as dry skin due to dehydration makes it difficult to wash off the colours from the body.
Protect your Hair
The toxins present in the colours can cause a lot of damage to your hair. Applying coconut oil or hair serum can help in protecting your hair from the effects of sun exposure and dryness caused by the colours.
Protect your Nails
A transparent varnish on your nails can protect the nails from absorbing Holi colours. It also becomes easy to remove the colour if you already have applied nail paint.
Protect your Ears
Your ears are often neglected while focusing on other body parts. However, they need equal attention and precautionary measures. One of the best ways to clean them is by putting a few drops of olive oil or lukewarm mustard oil in cotton and keeping it inside your ears. It becomes important to ensure that the cotton swab is placed in such a way that it does not get too deep into your ear hole.
So, don’t forget to take these precautions and play safe. Happy Holi!